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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.

NRC increases oversight at Duke Energy nuclear power plant


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said it is increasing its oversight of the Oconee nuclear power plant in South Carolina, operated by Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).

International team visits Clinton nuclear power plant


An international team of nuclear safety experts will visit the Clinton nuclear power plant in Illinois to review operational safety practices.

Groups want Indianapolis Power & Light to test water


Environmental, health and neighborhood groups on Monday called on Indianapolis Power & Light to test groundwater at eight coal ash lagoons they fear may be contaminating wells that supply water to residents on the city's south side.

Turkey Point 3 nuclear reactor automatically shuts down


The Turkey Point nuclear Unit 3 in Florida automatically shut down Aug. 11 following a loss of instrument air.

Last of Japan’s nuclear power plant operators applies for safety checks


Japan’s Hokuriku Electric Power Co. applied for regulatory safety checks on its 1,360-MW Shika Unit 2 nuclear reactor. The safety checks are a required step in possibly restarting a reactor.

EDF Energy to take 2,317 MW of nuclear capacity offline for inspections


EDF Energy plans to take three nuclear power reactors - or 2,317 MW of capacity - offline after a defect was found on a similarly designed reactor in a nuclear power station.

Doel nuclear power unit shutdown possibly caused by sabotage


A nuclear power plant in Belgium may have shut down due to sabotage.

Japan nuclear reactors’ restart may be delayed


Two of the first nuclear reactors approved to restart in Japan may not open until the winter.

Areva to design & build low-level nuclear waste storage at INL


Areva Federal Services was awarded a $30 million contract to provide engineering, construction and commissioning of a remote-handled low-level waste disposal facility at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

The growing consensus on higher nuclear power plant safety standards


Beijing hosted a ground-breaking nuclear safety symposium that focused on the urgent need to raise consistent global safety standards to ensure that all components of nuclear reactors are designed to withstand severe accidents.