The federal government is investigating whether an executive of an Ohio firm that manufactures shipping containers for uranium bribed Russian energy officials to win contracts, The Wall Street Journal reports.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists will likely remain free after government prosecutors told defense attorneys they will not seek to have a sabotage charge reconsidered.
Sister Megan Rice was originally sentenced to three years and Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed were each sentenced to nearly five years for vandalizing the outside of a Tennessee bunker storing bomb-grade uranium. They painted the walls with slogans and splatted them with blood.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The cleanup of a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio is expected to take another three decades or more, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman had asked whether the administration was committed to decontaminating and decommissioning the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon at an accelerated rate and finishing by 2024, as announced by former Energy Secretary Steven Chu. In a response sent earlier this month and shared Tuesday by Portman, the department said the 2024 goal "is not achievable."
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate muscled its way into President Barack Obama's talks to curb Iran's nuclear program, overwhelmingly backing legislation Thursday that would let Congress review and possibly reject any final deal with Tehran.
The vote was 98-1 for the bipartisan bill that would give Congress a say on what could be a historic accord that the United States and five other nations are trying to finalize with Iran. Under the agreement, Iran would roll back its nuclear program in exchange for relief from crippling economy penalties.
The Energy Department’s program for managing excess uranium through transfers and sales is riddled with problems, including legal issues and inconsistent methods for valuing sales, according to a government auditor, who added that the DOE isn’t properly assessing impact sales and transfers have on the domestic uranium market.
In testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Interior Wednesday, Government Accountability Office Natural Resources and Environment Director David Trimble said the GAO has identified issues with the program since 2006.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defending an emerging nuclear deal, President Barack Obama said Iran would be kept a year away from obtaining a nuclear weapon for more than a decade, but conceded Tuesday that the buffer period could shrink to almost nothing after 13 or more years.
Obama, whose top priority at the moment is to sell the framework deal to critics, was pushing back on the charge that the deal fails to eliminate the risk because it allows Iran to keep enriching uranium. He told NPR News that Iran will be capped for a decade at 300 kilograms — not enough to convert to a stockpile of weapons-grade material.
The Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at Savannah River and the Uranium Processing Facility at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory would be killed under legislation to slash spending on nuclear weapons, proposed Monday by two Democratic lawmakers.
The bill, introduced by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Rep. Earl Blumenaeur, D-Ore., would cut $100 billion from nuclear weapons activity over the next decade, including termination of construction of the MOX facility at the Energy Department's Savannah River Site in South Carolina and cancelation of construction of the upgraded nuclear processing facility at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
Daniel Poneman, who used to hold the number-two position at the Energy Department, will become president and CEO of uranium enrichment company Centrus Energy, formerly the U.S. Enrichment Corp., E&E reports.
Canada’s uranium miner Cameco Corp. looks set to produce its worst set of results in a decade as the doldrums in the uranium market triggered by the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster in 2011 continues, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards did not throw out the rule itself, offering no legal guidance on the standing of the EPA’s attempt to limit power plant carbon emissions, E&E reports.
Despite Dominion Virginia Power unveiling new routes for a proposed high-voltage power line through Prince William County, critics are continuing to question the need for it, The Washington Post reports.
Wisconsin Energy Corp. may have followed through on its decision to change its name to WEC Energy Group Inc., but it hasn’t found a new location for its headquarters, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports.
Hot weather has prompted the California Independent System Operator to issue a Flex Alert for the first time in two years, calling on electricity customers to cut back on their power usage, KRON reports.
The permission the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted to Shell to operate two exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer will only allow drilling at one of them at any one time, FuelFix reports.
Nine states, led by South Carolina, filed suit in Georgia against the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule, bringing the total number of states taking legal action over the regulation to 27, The Hill reports.
Ahead of Canada’s parliamentary elections, opposition leader Justin Trudeau has made several environmental promises, including a pledge to continue the country’s focus on climate change and one to spend hundreds of millions to support clean energy, the CBC reports.
The narrow window for Shell to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic could become even smaller as a result of sea ice clogging the area around the Chuckchi Sea’s Burger prospect, where the company is planning to conduct its operations, FuelFix reports.
United plans to become the first U.S. airline to operate a regularly scheduled commercial domestic flight using alternative fuels, and also will announce Tuesday a $30 million investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy, The New York Times reports.