U.S. nuclear power plants are storing thousands of tons of spent atomic fuel that pose risks like those triggered in the Japan earthquake that has crews battling a potential meltdown of stored fuel, nuclear safety experts said.
Progress Energy Inc. , which plans to merge with Duke Energy Corp. to create the largest U.S. utility owner, led a list of 14 near-misses by U.S. nuclear plant operators last year, the Union of Concerned Scientists, a watchdog group, said today in a report .
The risk of floods and tornadoes is preventing investors in $1.8 billion of bonds of Nebraska’s biggest electricity provider from participating in the best year since 2008 for municipal debt of U.S. power companies.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may have signaled an effort to bar Nuclear Regulatory Commission member William Magwood from being chairman by excoriating him over an atomic-waste site, a safety advocate said.
The future of President Barack Obama ’s plans to redesign the U.S. energy system with low- emission nuclear plants may hinge on reactors across the Pacific Ocean as Japan’s nuclear disaster renews a debate about the safety of plants.
An industry plan to place emergency pumps and generators at nuclear plants has an “acceptable methodology,” which helped persuade the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to speed a review of safety steps, an official said.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. has accumulated the largest pool of radioactive water in the history of nuclear accidents. The utility must now decide what to do with it: dump in the ocean, evaporate into the air, or both.
A proposed requirement that U.S. nuclear-power plants add $20 million devices to prevent radiation leaks, one of the costliest recommendations stemming from meltdowns in Japan two years ago, has attracted a flurry of last-minute lobbying.