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E.ON says it's got German nuclear shutdown covered

BERLIN (AP) — The chief executive of German utility E.ON says it has enough money set aside to cover the cost of shutting down its nuclear plants, even after the company splits in two next year.

Johannes Teyssen's responded Tuesday to concerns in Germany that the yet unnamed new company, which will also hold E.ON's conventional assets, could be used as a 'bad bank' to free E.ON from its nuclear legacy.

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NRC's Baran, oil exports get Hill time in final push by Congress

Republicans in the House will start taking a closer look at the U.S. ban on crude oil exports in the remaining days of the current Congress, while Senate Democrats are to try again to move the nomination of Jeffery Baran to a nearly four-year term on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Baran, whose term as a commissioner is to expire next summer, was nominated last month to fill out the term of departing commission chair Allison Macfarlane that ends in mid-2018. He is to get a vote on Tuesday in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, according to a notice published on the committee web site.

Uranium rebounding from Fukushima disaster

Source: 
Bloomberg

Uranium prices are on track for an 18 percent increase in 2014, which would be the first annual gain for the energy commodity in four years and make it the best performing category in the sector, Bloomberg reports.

The US-Iran differences that blocked a nuke deal

VIENNA (AP) — Renewed failure by Iran and the U.S. to reach a nuclear agreement by a Monday deadline reflects the difficulties each side has with crossing red lines they brought with them to the negotiating table.

With the two sides so far apart when they started the latest round of talks in February, sizable differences remain as talks were extended for another seven months. Here's a look at where things stand:

Iran nuclear talks stumble, extended until July

VIENNA (AP) — A yearlong effort to seal a nuclear deal with Iran fizzled Monday, leaving the U.S. and its allies little choice but to declare a seven-month extension in hopes that a new deadline will be enough to achieve what a decade of negotiations have failed to do — limit Tehran's ability to make a nuclear weapon.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other Western foreign ministers converging on Vienna in a last-ditch diplomatic push talked up the add-on time as the best way forward. "We would be fools to walk away," Kerry declared.

Damage worse than thought in Japanese earthquake

TOKYO (AP) — The damage from an overnight earthquake in a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics proved more extensive than initially thought.

A daylight assessment Sunday found at least 50 homes destroyed in two villages, and 41 people injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken bones, officials said.

Moniz got early warning on problems with Hanford probe

Source: 
E&E

Energy Department Inspector General Gregory Friedman, who determined last month that he couldn’t reach a conclusion regarding the firing of Hanford whistleblower Donna Busche, wrote to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in April complaining that contractors involved were not cooperating in getting him interviews he’d requested with employees, according to a memo obtained by E&E through the Freedom of Information Act.

No extension on Iran nuke talks: Kerry

Source: 
The Guardian

Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Vienna to join talks with Iran over its nuclear program, saying at his previous stop in Paris that there would be no extension past Monday’s deadline, The Guardian reports.

Deal divides billions in closed nuke plant's costs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Consumers will pay about $3.3 billion and shareholders will pay about $1.4 billion under a settlement approved Thursday on costs stemming from the premature closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.
The vote by the California Public Utilities Commission was 5-0.

Washington to sue over nuclear site's tank vapors

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington plans to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to protect workers from hazardous vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Wednesday.

A report last month found the Energy Department does not have an adequate system to detect whether harmful vapors are sickening workers.

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