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UN: Iran ready to cooperate on nuclear probe

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.

NRC serves Duke with violation notice for safety lapse at Oconee

Source: 
The Greenville News

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.

Energy secretary vows to get NM nuke dump working

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.

Fault probe shuts UK nuclear reactors

Source: 
The New York Times

Three nuclear reactors are being shut in Britain and a fourth is remaining closed as operator EDF Energy investigates a fault, The New York Times reports.

Sparsely populated Texas county mulls taking nuclear waste

Source: 
The New York Times

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.

Uranium trade increasing on sanction fears

Source: 
Platts

Fears that Russian sanctions might affect the availability of uranium has boosted trading activity in the sector, Platts reports.

Agency: Confusion caused missed nuke dump checks

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.

TEPCO target for radioactive water cleanup at Fukushima likely elusive

Source: 
Bloomberg

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.

Dismantling California nuke plant will cost $4.4B

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.

Post-Fukushima modifications cost US nuke industry $3 billion

Source: 
Platts

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.

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