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Report: Nuke dump radiation leak could have been prevented


A radiation leak that forced the indefinite closure of the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository could have been prevented, a team of investigators said Thursday.

Second robot completes survey of Fukushima reactor containment vessel


A second shape-shifting robot completed a survey from inside of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear Unit 1 in Japan.

Climate change plan faces high-profile legal test


The centerpiece of the Obama administration's effort to tackle climate change is facing a high-profile legal test as a federal appeals court considers a plan that has triggered furious opposition from Republicans, industry figures and coal-reliant states.

Environmental groups sue TVA over Gallatin plant pollution


Two Tennessee environmental groups claim toxic pollution from a coal-burning power plant is seeping into the Cumberland River and state regulators are not doing enough to stop it.

Japanese court rejects bid to restart of two nuclear reactors


A court issued an injunction Tuesday ordering two nuclear reactors in western Japan to stay offline, rejecting regulators' safety approval of the reactors' planned restart later this year, a decision that could further delay the government's restart plans.

FirstEnergy to close 3 northeast Ohio coal-burning plants


FirstEnergy will close three coal-burning power plants on Wednesday as part of a company plan to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations on emissions of mercury and other air pollutants.

Licensing approvals “very close” for Japan nuclear reactors’ restart


Japan’s nuclear regulator said it is close to completing its review of two nuclear reactors set to restart under new regulations.

Both Calvert Cliffs nuclear units go offline due to D.C. area disruption


Both Calvert Cliffs nuclear units in Maryland tripped offline on April 7, according to a report that operator Exelon (NYSE:EXC) filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Nuclear plant regulators to discuss Lynchburg review


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public hearing later this month to discuss the results of a safety performance review at the Babcock & Wilcox nuclear fuel fabrication plant.

NRC holding open house to discuss Catawba Nuclear


ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Federal regulators are scheduled to discuss their recent assessment of a nuclear power plant in South Carolina.

Power outage strikes D.C.


Washington, D.C. today experienced widespread power outages that affected government and private buildings, as well as the city’s public transit rail system.

Small fire extinguished at Limerick nuclear power plant


A fire was put out at Exelon's (NYSE: EXC) Limerick nuclear power plant Unit 2 in Pennsylvania on Sunday.

NRC increases oversight of Millstone nuclear power plant


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said it would increase its oversight of the two-unit Millstone nuclear power plant in Connecticut.

AEP prepares to close 6 coal-fired plants in 4 states


American Electric Power is preparing to close six coal-fired power plants in four states on May 31 to comply with stricter federal emissions standards.

NRC proposes $17,500 penalty against Kewaunee nuclear power plant


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proposed a $17,500 fine against Dominion Energy Kewaunee Inc. (NYSE: D) for a security violation at the Kewaunee nuclear power plant in Wisconsin.

NRC grants nuclear license exemptions for Crystal River 3


Duke Energy Florida (NYSE: DUK)’s request to alter the emergency preparedness plan for the Crystal River Unit 3 nuclear power plant in Florida was approved.

Prairie Island nuclear Unit 2 back online after false fire alarm


Prairie Island 2 nuclear power plant in Minnesota is back online three weeks after a false fire alarm brought the reactor offline.

Technology to look inside Fukushima reactors faces challenge


The cutting-edge technology was billed as a way to decipher where exactly the morass of nuclear fuel might sit at the bottom of reactors in the Japanese power plant that went into multiple meltdowns four years ago.

IAEA urges India to tighten nuclear safety regulations


The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is pressing India to tighten its nuclear safety regulations more by making its nuclear power watchdog independent and allowing more outside inspections.

Justices divided over EPA mercury limits


The Supreme Court's conservative justices cast doubt on the Obama administration's first-ever regulations aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.