MONROE, Mich. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will investigate a small fire that burned insulation for an emergency generator at the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan.
The owner, DTE Energy, says the fire occurred Thursday during routine testing and was quickly extinguished. The fire was near an air intake system on one of the station's four diesel generators.
No one was injured, and the NRC says no radiation was released. An alert was issued and remained in effect for almost 90 minutes. The alert is the second-lowest emergency level in the commission's emergency classification system.
VIENNA (AP) — The U.N. says Iran is curbing its atomic activities in line with a preliminary deal made in January.
A restricted report says Tehran has not resumed its previous enrichment of uranium to just a technical step from the level needed for a nuclear weapon, and continues to reduce its supply of that material.
The U.N. nuclear agency report, released late Thursday, also says major construction remains at a standstill at the Arak reactor, southwest of Tehran. If completed, the facility could produce substantial amounts of plutonium, which can arm nuclear warheads.
A radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, N.M. in February, one of the city's top employers, has left hundreds of employees unsure of when they'll be able to return to work as regulators look for what caused the leak, The New York Times reports.
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has written the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, expressing concerns about the safety of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth.
Patrick was fulfilling a promise he made earlier this month after meeting with the head of a group of Cape Cod residents hoping to close the plant.
In a letter to Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairwoman Allison Macfarlane, Patrick said he was writing on behalf of 15 southeastern Massachusetts communities that have expressed concerns in the event of an accident.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With the nation's only permanent nuclear waste dump shuttered indefinitely by back-to-back accidents, officials are making plans to ship radioactive waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory to rural West Texas.
The Department of Energy and the operator of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad in southeastern New Mexico say they have signed an agreement with Waste Control Specialists to truck the waste to its site in Andrews County.
President Barack Obama will have another vacancy on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to fill in the coming months, with the departure of controversial member William Magwood to lead the international Nuclear Energy Agency.
Magwood, a Democrat whose NRC term run was to run through June 2015, was named Wednesday to become director-general of the agency, based in Paris and part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
VIENNA (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said that Tehran is ready to eliminate fears that a reactor it is building could be used to make atomic arms, as his country and six world powers adjourned their nuclear talks Wednesday.
The world powers want the nearly finished reactor at Arak, southwest of Tehran, to be destroyed or converted to a type that produces less plutonium, a material that could be used to make nuclear weapons.
CARLSBAD, New Mexico (AP) — New air sampling data from southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump indicates there has been another small radiation release.
Department of Energy officials say a monitoring station picked up elevated radiation readings around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad on March 11. That's nearly a month after a Valentine's Day leak contaminated 17 workers and shut the only repository for toxic waste from the nation's nuclear bomb-building program.
Coming from different sides of the issue, environmentalists and a number of states presented arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s designation of areas that do and don’t meet its 2008 ozone rule, E&E reports.
Tom Steyer is closing in on the $50 million he promised to put into his NextGen Climate PAC in the 2014 election cycle, as the $15 million he added in September – reflected in Federal Election Commission records – brings his total to some $41 million, The Hill reports.
Minnesota Democrats Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Collin Peterson, as well as Michigan Senatorial candidate Rep. Gary Peters, are getting support from ads being run by Fuels America, a biofuels group, which is also lending its support to Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., The Hill reports.
If oil prices dropped to less than $80 a barrel, a third of U.S. production of shale oil would no longer be economically viable, an analyst told Bloomberg, which reports that such a major development would change the global energy picture.
A bigger-than-expected increase in Chinese quarterly gross domestic product numbers sent oil prices higher Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery rose 10 cents as the contract expired, to $82.81 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London December Brent jumped 1 percent, or 82 cents, to $86.22, Bloomberg reports.
Crestwood Midstream Partners says it will start seeking binding contracts in November for its proposed 30-mile MARC II natural gas pipeline in New England, having attracted nonbinding commitments for 700 million cubic feet per day already, FuelFix reports.
California’s big agricultural firms produce almonds, pistachios, melons and tomatoes in the Westlands district with irrigation despite the state’s crippling drought, but they buy and import huge quantities of water to do it, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Russia and the crisis over Ukraine, the fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the advent of cheap shale gas are some of the challenges facing European Union leaders as they meet in a summit to discuss climate change issues later this week, The New York Times reports.