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Ex-utility execs emotional over South Carolina nuke failure

Nov. 20, 2018 2:41 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After weeks of dry presentations, two former top officials at a South Carolina utility who cost ratepayers billions in a failed nuclear project emotionally told regulators their warning signs to their bosses were ignored and they were asked to lie. "Their ego, greed and lack of...

US energy secretary In Prague to lobby for nuclear industry

Nov. 14, 2018 10:59 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has been lobbying in Prague for the U.S. civil nuclear industry as the most suitable to develop the Czech nuclear program. The Czech Republic relies on nuclear energy and the current six reactors produce a third of the country's electricity. The country is...

IAEA urges quick plan on Fukushima radioactive water cleanup

Nov. 13, 2018 10:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency urged the operator of Japan's tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant on Tuesday to urgently decide on a plan to dispose of massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water stored in tanks on the compound. A 13-member IAEA team told...

Options limited, North Korea lit by flashlights, creaky grid

Nov. 12, 2018 2:07 AM EST

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — More than 20 years after his father almost bargained them away for a pair of nuclear reactors, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has his nuclear weapons — and a nation still plagued by chronic blackouts. Even on the clearest days, plumes of smoke from two towering...

GOP senators seek pause in US-Saudi nuclear technology talks

Oct. 31, 2018 3:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of Republican senators urged President Donald Trump on Wednesday to suspend negotiations with Saudi Arabia on a potentially lucrative atomic energy agreement following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Lawmakers led by Marco Rubio of Florida said in a letter to the...

US says no radiation released in steam leak at nuclear site

Oct. 26, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — No airborne radiation was detected after steam escaped Friday from a tunnel containing radioactive waste at a former nuclear weapons production site in Washington state, U.S. officials said, the second problem with aging tunnels at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in a year. Workers...

The Latest: Washington state nuke site returning to normal

Oct. 26, 2018 5:17 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on steam escaping from a tunnel at a former nuclear weapons production site (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Employees at a nuclear weapons production site in Washington state who were ordered to stay inside when steam escaped from a tunnel containing radioactive waste have...

UN expert urges Japan to stop returning kids near Fukushima

Oct. 25, 2018 8:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. human rights expert is urging the Japanese government to stop returning children and women of reproductive age to areas near the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant where radiation levels remain higher than what was considered safe before the 2011 nuclear disaster. Baskut Tuncak,...

Norwegian fund, German utility exchange barbs over coal mine

Oct. 25, 2018 2:56 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Norwegian pension fund is doubling down on its criticism of German utility firm RWE over the power company's long-term plans to use coal. The chief executive of Storebrand, Jan Erik Saugestad, said Thursday that "continued expansion of coal mines and support of coal-fired power has no...

Russia to build two-reactor nuclear plant in Uzbekistan

Oct. 19, 2018 7:55 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and the president of Uzbekistan have agreed that Russia will build the ex-Soviet republic's first nuclear power plant. During Putin's visit to the Uzbek capital of Tashkent on Friday, he and President Shavkat Mirziyoyev ordered the start of preliminary work at...