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.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Six workers at a Wyoming uranium mine inhaled the radioactive element while cleaning up a spill inside a processing building just days before the mine delivered its first shipment last year, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The workers' urine tested positive for uranium at close to seven times the federal agency's permissible level, the federal agency alleges in a Nov. 14 violation notice against Lost Creek LLC ISR, a subsidiary of Littleton, Colorado-based Ur-Energy.
Uranium prices are on track for an 18 percent increase in 2014, which would be the first annual gain for the energy commodity in four years and make it the best performing category in the sector, Bloomberg reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic and Republican senators largely responsible for tough sanctions on Iran are warning of more penalties if any deal with Tehran on its nuclear work is unacceptable.
Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and GOP Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois said in a statement Wednesday that a good deal must dismantle, not stall, Iran's nuclear program. They said it must prevent Tehran from being on the cusp of becoming a nuclear weapons state.
With the Keystone XL pipeline still delayed, Transcanada has filed with the State Department to get approval for the Upland Pipeline, which would bring Bakken crude north to Saskatchewan, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit leaves in place Environmental Protection Agency regulations on heavy truck efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions, The Hill reports.
Word that Russia, Norway and possibly Saudi Arabia are ramping up oil production pressured prices Friday. U.S. benchmark crude dropped 1 percent, or 59 cents, to $57.15 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while in London Brent gained 43 cents to $65.28 a barrel, a new five-month high, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin Power & Light has formally asked state regulators to approve a new gas-fired plant that will cost $750 million, alongside a solar facility intended to generate 2 megawatts, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Two Democrats – Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania – have introduced comprehensive mine safety legislation intended to beef up regulatory enforcement and close loopholes in the 1952 Federal Coal Mine Safety Act, WVPN reports.