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Iran: US 'wishes won't come true' at nuclear talks

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that Washington's "wishes are unlikely to come true" in talks between the Islamic Republic and world powers over its nuclear program, the government's latest apparent attempt to deflect criticism from hard-line skeptics who say that President Hassan Rouhani will give up too much for too little in upcoming negotiations over a final comprehensive deal.

Mohammad Javad Zarif indicated the U.S. wanted Iran to give up major parts of its nuclear program but said such demands won't be carried out.

"America has wishes and those wishes are unlikely to come true and that's why they are negotiating with the Islamic Republic of Iran to achieve a solution based on realities," he told a news conference in Tehran.

DOE official warns nuclear closures could strain climate goals

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E&E

Energy Department Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Pete Lyons said a recent string of nuclear reactor closures could pose a threat to the administration's greenhouse gas reduction goals by increasing the amount of fossil fuels used to generate power, E&E reports.

NRC to require information trove on Vermont Yankee despite closure plan

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The Barre Montpelier Times Argus

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it would not exempt Entergy's Vermont Yankee plant, set to be voluntarily shuttered, from safety studies and improvements unless it submits additional information on plant operations, The Barre Montpelier Times Argus reports.

NRC names Pilgrim among nation's worst-performing plants

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Cape Cod Times

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission named Entergy's Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass. as one of the  nine worst-performing plants in the nation based on unplanned shutdowns, opening the door for closer scrutiny at the plant, the Cape Cod Times reports.

Cybersecurity report shows lax data security at NRC

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The Washington Post

In a report, Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee noted several governmental cybersecurity issues across the federal government, including unauthorized information disclosures from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, The Washington Post reports.

US officials: Iran is not open for business, yet

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Tuesday that an interim deal with Iran that promises to curb its nuclear program in exchange for some relief from economic sanctions does not mean that Tehran is open for business.

Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman and David Cohen, undersecretary for terrorism and financing, acknowledged that European businesses are rushing to Iran to prepare for the possibility that all sanctions will be lifted if a comprehensive agreement is reached preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Both Sherman and Cohen sought to reassure members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — some of whom are eager to restore sanctions against Iran — that the U.S. will continue to enforce existing sanctions even as some are being eased and that those who violate them will be targeted.

NRC begins pump inspection at Millstone plant

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Platts

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it launched a special inspection into repeated pump-reliability issues at Dominion's Millstone-3 reactor at its nuclear power plant in Waterford, Conn., Platts reports.

House Dems say give diplomacy a chance with Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 70 House Democrats have signed a letter to President Barack Obama backing diplomatic efforts with Iran over its nuclear development.

Reps. Lloyd Doggett of Texas and David Price of North Carolina are circulating the letter that warns against new sanctions, or even a resolution that could undermine the international coalition negotiating with Iran or jeopardize any progress toward reaching a verifiable final agreement.

The letter says lawmakers are wary of the Iranian regime but cautions against imperiling possible diplomatic success.

Seaborne radiation from Fukushima to reach U.S. coast this year

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Bloomberg

Some West Coast citizens are concerned about the eventual arrival of seaborne radiation from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, set to hit this year, but marine and radiation experts say the radiation won't be much higher than existing levels, Bloomberg reports.

EPA lays out plans to update nuclear radiation standards

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The Hill

In a post in the Federal Register, the Environmental Protection Agency said it plans to update radiation standards for nuclear power plants, noting that the current standards have not been altered since the 1970s, The Hill reports.

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