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Fla. Gov. and Cabinet asked to OK nuclear plant

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the three members of the Cabinet are being asked to approve two nuclear reactors for South Florida.

Scott and the state's three other elected officials on Tuesday will decide whether Florida Power & Light should be allowed to add two nuclear generators at its existing Turkey Point facility near Homestead. The project would add approximately 2,200 megawatts of power or enough for an estimated 750,000 homes.

UN's nuclear probe of Iran falters

VIENNA (AP) — A once-promising U.N. attempt to probe suspicions that Tehran worked on atomic arms is faltering — and with it, hopes that Iran and six world powers can meet their July target date for an overarching nuclear deal.

With efforts to draft the text of an agreement starting in Vienna on Wednesday, both sides say that meeting the informal July 20 deadline remains possible. The U.S. administration gives it a 50-50 chance, and Iranian Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently said the talks are progressing at an "unexpectedly fast pace."

The United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany want to reduce Iran's present nuclear weapons-making potential. Tehran has been engaging with them over the past six months in exchange for full sanctions relief, even though it insists it has no interest in such arms.

NY plant among first to do quake risk assessment

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A nuclear plant in the New York City suburbs will be among the first to do an in-depth analysis of its risk from earthquakes.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday that the Indian Point plant in Buchanan is among 10 plants, out of 60 plants east of the Rockies, that must do an analysis by 2017.

The commission said all the plants are safe and the priority list is not a risk ranking.

DOE: Could be 3 years to fully reopen NM nuke dump

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the recovery effort at the federal government's nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico said Thursday it could be up to three years before full operations resume at the underground facility.

Recovery manager Jim Blankenhorn made the announcement when answering questions from the public during a weekly meeting in Carlsbad. He said the timeline continues to be a moving target, but full operations are expected to resume no earlier than 18 months from now.

Crews continue investigating the cause of a radiation release at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad that exposed some workers and halted operations in February.

Officials: No danger from Tritium leak at SC plant

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Water with traces of a radioactive hydrogen isotope has leaked at a nuclear power plant in South Carolina, but federal regulators said Thursday workers and the public were not at risk.

The leak was reported Wednesday at the Oconee Nuclear Station, a three-reactor site near Seneca run by Duke Energy. Water was being transferred from one chemical treatment pond to another when it leaked and began seeping from the ground, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Former worker sues Fukushima plant operator

TOKYO (AP) — A former worker is seeking 11 million yen ($110,000) in compensation from the operator of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant for exposing him to high levels of radiation after the 2011 tsunami.

The worker was part of a team sent to lay electric cables in one of the reactors 13 days after the disaster.

Rolls Royce to grow its nuclear power after sell-off to Siemens

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Now that it has offloaded the bulk of its energy unit to Siemens, Rolls Royce says it intends to work on building up its civilian nuclear power activities, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Ga. power: Gov't lending to save $250M on nuke plant

ATLANTA (AP) — A utility company estimates that government-backed loans will save roughly $250 million while building a nuclear plant in Georgia.

Georgia Power earlier this year reached a deal to get subsidized lending from the U.S. government as it builds two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on NRC budget

Washington, May 7, 2014, 10:00 am

House Energy and Commerce Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing on Nuclear Regulatory Commission 2015 budget. Chairman Allison Macfarlane and other commissioners to testify. 

Birds may be adapting to Chernobyl radiation: Scientist

Source: 
The New York Times

Timothy Mousseau, who has been studying wildlife around the destroyed Chernobyl nuclear reactor for years, and now is examining conditions around Fukushima in Japan, believes some bird species may be adapting to higher radiation levels, The New York Times reports.

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