Water management key issue moving forward from Fukushima

Los Angeles Times

Dealing with water contaminated by tritium is one of the many challenges faced by the Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Majority of Americans still support nuclear power, Gallup says


A Gallup poll released Monday shows 51 percent of Americans now favor the use of nuclear energy while 43 percent oppose it.

Nation's biggest nuclear firm makes a play for green money

The biggest player in the beleaguered nuclear power industry wants a place alongside solar, wind and hydroelectric power collecting extra money for producing carbon-free electricity.

Exelon Corp., operator of the largest fleet of U.S. nuclear plants, says it could have to close three of them if Illinois rejects the company's pitch to let it recoup more from consumers since the plants do not produce greenhouse gases.

Technology to look inside Fukushima reactors faces challenge

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — The cutting-edge technology was billed as a way to decipher where exactly the morass of nuclear fuel might sit at the bottom of reactors in the Japanese power plant that went into multiple meltdowns four years ago.

But what went wrong, even in a simple demonstration for reporters Friday for the 500 million yen ($5 million) project, was a sobering reminder of the enormous challenges that lie ahead for the decommissioning of Fukushima Dai-ichi.

Report: Mix of cat litter, salts caused nuclear-dump mishap

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An incompatible combination of nitrate salts and organic cat litter is to blame for a mishap that forced the closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository, according to findings released Thursday by an independent team of experts from national laboratories around the country.

The technical team was charged by the U.S. Energy Department to investigate all the possible scenarios that could have led to the release of radioactive material at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in February 2014.

Iran may run centrifuges at fortified site

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — As nuclear talks with Iran approach a critical deadline, the United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work at other sites, officials tell The Associated Press.

The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred centrifuges at its Fordo facility, although they would not be allowed to enrich uranium and would be subject to inspections, the officials said. In return, Iran would be required to scale back the number of centrifuges it runs at its Natanz facility and accept other restrictions on nuclear-related work.

Energy secretary reiterates priority of reopening nuke dump

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says his department is committed to reopening the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.

Moniz made assurances to a Senate subcommittee during a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C. He says reopening the troubled facility would be done safety, with worker safety in mind.

Kerry flies to Switzerland for make-or-break Iran nuke talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — With an end-of-March deadline days away, Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back into negotiations with Iran, hoping to seal a framework deal to roll back its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Kerry was flying to Switzerland for several days of make-or-break talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The top diplomats from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia would join if the U.S. and Iran are close to an agreement.

Hungary says EU to OK Russian fuel deal for nuclear plant

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary says it has reached an agreement with the European Union so Russia can supply fuel for 10 years after the expansion of its only nuclear power plant.

Janos Lazar, head of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's office, said in a statement posted Wednesday that the fuel supply contract would be open to other bidders once the 10-year deal with Russia ends.

AP correction on Japan nuclear story

TOKYO (AP) — In a story published March 24 by EnergyGuardian about flawed projects at the Fukushima nuclear plant, The Associated Press erroneously described the spending as coming from taxpayer money allocated for the plant's cleanup. It actually was part of 350 billion yen ($3 billion) paid for by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.

A corrected version of the story can be seen here.


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