Executives from Entergy Corp. and Exelon Corp. renewed industry calls for a shift in the current electricity market, which they argue now gives too much power to cheap natural gas and subsidized wind, in order to prevent future nuclear reactors closings, E&E reports.
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Crews declared a blaze at an underground nuclear repository in southeastern New Mexico snuffed out and determined that there was minimal damage after a truck hauling salt caught fire and prompted an evacuation.
Two mine rescue teams went into the earth at the Carlsbad-area Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, where the federal government seals away its low-grade nuclear waste, including plutonium-contaminated clothing and tools. The teams determined the fire was no longer burning and reported the air was clear and safe to breathe, a news release and Susan Scott, a spokeswoman who answered an emergency line, said late Wednesday.
All employees were evacuated from the underground site after the fire broke out about 11 a.m. Wednesday, and none of the radioactive waste was affected, plant officials said. Six people were treated for smoke inhalation and released a short while later.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that Washington's "wishes are unlikely to come true" in talks between the Islamic Republic and world powers over its nuclear program, the government's latest apparent attempt to deflect criticism from hard-line skeptics who say that President Hassan Rouhani will give up too much for too little in upcoming negotiations over a final comprehensive deal.
Mohammad Javad Zarif indicated the U.S. wanted Iran to give up major parts of its nuclear program but said such demands won't be carried out.
"America has wishes and those wishes are unlikely to come true and that's why they are negotiating with the Islamic Republic of Iran to achieve a solution based on realities," he told a news conference in Tehran.
Energy Department Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Pete Lyons said a recent string of nuclear reactor closures could pose a threat to the administration's greenhouse gas reduction goals by increasing the amount of fossil fuels used to generate power, E&E reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it would not exempt Entergy's Vermont Yankee plant, set to be voluntarily shuttered, from safety studies and improvements unless it submits additional information on plant operations, The Barre Montpelier Times Argus reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission named Entergy's Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass. as one of the nine worst-performing plants in the nation based on unplanned shutdowns, opening the door for closer scrutiny at the plant, the Cape Cod Times reports.
In a report, Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee noted several governmental cybersecurity issues across the federal government, including unauthorized information disclosures from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, The Washington Post reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Tuesday that an interim deal with Iran that promises to curb its nuclear program in exchange for some relief from economic sanctions does not mean that Tehran is open for business.
Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman and David Cohen, undersecretary for terrorism and financing, acknowledged that European businesses are rushing to Iran to prepare for the possibility that all sanctions will be lifted if a comprehensive agreement is reached preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
Both Sherman and Cohen sought to reassure members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — some of whom are eager to restore sanctions against Iran — that the U.S. will continue to enforce existing sanctions even as some are being eased and that those who violate them will be targeted.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it launched a special inspection into repeated pump-reliability issues at Dominion's Millstone-3 reactor at its nuclear power plant in Waterford, Conn., Platts reports.
Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. says its current plan to move oil sands crude into the U.S. by connecting output from its Alberta Clipper line to its existing Line 3 needs no further permits, and construction should start within weeks, Reuters reports.
Plains All American Pipeline LP says it plans to spend around $900 million to construct a 440-mile pipeline from its terminal in Cushing to a Valero Energy Corp. refinery slated to be completed in Memphis in 2016, FuelFix reports.
Oil prices were slipping Friday morning ahead of remarks by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen which were being watched for signals about any potential interest rate increase. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery was 39 cents lower to $93.57 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude dropped 29 cents to $102.34, Bloomberg reports.
A measure aimed at getting a million more zero-emissions vehicles – powered by electricity and hydrogen fuel cells – out on the road is moving through the California legislature this month, E&E reports.
New York electricity system operator LIPA says plans for green energy projects – including the possibility of Deepwater Wind sending electricity from wind turbines off Rhode Island over to Long Island via underwater cables – are going ahead despite the PSEG takeover of its operations, Newsday reports.
It’s the biggest hiring surge in Houston since the shale boom began: The area has added 5,000 energy sector jobs in June and July, according to data from the U.S. Labor Department, the Houston Business Journal reports.
Duke Energy, anticipating increasing electricity demand in Florida at the same time it is shutting down its nuclear power plant and planning to close coal-fired plants, is looking to add gas-fired generation, but it wants to construct its own plants rather than buy existing ones from Calpine Corp., E&E reports.
The continuing severe drought in the West has caused the loss of some 65 trillion gallons of groundwater since the beginning of 2013, which is changing the topography of the earth’s crust and producing uplift, according to a study from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, published in the journal Science, The New York Times reports.