Ukraine crisis stalls Russian push into EU nuclear industry

The Wall Street Journal

Russia had been maneuvering to fill the gap when Germany retreated from developing nuclear power plants in Europe in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, but the effort has been stalled by sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Nuke weapons sites need better emergency preparedness: Panel

The Hill

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, in a recommendation to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz that will be published in the Federal Register Tuesday, says there must be an improvement in emergency preparedness regulations and guidelines to ensure that weapons sites will be better able to cope with potential disasters, including earthquakes and wildfires, The Hill reports.

IAEA urges Iran to meet investigation request

VIENNA (AP) — The head of the U.N. atomic agency is urging Iran to provide answers over suspicions that Tehran worked on nuclear arms.

Speaking at Monday's general conference of his International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano said Iran had implemented some measures in an agreement meant to give the agency a deeper knowledge of Iran's nuclear program.

Secretary of State Kerry meets Iran's Zarif

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry emerged from talks Sunday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif, saying Washington was intent on advancing negotiations focused on reducing Iran's atomic activities in exchange for an end to nuclear-related sanctions.

The talks have been stalled for months over Iran's opposition to sharply reducing the size and output of centrifuges that can enrich uranium both to levels needed for reactor fuel or the core of nuclear warheads. Iran says its enrichment program is only for peaceful purposes, but Washington fears it could be used to make a bomb. Iran says any deal must put an end to the sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy.

2nd barrel may have leaked at WIPP: DOE official


Preliminary reports blamed the radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico on a single ruptured barrel that came from Los Alamos National Laboratory, but Joe Franco, who manages the Department of Energy’s field office in Carlsbad, told a public meeting that there may have been a problem with plutonium contamination from a second container, Reuters reports.

Sherwood-Randall confirmed for DOE

The Hill

The Senate, on a voice vote, has confirmed Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall to become Deputy Energy Secretary, the number two slot in the department, replacing the departing Daniel Poneman, The Hill reports.

Greens exit Finnish government over nuclear spat

HELSINKI (AP) — The environmentalist Green Party says it's dropping out of Finland's coalition government, which has endorsed the construction of a new nuclear power plant.

Green Party leader and Environment Minister Ville Niinisto told reporters Thursday that the decision clashes with the core values of the anti-nuclear Greens, a junior partner in governing coalition since 2011.

The exit weakens Prime Minister Alexander Stubb's coalition though it retains a majority in Parliament by one seat.

Boost for GE Hitachi from NRC OK of its reactor


GE Hitachi gaining Nuclear Regulatory Commission approval Tuesday for its Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor “marks a crucial step forward,” said company chief Caroline Reda, Platts reports.

Sen. Reid moves to ensure nuclear dump stays dead

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid action in Congress to intensify the fight against Islamic State militants, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid found time Tuesday for an issue closer to home: ensuring that a nuclear waste dump in his home state of Nevada remains mothballed even after the government has spent $15 billion on it.

Reid devoted floor time to confirming two nominees to the agency that oversees the nation's nuclear reactors. That means a Democratic-appointed majority will weigh any further steps related to creating a national nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, located 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

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Baran, Burns confirmed to NRC

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Barack Obama's two Democratic nominees to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which will bring the five-member safety regulator back to full strength.

Senators approved Jeffery M. Baran on a 56-44 vote, and Stephen G. Burns on a 60-40 vote.


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