Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning expressed optimism Monday the utility giant will reach "constructive solutions" with the Environmental Protection Agency to rein in greenhouse gases. But he argued lawmakers, and not regulators, should be setting the policy.
"The conversation continues. I think we'll reach a successful conclusion as we have with virtually every regulation being put out by EPA and other policy makers," Fanning told reporters at a luncheon.
BEIJING (AP) — A utility company says it has started building China's first new nuclear power plant since Beijing lifted a construction moratorium imposed on the industry to review safety following Japan's Fukushima disaster.
The facility in the eastern coastal city of Rongcheng will incorporate Chinese-developed safety features and is due to start operation by the end of 2017, according to the state-owned Huaneng Shandong Shidao Bay Nuclear Power Co.
TOKYO (AP) — If the Ohi nuclear reactors plunged into a Fukushima-style meltdown, the only route for escaping or for sending help would be a winding, cliff-hugging road often closed by snow in winter or clogged by beachgoers in summer.
Radioactivity from such an accident at the plant in western Japan could contaminate the country's biggest freshwater source, Lake Biwa, which serves more than 14 million people.
TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the Japanese nuclear plant devastated by last year's tsunami issued a final report on the disaster Wednesday, outlining organizational and communication problems that have not yet been resolved.
The report by Tokyo Electric Power Co. comes as Japan prepares to restart its first nuclear reactors since the March 11, 2011, disaster led to a prolonged shutdown of all of the country's atomic generating plants. While many Japanese remain deeply concerned about the safety of nuclear power, the restart raises operators' hopes that more reactors can resume operations.
After two days of unproductive talks in Moscow, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator hopes to further discuss Tehran's atomic program with world powers. The six powers want Tehran to decrease its uranium enrichment levels, while Iran seeks an end to economic sanctions and an acknowledgement of its right to enrich uranium, Reuters reports.
A top Japanese government spokesman said Tuesday that officials failed to provide fleeing residents with information the government had about radiation spreading from a damaged nuclear plant last year, leaving people to go in the same direction as the radioactive fallout, Reuters reports.