California utility in talks over San Onofre nuclear plant costs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Settlement talks are underway to decide who pays the huge bill tied to the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant on the Southern California coast.

The costs at issue could exceed $3 billion.

Edison International — the parent of operator Southern California Edison — disclosed in a government filing Friday that a meeting would be held next week to discuss a possible deal.

Feds to investigate small fire at Fermi nuke plant

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.

UN: Iran complying with interim nuclear deal

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.

Halt at WIPP leaves workers in doubt

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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.

Gov Patrick shares concerns about Pilgrim plant

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.

Obama: Nuke deal can open opportunities for Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a nuclear agreement with Iran can open up "new possibilities and prosperity" for the Iranian people.

Even as negotiations on the accord continued, the Obama administration issued an order Thursday allowing U.S. academic institutions to operate exchange programs with Iranian universities.

Nuclear waste from New Mexico lab may go to Texas

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.

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NRC's Magwood takes post at OECD

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.

Iran ready to remove fears over Arak reactor

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.

2nd radiation release indicated at New Mexico site

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.


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