WIPP could be years away from operating again


The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, shut after a radiation leak in February, may not resume operations for years --  a recovery plan for the facility, however, could be finalized in the coming weeks, according to a Department of Energy official, Reuters reports.

Senate Environment hearing on NRC nominations

Washington, September 9, 2014, 10:00 am

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on nominations of Jeffery M. Baran, Stephen G. Burns to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Uranium enrichment firm to re-emerge from bankruptcy


The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware last week approved restructuring plans for uranium enrichment company USEC, which will enable it to emergy from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as Centrus Energy Corp., Platts reports.

Iran arrests suspected nuclear plant saboteur

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have arrested a Ukrainian national suspected of sabotage at the country's sole nuclear power plant, an Iranian newspaper reported on Sunday.

The report in the Hamshahri daily said the "Ukrainian expert" was affiliated with a Russian contractor that works in Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant, which went online in 2011 with Russian aid.

The report did not elaborate on the timing or nature of the alleged sabotage. Iran has long accused the United States, Israel and European countries of working to sabotage its nuclear program.

California regulator: alter nuclear plant deal

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — The state regulator overseeing the closure of Southern California's San Onofre nuclear power plant said that a proposed settlement outlining who pays for the work needs to be a better deal for consumers.

The plant's operators fashioned the deal with consumer groups this spring. That proposal "unfairly favors shareholders over consumers," and the California Public Utilities Commission would not consider approving it without substantial revisions, Michael Florio, the commission member handling the multibillion-dollar settlement, said Friday.

Senate Democrats

Congress returns to NRC nominations, GOP energy bills

Congress returns to Washington on Monday for a brief session before leaving later this month to campaign in advance of the November elections, with senators to start work on President Barack Obama's two nominees to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Much of the pre-election posturing on energy will come in the Republican-led House, which is to take up a group of bills and hold hearings to highlight its anti-regulatory agenda, according to a memo to GOP members by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

Australia to supply uranium to India

Deutsche Welle

The leaders of Australia and India have signed an agreement for Australia to supply India with uranium for nuclear power plants, Deutsche Welle reports.

UN report confirms nuke probe of Iran stalled

VIENNA (AP) — Instead of acting on its pledge to help a new probe of suspicions that it worked on atomic arms, Iran has begun dismissing the allegations, U.N. nuclear agency said Friday.

The same tactic has stalled previous inquiries. Iran agreed in February to work with International Atomic Energy Agency, in what was seen as a test of Tehran's professed new willingness to reduce tensions over its nuclear program.

Since then, the agency has sought information on alleged experiments with detonators that can be used to set off nuclear explosions; work on high-explosive charges used in nuclear blasts, and alleged studies on calculating nuclear explosive yields.

Australia to sign uranium export deal with India

NEW DELHI (AP) — Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott met with his Indian counterpart Friday on a two-day state visit during which they are expected to sign a deal to allow the export of Australian uranium to India for use in power generation.

The agreement is expected to be signed Friday evening. Australia, which has almost a third of the world's known uranium reserves, imposes strict conditions on uranium exports and India's failure to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty had long been a barrier to a trade deal.

UN's Iran nuke probe stalls _ again

VIENNA (AP) — A new and seemingly promising U.N probe of allegations that Iran worked on atomic arms has stalled, diplomats say, leaving investigators not much further than where they started a decade ago and dampening U.S. hopes of reaching an overarching nuclear deal with Tehran by a November deadline.

Expectations were high just two weeks ago, when chief U.N. nuclear inspector Yukiya Amano emerged from talks in Tehran with Iranian President Hasan Rouhani saying Iran had given "a firm commitment" of cooperation.


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