Macfarlane: Waste disposal plans essential for nations seeking nuclear power

The Asahi Shimbun

In an interview with Japan's Asahi Shimbun, Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane urged nations looking to develop nuclear power to plan for disposal of nuclear waste before starting generation.

Steam leak shuts down nuke plant in Plymouth, Mass.

The Boston Globe

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass., was shut down Tuesday due to a steam leak, but authorities said there was no radioactive danger, The Boston Globe reports.

Mexican truck with radioactive load found empty

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A truck carrying an extremely dangerous radioactive substance stolen in central Mexico has been found empty, a Mexican nuclear official said Wednesday. 

The International Atomic Energy Agency had said the truck was carrying cobalt-60, used for radiotherapy treatment to combat cancer. An IAEA statement earlier in the day said the truck was stolen Monday while taking the material to a radioactive waste storage center from the northern city of Tijuana.

NRC backs Waterford 3 disaster safety plan

The Times-Picayune

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Entergy's Waterford 3 nuclear plant in New Orleans has safeguards in place to withstand severe natural disasters and is in the processing of installing measures to prevent a core meltdown, The Times-Picayune reports.

Nuclear waste bill still on Wyden committee agenda

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden still hopes to bring a nuclear waste disposal bill to a committee vote this month, aides said Tuesday, but the calendar and technical details could push the bill into next year.

A spokeswoman for Wyden, D-Ore., said he intends to hold a voting session on the Nuclear Waste Administration Act after senators return to Washington Monday, but no date had been set.

Canadian nuclear construction project on hold


Ontario has decided to defer any increase in its nuclear capacity, according to the province’s new long-term energy plan, a move which Platts says puts any new construction at Darlington on hold and delays refurbishment projects.

Gov't proposes more work to store Fukushima water

TOKYO (AP) — A government panel is proposing additional measures to lessen the contaminated water crisis at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant.

Macfarlane visits Japan, South Korea this week

National Journal

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane will travel to Japan this week to headline a spent nuclear fuel conference and plans to meet with South Korean and Japanese leaders on nuclear energy, National Journal reports.

Slow nuclear waste storage action to cost more than $38B


Between the cost of the Yucca Mountain repository and damages owed to nuclear power utilities for nuclear waste collection fees, the federal government's slow action on nuclear waste storage is expected to cost at least $38 billion, Politico reports.

South Carolina threatens to fine DOE over nuclear site cleanup

The New York Times

South Carolina has threatened to impose $154 million in fines against the federal government if the Energy Department can't meet its schedule to clean up the Savannah River Site by 2023, The New York Times reports.


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