SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A new nuclear treaty with the United States governing South Korea's commercial nuclear activities during the next 20 years went into effect Wednesday, the South Korean government said.
The treaty, which replaces a previous accord reached in 1972, opens the possibility of South Korea gaining the ability to enrich uranium to produce non-weapons-grade nuclear fuel depending on future negotiations with the United States.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid fears of an atomic arms race in the Middle East, a senior United Arab Emirates official has told a top U.S. lawmaker that it too might seek the right to enrich uranium that Iran has asserted under the recently signed nuclear deal.
The landmark Iran accord to curb its nuclear weapons in exchange for economic sanctions relief allows Tehran to enrich uranium. In barely noticed testimony last month, Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the UAE's ambassador in Washington, Yousef al-Otaiba, had informed him in a telephone call that the country no longer felt bound by its previous nuclear agreement with the United States.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — One of the biggest uranium mines in Wyoming, the nation's top producer of the radioactive metal, proposes to more than double in size amid hope that weak prices since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster will begin to climb back upward.
Littleton, Colorado-based Ur-Energy plans to expand its Lost Creek in-situ mine in south-central Wyoming to an area covering some 15 square miles.
The Department of Energy’s decision to wrap up its contract with an Ohio uranium enrichment facility—Centrus Energy’s American Centrifuge Project—in favor of one at Oak Ridge, Tennessee has drawn criticism from the state’s congressional delegation, The Associated Press reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Debate on the Iran nuclear deal morphed into full-blown political spectacle Wednesday as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz held a rally to denounce it, Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a speech to praise it and congressional Republicans turned on each other angrily as they grasped for a last-ditch play to stop it.
The maneuvering and speechifying did little to change the reality: Barring unlikely success of an eleventh-hour gambit by the House, the international accord aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions will move ahead. Even if Congress succeeds in passing legislation aimed at undermining it by next week's deadline, President Barack Obama would veto such a measure and minority Democrats command enough votes to sustain him.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton will argue that the U.S. must be "clear-eyed" about the nuclear deal with Iran in a speech on Wednesday, stressing that President Barack Obama's landmark agreement must be enforced with "vigor and vigilance" and is not a step toward normalizing relations with America's longtime enemy.
Speaking at a Washington think tank, Clinton plans to hail the agreement as part of a larger Middle East strategy before offering a five-point plan for countering Iran's influence in the region.
Current and former U.S. officials told The Wall Street Journal that Hillary Clinton, in her final months as secretary of state, helped "open the door" to allow Iran to maintain some small amount of uranium enrichment in efforts to reach a diplomatic solution over the country's nuclear program.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressing their advantage, the White House and insistent Senate Democrats locked up the votes Tuesday to frustrate attempts by outraged Republicans to pass a legislative rebuke to the Iran nuclear accord.
Three previously undeclared Senate Democrats — Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Ron Wyden of Oregon and Gary Peters of Michigan — announced their support for the international agreement in a coordinated burst. That pushed supporters to the crucial 41-vote total that would allow them to block a GOP disapproval resolution with a filibuster, and prevent a final vote.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement have given up trying to block it. Now they're just hoping for a final Senate vote on a resolution disapproving it — even though such a resolution would be vetoed by the president.
The more modest focus became necessary as supporters of the deal, which aims to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, clinched the necessary Senate support to uphold a presidential veto of the GOP disapproval resolution. Supporters have begun aiming to amass the additional votes that could bottle up the disapproval resolution in the Senate with a filibuster and block a vote on final passage next week.
The big House energy bill has attracted amendments including several to expand crude exports, one to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard, and one—filed by Energy Committee ranking member Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J.—to delay implementation of the bill until its impact on climate change is determined, E&E reports.
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity estimates it will cost up to $292 billion for the energy sector to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, and while EPA and green groups say that’s a big overestimate, utilities and grid operators have yet to weigh in, E&E reports.
Word that the decline in September U.S. crude production was smaller than the Energy Information Administration had predicted weighed on prices Monday. Light, sweet crude—which lost 11 percent this month—lost 6 cents on the January contract, settling at $41.65 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent was down 25 cents to $44.61, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Doug Lawler, who took over as CEO at troubled Chesapeake Energy Corp. two years ago, has dodged most public criticism even though the company continues to face problems after the significant spending cuts he has put in place, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency has told a federal appeals court that it has reversed its approval for Dow Chemical’s Enlist Duo while it reviews information from the company that the pesticide may be more toxic to plants than previously thought, The Hill reports.