Latest Nuclear power plant accidents News

SC nuclear reactor shut down over small coolant system leak

Nov. 11, 2019 7:04 AM EST

JENKINSVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina energy company has shut down one of its nuclear reactors after officials discovered a small leak in the coolant system. Dominion Energy spokeswoman Rhonda O'Banion told The State on Saturday that the V.C. Summer reactor in Fairfield County is temporarily out of...

Lithuania alarmed by Belarusian nuclear plant near border

Nov. 5, 2019 8:48 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Lithuania's president says a nuclear power plant that is due to start operating soon in neighboring Belarus poses "a huge threat to the safety and security" of countries in the region due to insufficient security standards. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said Tuesday in Helsinki that...

Regulators approve exemptions for former nuclear power plant

Nov. 4, 2019 3:23 PM EST

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Federal regulators are exempting the shuttered Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station from certain emergency planning and preparedness requirements. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it granted the exemption request Monday because the plant permanently ceased operations in May after 46...

Shutdown of nuke plant has a surprising stinging consequence

Oct. 23, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The shutdown of one of the nation's oldest nuclear power plants last year is having a surprising, stinging consequence for a New Jersey bay considered one of the nation's most fragile. The environmental group Save Barnegat Bay held a conference Wednesday where scientists...

Japan PM visits storm-hit areas; royal parade may be delayed

Oct. 17, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday visited northern towns devasted by the deadly typhoon and promised residents his government's support for their speedy recovery. Abe told reporters during the visit that he is considering postponing a royal parade scheduled for Tuesday to celebrate...

More victims, more damage found in Japan typhoon aftermath

Oct. 15, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

NAGANO, Japan (AP) — The toll of death and destruction from a typhoon that tore through central and northern Japan climbed Tuesday, as the government said it was considering approving a special budget for the disaster response and eventual reconstruction. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary...

Energy Department names nuclear scientists to lead research

Oct. 3, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday named two nuclear scientists to lead a research center at an eastern Idaho nuclear laboratory as part of an effort to revamp and increase the nation’s use of nuclear power. The agency said Ashley Finan will be the director and Nicholas...

Prosecutors appeal TEPCO acquittal in Fukushima case

Sep. 30, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Prosecutors in the only criminal trial involving the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown appealed Monday against the acquittal of three former Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives. The Tokyo District Court on Sept. 19 found ex-TEPCO chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and two others not guilty of...

Goodbye, Three Mile Island: Remaining reactor shuts down

Sep. 20, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The money-losing Three Mile Island, the 1979 site of the United States' worst commercial nuclear power accident, was shut down Friday by its energy giant owner. The end of the 45-year electricity-producing career of Three Mile Island Unit 1 came after Chicago-based Exelon Corp. tried...

Three Mile Island nuclear power plant's shutdown is imminent

Sep. 19, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The final shutdown of Three Mile Island, where 1979's terrifying partial meltdown became a landmark event in the life cycle of nuclear power in the United States, is imminent. Exelon Corp. officials said the plant will stop producing electricity around noon Friday, following through...