Latest Nuclear power plant accidents News

Nuclear industry push for reduced oversight gaining traction

Jul. 17, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer mock commando raids to test nuclear power plants' defenses against terrorist attacks. Fewer, smaller government inspections for plant safety issues. Less notice to the public and to state governors when problems arise. They're part of the money-saving rollbacks sought by the...

No injuries when trash drum at SC nuclear plant catches fire

Jul. 16, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a small fire inside a drum of waste at a South Carolina factory that makes nuclear fuel was put out without any injuries or danger to the public. A report from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said workers at the Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel plant near Columbia...

Ukraine: Chernobyl's radioactive dust shelter unveiled

Jul. 10, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Wednesday inaugurated a giant structure built to confine radioactive debris at the nuclear reactor that exploded in Chernobyl in 1986. The confinement structure for the Chernobyl nuclear power plant's Reactor No. 4 cost 1.5 billion euros...

Russia: Nuclear reactor safe on fire-hit submersible

Jul. 4, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The nuclear reactor on one of the Russian navy's research submersibles hasn't been damaged in a fire that killed 14 seamen, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday, adding that the vessel would be put back into service after repairs. The Defense Ministry said the 14 seamen were killed by...

Chernobyl nuclear confinement shelter has media preview

Jul. 2, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine (AP) — A new structure built to confine the Chernobyl reactor at the center of the world's worst nuclear disaster was previewed for the media Tuesday. Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine exploded and burned April 26, 1986. The complex construction effort to...

Quake shakes NW Japan, causes 21 injuries and minor damage

Jun. 18, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful earthquake jolted northwestern Japan late Tuesday, causing minor injuries to 21 people and a brief evacuation of coastal homes until the risk of a tsunami passed. Store floors were littered with goods that fell off shelves, and roofs of homes showed bare spots where tiles had shaken...

Correction: Japan-Energy story

Jun. 10, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — In a story June 7 about Japan's energy policy, The Associated Press referred incorrectly to the plutonium reduction target cited by a policy research group. The target it mentioned was the amount of plutonium that would be used over 2-3 years, not 2-3 tons of plutonium. A corrected version of...

Japan plans carbon emission cuts, more nuclear energy

Jun. 7, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is calling for further efforts to cut its carbon emissions by promoting renewable energy while also pushing nuclear power despite its 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. An energy policy paper, adopted by the Cabinet on Friday, said Japan faces the urgent task of reducing carbon...

Closed nuclear plant holds final test of emergency sirens

Jun. 4, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — An energy company has staged the final test of its emergency warning sirens at a closed nuclear plant in southern New Jersey. Exelon Generation tested the sirens at the Oyster Creek Generating Station in Lacey Township on Tuesday and said no issues were detected. The 42 sirens...

Closed nuclear plant to hold final test of emergency sirens

Jun. 3, 2019 7:40 AM EDT

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — An energy company is staging the final test of its emergency warning sirens at a closed nuclear plant in southern New Jersey. Exelon Generation says it will test the sirens at the Oyster Creek Generating Station in Lacey Township around noon on Tuesday. The 42 sirens within a...