Latest Nuclear power plant accidents News

1 person killed in boiler explosion at southeastern Texas power plant

May. 31, 2023 13:02 PM EDT

FRANKLIN, Texas (AP) — One person was killed when a boiler exploded at a southeastern Texas power plant Wednesday morning, according to a spokesperson for Dallas-based Luminant. “A contractor was fatally injured” in the blast about 8 a.m. at the Oak Grove Power Plant, according...

Staff at Ukraine's experimental nuclear site pick up pieces from Russian strikes

May. 30, 2023 02:13 AM EDT

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — There is activity at the Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology, but it’s not what scientists at its cutting-edge nuclear laboratory trained for. Staff at the U.S.-funded atomic research lab in northeastern Ukraine spend their days patching up the...

Damage to Russian-occupied dam submerges Ukrainian reservoir island community

May. 25, 2023 10:02 AM EDT

LYSOHIRKA, Ukraine (AP) — The rising waters came as a relief at first, for both the tiny community living on the islands in the southern Kakhovka Reservoir and for everyone who had feared the low levels risked a meltdown at the nearby Russian-occupied nuclear power plant. Since...

Over half of the contaminated water leaked at nuclear plant recovered, Xcel says

May. 24, 2023 13:13 PM EDT

MONTICELLO, Minn. (AP) — More than half of a radioactive isotope that leaked from a pipe at a Minnesota nuclear plant has been recovered, while crews are making “substantial progress” in recovering contaminated groundwater, officials said. The pipe initially leaked in November...

Today in History: April 26, Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster

Apr. 26, 2023 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 26, the 116th day of 2023. There are 249 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 26, 1986, an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine caused radioactive...

US energy secretary says G7 can lead global emissions cuts

Apr. 14, 2023 20:15 PM EDT

OTARU, Japan (AP) — Wealthy nations can lead by example in cutting carbon emissions, though much faster action is needed to stem global warming, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press. Granholm and other senior energy and...

German town bids farewell to nuclear, eyes hydrogen future

Apr. 14, 2023 03:07 AM EDT

LINGEN, Germany (AP) — For 35 years, the Emsland nuclear power plant in northwestern Germany has reliably provided millions of homes with electricity and many with well-paid jobs in what was once an agricultural backwater. Now, it and the country's two other remaining nuclear...

New images from inside Fukushima reactor spark safety worry

Apr. 04, 2023 22:40 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Images captured by a robotic probe inside one of the three melted reactors at Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant showed exposed steel bars in the main supporting structure and parts of its thick external concrete wall missing, triggering concerns about its earthquake...

Small areas reopen near Fukushima nuclear plant, few return

Apr. 01, 2023 07:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Evacuation orders were lifted in small sections of a Japanese town just southwest of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant on Saturday, in time for the area’s popular cherry blossom season, and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida joined a ceremony to mark the reopening. ...

Zelenskyy, atomic agency chief discuss nuclear plant fears

Mar. 27, 2023 15:43 PM EDT

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — The U.N.'s atomic energy chief warned during a meeting Monday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that the perilous situation at Europe’s largest nuclear plant “isn’t getting any better” as relentless fighting in the area keeps the facility at risk of...