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Firefighters called to N.C. Harris nuclear power plant


Firefighters were called to a nuclear power plant outside Raleigh after a fire was reported in a chemical room.

Regulators reject call for nuke plant shutdown


A top Nuclear Regulatory Commission official has rejected a federal expert's recommendation to shut down California's last operating nuclear power plant until it can determine whether its reactors can withstand powerful shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

Sendai nuclear power plant may get safety clearance soon


The dual-unit Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan may receive safety clearance this week, enabling the plant to be one of the first to restart under new safety standards.

Oil spill reported near Beaver Valley nuclear power unit


Less than 5 gallons of oil was spilled into the Ohio River from the Beaver Valley Unit 2 reactor in Pennsylvania.

Iran arrests suspected nuclear plant saboteur


An Iranian newspaper says authorities have arrested a Ukrainian national suspected of sabotage at the country's sole nuclear power plant.

NRC: Most U.S. nuclear power plants operating at top level


A majority of the 100 operating U.S. nuclear reactors are operating in the two highest performance categories, according to assessments from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Japan official echoes nuclear plants will restart if safety standards met


Japan’s trade minister reiterated that the government will begin to restart nuclear power plants that pass the nation’s safety standards, according to Reuters.

Dynegy investigating transformer fire at N. Illinois coal-fired plant, says nobody injured


Authorities are investigating what caused a transformer fire at a northern Illinois power plant that forced one of two power-generating units to shut down.

Report: India’s nuclear power plants were “accident-free” from 2013-2014


A report says all of India’s nuclear power plants were classified as accident-free during the 2013-2014 timeframe.

NRC says no safety issues to impede nuclear power plant license renewal


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said there are no technical issues to stop the license renewal for the Callaway nuclear power plant in Missouri.

Judge: TEPCO responsible for woman’s suicide after Fukushima nuclear accident


A district court judge in Japan ruled that Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) is responsible for a woman’s suicide following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

PG&E crews work on restoring power after earthquake


Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E, NYSE: PCG) is working on restoring electric and gas service after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit Napa County, California.

S. Korea nuclear reactor shut down due to heavy rainfall


Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. Ltd. stopped operation of a 650-MW nuclear reactor due to heavy rainfall.

Water intake resumes after Ohio River oil spill


Ohio and Kentucky water districts have resumed taking water from the Ohio River after a fuel oil spill led them to stop doing so.

Electrabel may shut down two nuclear reactors for good


Two nuclear reactors owned by Belgium’s Electrabel may remain offline until spring and could be permanently shut down.

Update: Duke Energy crews cleaning up Ohio River oil spill


Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) workers made progress overnight after approximately 5,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River at W.C. Beckjord coal-fired power station.

5K-8K gallons of fuel oil spills into Ohio River


An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, leading authorities to shut off water intake valves for both the Ohio and Kentucky sides of the waterway to protect water supplies, and a 15-mile section of the river was closed to allow cleanup.

Diablo Canyon nuclear unit running at reduced power


Diablo Canyon 2 nuclear plant in California is running at reduced power after two backup diesel generators became inoperable at the same time.

Duke Energy: 5,000 gallons of fuel oil spills into the Ohio River


Approximately 5,000 gallons of fuel oil being transferred to the W.C. Beckjord Station accidently spilled into the Ohio River Monday night.

S. Korea may need nuclear spent fuel storage by 2016


South Korea could run out of spent nuclear fuel storage capacity by 2016 and needs to find additional space soon.