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Japan proposes first set of post-Fukushima nuclear rule changes


Japan’s new nuclear watchdog agency, the Nuclear Regulation Authority, issued its first set of proposed changes to nuclear plant safety guidelines Jan. 31.

FERC proposes rule to speed up solar energy grid interconnections


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed changes to a rule that will speed up the process and reduce the costs to interconnect smaller-sized solar power projects to the grid while maintaining system reliability and safety.

New nuclear reactor at Fermi clears NRC hurdle


The NRC determined there were no environmental problems sufficient to prevent construction of a new reactor at the Fermi nuclear plant in Michigan.

House Energy Committee tells NRC to rethink post-Fukushima nuclear regs


The members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce committee have written an open letter to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), asking the agency to move carefully in issuing a slew of new regulations concocted in response to the Fukushima incident.

Entergy back in court over Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant


The ongoing dispute between Entergy Corp., which operates the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, and Vermont state government has made it the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Three British Columbian hydroelectric projects receive environmental approval


A trio of Canadian hydropower projects have been granted Environmental Assessment Certificates by the British Columbia government.

EPA must re-release PM2.5 NAAQS standard


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Jan. 4 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made an error when applying the provisions of the Final PM2.5 Implementation Rules under the general implementation provisions, or subpart 1, rather than the particulate-matter-specific provisions, or subpart 4.

WPS to pay more than $300mn in Clean Air Act penalties


Wisconsin Public Service agreed to pay $307.2 million ifor pollution control technology, a civil penalty and environmental mitigation projects to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Lithuania to decide on nuclear power by May 2013


The newly elected prime minister of Lithuania, Algirdas Butkevicius, has said the government will decide by May 15, 2013, whether or not to proceed with new nuclear build.

Savannah River Site nuclear waste cleanup behind schedule, over budget


The Salt Waste Processing Facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina is nearly four years behind schedule and one billion dollars over budget.

UK approves new EPR nuclear plant design


Nuclear regulators in the UK have approved a design from EDF and Areva for the new European Pressurized Reactor (EPR), after a five-year review.

Chinese firm fined for breaching export restrictions to Pakistan


The Chinese state-owned Huaxing Construction Co. was slapped with a $3 million fine Dec. 3 after pleading guilty to charges it conspired with the U.S. company PPG Industries to export U.S.-made epoxy coatings to a Pakistani nuclear facility against U.S. trade restrictions.

Czech utility submits application to build two new nuclear reactors at Temelin


The Czech utlity CEZ has submitted an application to the Czech State Office for Nuclear Safety to build two new nuclear reactors at the Temelin plant.

Duke files settlement regarding leadership change during merger


Duke Energy has filed a settlement agreement with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC).

EDF Energy granted nuclear site license for Hinkley project


The UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) granted a nuclear site license to EDF Energy for the Hinkley Point C project.

French nuclear regulator names new president and member


Pierre-Franck Chevet was named president of French nuclear regulator Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN) on Nov. 9.

Nuclear regulators will continue to monitor power plant in Michigan


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said that Entergy Nuclear’s 811 MW Palisades nuclear power plant in Michigan has adequately addressed safety problems but still requires additional oversight.

Russell Biomass Plant Cancelled: The Start of an Industry Trend?


On the heels of the recent biomass regulations imposed by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the 50-MW Russell Biomass plant, which has been in the works since 2005, has been terminated.

NRG Bluewater receives lease for planned offshore wind project


The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced that BOEM reached an agreement on a lease for a 450 MW commercial offshore wind project in federal waters off the coast of Delaware.

License approved for 3.3 GW hydroelectric plant in Brazil


Brazil's environmental regulator Ibama has granted an operating license for the 3.3 GW Jirau hydroelectric plant in the Amazon basin.