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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three GOP presidential hopefuls - Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. - are co-sponsoring a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the United States rule, The Hill reports. Paul announced the bill Friday.
A report from the center-right think tank American Action Forum estimates that the Environmental Protection Agency's power plant carbon rules could eventually force more than 90 coal-fired plants to retire and cost the economy nearly 300,000 jobs, The Washington Times reports.