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With Ukraine nuke plant in peril, UN tries to broker safety

Sep. 21, 2022 21:38 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Wednesday he met with Ukraine's and Russia's foreign ministers in a bid to establish a safety and security zone around a nuclear plant in southeastern Ukraine that is Europe's largest. The Zaporizhzhia power plant has faced...

Nuclear plant leak pressures German govt to decide extension

Sep. 19, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The operator of one of Germany's three remaining nuclear power stations said Monday that it has detected a leak that will require the plant to shut down for several days of maintenance next month if it is to keep going beyond the end of the year. The announcement by...

S. Carolina nuclear fuel plant can keep running for 40 years

Sep. 13, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal officials have granted a South Carolina factory which is just one of three in the country making fuel for nuclear plants a license to keep operating for 40 years. Environmental groups had fought the new license for Westinghouse Nuclear in Columbia or...

EXPLAINER: Ukraine's nuclear power plant shutdown cuts risks

Sep. 12, 2022 03:30 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The forced shutdown of Ukraine’s endangered and crippled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant — Europe’s largest — significantly reduces the risk of a radiation disaster that has haunted the world for weeks. The last of the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia...

Russia hits power stations after Ukraine counteroffensive

Sep. 11, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia attacked power stations and other infrastructure Sunday, causing widespread outages across Ukraine as Kyiv’s forces pressed a swift counteroffensive that has driven Moscow's troops from swaths of territory it had occupied in the northeast. The...

Last reactor at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant stopped

Sep. 11, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Europe's largest nuclear plant has been reconnected to Ukraine's electricity grid, allowing engineers to shut down its last operational reactor in an attempt to avoid a radiation disaster as fighting rages in the area. The six-reactor Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power...

EXPLAINER: Ukraine's threatened nuclear plant shuts down

Sep. 11, 2022 07:01 AM EDT

The last operating reactor at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is Europe's largest, was shut down Sunday to reduce the threat of a radiation disaster amid the continuing fighting. The move became possible after the plant was reconnected to Ukraine's power grid. ...

Ukraine claws back some territory; nuclear plant in peril

Sep. 09, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces on Friday claimed new success in their counteroffensive against Russian forces in the country's east, taking control of a sizeable village and pushing toward an important transport junction. The United States' top diplomat and the head of NATO noted the...

UN atomic watchdog calls for immediate safety zone at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia power plant to prevent a nuclear accident

Sep. 09, 2022 10:35 AM EDT
BERLIN (AP) — UN atomic watchdog calls for immediate safety zone at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia power plant to prevent a nuclear accident.

Ukraine energy chief: Russia trying to 'steal' nuclear plant

Sep. 08, 2022 15:12 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The head of Ukraine’s atomic energy operator accused Russia on Thursday of trying to “steal” Europe’s largest nuclear plant by cutting it off from the Ukrainian electricity grid and leaving it on the brink of a radiation disaster. The Zaporizhzhia...