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U.S. To Finalize Loan Guarantees For First New Nuclear Reactors In 3 Decades

Reuters | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green

By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - The Obama administration will finalize about $6.5 billion in loan guar...

Agency's Bloated 'Status Quo' Comes Under Big Criticism

AP | JERI CLAUSING and MATTHEW DALY | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — At Los Alamos National Laboratory, a seven-year, $213 million upgrade to the security system that protects the lab's most sen...

3 Injured At Missouri Nuclear Plant

AP | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green

FULTON, Mo. (AP) — Three employees have been injured during an accident at an Ameren Corp. nuclear plant in central Missouri. Ameren ...

The Rust-Bucket Reactors Start to Fall

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 12.29.2012 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

The U.S. fleet of 104 deteriorating atomic reactors is starting to fall. The much-hyped "nuclear renaissance" is now definitively headed in reverse.

Group Wants Nebraska Nuclear Plant To Remain Closed

AP | JOSH FUNK | Posted 11.26.2012 | Green

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska environmental group wants federal regulators to keep the Fort Calhoun nuclear plant shut down because it would be inun...

Automatic Shutdown At 3 Mile Island

AP | Posted 11.21.2012 | Green

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP) — A malfunctioning pump caused an automatic shutdown of Exelon Corp.'s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant on Thursday, the s...

Beyond Nuclear Denial

William Hartung | Posted 09.08.2012 | World
William Hartung

Now, on a planet still overstocked with city-busting, world-ending weaponry, in which almost 67 years have passed since a nuclear weapon was last used, the only nuke that Americans regularly hear about is one that doesn't exist: Iran's.

Ohio Nuclear Plant Restarts, No New Cracks Found

AP | Posted 08.15.2012 | Green

OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) — A FirstEnergy Corp. nuclear plant along Lake Erie in Ohio is back in action after shutting down for more than a month for sc...

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.

NRC Chairman: Nuclear Industry Must Heed Lesson Of Japan

AP | By MATTHEW DALY | Posted 12.06.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The nation's nuclear safety chief said Tuesday he is worried that U.S. nuclear plant operators have become complacent, just nine months ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

$24 Billion Remains Untouched In U.S. Nuclear Waste Fund

Posted 05.30.2011 | Green

From ProPublica's Joaquin Sapien: While the nuclear crisis in Japan has focused attention on the risks of spent fuel piling up at the U.S.'s reacto...

U.S. Nuke Plants Aren't Reporting Equipment Defects

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- A new report says companies that operate U.S. nuclear power plants are not reporting some equipment defects that could create safety ris...

U.S.'s Growing Nuclear Waste Problem

AP | By JONATHAN FAHEY and RAY HENRY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

-- The nuclear crisis in Japan has laid bare an ever-growing problem for the United States – the enormous amounts of still-hot radioactive waste ac...

U.S. Issues 20-Year Renewal For Nuke Plant With Same Reactor As Japan's Troubled Plant

AP | By DAVE GRAM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Federal regulators on Monday gave the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant a 20-year license renewal, despite calls for reconsideration fol...

Missing in the Japan Catastrophe -- Thinking the Unthinkable

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Engelhardt

While each morning's screaming headlines contain terrible words -- "dire," "catastrophic," "ever worsening" -- you can feel the urge not to tumble into the irradiated zone of the nuclear imagination.

Safeguarding Spent Fuel Pools in the United States

Robert Alvarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Alvarez

A drained spent fuel pool in the U.S. could lead to a catastrophic fire that would result in long-term land contamination substantially worse than what the Chernobyl accident unleashed.

13 Most Problematic U.S. Nuclear Plants Of 2010

The Huffington Post | Travis Donovan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following the tragic earthquake and ensuing tsunami in Japan has turned the public conversatio...

Chris Kirkham

At California Nuclear Plant, Earthquake Response Plan Not Required

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As the world's attention remains focused on the nuclear calamity unfolding in Japan, American nuclear regulators and industry lobbyists have been offe...

Do We Really Need to Blow up the Planet Five Times Over?

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

"Peace president" Obama has the chance to get rid of America's largely useless nukes, or at least reduce them to a dozen or so strategic missiles. Doing so would rank him among the great modern American leaders.

Jet Crashes into Nuke Reactors to be Addressed Tomorrow but not Today

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

As you read this, jets hitting the nuclear reactors licensed to operate right now could kill untold thousands of us and render entire regions of our nation permanently uninhabitable.