Uranium prices are on track for an 18 percent increase in 2014, which would be the first annual gain for the energy commodity in four years and make it the best performing category in the sector, Bloomberg reports.
VIENNA (AP) — Renewed failure by Iran and the U.S. to reach a nuclear agreement by a Monday deadline reflects the difficulties each side has with crossing red lines they brought with them to the negotiating table.
With the two sides so far apart when they started the latest round of talks in February, sizable differences remain as talks were extended for another seven months. Here's a look at where things stand:
VIENNA (AP) — A yearlong effort to seal a nuclear deal with Iran fizzled Monday, leaving the U.S. and its allies little choice but to declare a seven-month extension in hopes that a new deadline will be enough to achieve what a decade of negotiations have failed to do — limit Tehran's ability to make a nuclear weapon.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other Western foreign ministers converging on Vienna in a last-ditch diplomatic push talked up the add-on time as the best way forward. "We would be fools to walk away," Kerry declared.
Energy Department Inspector General Gregory Friedman, who determined last month that he couldn’t reach a conclusion regarding the firing of Hanford whistleblower Donna Busche, wrote to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in April complaining that contractors involved were not cooperating in getting him interviews he’d requested with employees, according to a memo obtained by E&E through the Freedom of Information Act.
Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Vienna to join talks with Iran over its nuclear program, saying at his previous stop in Paris that there would be no extension past Monday’s deadline, The Guardian reports.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Consumers will pay about $3.3 billion and shareholders will pay about $1.4 billion under a settlement approved Thursday on costs stemming from the premature closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The vote by the California Public Utilities Commission was 5-0.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington plans to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to protect workers from hazardous vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Wednesday.
A report last month found the Energy Department does not have an adequate system to detect whether harmful vapors are sickening workers.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has spoken out publicly about Yucca Mountain for the first time in four years, sending a letter to outgoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission chair Allison M. MacFarlane urging that the review of the proposed nuclear waste dump be completed, E&E reports.
The rebound in oil prices following Wednesday’s slump was wiped out late Thursday by news of a jump in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. Light, sweet crude for August delivery settled down 3 cents to $56.93 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent finished up 6 cents to $62.07, Dow Jones reports.
The Grain Belt Express, a $2.2 billion transmission line proposed by Clean Line Energy to bring wind power from Kansas to points east, through Missouri, has been rejected by the Missouri Public Service Commission, The Kansas City Star reports.
A $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to fund research into cutting particulate emissions from barbecues has attracted criticism from Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who declared his constituents “should be able to grill in peace,” The Hill reports.
The U.S. role in Copenhagen climate talks in 2009, and media coverage of it, had Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s attention, judging from the emails released by the State Department this week, E&E reports.
After last month’s pipeline leak near Santa Barbara, Calif., the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing a requirement that operators notify regulators within an hour of any problem, The Hill reports.