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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...

Has tech made moving nukes safe enough? Depends whom you ask

Oct. 14, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The plutonium core for the first atomic weapon detonated in 1945 was taken from Los Alamos National Laboratory to a test site in the New Mexico desert in the backseat of a U.S. Army sedan. Officials put other bomb parts inside a metal container, packed it into a wooden crate and secured...

Has tech made it safer to move nukes? Depends whom you ask

Oct. 14, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A fight is raging in courts and Congress over where radioactive materials should be stored and how to safely get the dangerous remnants of decades of bomb-making and power generation to a permanent resting place. Nationwide, spent fuel rods lie in temporary cooling ponds at commercial...

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...

Nuclear weapons, interfaith ties top agenda for pope in Asia

Oct. 2, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will deliver messages opposing nuclear weapons, calling for peace and honoring victims of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster during a visit to the country that is expected to be a highlight of his upcoming trip to Asia. The Vatican on Wednesday released the details of Francis'...