WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — One of two reactors at Connecticut's only nuclear plant resumed operation Wednesday after a weekend power outage, but the other remained offline as the company investigated the release of water from a cooling tank.
Ken Holt, a spokesman for Millstone Power Station in Waterford, said Wednesday morning that Unit 2 was expected to return to 100 percent power within about a day. He said there was no estimate for when Unit 3 would be back online.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of containers of radioactive waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory are being packed as a precaution into concrete casks at a temporary storage facility in West Texas.
The waste was shipped to Andrews, Texas, due to the closure of the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico. The repository has been closed since February because of a radiation release.
Investigators have focused on a container from Los Alamos as the possible cause of the release.
Sen. Barbara Boxer late Tuesday criticized as "irresponsible" a decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission not to require removal of spent nuclear fuel from long term storage in cooling pools to dry casks.
"I am deeply troubled by the NRC’s vote today to allow reactor operators to leave dangerous nuclear fuel in spent fuel pools for an unlimited period of time, rather than requiring them to put the fuel into safer dry cask storage." said Boxer, D-Calif, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is rejecting calls from watchdog groups and some U.S. senators to speed up moving spent nuclear fuel from the pools where most of it is stored, weighing in on a debate over whether transfers should be made for safety concerns and not just logistics.
An NRC memo provided to The Associated Press on Tuesday shows the commission accepted its staff's recommendation to drop expedited transfer of the spent fuel from consideration.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Officials have been unable to control costs at a multibillion-dollar nuclear reactor fuel project at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, according to a new audit released this month.
The inspector general of the U.S. Energy Department says in the report that the National Nuclear Security Administration and a private contractor have been "largely unsuccessful" in keeping tabs on the facility that would turn weapons-grade plutonium into commercial reactor fuel.
The project, known as MOX, is part of a nonproliferation agreement between the United States and Russia, with each country agreeing to dispose of 34 tons of weapons-grade plutonium — an amount that officials have said is equal to 17,000 warheads. It would be the first of its kind in the United States.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal panel has lifted a temporary hold on the operating license for a proposed uranium mine in western South Dakota.
The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board in late April issued the stay on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission license granted to Powertech Uranium Corp. The stay was to ensure historic and cultural sites in the Black Hills aren't damaged by work at Powertech's proposed Dewey-Burdock mine near Edgemont.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The investigation into a February radiation release from the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico has turned to a seemingly unusual suspect: cat litter.
Federal officials have zeroed in on a barrel of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory as the source of the leak, and one theory is that a change in the type of cat litter that it was packed with caused a leak that contaminated 22 workers with low levels of radiation on Feb. 14, shuttering the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, New Mexico, indefinitely.
TOKYO (AP) — A court Wednesday refused to let two nuclear reactors restart operations in western Japan, saying their risk assessment is too optimistic and safety measures insufficient despite lessons from the Fukushima disaster.
The denial by the district court in Japan's nuclear hub of Fukui is the first since the crisis and comes as some Japanese reactors are in the final stages of safety screening before a restart, and plaintiffs and their anti-nuclear supporters say the court ruling could sway local acceptance.
VIENNA (AP) — Iran has agreed to help a U.N. probe of suspicions that it secretly worked on nuclear weapons, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday — a development that raises hopes the long-stalled investigation can finally make headway.
Iran has steadfastly dismissed such allegations as part of a campaign masterminded by the United States and Israel to discredit what it insists are Iran's peaceful nuclear intentions.
IAEA investigators recently came away disappointed after Iran told them that experiments with detonators were for civilian and conventional military use only. It was a similar answer to one six years ago, when the agency first linked such tests to work on setting off a nuclear weapon.
Oil was mixed Friday, with an estimate of a stockpile build in Cushing sending West Texas Intermediate crude down 49 cents to $45.83 a barrel on the Nymex, while the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah pushed Brent 47 cents higher to $48.99, Reuters reports.
Hit by the slump in oil prices, contractor Hercules Offshore is retiring five more Gulf of Mexico rigs, a second round of such action, and also is taking $117 million in fourth quarter write-offs, FuelFix reports.
A draft final report from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board into the fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond more than two years ago –- to be presented at a public meeting next week -- blames problems with regulations, the company’s safety culture and also its emergency response crews, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Even though GOP leaders like Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. and new chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, say they would be willing to look at reform of the Clean Air Act, such an overhaul would be a long shot at best, say lobbyists and industry figures, E&E reports.
The U.S. is a few years away from President Obama’s goal of seeing 1 million electric vehicles on the road, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told The Detroit News in an interview, saying the costs are still too high.
On a visit to the X-Games in Colorado, Gina McCarthy joined Olympic snowboarders to highlight the danger climate change poses to winter sports and the mountain towns that host them, the Aspen Daily News reports.
The U.S. special representative for the Arctic, Adm. Robert Papp, says he has discussed with Disney using characters from the movie Frozen to educate the public about the dangers climate change poses to the Arctic, National Journal reports.
A compromise about burying parts of the SunZia transmission line between New Mexico and Arizona underneath part of the White Sands Missile Range has led to a formal agreement about the project, to be announced Saturday by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
Legislation being discussed in Vermont would discourage the practice of utilities collecting renewable energy credits for reducing fossil fuel use and then selling them on to firms out of state, the Burlington Free Press reports.