Obama plunges ahead toward Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of new talks, President Barack Obama is plunging ahead in search of a nuclear agreement with Iran despite outright opposition from American allies in the Middle East and deep skepticism, if not open hostility, from Congress.

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Energy Department ordered to suspend nuclear waste fees

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Energy Department can no longer collect $750 million in annual waste disposal fees from nuclear operators, following the decision to abandon the proposed Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada.

The order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia was the latest setback for President Barack Obama in his handling of the country's nuclear waste. Obama has attempt to go around federal law that mandates a permanent storage site at Yucca, one vehemently opposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

It was the latest victory for nuclear plant operators who contend the fee is unreasonable.

Obama appeals to lawmakers on Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama personally appealed to senators Tuesday to hold off on seeking additional sanctions on Iran while the U.S. and world powers negotiate a nuclear deal with Tehran.

Climate experts urge environmentalists to support nuclear


As United Nations climate talks make little progress, climate policy experts have called on environmental groups to support nuclear energy as a low-carbon form of power despite their heavy focus on renewable energy, Reuters reports.

Iran lawmakers seek block on nuclear concessions

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian lawmakers questioning a possible nuclear deal with world powers are seeking to block likely concessions offered by Tehran in exchange for easing Western sanctions.

Uncertainties abound in Fukushima decommissioning

TOKYO (AP) — It's costly, risky and dependent on technologies that have yet to be fully developed. A decades-long journey filled with unknowns lies ahead for Japan, which took a small step this week toward decommissioning its crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Japan regulators have no set schedule for nuclear restarts


Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority officials said regulators do not yet have a set time frame to complete safety inspections at the nation's 50 idled nuclear plants, Bloomberg reports.

NRC makes additional request, slowing Indian Point relicensing


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has requested more operation information from Entergy regarding the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York, a move that will likely delay the plant's license renewal process, WAMC reports.

After three years, NRC restarts Yucca safety review

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday ordered staff to resume the safety evaluation of the controversial Yucca Mountain spent nuclear fuel repository in Nevada after more than three years of inactivity.

The order, which follows a federal appeals court ruling that the halt was illegal, does not mean the repository will end up being licensed for operation. Still, it represents an important procedural victory for Yucca backers in Congress and the nuclear power industry over the opposition of President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Damaged Japan nuke plant begin removing fuel rods

TOKYO (AP) — Workers started removing radioactive fuel rods Monday from a reactor building at the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. The painstaking and risky task is a crucial first step toward a full cleanup of the earthquake and tsunami-damaged plant in northeastern Japan.


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