The unscheduled stop in Japan for Solar Impulse – the solar plane attempting to fly around the world -- has been extended because it suffered some wing damage due to high winds on the ground in Nagoya, NBC News reports.
An unscheduled stop in Japan won’t keep the sun-powered plane Solar Impulse grounded indefinitely, pilot Andre Borshchberg tweeted early Tuesday, signaling his intention to continue the plane's round-the-world journey, AFP reports.
TOKYO (AP) — A nuclear plant in southern Japan on Wednesday obtained the final permit needed to restart its reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back online under new safety standards introduced following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority approved operational safety plans for the Sendai nuclear power station's two reactors, owned by Kyushu Electric Power Co., the last step of the authority's three-part screening process the utility needed to pass. The plant's safety program includes emergency response plans in case of fire, flooding or other natural disasters, or a serious accident.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring "history is harsh," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan offered solemn condolences Wednesday for the Americans who died in World War II as he became the first Japanese leader to address a joint meeting of Congress.
He also sought support for a 12-nation trans-Pacific trade pact that has divided Congress and provoked opposition in Japan, telling lawmakers it should be completed "for the sake of our children and our children's children."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will seek support for a trans-Pacific trade pact that has divided U.S. lawmakers as he makes the first address by a Japanese leader to a joint meeting of Congress.
Abe will be promoting his staunch support of an even-tighter relationship between former wartime adversaries in both trade and defense as the allies contend with a rising China, and can expect a warm reception Wednesday morning.
U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland has sided with Pebble Ltd. Partnership in ordering former Environmental Protection Agency scientist Phil North to testify in the company’s lawsuit against EPA, the Alaska Dispatch News reports.
Coast Guard documents show Transocean’s Polar Pioneer, which is involved in Shell’s exploratory well drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer, failed tests with fire and pollution equipment in the months leading up to the Arctic drilling, FuelFix reports.
Oil prices rose Monday over a report from the Energy Information Administration that U.S. crude production has been falling since April and signals that OPEC is finally willing to address the drop in prices. U.S. benchmark crude jumped $2.45 to $47.67 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent rose $2.50 to $52.55, Reuters reports.
Increasing worries about potential fire at a landfill holding waste of barium sulfate from the Manhattan Project since the 1970s has prompted upset St. Louis area residents to pressure the Environmental Protection Agency to accelerate cleanup, The Hill reports.