EU OKs Britain's subsidies for $26B nuclear plant

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's competition watchdog has accepted Britain's bid to heavily subsidize the construction and operation of a new 16-billion pound ($26 billion) nuclear power plant.

The EU's executive Commission said Wednesday the subsidies, which include guaranteeing the plant operator a fixed above-market electricity price for 35 years, won't unduly distort fair competition.

South Korean town to put nuclear plan to vote

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Fighting plans to build a nuclear power plant, a South Korean fishing village is holding a referendum Thursday, even though the government has warned the vote is illegal.

A site in Samcheok, 195 kilometers (120 miles) east of Seoul, was picked by the energy ministry after a previous city government applied in 2010 for a nuclear power facility. But attitudes have shifted since Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima.

Iran president: Differences remain on nuclear deal

VIENNA (AP) — Iran's president said disagreements remain between his country and world powers on the details of a final deal aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, as Iranian dissidents accused his government on Wednesday of secretly moving its most sensitive research facilities to hide them from the West.

President Hassan Rouhani's remarks came ahead of a Nov. 24 deadline in talks aimed at preventing Iran from making an atomic weapon in exchange for easing economic sanctions. Failure to conclude the deal could mean that the whole negotiating process, years in the making, falls apart.

Pressure rising in Kerry nuclear talks with Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a late-November deadline approaching, America's top diplomat is plunging back into Iranian nuclear talks with one eye on his adversary and the other on developments at home, as pressure rises in Washington for a deal ensuring the Islamic republic cannot become a nuclear state.

The prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate means Secretary of State John Kerry will be on a tight leash.

Trial over murder of fusion expert to start Tuesday

Hartford Courant

The motives for killing energy scientist Eugene Mallove ten years ago were personal and unrelated to his work, police have said, and the trial of one of his accused killers starts Tuesday in Connecticut, the Hartford Courant reports.

Iran says UN nuclear officials coming to Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official news agency is reporting a delegation from the United Nations nuclear watchdog will visit the country next week for more talks on Tehran's nuclear program.

The Friday report by IRNA quotes Reza Najafi, Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, in Vienna. He says that the IAEA's Tero Tapio Varjoranta, the agency's deputy director-general and head of the department of safeguards, will head the delegation.

Delays to inflate cost of SC nuclear reactors

ATLANTA (AP) — The cost of a new nuclear power plant in South Carolina could grow by more than $1 billion, utility officials warned Thursday. The announcement raised questions about the industry's attempts to rein in construction spending.

The firms building two new reactors at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant want SCANA Corp. to pay an additional $660 million plus an amount sufficient to cover the cost of inflation since 2007, SCANA Corp. said. SCANA owns a 55 percent stake in the new reactors.

Plant co-owner Santee Cooper, which owns 45 percent, could see its costs rise by about $540 million, not including the additional inflation payment.

Price tag for SC nuclear plant could grow by $1B

ATLANTA (AP) — The firms building a new nuclear plant in South Carolina say their construction costs could grow by more than $1 billion.

That development is troubling for a nuclear industry trying to prove it can build new power plants without the cost overruns that plagued its projects decades ago.

US slams Israeli housing project, Obama and Netanyahu talk Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from "even its closest allies" and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians.

The harsh criticism came just hours after President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White House. Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said the president privately raised his concerns with Netanyahu though the two leaders made no mention of the matter in their public comments to reporters.

Report IDs 'weaknesses' at nuclear weapons lab

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A report issued Wednesday by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy squarely places blame for the shutdown of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository on failures at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The inspector general's office identified several major weaknesses in the lab's procedures for packing contaminated gloves, tools and other radiological wastes that were destined for permanent storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico.


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