Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was expected to announce Wednesday the government's financial backing for the first new nuclear reactors in the U.S. in nearly 20 years, being built by Southern Co. in Georgia.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Mary Landrieu, D-La., on Tuesday lauded approval of billions of dollars in loan guarantees sought by Southern to back the expansion of its Vogtle nuclear power station.
The Energy Department has finalized a pending $8.3 billion loan guarantee for two new reactors being built by Southern Co. at its Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Mary Landrieu said Tuesday.
"I welcome the news of the Department of Energy's approval of Southern Co.'s loan guarantee to construct the long-planned expansion of the Vogtle nuclear facility," said Landrieu, D-La., in a statement.
The department earlier said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is to make a major energy announcement on Wednesday in Washington. Officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
SPOKANE, Washington (AP) — A whistle-blower who raised safety concerns at the most polluted nuclear weapons production site in the U.S. was fired Tuesday from her job at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Donna Busche's complaints are part of a string of whistle-blower and other claims related to the design and safety of the waste treatment plant at Hanford, created by the federal government in the 1940s as part of the top-secret project to build the atomic bomb. Today, it is the nation's most contaminated nuclear site, where cleanup costs about $2 billion each year.
Busche, 50, said she was called into the office Tuesday morning and told she was being fired for cause.
VIENNA (AP) — Iran drew a red line on Tuesday on how far it would go at landmark nuclear talks, saying as the meeting opened that it would not buckle to pressure from the U.S. and five other world powers to scrap any of its nuclear facilities.
The statement by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi suggested tough talks ahead, constituting a rejection of a central demand by the six countries.
At the same time, neither side can afford to have the talks fail. Lack of agreement would leave Iran struggling under the weight of harsh economic sanctions and a threat of military strikes by Israel, which sees Iran's nuclear program as an unacceptable security threat primarily designed to develop weapons.
VIENNA (AP) — Iran and six world powers are back at the negotiating table, eager to come to terms on a comprehensive nuclear deal but deeply divided on what it should look like.
The two sides began meeting Tuesday in attempts to build on a first-step accord that temporarily curbs Tehran's nuclear activities in exchange for some sanctions relief. Implemented in January, the first-step deal is in effect for six months and can be renewed.
The six seek to minimize concerns that Tehran could use a peaceful nuclear program to make weapons. The Islamic Republic denies wanting — or ever working on — nuclear weapons.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy stressed Sunday that no surface contamination has been found after airborne radiation was detected underground at a southeastern New Mexico site where the government stores low-grade nuclear waste.
The department says that tests were taken at several sites around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant after a monitor found radiation on underground levels late Friday night.
No workers were underground and no injuries or damages have been reported.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., threatened a lawsuit against the Nuclear Regulatory Commission unless the agency turns over documents to her Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the radioactive gas leak that led the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the Orange County Register reports.
An official for the International Atomic Energy Agency said four countries, Bangladesh, Jordan, Turkey and Poland, may soon move to develop their first nuclear reactors within five years, Reuters reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency has sent its suggested blending mandate for the long-delayed 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard to the Office of Management and Budget without dropping hints about what’s in the proposal, which will now be reviewed by the White House and other federal agencies, and Platts suggests a final decision may not even be made public until after the November election.
Even with Russia sending a convoy of trucks into Ukraine Friday, oil prices continued to decline as there’s been no evidence of any disruption in supply. U.S. benchmark crude for October delivery slipped 31 cents to settle at $93.65 a barrel on the Nymex, a drop of 3.9 percent on the week, while in London Brent crude ended 34 cents lower at $102.29, Reuters reports.
The non-profit group Sky Truth has created a global interactive map displaying natural gas flaring – in the U.S. showing concentrated activity in the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Marcellus Shale plays -- while environmental advocate Earthworks has released a report entitled Up in Flames that contains extensive statistics, stating, for example, that flaring in the Bakken increased five-fold between 2010 and 2013, according to National Journal.
Approval for power transmission projects like Gateway West and the TransWest Express is taking the federal government far too long, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority chairman Mike Easley told Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Thursday, The Associated Press reports.
California territory in “severe” drought dropped slightly to 97.5 percent this week due to above normal rainfall in the south, but that hasn’t helped boost low reservoir levels, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Lawyers for the Kurdistan Regional Government appeared before U.S. District Judge Gray Miller Friday, asking him to throw out a previous order from a magistrate -- which had been issued at the behest of the Iraqi government -- allowing U.S. marshals to seize any crude unloaded from a tanker that's been anchored off Galveston for weeks, FuelFix reports.
According to filings with the Federal Election Commission this week, NextGen Climate Action Committee took in $8 million in July but $7.5 million of that came from founder Tom Steyer, Politico reports.
The California Senate approved and sent to Governor Jerry Brown a bill to streamline the solar permit process, intended to make it easier and quicker for homeowners to get solar power installations up and running, according to LBReport.com.
A burdensome approval process and delays in the city’s Department of Water and Power in getting customers hooked up to the grid is putting a damper on solar power installations in L.A., the Los Angeles Times reports.