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  • French nuclear plants to go on strike Thursday - CGT union

    05/25/2016 1:50:43 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5-25-16 | Geert De Clercq
    Staff in France's 19 nuclear plants have voted to go on strike on Thursday as part of protests over a labour reform, a CGT union official told Reuters on Wednesday. Industry experts say planned strikes are unlikely to provoke blackouts because of legal limits on strike action in the nuclear industry and France's ability to import power from neighbouring countries.
  • Powerful earthquake hits south Japan, collapsing houses

    04/14/2016 7:15:12 AM PDT · by blueyon · 56 replies
    AP ^ | 4/14/16 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    TOKYO (AP) — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 struck southern Japan on Thursday evening, collapsing walls and a number of houses. There are no immediate reports of casualties.
  • Iran to Begin Construction on Two New Nuke Plants

    01/19/2016 1:23:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 01/19/2016 | BY: Adam Kredo
    The head of Iran's atomic energy organization announced on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic, with assistance from Russia and China, will move forward on the construction of two new nuclear power plants, according to comments published in Iranian state-controlled media. Ali Akbar Salehi, who heads the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, told Iranian reporters that construction on these new nuclear plants will begin in the "near future," according to Fars News Agency. "Construction of two 1000-MW power plants will start soon," Salehi was quoted as saying. "We will build two other small power plants too in cooperation with China," he...
  • 'Beyond Belief': Obama Moves to Close Last US Uranium Plant

    09/28/2015 10:11:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 76 replies
    Newsmax. ^ | 28 Sep 2015 | David A. Patten
    The Obama administration plans to close the last remaining American-owned uranium enrichment facility in the United States, even as it moves forward on a controversial nuclear deal with Iran that permits the Islamic Republic to conduct ongoing and significant uranium enrichment. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has informed Centrus Energy it will end the American Centrifuge project in Piketon, Ohio, on Sept. 30. Notices have been issued to some 235 workers that their jobs are in jeopardy. ... This is beyond belief," Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, responded in a statement. "While this administration is greenlighting uranium enrichment in Iran...
  • Can the Molten Salt Reactor Break Through?

    09/11/2015 9:48:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 50 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | September 11, 2015 | William Tucker
    The big worry about nuclear reactors is that the solid fuel rods are going to melt down. If the core of the reactor loses its cooling water – as it did both at Three Mile Island and Fukushima – then the fuel rods overheat. Even though the nuclear reaction may stop, the decay heat is enough to melt the zirconium fuel rods so that the uranium pellets inside get exposed. If there is some water remaining, the heat may be enough to split off hydrogen, which can cause a hydrogen explosion, as occurred at Fukushima and was feared at Three...
  • Almost all U.S. nuclear plants require life extension past 60 years to operate beyond 2050

    12/08/2014 5:36:54 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | DECEMBER 8, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    When nuclear power plants are built, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has the authority to issue initial operating licenses for a period of 40 years. Beyond that, the reactors need license renewals, and the NRC has granted 20-year license renewals to 74 of the 100 operating reactors in the United States. These reactors may now operate for a total period of 60 years. They represent a cumulative capacity of a little more than 69,000 megawatts (MW). The NRC is currently reviewing license renewal applications for an additional 17 reactors, and expects to receive seven more applications in the next few...
  • Obama EPA Regulations Kill 15 Power Plants, 480 Jobs In Georgia

    01/08/2013 10:54:35 AM PST · by drewh · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 8, 2013 | 10:20 am | Beltway Confidential
    Georgia Power asked state regulators for permission to shut down 15 power plants yesterday, claiming new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) make the plants too expensive to run. The 15 coal-, oil- and natural gas-fired power plants currently produce 2,061 megawatts (MW) for Georgia energy consumers. Georgia Power plans to close 11 of the plants on the exact day the EPA’s new mercury regulations are set to take effect, April 16, 2015. Georgia Power will seek waivers from the EPA to keep four of the other plants open for a single year, and then shut those down too...
  • U.S. Regulator Halts Nuclear-Plant Licensing

