Water exposed to radiation from Japan’s wrecked Fukushima atomic plant will reach the U.S. at safe levels, the chairwoman of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said as the first isotopes linked to the plant near the West Coast.
The first removal of nuclear fuel rods next month from the stricken Fukushima atomic station should be successful based on findings that the rods -- each about twice the average weight of a sumo wrestler -- appear undamaged from an explosion at the site almost three years ago.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s monitoring of aging components in nuclear power plants is “not focused or coordinated,” raising concern that the some safety risks may go undiscovered, according to a watchdog report.
U.S. lawmakers are headed for a new showdown over President Barack Obama’s judicial nominations, as Senate Democratic leaders began a push to fill vacancies on a court that referees some of the nation’s biggest business cases.
Entergy Corp. should shut the Indian Point nuclear power plant near New York City instead of continuing to fight local officials who oppose the facility, the former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.
A federal court put a gridlocked U.S. Congress, already wrestling with shrinking budgets, back in the debate over Yucca Mountain, the multibillion dollar nuclear waste site abandoned by the Obama administration.