As operators like Exelon, Dominion and Duke Energy apply for extensions to keep older nuclear power plants in service, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be faced with questions about their safety, The New York Times reports.
TOKYO (AP) — A prominent volcanologist disputed Japanese regulators' conclusion that two nuclear reactors were safe from a volcanic eruption in the next few decades, saying Friday that such a prediction was impossible.
A cauldron eruption at one of several volcanos surrounding the Sendai nuclear power plant in southern Japan could not only hit the reactors but could cause a nationwide disaster, said Toshitsugu Fujii, University of Tokyo professor emeritus who heads a government-commissioned panel on volcanic eruption prediction.
Entergy officials estimated that the cost to decommission the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will be $1.24 billion, and the company has about half the needed value in its decommission fund, The Associated Press reports.
Following a Nuclear Regulatory Commission report that the proposed Yucca Mountain site could safely store nuclear waste for 1 million years, Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Tim Scott, R-S.C., called for a Senate vote to resume the agency's approval process for the project, The Hill reports.
Falling oil prices and the Islamic State are influencing nuclear talks between Iran and western powers, as oil prices are putting pressure on Iran's economy and military strikes against the terror group raise regional power concerns for Tehran, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Proponents of the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump in Nevada on Thursday praised positive safety findings by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, even as the project continues to face technical and political obstacles.
The NRC's long-delayed report on safety after permanent closure of the site found that it meets federal standards for radiation protection and water leakage. That was good news to advocates, who won a suit to force the NRC to resume its licensing review process despite the Obama administration's attempt to cancel the project.
VIENNA (AP) — Iran is considering a U.S. proposal at nuclear talks that would allow it to keep more of its nuclear infrastructure intact while still reducing its ability to make an atomic bomb, two diplomats told The Associated Press on Thursday.
At issue is Iran's uranium enrichment program, which can make both reactor fuel and the fissile core of nuclear arms. Tehran insists the program is only for future energy needs. Iran is refusing U.S. demands that it cut the number of working enriching centrifuges from nearly 10,000 to only a few thousand. That dispute has been the main stumbling block to progress since the talks began early this year.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday issued a long-delayed staff review that finds the Yucca Mountain spent nuclear fuel repository in Nevada meets federal safety requirements for radiation protection and water intrusion after permanent closure.
The findings in the second volume of a planned five-volume safety evaluation report were applauded by the project's backers in Congress and industry, but NRC cautioned they don't mean the project will ultimately be licensed.
Still, the review was called a critical milestone by proponents toward a final decision on whether to open the controversial site. Nuclear Energy Institute President Marv Fertel said the staff conclusions offered "strong support" for its view that the site is suitable for the permanent burial of spent fuel from nuclear power plants.
The project has been considered unlikely to open because of opposition in Nevada, led by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The Obama administration withdrew its support for the project in 2009, based on that opposition, which led to the NRC stopping work on the licensing process. A federal court last year ordered it to resume.
Officials said the U.S. plans to hold firm on a Nov. 24 deadline for a deal with Iran over its nuclear program after Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Plants would no longer be exempt from air pollution regulations when they’re starting up, shutting down or malfunctioning, under a new regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency, The Hill reports.
A series of major energy and environmental regulations will be published by federal agencies between June and August, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules limiting power plant carbon emissions, the Interior Department’s rule protecting streams from mountaintop removal coal mining, and the Obama administration strategy for cutting methane emissions, The Hill reports.
A group of senators - 17 Democrats and Independent Bernie Sanders - has written to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, asking her to stop Royal Dutch Shell or anyone else from drilling in the Arctic, Reuters reports.
The reaction in Washington to this week’s oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara has been muted, National Journal reports, despite wishes expressed by environmentalists that the incident generate backing for policies moving the country away from fossil fuels.
A website set up by Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to collect grievances about federal regulation and bureaucracy has received complaints about a wide variety of the Environmental Protection Agency’s pending regulations, E&E reports.
Mississippi electric power cooperatives are backing away from a deal in which they would take 15 percent ownership of the Kemper County coal plant that will use carbon capture technology, because they said the power it generates would end up being too expensive, E&E reports.
A stronger dollar combined with the drop of only 1 oil rig in Baker Hughes’ weekly count sent crude prices sliding Friday. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude lost 1.6 percent, or $1, to settle at $59.72 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent was $1.17 , or 1.8 percent, lower, at $65.37, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Standard & Poor’s thinks oil companies that have managed to survive the slide in crude prices by borrowing more money may start running into trouble in the coming months, particularly if the price stays in the $50 range, FuelFix reports.
A new analysis concludes that wells in Mountrail and McKenzie counties in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale are productive enough to remain profitable even with oil prices around $60 a barrel, FuelFix reports.
With oil prices dramatically lower than a year ago, AAA predicts that more than 37 million people will travel more than 50 miles over the Memorial Day weekend - the most since 2005, The New York Times reports.