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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.

Report: WIPP radiation leak caused by “incompatible” contents


The U.S. Department of Energy said one drum was the source of a radiation leak inside the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.

Westinghouse, German companies to offer nuclear decommissioning services


Westinghouse Electric Co. signed an agreement with HOCHTIEF team to offer integrated decommissioning, decontamination and remediation (DD&R) services for nuclear power plants in Germany.

Duke Energy to appeal $25M fine by N.C. environmental regulators


Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) will appeal a $25.1 million penalty, imposed by North Carolina environmental regulators, over groundwater violations at the retired L.V. Sutton Steam Electric Plant.

Maintenance, refueling outage planned at Cook nuclear plant


An outage for maintenance and refueling is planned for unit 2 at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant in southwestern Michigan.

Japan audit: Millions of dollars wasted in Fukushima cleanup


Japanese government auditors say the operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has wasted more than a third of the 190 billion yen ($1.6 billion) in taxpayer money allocated for cleaning up the plant after it was destroyed by a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Regulators meeting about SC, Georgia nuclear projects


Federal regulators are meeting to talk about inspection and testing at separate nuclear construction projects in South Carolina and Georgia.

Video: GE Hitachi Nuclear reveals tool for nuclear power uncoupling


GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy and Exelon Generation (NYSE: EXC) introduced a remotely-operated tool that allows workers to complete tasks at the bottom of nuclear reactors.

California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought


This winter's record-low snowfall means less hydroelectricity for California.

TEPCO: Fukushima nuclear Unit 1 did melt down in 2011 accident


The Tokyo Electric Power Corp. says Unit 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant did, in fact, meltdown during the 2011 accident.

Wind farm critics want to stop expansion in Upper Peninsula


Critics of the first wind energy farm in the Upper Peninsula are asking a judge to intervene before more turbines are erected in an area known as the Garden Peninsula.

S. Korea blames the North for nuclear power plant cyberattack


South Korea has publicly blamed North Korea for a recent cyberattack at a nuclear power plant operator.

Fire at coal- and natural gas-fired power plant injures one


A fire at the Black Dog coal- and gas-fired power plant in Minnesota injured one person and forced 50 others out of the plant.

Nuclear safety modernization project to be finished by year-end 2015


A safety modernization program at a Swedish nuclear power unit is expected for completion by the end of 2015.

Wash. bill to study impacts of closing Montana coal plant


Washington lawmakers say they want to study the impacts of closing a huge coal-fired power plant in southeastern Montana that provide powers to the Northwest.

Five nuclear reactors in Japan may shut down


Four Japanese utilities are planning to decommission five nuclear reactors in the country.

NRC fines Sequoyah nuclear power plant $70,000 for violations


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proposed a $70,000 civil penalty against the Tennessee Valley Authority for violations (TVA) at the Sequoyah nuclear power plant in Tennessee.

Duke Energy fined $25 million over coal ash pollution


North Carolina environmental officials say they're fining Duke Energy $25 million over pollution that has been seeping into groundwater for years from a pair of coal ash pits at a retired power plant.