VIENNA (AP) — Iran's president has promised to back a United Nations probe into suspicions that the country secretly worked on nuclear arms, the U.N.'s chief nuclear inspector said Sunday after talks in Tehran.
Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency described the meetings as "useful." Still, it was unclear whether his agency would be able to make much progress by Aug. 25 — the deadline agreed on by the two sides to advance an IAEA investigation that has essentially been stalled for seven years.
Amano said Sunday's talks with President Hasan Rouhani resulted in Iran's "firm commitment ... to resolve all present and past issues" — a euphemism for the IAEA investigation.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will keep a closer eye on operations at Duke Energy’s Oconee Nuclear Station, now that it has served the company with a violation notice after a crack in the high pressure injection system caused a radiation leak and forced a shutdown in one of the facility’s three reactors, The Greenville News reports.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is vowing to get southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump back in operation as soon as possible after a mysterious radiation leak that has indefinitely shuttered the nation's only permanent repository for waste from decades of nuclear bomb building.
During a town hall meeting packed with state and community officials, and many supporters of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, Moniz said, "If you stick with us, were sticking with you."
About a dozen community leaders and residents were at the Carlsbad airport to welcome Moniz and show their continued support for the plant, which employs about 650 people.
Loving County, Texas – a sprawling 650 square miles with a population of 95 – is looking to attract federal government consideration as a storage site for rapidly growing quantities of nuclear waste, The New York Times reports.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A federal agency charged with reviewing the safety of mines failed to conduct required inspections at the government's troubled underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, two U.S. senators said.
Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich said the Mine Safety and Health Administration put the repository's workers and the surrounding community at risk by not doing the inspections.
A March 2015 goal for cleanup of radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant will likely be missed by the Tokyo Electric Power Co., according to calculations from Bloomberg News.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dismantling the San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California will take two decades and cost $4.4 billion, but spent radioactive fuel will be held at the site indefinitely, according to a game plan from Southern California Edison.
The price tag could make it the most expensive decommissioning in the 70-year history of the nuclear power industry, U-T San Diego reported.
The plant was shut down in 2012 after a small radiation leak led to the discovery of extensive damage to steam-generator tubes that carried radioactive water. Edison, which operated the plant, closed it for good last year.
The U.S. response to improving its nuclear power industry in the wake of the disaster at Fukushima Dai-ichi three years ago has so far cost around $3 billion, with the most important objective to guarantee that reactors and spent fuel would stay cool even in extreme conditions, an official told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Thursday, Platts reports.
Salary increases, including one for CEO John Watson that brings his base pay to $1.9 million, were approved by Chevron’s board despite the decline in oil prices that has dragged down the value of the company’s shares, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A voluntary agreement that spells out a timetable to clean up the site of a chemical spill that contaminated the Elk River last year has been worked out between Freedom Industries and West Virginia regulators, The Associated Press reports.
Negotiators from six world powers and Iran resumed nuclear talks Wednesday despite passing a deadline for an agreement, with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hamond telling the BBC that there was “a broad framework for understanding” but some key points remain to be worked out, Reuters reports.
In a fresh sign of deepening drought intensity, the water content of the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is at 6 percent of normal levels, the lowest amount since record-keeping began in 1950, according to the California Department of Water Resources, USA Today reports.
Oil company Samson Resources, suffering from poor performance that has also helped to drag down backers Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, says in a regulatory filing that it has hired advisers to help it investigate possible reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, The New York Times reports.