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.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware last week approved restructuring plans for uranium enrichment company USEC, which will enable it to emergy from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as Centrus Energy Corp., Platts reports.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott met with his Indian counterpart Friday on a two-day state visit during which they are expected to sign a deal to allow the export of Australian uranium to India for use in power generation.
The agreement is expected to be signed Friday evening. Australia, which has almost a third of the world's known uranium reserves, imposes strict conditions on uranium exports and India's failure to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty had long been a barrier to a trade deal.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran inaugurated a new plant Saturday to convert a type of uranium into a material that cannot be used to make nuclear weapons as part of its interim atomic deal with world powers, its official news agency reported.
The report by IRNA quoted Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's nuclear agency, saying that the plant will convert uranium hexafluoride, which can be used to make nuclear weapons and fuel. It will become uranium dioxide, which can only be used in nuclear reactors, he said.
Comments from Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi that OPEC would not cut production “whatever the price is,” triggered a fresh slide Monday. U.S. benchmark crude dropped 3.3 percent, or $1.87, to $55.26 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent fell 2 percent to $60.11, Reuters reports.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz should not support legislation introduced by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., to speed up approvals of LNG exports, a coalition of 114 environmental groups said in a letter Monday, The Hill reports.
For illegal waste disposal and causing a landslide that diverted streams, shale gas driller Vantage Energy Appalachia LLC has been ordered to pay a penalty of $999,900 by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Arizona Corporation Commissioners didn’t approve, but didn’t object to plans for Arizona Public Service Co. to spend $28.5 million to put free solar on the roofs of 1,500 customers in order to test west-facing solar panels and voltage regulators, The Arizona Republic reports.
With continued mild weather and the fear of frigid cold receding, natural gas prices slumped 31 cents to the lowest level in nearly two years, at $3.144 per million British thermal units, FuelFix reports.
In Wyoming, Republican state Rep. John Patton is introducing legislation to upend a ban on using Next Generation Science Standards, the teaching of climate change science, seeking to leave the matter up to the state Board of Education to decide, National Journal reports.
The sale of Morgan Stanley’s oil trading and storage business to Russian oil giant Rosneft has been scuppered by failure to win approval from U.S. regulators, the companies announced Monday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Joe Rodota, whose Forward Observer operation has worked environmental issues for years out in California – most recently in support of legislation banning single-use plastic bags – has had an office in Washington D.C. for the past two years, although he declined to tell E&E about his clients there.
Meteorologist Bob Simpson, who died last week aged 102, pushed for establishment of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, helped develop the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity in use today, and also founded a Hawaiian observatory where carbon measurements were refined, among other accomplishments, The Washington Post reports.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the ruined Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, says it has managed to remove fuel rods from the vulnerable No. 4 reactor building, and they are being placed in an undamaged storage pool, The New York Times reports.