Entergy Corporation says it’s shutting down the Vermont Yankee nuclear generating station because it’s not profitable to operate the plant anymore, and The New York Times reports concerns about the safety of the industry are also proving a burden despite nuclear’s carbon free footprint.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the ruined Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, says it has managed to remove fuel rods from the vulnerable No. 4 reactor building, and they are being placed in an undamaged storage pool, The New York Times reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years — repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps — the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide.
Less certain is whether it will find all the right fixes, apply them fully and convince a doubting force of launch officers, security guards and other nuclear workers that their small and narrow career field is not a dead end.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or large-scale natural catastrophe, lacking effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found.
The report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, obtained by The Associated Press before its release, found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency didn't always keep track of disaster efforts by agencies, hampering the nation's preparedness even after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. That storm hit a large swath of the eastern U.S., including New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, which received federal disaster money.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The federal Energy Department will need to acquire water and land rights before it gets approval to entomb the nation's most radioactive waste beneath a mountain in the Nevada desert, according to a report released Thursday by an the agency being asked to license the project.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission report said most administrative and program elements of the Yucca Mountain repository reviewed by NRC staff members meet commission requirements.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A final report by independent researchers shows the radiation leak from the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico was small and localized.
The report released Thursday by the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center also says no negative health effects are expected among workers or the public.
A Dutch court ruled that a joint natural gas venture operated by Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil in the Netherlands must compensate homeowners for declining property values linked to drilling-induced earthquakes, Reuters reports.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that China has signed on to a $5 billion loan to the country to boost the OPEC member's oil production "in a gradual way" over the next months, Reuters reports.
President Barack Obama on Monday called on Congress to pass legislation commemorating the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service and approve new infrastructure updates and set up an endowment for future projects, The Hill reports.
Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said the company's newly approved takeover of BG Group would allow it to become a "simpler and more profitable company" during a prolonged period of low oil prices, Platts reports.
The Justice Department told a federal judge that it could take up to two months to formally publish the Environmental Protection Agency's final Clean Power Plan in the Federal Register, a development that would further delay legal action against the rules, The Hill reports.
Some Alaska native leaders remain undeterred by warnings of more extreme weather from a changing climate, with most in the North Slope region embracing expanded oil and gas development both onshore and in Arctic waters, E&E reports.
The administration of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, intends to develop a compliance plan for the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan and will not join current legal challenges to the rule, the Lansing State Journal reports.
Four environmental groups plan to launch a multi-million-dollar ad campaign against four Republican senators up for reelection in 2016 who opposed carbon regulations: Rob Portman of Ohio, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, The Hill reports.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said his country doesn't plan "significant cuts" to its oil production to help stabilize global prices, but output could decrease if prices continue to dwindle, Reuters reports.
Oil prices slid 8 percent Monday morning, reversing gains from a day earlier, as concerns mounted that China's manufacturing sector is contracting at the fastest rate in three years, Reuters reports. U.S. crude was down $3.91 to $45.92 per barrel and Brent crude fell $4.32 to $49.83 a barrel.