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3 ex-TEPCO execs to face criminal charges


A Japanese judicial committee has decided that three former utility executives should face criminal charges and stand trial for their alleged negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

NRC finalizes environmental study for nuclear plant license extension


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published its final report on the environmental impacts of renewing the operating license of the Seabrook nuclear power plant in New Hampshire.

Iran says will ban US experts from UN nuclear inspections


Iran says it will not allow American or Canadian inspectors working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to visit its nuclear facilities.

Environmental groups ask judge to dismiss part of Duke suit


A coalition of environmental groups is supporting Duke Energy's effort to dismiss part of long-running lawsuit over pollution leaking from the company's coal ash dumps.

Backers, foes of Iran nuclear deal lobby Congress


Israel's ambassador to the United States implored congressional Republicans on Wednesday to scuttle President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran and Western powers as the White House dispatched senior administration officials to Capitol Hill to make the case for the accord.

CEO of Japan's Toshiba resigns over doctored books


Toshiba's chief executive resigned Tuesday to take responsibility for doctored books that inflated profits at the Japanese technology manufacturer by 152 billion yen ($1.2 billion) over several years.

EDF Energy completes nuclear power plant safety enhancements


EDF Energy completed a series of post-Fukushima enhancements at its nuclear power plants.

IAEA-led team completes safety review at Japan nuclear power plant


An international team of nuclear safety experts completed an operational safety assessment at a power plant in Japan.

Nuclear fuel loading completed at Sendai nuclear unit


Kyushu Electric Power Co. said it finished loading nuclear fuel assemblies into the Sendai Unit 1 nuclear power plant in Japan.

Safety reports issued for Byron, Braidwood nuclear plants’ license renewals


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff issued its final safety evaluation report (SER) for proposed operating license renewals for two nuclear power plants in Illinois.

Panel hears conflicting safety assessments for Diablo Canyon


Environmentalists argued Thursday that government regulators have allowed California's last operating nuclear power plant to sidestep federal rules and conceal the risk of earthquakes that could threaten its twin reactors.

Valley NG retires 1,069 MW of gas-fired steam capacity in Texas


Valley NG Power Co. LLC on July 2 asked the Public Utility Commission of Texas to let it drop its power generator registration, since effective June 3 all of its units have been retired.

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds wind turbine rules


The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state's wind turbine construction rules Tuesday, saying they're valid even though regulators didn't develop a report on how the regulations would affect the housing industry.

Critics: Dominion Virginia jumping gun on coal ash cleanup


Environmental and water protection groups say Dominion Virginia Power is jumping the gun on the closure of coal ash impoundments at a northern Virginia power plant and they're asking state and federal regulators to step in.

Virginia OKs $2.5M coal ash spill settlement with Duke


Virginia agreed Thursday to a $2.5 million settlement with Duke Energy for a February 2014 spill of coal ash in North Carolina that floated down the Dan River, depositing tons of the toxic stew into the city of Danville's waterfront and beyond.

Indiana will defy Obama on climate change plan


A group of Indian tribes is suing to block construction of a huge solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert.

New Mexico coal plant owners settle Clean Air Act violations


The owners of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation reached a settlement Wednesday with federal agencies over complaints they flouted rules for permits and violated the Clean Air Act, leading to expanded pollution control upgrades that will cost millions of dollars.

Duke Energy plans to dig up, move coal ash from most pits


Duke Energy plans to excavate and move coal ash from a dozen more waste ponds in North Carolina, the company said Tuesday, as it works to excavate or safely close pits seeping millions of gallons of contaminated wastewater each day.

NRC to increase oversight at Susquehanna nuclear power plant


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will increase oversight at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania as a result of a white, or low to moderate safety significance, inspection finding.

Japan OKs 40-year Fukushima cleanup plan despite unknowns


Japan has approved a revised 40-year roadmap to clean up the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, but many questions remain.