US nuclear dump officials say environment is safe

CARLSBAD, New Mexico (AP) — Officials investigating a leak from the U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste dump tried to reassure skeptical southeastern New Mexico residents Monday night that it posed no risk to their health.

More than 250 people attended a two-hour meeting to ask questions about back-to-back accidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad and the first-known release of radiation from the repository.

"I'm just a mom," said Anna Hovrud, "and my first reaction was to start praying. ... Basically I am not understanding about two-thirds of what has been said here. Is there a chance we could be exposed to radiation, that we are being poisoned somehow, while we are waiting for these samples?"

Japan plan keeps nuclear as key energy source

TOKYO (AP) — Japan unveiled its first draft energy policy since the Fukushima meltdowns three years ago, saying nuclear power remains an important source of electricity for the country.

The draft presented Tuesday to the Cabinet for approval expected in March, said Japan's nuclear energy dependency will be reduced as much as possible, but that reactors meeting new safety standards set after the 2011 nuclear crisis should be restarted.

Slightly elevated radiation concentrations at WIPP nuclear site: Samples

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The results of new monitoring data show slightly elevated levels of airborne radiation at and around the U.S. government's nuclear repository in southeastern New Mexico.

The U.S. Department of Energy said Monday the results are from samples collected last week at numerous air monitoring stations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and in the surrounding area.

The results are consistent with the kinds of low-grade nuclear waste stored at the underground site, but both federal and state officials say there's no indication of any public health threat.

Thousands of cooling tubes at Fla. nuclear plant show wear

Tampa Bay Times

An unusually high number of cooling tubes in Florida Power & Light's nuclear plant in St. Lucie are showing signs of wear, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

US nuclear future lies with small reactors, but none coming soon

U.S. News & World Report

Despite the Energy Department's move to back construction of reactors in Georgia, the next generation of new, smaller nuclear plants is unlikely to come on line anytime soon, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Japanese reactor restarts to affect uranium prices, mining M&A


Restarts for Japanese reactors shut down in the wake of the Fukushima crisis will likely boost uranium prices and revive takeover activity in the mining sector, Bloomberg predicts.

NM demands explanation from Feds about WIPP radiation leak

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials Thursday confirmed a leak of nuclear waste at a southeastern New Mexico repository, but it could be weeks before workers can safely access the underground dump to determine what happened.

The release of radiation from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant poses no public health threat, officials emphasized, but the state environment secretary said he was concerned with the lag in getting information about the incident.

Moniz signs off on nuclear loan guarantees for Vogtle

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz traveled to Georgia to formally award $6.5 billion dollars in loan guarantees for the Vogtle nuclear expansion project, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Nuke dump officials confirm leak of waste at WIPP

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Department of Energy officials say radiation levels detected in and around the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository are consistent with a leak at the southeastern New Mexico facility.

Carlsbad field office manager Jose Franco said Thursday that readings from sensors above and below ground indicate the radiation is coming from waste stored at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. But officials won't know what caused the leak until they can get underground to investigate. That could be weeks.

Iran nuke talks end, next round March 17

VIENNA (AP) — Iran and six world powers ended the opening round of nuclear talks on an upbeat note Thursday, with both sides saying they had agreed on a plan for further negotiations meant to produce a comprehensive deal to set limits on Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

In a joint statement, they said the next round of negotiations would begin in Vienna on March 17, continuing a process likely to take at least six months and probably longer.


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