PRAGUE (AP) — French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says his country's major energy companies are interested in developing the Czech Republic's nuclear program.
Unlike some other European countries, such as Germany and Austria, the Czech Republic and France are both heavily relying on nuclear energy. The Czech government is expected to approve a plan this year to build new reactors in both Czech nuclear plants, Temelin and Dukovany.
The Senate on Monday confirmed Jeffery M. Baran to an extended term on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Ellen D. Williams to head the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy at the Energy Department.
Baran's term was to end next June. A Democrat, Baran was confirmed to a term through June 2018 by a 52-40 vote.
Williams was confirmed on a voice vote. Her nomination had been pending since late last year.
Baran will complete the term of NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane, who is stepping down at the end of the year to join George Washington University.
A change in the chair at the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, where Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. and a supporter of nuclear power is taking over, could offer assistance to the industry, according to Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., The Hill reports.
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — New Mexico on Saturday levied more than $54 million in penalties against the U.S. Department of Energy for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the only U.S. underground nuclear waste repository.
The state Environment Department delivered a pair of compliance orders to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, marking the state's largest penalty ever imposed on the federal agency. Together, the orders outline more than 30 state-permit violations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico and at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Six workers at a Wyoming uranium mine inhaled the radioactive element while cleaning up a spill inside a processing building just days before the mine delivered its first shipment last year, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The workers' urine tested positive for uranium at close to seven times the federal agency's permissible level, the federal agency alleges in a Nov. 14 violation notice against Lost Creek LLC ISR, a subsidiary of Littleton, Colorado-based Ur-Energy.
HELSINKI (AP) — Finland has taken a major step toward approving the construction of a nuclear plant by Finnish-Russian consortium Fennovoima that would be the Nordic country's sixth reactor.
In a 115-74 vote, lawmakers re-endorsed the project Friday. The 1,200 megawatt plant was originally approved by lawmakers in 2010 but fell through after it did not find enough local investors. Finland requires that domestic investors own at least 60 percent of Fennovoima.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is telling members of Congress it has won significant concessions from Iran for extending nuclear talks, including promises by the Islamic republic to allow snap inspections of its facilities and to neutralize much of its remaining uranium stockpile.
Those terms are included in a document that U.S. officials say represents the terms for a seven-month extension in nuclear negotiations between world powers and Iran, agreed to when the last deadline of Nov. 24 passed without an accord. A copy was obtained by The Associated Press.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional hawks are struggling to build a veto-proof majority for new sanctions on Iran despite lawmakers' widespread discontent with a year of nuclear talks with Iran. The talks were recently extended an additional seven months.
After world powers and Iran failed to meet their own deadline for a deal, many in Congress are decrying the stalemate and what they perceive as major concessions by the U.S. and its partners for few steps by Iran to dismantle its nuclear program.
PARIS (AP) — The former head of France's Areva, a leading world nuclear manufacturer going through a difficult turnaround, has died, less than two months after illness forced him to step down from the company.
French President Francois Hollande and top government ministers hailed Luc Oursel's contribution to promoting France's nuclear energy expertise on the global market. State-controlled Areva announced Oursel's death Wednesday night.
Giving states more time to comply with provisions of the rule limiting power plant carbon emissions may help the Environmental Protection Agency deflect some of the legal challenges it’ll face after finalizing the regulation, E&E reports.
Human activity does contribute to climate change, but the Obama administration’s “irresponsible and ineffective” Clean Power Plan won’t help stop it, Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush told Bloomberg BNA in an interview.
Three prominent scientists active in the climate field—including Harvard professor Naomi Oreskes—have written an essay saying that industry—major oil companies in particular—is responsible for the lions’ share of greenhouse gas emissions that have contributed to climate change, E&E reports.
California Democrats Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Barbara Boxer have proposed a bill to provide $1.3 billion over ten years to projects that would help their state cope better with drought, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Support for oil prices, provided by a report of a drawdown in inventories, evaporated Thursday in the face of a rally in the dollar. U.S. benchmark crude lost 27 cents to settle at $48.52 on the Nymex, while in London, Brent slipped 7 cents to $53.31, Reuters reports.
Cashing in on the flood of cheap crude oil, refiner Valero Energy reported $1.4 billion in earnings in the second quarter, more than double what it made a year ago, and chief Joe Gorder was talking about expansion and diversification, FuelFix reports.
Although performing better than analysts expected, ConocoPhillips still reported a loss of $179 million in the second quarter, and announced it will cut capital spending by another $500 million, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Lower oil and gas prices that cut drilling activity were responsible for Pioneer Energy Services’ growing red ink in the second quarter, the contract driller said as it reported a net loss of $77.3 million, FuelFix reports.
Royal Dutch Shell might look to get involved in gas projects in Iran once sanctions are lifted in the wake of the nuclear agreement Tehran reached with global powers, according to Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry, Platts reports.