    08/08/2012 5:42:59 PM PDT · by EBH · 29 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/7/12 | REBECCA SMITH AND RYAN TRACY
    Court Rules That NRC Can No Longer Accept Assurances a Permanent Waste Repository Is Coming The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it would stop issuing licenses for nuclear plants until it addresses problems with its nuclear-waste policy that were raised by a recent federal appeals court decision
  • EPA to unveil limits on mercury and toxic air pollutants from power plants

    12/20/2011 1:41:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 20, 2011 | Andrew Restuccia
    The Environmental Protection Agency will unveil highly-anticipated regulations on Wednesday aimed at curbing mercury and other toxic air pollutants from power plants. The agency said Tuesday that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will make a “significant Clean Air Act announcement” Wednesday at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. A source closely following the issue confirmed to The Hill that the agency will unveil the final mercury and air toxics standards. Jackson will be joined at the event Wednesday afternoon by public health experts and industry representatives, EPA said. But the agency did not name the officials. The long-delayed...
  • Solyndra To Make Solar Power As Cheap As Coal In 2-3 years (from 2 year ago)

    Solyndra, the first recipient of a loan from the Department of Energy, told us that it thinks it will produce solar panels at a price that's competitive with standard sources of energy in the next 2-3 years. "We see a clear path," says Kelly Truman, the VP of marketing, sales and business development, "and in 2-3 years we'll hit grid parity." We spoke with Truman yesterday who said the $535 million loan from the DOE will finance 73% of a new factory, though he declined to say how the company would pay for the remainder of the project. The current...
  • RUSSIA SAYS IN TALKS WITH IRAN ON MORE NUCLEAR PLANTS

    06/10/2010 2:41:31 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies · 363+ views
    (REUTERS) via YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 06.10.10, 22:20 / Israel News | n/a
    SNIPPET: “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that Moscow was in talks on building further nuclear power plants in Iran — a step that, if followed through, would rile the West — in addition to the Bushehr site, due to open in August after years of delay. Lavrov’s statement came just hours after Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the new UN sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program did not oblige Moscow to scrap a controversial deal to deliver surface-to-air missiles to Tehran.”
  • Al-Qaeda Suspect From NJ Worked At 6 Nuke Plants

    03/13/2010 5:12:39 AM PST · by ricks_place · 15 replies · 582+ views
    CBS ^ | 3/13/2010 | AP
    An American seized in Yemen in a sweep of suspected al-Qaida members had been a laborer at six U.S. nuclear power plants, and authorities are investigating whether he had access to sensitive information or materials that would be useful to terrorists. Sharif Mobley, 26, worked for contractors at plants in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland from 2002 to 2008, mostly hauling materials and setting up scaffolding, plant officials said. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Neil Sheehan said Friday that investigations are under way into which areas Mobley entered. But he noted that areas containing nuclear fuel are tightly controlled, and that...
  • Iran Announces Plans to Build Nuke Plants; Israel Ready to Say "Yes We Can" on Stopping Iran - Video

    11/29/2009 12:43:43 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 2 replies · 539+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | November 29, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations - Dan Gillerman - reacting today to the news that Iran has announced they will build 10 new Uranium Enrichment Plants. Work will begin on the new plants within two months. Gillerman said bluntly that if the world does not act to stop Iran from becoming a Nuclear Power, Israel is prepared to do it. Echoing the campaign slogan of President Obama, he said Israel's view is "Yes We Can;" "Yes We Will;" "Yes We Must." Gillerman said his message to Iranian Dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is that the "world...
  • Russia to install 4 floating nuclear plants in northeast Siberia

    03/11/2009 4:03:48 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 32 replies · 773+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 11/ 03/ 2009
    YAKUTSK, March 11 (RIA Novosti) - Four floating nuclear power plants will be installed in the northeastern Siberian republic of Yakutia under an agreement between the Federal Nuclear Power Agency and the local administration, local authorities said on Wednesday. "The implementation of this project will make it possible to considerably reduce outlays on the delivery of fuel for the existing energy supply system, and raise the quality and reliability of energy provision, taking into account industrial development in northern Yakutia," the republic's presidential administration said. The floating nuclear plants to be installed in four districts of Yakutia are intended to...
  • Keep the Price of Oil Going Down, Down, Down

