Proposed western SD uranium mine clears hurdle

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued an operating license for a proposed uranium mine in western South Dakota's Black Hills, though it isn't the only hurdle for the project and opponents say they'll fight the move.

The federal commission said in a statement that a review "concluded the proposed facility can operate safely, including management of radiological and chemical hazards, groundwater protection, and eventual cleanup and decommissioning."

Navajo to benefit from $1B for uranium cleanup

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — More than $1 billion is going to help clean up abandoned uranium mines that have left a legacy of disease and death on the Navajo Nation.

The money is part of a $5.15 billion settlement that the federal government reached with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for the cleanup of thousands of long-contaminated sites nationwide. The settlement announced Thursday resolves a legal battle over Tronox Inc., a 2005 spinoff of Kerr-McGee Corp. that Anadarko acquired in 2006.

US reaches $5.15 billion environmental settlement with Anadarko

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government on Thursday reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination, to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites tainted with hazardous chemicals for decades.

The bulk of the money — $4.4 billion — will pay for environmental cleanup and be used to settle claims stemming from the legacy contamination.

The settlement resolves a legal battle over Tronox Inc., a 2005 spinoff of Kerr-McGee Corp., a company Anadarko acquired in 2006.

Environmentalists oppose nuclear plant extension

FULTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri environmental group is urging federal regulators to hold off on issuing a 20-year extension for a central Missouri nuclear power plant until questions about future storage of fuel rods are answered.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission conducted public meetings in Fulton on Wednesday to discuss the first draft of an environmental impact statement for Ameren's Callaway Energy Center, the Fulton Sun (http://bit.ly/1epqq6j ) reported.

The report is connected to Ameren's December 2011 application for a 20-year extension to its current 40-year operating license that expires in 2024.

Companies waiting on Wyoming uranium projects until the market improves

Casper Star-Tribune

Several companies, including Canada-based Cameco Corp., say they won't begin production at several insitu uranium mines in Wyoming even though they've received permits, as they are waiting for market prices to increase, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.

Russia resumes nuclear fuel transit through Ukraine


Russian company Rosatom will resume shipments of nuclear fuel to Europe via Ukraine after transportation was halted during anti-government protests in January and February, Reuters reports.

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.

Uranium pollution driving Navajo from their NM land

The New York Times

Uranium pollution from old mine waste may force some Navajo to abandon their New Mexico tribal land permanently, The New York Times reports.

Iran's Rouhani calls for 'constructive' nuke talks

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Hassan Rouhani called Tuesday for "fair and constructive" nuclear talks with world powers as Iran marked the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution with massive rallies that featured a new American target for their traditional "death to" slogans.

Besides the usual chants of "Down with the U.S.!" and "Death to Israel!" many demonstrators took aim at Wendy Sherman, the U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, who has frequently led U.S. delegations in nuclear talks with Tehran.

"Death to Sherman!" the crowd shouted — the first time that an undersecretary of state has been the target of invectives that are usually reserved for American presidents and occasionally U.S. secretaries of state.

UN: still a way to go in Iran nuke probe

VIENNA (AP) — U.N. inspectors looking into allegations Iran worked on nuclear arms cautioned Monday that — despite progress this weekend — their long-stalled probe still had a long way to go to determine whether such suspicions are valid.

Iran says it does not want such arms, and agreed Sunday to answer some questions on suspicions that it worked on a detonator that could set off a nuclear charge.

But senior inspector Terjo Varjoranta said Tehran's concession was only "the first step," with many issues remaining.


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