CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Residents and local officials voiced frustration Thursday with the amount of information being released by the U.S. Department of Energy about a radiation leak last month at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump.
John Heaton, a former state representative and head of Mayor Dale Janway's nuclear task force, said at a town hall meeting in Carlsbad that the community feels as if it's being sidestepped, with action being orchestrated in Washington, D.C., instead of locally.
Energy Department officials said there's no intent to hide anything and some information is simply unknown.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy is planning a town hall Thursday to release more information on its efforts to recover from a radiation leak at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump.
Questions about what caused the leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the extent of the contamination and the future of the federal government's national nuclear cleanup efforts have been swirling for weeks now.
Officials said further testing on the 13 workers who were at the plant at the time of the leak shows they aren't likely to experience any serious health effects.
VIENNA (AP) — Ukraine-Russia tensions have spilled over to a U.N. nuclear meeting, with Kiev warning that a Russian military invasion could result in damage to its nuclear reactors and Moscow dismissing the scenario as "hysterics."
A Ukrainian statement Wednesday to the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency said "aggression of regular military formations" could spread radiation contamination in Ukraine and neighboring countries.
Russia, in turn, said Ukrainian authorities have been seized by the "very depth of hysterics" and "are hallucinating about some kind of phantom danger."
TOKYO (AP) — Iran's foreign minister pushed back Wednesday against calls for deeper cuts to its nuclear program.
Mohammad Javad Zarif said the West "cannot entertain illusions" of Iran completely ending its uranium enrichment program. Speaking in Tokyo, he also reiterated that his country is not going to give up finishing its heavy-water nuclear reactor.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A union representing some 200 workers at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump said Tuesday its wants to be sure employees are safe when the repository reopens after a radiation leak that exposed at least 13 people.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad has been off-limits to most workers for nearly three weeks. Only essential workers have been called to duty and others have been using the down time to keep current with regular training requirements at an off-site training center, said officials from United Steelworkers of America.
Union officials said they're waiting for more information from the U.S. Department of Energy and Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, the contractor that runs the repository.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump remained shuttered Monday and state environment officials said they have set deadlines for the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to deal with radioactive waste left above ground at the repository.
Dozens of drums and other special containers that have been shipped to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant from federal facilities around the country are being stored in a parking area at the plant and inside the facility's waste handling building.
From there, the waste is usually taken to its final resting place deep in underground salt beds. However, the repository has been closed since early February due to back-to-back accidents, including a radiation release that exposed at least 13 workers and set off air monitoring devices around the plant.
PRAGUE (AP) — A Russian company might lose a multibillion-dollar contract to build two nuclear reactors in the Czech Republic following Russia's military intervention in Ukraine, two members of the Czech government said on Monday.
Defense Minister Martin Stropnicky said that under the current circumstances he can "hardly imagine" that Russia would be in charge of the project at the Temelin plant. Human Rights Minister Jiri Dienstbier backed his comments.
If the package of energy measures House Republicans intend to vote on this week -– to increase oil and gas drilling offshore and on federal land as well as insisting on quick approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, among other provisions -– advisors would recommend that President Obama veto the legislation, according to a statement from the Office of Management and Budget, The Hill reports.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. and chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, says it’s “astonishing” and “unacceptable” that a high-level employee at the Environmental Protection Agency is still on the payroll months after being banned from offices after confessing to watching hours of pornography at work every day, E&E reports.
If the Commerce Department were to allow the export of light oil to Mexico as it has opened the door to sending condensates overseas, that would deal another blow to the decades-oil ban on U.S. crude exports, Bloomberg reports.
World oil prices – which had been dragging at two-year lows – should be up higher by the end of 2014, Russian news agency Prime quoted OPEC Secretary General Abdullah al-Badry as saying, Platts reports.
Comments from Secretary General Abdullah Al-Badry that OPEC could cut its production quota next year sent oil prices higher Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery jumped $1.96, or 2.1 percent, to settle at $94.88 on the Nymex, while in London November Brent was $1.17 higher to $99.05, Bloomberg reports.
The world faces a choice of investment in low-carbon infrastructure or continuing its high-carbon ways that will bring dangerous levels of climate change, according to a broad assessment by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, E&E reports.
Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley’s campaign claims the pledge by his Republican opponent state Sen. Joni Ernst to eliminate energy incentives and tax credits would increase the annual energy bills of Iowa residents by $1,200, while the Ernst camp points a finger at Braley’s vote for costly cap-and-trade legislation and his ownership of oil and energy stocks, The Des Moines Register reports.
Improvements to pipelines in New England will cost Spectra Energy Corp. some $3 billion, the company has announced, adding that the work will allow delivery of 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day, FuelFix reports.
Apache – keeping to its strategy of selling off non-core assets – is hoping to get more than $450 million for oil and gas properties in the Provost area in east-central Alberta, a person familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.