    07/24/2008 7:11:28 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 23 replies · 285+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 7/24/08 | Purple Mountains
    Isn’t it interesting how just a small drop in gasoline consumption – coupled with polls that show almost 60% of the American public favor greatly expanded drilling (and President Bush’s largely symbolic canceling of the existing executive order limiting drilling) – can cause such a large drop in the world market price of oil? Obviously the market-makers for petroleum think that America may, at long last, be starting to get serious about drilling our way out of our dependence on foreign countries that hate us. The price has dropped today to $126 from a high of $146.
  • France calls on Iran to open nuclear plants for scrutiny-

    06/01/2008 4:31:39 AM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 109+ views
    reuteurs ^ | 6/1/2008 | reuteurs
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Iran should open its nuclear installations to international scrutiny to clear suspicions about its nuclear ambitions, French Defense Minister Herve Morin said on Sunday. "We support calls that Iran demonstrates through total opening of its installations that Iran is not conducting nuclear program with military purposes and goals," he told reporters on the sidelines of a security conference in Singapore.
  • Iran plans 19 more nuclear plants

    12/25/2007 12:08:01 PM PST · by G8 Diplomat · 14 replies · 344+ views
    TEHRAN -- Iran plans to build 19 more nuclear power plants and will soon solicit international bids for their construction, a lawmaker said in a report published Monday. "Contracts for the construction of 19 nuclear power plants, each with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts, will be put into international tender in the near future," Kazem Jalali was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency. Jalali, a member of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said the bids would be in line with legislation that calls for production of 20,000 megawatts of electricity through nuclear power...
  • Iran: Bushehr plant ready by March

    12/23/2007 8:52:01 AM PST · by DBCJR · 31 replies · 208+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/23/07
    Iran's first nuclear power plant will be operational within three months, providing electricity to Iran's national power grid by the summer, according to Iranian Energy Minister Parviz Fattah. Russia says its fuel can only be used at and for the Bushehr plant. Russia, which is building the Bushehr plant for Iran, started delivering nuclear fuel to the facility a week ago as part of a compromise effort to alleviate concerns over Iran's nuclear intentions while supporting Iran's right to a nuclear energy program. ... The United States, several European nations, and Israel suspect Tehran has been trying to acquire nuclear...
  • Egypt to Build Nuclear Plants

    10/30/2007 5:20:19 AM PDT · by america4vr · 39 replies · 56+ views
    Associated Press/Yahoo News ^ | October 29, 2007 | By SALLY BUZBEE
    Egypt's president announced plans Monday to build several nuclear power plants — the latest in a string of ambitious such proposals from moderate Arab countries. The United States immediately welcomed the plan, in a sharp contrast to what it called nuclear "cheating" by Iran. President Hosni Mubarak said the aim was to diversify Egypt's energy resources and preserve its oil and gas reserves for future generations. In a televised speech, he pledged Egypt would work with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency at all times and would not seek a nuclear bomb. But Mubarak also made clear there were strategic reasons...
  • Westinghouse signs nuclear plant deal with China

    07/24/2007 3:04:07 PM PDT · by RS_Rider · 23 replies · 586+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 07-24-2007 | Joe McDonald
    BEIJING -- Westinghouse Electric Co. signed deals today to build four nuclear power plants in China and to transfer technology for its newest reactor to a Chinese partner, a cost of gaining a foothold in the country's fast-growing industry. Westinghouse President Steve Tritch described the deal for third-generation AP1000 reactors as "multibillion-dollar contracts," but said the Chinese buyers asked the company not to disclose details. The deal calls for Westinghouse to hand over technology for the AP1000 to China's government-owned State Nuclear Power Technology Corp., making it the basis for Chinese efforts to develop a nuclear industry. "The signing of...