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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.

Regulators begin hearings to discuss nuclear power plant license renewal


Three judges of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel (ASLBP) will conduct an evidentiary hearing starting on Oct. 15 to address 10 technical and environmental challenges to the pending Indian Point nuclear power plant license renewal application.

EPA permit received for natural gas-fired power plant


Black Hills Corp. said that its subsidiaries Black Hills Power and Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power were issued an air permit by the EPA to begin construction of a $237 million, 132 MW natural gas-fired power plant in Wyoming.

UniStar asks NRC to review denial of nuclear power plant


UniStar Nuclear Operating Services LLC and Calvert Cliffs 3 Nuclear Project LLC has asked the NRC to review the ASLB's denial of a license to build a third unit at the 1,750 MW Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant in Maryland.

Eaton wins approvals for proposed merger


Eaton Corp. announced Sept. 25 that its previously announced acquisition of Cooper Industries plc has received clearance from South Korea’s Korean Fair Trade Commission and the Turkish Competition Authority.

NRG, GenOn merger plans move forward


NRG Energy Inc. and GenOn Energy Inc. received approvals Sept. 21 from the FTC and the Department of Justice for their previously announced plans for a merger.

Plans for natural gas-fired peaking power plant denied in California


The San Diego City Council rejected a rezoning plan to build a 100 MW natural gas-fired power plant near a regional park.

Chile scraps renewables target


Chile has scrapped its target of generating 20 per cent of its power from renewables by 2020.

Work to resume at Brazil's 11.2 GW Belo Monte electric plant


Just two weeks after a federal court shut down progress on the 11.2-GW Belo Monte hydropower project, a Supreme Court decision has overturned this work stoppage.