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.
MOSCOW (AP) — The International Atomic Energy Agency and Kazakhstan have signed an agreement to establish a low-enriched uranium bank in the Central Asian country, a move that supporters say could reduce concerns about nuclear weapons proliferation.
An IAEA statement on Thursday said the bank will be able to hold up to 90 tons of low-enriched uranium, which would be available to IAEA member states if they're unable to obtain nuclear fuel on the commercial market.
The Interior Department’s Inspector General faults the National Park Service for letting officials—including Vice President Joe Biden and former EPA chief Lisa Jackson—stay at Brinkerhoff Lodge in Wyoming for little or no money, and for failing to maintain sufficient safety standards at the facility, The Hill reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency should go beyond proposed international standards and seek to cut aircraft greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent by 2025, a group of House Democrats told EPA in a letter, The Hill reports.
Minutes released from the Federal Reserve indicating a move to increase interest rates would be delayed, coupled with increasing concerns about the impact of the growing Syrian conflict, drove oil prices higher Thursday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery briefly topped $50 a barrel before ending the trading day at $49.43, an increase of $1.62, while in London, Brent rose $1.72, or 3.4 percent, to $53.05, Marketwatch reports.
Energy Information Administration data showing an increase of 95 billion cubic feet of natural gas in producer stockpiles last week—a smaller number than expected—helped prices gain 2.4 cents Thursday to settle at $2.498 per million British thermal units on the Nymex, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Canadian energy producer Encana Corp. is selling its oil and gas interests in northeast Colorado—which include more than 1,600 wells—to a partnership led by local private equity firm The Broe Group for $900 million, The Denver Post reports.
Entergy Corp., which bought the Rhode Island State Energy Center four years ago for $346 million, is now planning to sell the power plant to private equity firm The Carlyle Group for nearly $500 million, FuelFix reports.
Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good says most of her company's power generation will come from natural gas in the future, with increasing emphasis on renewables and battery storage, but the utility's plans for nuclear plant construction are less certain, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.
A consortium of national laboratories, led by Los Alamos, is working to improve polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells to get them to the point where they are commercially viable, the Los Alamos Daily Post reported on National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.
The mayor of Flint, alongside Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, announced Thursday that authorities will be spending $12 million to restore the city’s connection with the Detroit water system, after evidence was uncovered linking its existing water supply with increased lead levels in some children’s blood, The New York Times reports.