SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Fighting plans to build a nuclear power plant, a South Korean fishing village is holding a referendum Thursday, even though the government has warned the vote is illegal.
A site in Samcheok, 195 kilometers (120 miles) east of Seoul, was picked by the energy ministry after a previous city government applied in 2010 for a nuclear power facility. But attitudes have shifted since Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima.
VIENNA (AP) — Iran's president said disagreements remain between his country and world powers on the details of a final deal aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons, as Iranian dissidents accused his government on Wednesday of secretly moving its most sensitive research facilities to hide them from the West.
President Hassan Rouhani's remarks came ahead of a Nov. 24 deadline in talks aimed at preventing Iran from making an atomic weapon in exchange for easing economic sanctions. Failure to conclude the deal could mean that the whole negotiating process, years in the making, falls apart.
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a late-November deadline approaching, America's top diplomat is plunging back into Iranian nuclear talks with one eye on his adversary and the other on developments at home, as pressure rises in Washington for a deal ensuring the Islamic republic cannot become a nuclear state.
The prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate means Secretary of State John Kerry will be on a tight leash.
The motives for killing energy scientist Eugene Mallove ten years ago were personal and unrelated to his work, police have said, and the trial of one of his accused killers starts Tuesday in Connecticut, the Hartford Courant reports.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official news agency is reporting a delegation from the United Nations nuclear watchdog will visit the country next week for more talks on Tehran's nuclear program.
The Friday report by IRNA quotes Reza Najafi, Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, in Vienna. He says that the IAEA's Tero Tapio Varjoranta, the agency's deputy director-general and head of the department of safeguards, will head the delegation.
ATLANTA (AP) — The cost of a new nuclear power plant in South Carolina could grow by more than $1 billion, utility officials warned Thursday. The announcement raised questions about the industry's attempts to rein in construction spending.
The firms building two new reactors at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant want SCANA Corp. to pay an additional $660 million plus an amount sufficient to cover the cost of inflation since 2007, SCANA Corp. said. SCANA owns a 55 percent stake in the new reactors.
Plant co-owner Santee Cooper, which owns 45 percent, could see its costs rise by about $540 million, not including the additional inflation payment.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from "even its closest allies" and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians.
The harsh criticism came just hours after President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White House. Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said the president privately raised his concerns with Netanyahu though the two leaders made no mention of the matter in their public comments to reporters.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A report issued Wednesday by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy squarely places blame for the shutdown of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository on failures at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The inspector general's office identified several major weaknesses in the lab's procedures for packing contaminated gloves, tools and other radiological wastes that were destined for permanent storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico.
Plants would no longer be exempt from air pollution regulations when they’re starting up, shutting down or malfunctioning, under a new regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency, The Hill reports.
A series of major energy and environmental regulations will be published by federal agencies between June and August, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules limiting power plant carbon emissions, the Interior Department’s rule protecting streams from mountaintop removal coal mining, and the Obama administration strategy for cutting methane emissions, The Hill reports.
A group of senators - 17 Democrats and Independent Bernie Sanders - has written to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, asking her to stop Royal Dutch Shell or anyone else from drilling in the Arctic, Reuters reports.
The reaction in Washington to this week’s oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara has been muted, National Journal reports, despite wishes expressed by environmentalists that the incident generate backing for policies moving the country away from fossil fuels.
A website set up by Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to collect grievances about federal regulation and bureaucracy has received complaints about a wide variety of the Environmental Protection Agency’s pending regulations, E&E reports.
Mississippi electric power cooperatives are backing away from a deal in which they would take 15 percent ownership of the Kemper County coal plant that will use carbon capture technology, because they said the power it generates would end up being too expensive, E&E reports.
A stronger dollar combined with the drop of only 1 oil rig in Baker Hughes’ weekly count sent crude prices sliding Friday. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude lost 1.6 percent, or $1, to settle at $59.72 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent was $1.17 , or 1.8 percent, lower, at $65.37, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Standard & Poor’s thinks oil companies that have managed to survive the slide in crude prices by borrowing more money may start running into trouble in the coming months, particularly if the price stays in the $50 range, FuelFix reports.
A new analysis concludes that wells in Mountrail and McKenzie counties in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale are productive enough to remain profitable even with oil prices around $60 a barrel, FuelFix reports.
With oil prices dramatically lower than a year ago, AAA predicts that more than 37 million people will travel more than 50 miles over the Memorial Day weekend - the most since 2005, The New York Times reports.