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U.S. Nuclear

A New Arms Race Threatens to Bring the U.S. and Russia Back to the Nuclear Brink

Joe Cirincione | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Joe Cirincione

The Russians are building new nuclear-armed missiles, bombers and submarines to replace those built in the 1980s and now reaching the end of their operational lives. Their nuclear torpedo, more of an underwater drone, deliberately seeks to turn a city into a radioactive wasteland that would last for decades. It is a throwback to the worse designs of the Cold War, long since abandoned. And the U.S. is rearming as well. The Obama administration is planning to spend over $1 trillion in the next 30 years on an entire new generation of nuclear bombs, bombers, missiles and submarines to replace those built during the Reagan years.

Maryland Nuclear Plant Shuts Down Reactor

AP | Posted 05.10.2013 | DC

LUSBY, Md. -- Constellation Energy Nuclear Group says one of two nuclear reactors at its Calvert Cliffs power plant in Maryland shut down automaticall...

Is Nuclear Disaster Plan Just 'Window Dressing'?

AP | By RAY HENRY | Posted 02.08.2013 | Green

ATLANTA (AP) — If disaster strikes a nuclear power plant in the U.S., the utility industry wants the ability to fly in heavy-duty equipment that cou...

San Onofre: We Can't Ignore the Warning Signs

Erich Pica | Posted 07.17.2012 | Green
Erich Pica

San Onofre's reactors have already released radioactive steam and are literally shaking themselves apart. Instead of keeping the reactors shut down, Southern Edison is rushing to restart the reactors and running them as hard as possible.

New Nuclear Construction Will Help Secure U.S. Energy Technology Leadership

J. Scott Peterson | Posted 04.22.2012 | Green
J. Scott Peterson

The Energy Department, which is 15 years in arrears of meeting contractual obligations to take used uranium fuel rods from commercial reactors, now will make recommendations to Congress to revamp the program. This is a political problem however, not a technical challenge.

Is a Nuclear War With China Possible?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 01.30.2012 | World
Lawrence Wittner

The gathering tension between the United States and China is clear enough. But need this lead to nuclear war? Not necessarily. And yet, there are signs that it could.

Waking Up to a Nuclear Nightmare

Erich Pica | Posted 09.24.2011 | Green
Erich Pica

The idea that nuclear energy could be a safe solution to the world's energy needs was never more than an empty dream. Clearly, nuclear is just another nightmare problem.

Government Panel: U.S. Nuclear Plants Need Better Protections From Catastrophes

AP | By DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 09.11.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Calling the Japan nuclear disaster "unacceptable," an expert task force convened by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has concluded that...

Would You Be Prepared For A Nuclear Evacuation?

AP | By JEFF DONN | Posted 09.03.2011 | Green

-- Retiree Bret Gross of San Clemente loves Southern California weather and the seashore. Yet he's ready for a quick getaway, leaving his car's tank ...

Populations Around U.S. Nuke Plants Soar While Dangers Increase

AP | JEFF DONN | Posted 08.27.2011 | Green

BUCHANAN, N.Y. — As America's nuclear power plants have aged, the once-rural areas around them have become far more crowded and much more diffic...

Senators Demand Nuclear Safety Investigation

AP | JEFF DONN | Posted 08.23.2011 | Green

Three U.S. senators, alarmed by findings of an Associated Press investigation about aging problems at the nation's nuclear power plants, asked Thursda...

U.S. Nuke Regulators Weaken Safety Rules

AP | By JEFF DONN | Posted 08.20.2011 | Green

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation's aging reactors operating wit...

Mini Nuke Reactors Could Be Coming To U.S.

AP | Posted 08.18.2011 | Green

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Pushing ahead with ambitious nuclear plans, the Tennessee Valley Authority signed a letter of intent to become the nation's firs...

Nuke Regulators: U.S. Plants Not Properly Trained For Emergencies

AP | By MATTHEW DALY | Posted 08.07.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Some nuclear power plants have not properly trained their workers about emergency guidelines intended to protect the public in the event...

First U.S. Nuke Plant To Go Digital

AP | By JEFFREY COLLINS | Posted 07.29.2011 | Green

SENECA, S.C. -- The digital revolution is finally reaching America's nuclear power plants. Sometime in the next few weeks, technicians will finish in...

Could U.S. Nuke Plants Handle A Blackout?

AP | By DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 06.29.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The nation's top nuclear regulator cast doubt Thursday on whether reactors in the U.S. are prepared for the type of days-long power outa...

High Radiation Levels Found At U.S. Nuke Plant

AP | By MEGHAN BARR | Posted 06.27.2011 | Green

CLEVELAND -- High radiation levels recorded at a nuclear reactor in northeast Ohio have prompted a special inspection by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory C...

U.S. Nuke Reactor Shuts Down Unexpectedly

AP | Posted 06.22.2011 | Green

ATLANTA -- A nuclear reactor at Plant Vogtle in eastern Georgia has been taken out of service until authorities determine why it unexpectedly shut dow...

U.S. Nuke Plant Sues State To Stay Open

AP | By JOHN CURRAN | Posted 06.18.2011 | Green

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- The owners of Vermont's only nuclear power plant filed suit Monday to stop the state from closing the plant, which recently won a 2...

Workers Exposed To Radiation At U.S. Nuke Plant

Posted 06.11.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON - The U.S. nuclear safety regulator said on Monday it is investigating how three workers at a nuclear power plant in Nebraska were accident...

U.S. Regulators Privately Doubted Nuke Plants Despite Expressing Public Confidence

Posted 06.06.2011 | Green

BOSTON (By Scott Malone) – U.S. regulators privately have expressed doubts that some of the nation's nuclear power plants are prepared for a Fukush...

Only 2 U.S. Nuke Sites Are In Compliance With Fire Regulations

The Atlantic | Posted 06.01.2011 | Green

Only two U.S. nuclear sites are in compliance with federal fire regulations. How confident can we be that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has things...

The 3 U.S. Nuke Plants Regulators Are 'Most Concerned About'

AP | By MATTHEW DALY | Posted 05.31.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says three U.S. nuclear power plants need increased oversight from federal regulators, although offici...

A Major Risk To U.S. Nuclear Reactors

AP | By DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 05.29.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Long before the nuclear emergency in Japan, U.S. regulators knew that a power failure lasting for days at an American nuclear plant, wha...

U.S. Launches Review Of All 104 Nuclear Power Plants

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has launched a two-step review of U.S. nuclear power plants in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan...