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In a First, Wind Outdoes Coal, Nuclear Power

A permanent shift doesn't appear imminent after single-day milestone, agency says

(Newser) - On March 29, wind turbines throughout the continental US produced 19% of the nation's energy, government data show. That was more than coal or nuclear power contributed, the first time that's been the case, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Only natural gas topped wind power that...

Musk Issues Strange Challenge After Tweets on Nuclear Power

In defense of tweets, Tesla CEO says he'll go to high-radiation area, eat locally grown fare on TV

(Newser) - Over the weekend, Elon Musk decided to air his thoughts on nuclear-powered energy amid concerns of a gas shortage due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and the backlash on those thoughts led him to issue a most unusual challenge. "Hopefully, it is now extremely obvious that Europe should...

Fukushima Has a Plan for Its Tainted Water

Nuclear plant will build an undersea tunnel and pump it out

(Newser) - The Fukushima nuclear plant is going to run out of room soon to store radioactive water that keeps building up. Solution: Japan will build an undersea tunnel and starting pumping the tainted water into the ocean, reports AFP . The water will be treated to remove most, though not all, of...

Iran Nuclear Power Plant Has Emergency Shutdown

Situation is temporary, has not been explained

(Newser) - Iran’s sole nuclear power plant has undergone an unexplained temporary emergency shutdown, state TV reported on Sunday. An official from the state electric company Tavanir, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said on a talk show that the Bushehr plant shutdown began on Saturday and would last "for three to four days....

Hong Kong 'Highly Concerned' After Reports of China Radiation Leak

Carrie Lam says currently radiation levels are normal in the city

(Newser) - Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday that her government is “highly concerned” about the situation at a nearby nuclear power plant in mainland China, following media reports that the plant could be experiencing a leak. Still, data from the Hong Kong Observatory and other departments showed that as of...

Arab World's First Nuke Plant Connects to Power Grid

UAE plant went live 2 week ago

(Newser) - A nuclear power plant in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates has been connected to the country's power grid, authorities said Wednesday. The Barakah nuclear power plant in the Emirates’ far western desert near the border with Saudi Arabia began sending out electricity, according to the state-run WAM news agency....

Alert Warns 14M About 'Incident' at Nuke Plant

Ontario residents receive an odd early-morning message

(Newser) - People throughout the Canadian province of Ontario awoke Sunday to an alarming alert of an "incident" at a nuclear plant just east of Toronto—only to later be told the message was a mistake, the AP reports. The initial early morning emergency message popped up on the screens of...

Goodbye, Three Mile Island
Goodbye, Three Mile Island

Goodbye, Three Mile Island

The Pennsylvania nuclear power plant is shutting its doors

(Newser) - So long, Three Mile Island. The Pennsylvania plant's remaining nuclear reactor shut down at noon Friday—and not because of anti-nuclear activism, the Hill reports. The plant best known for its partial meltdown in 1979 has fallen prey to the economics of modern energy consumption. It's licensed to...

Russia's Mystery Explosion May Be a Big Deal

Possibly worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, though much smaller

(Newser) - A deadly explosion rocked the Nenoksa Missile Test Site in Russia last week, and Moscow has offered shifting accounts of what happened. A new report in the New York Times might explain why Moscow is being so cagey: This might have been the region's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl,...

Site of Worst US Nuclear Accident Is Shutting Down

Owner has been threatening to close Three Mile Island plant for years

(Newser) - Three Mile Island, site of the United States' worst nuclear power accident, will begin a planned shutdown starting June 1 now that it is clear that it will not get a financial rescue from Pennsylvania, its owner said Wednesday. Exelon Corp.'s statement comes two years after the Chicago-based...

At UN Climate Conference, US Touts Coal

Audience members in Bonn, Germany, weren't pleased

(Newser) - A Trump administration panel touted coal and nuclear energy in its only official appearance at an 11-day United Nations climate conference in Germany on Monday—when it could get its message out over jeering protesters and audience members. "Without question, fossil fuels will continue to be used," though...

Toshiba Throws In Nuclear Towel: Chapter 11 for Westinghouse

Challenges proved too great—and may be nuclear industry harbinger

(Newser) - More fallout from Toshiba's reported "nuclear" loss last month, this time in the form of a bankruptcy filing. In what the AP says was a "largely expected" move, Toshiba noted in a statement Wednesday that its Westinghouse nuclear unit has submitted a Chapter 11 petition to the...

US Has New Nuclear Reactor for 1st Time in 20 Years

It's the 100th commercial nuclear reactor in the US

(Newser) - The first commercial nuclear reactor of the 21st century—and the first in 20 years—was officially declared complete Wednesday in Tennessee, the AP reports. According to CNN , the Tennessee Valley Authority started work on the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in 1973. The first reactor didn't open until 1996....

California's Last Nuclear Plant Is Shutting Down

The Diablo Canyon plant will stop producing nuclear power in 2025

(Newser) - The age of nuclear power will come to an end in California in 2025 when Pacific Gas and Electric closes the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reports. Diablo Canyon is California's last remaining nuclear plant after the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating...

Florida Nuclear Power Plant Is Leaking Radiation Into the Ocean

Study finds tritium levels in Biscayne Bay up to 215 times higher than normal

(Newser) - A nuclear power plant in Florida described by critics as "environmentally fragile" is almost certainly leaking radioactive cooling water into the nearby ocean, the Miami New Times reports. "You would have to work hard to find a worse place to put a nuclear plant, right between two national...

As Ayatollah Balks, Obama Ex-Advisers Slam Nuke Deal

Experts fear deal will 'fall short...of a 'good' agreement'

(Newser) - With five days until the deadline for a nuclear deal, Iran's supreme leader is drawing new "red lines" in the sand on previously agreed-upon points of contention, including that sanctions against the country be lifted immediately or "we will never agree with it." Ayatollah Ali Khamenei...

Iran Lawmakers Make Surprise Nuke-Deal Demand

Iran's parliament votes to limit inspections of nuclear sites

(Newser) - With some lawmakers chanting "Death to the America," Iran's parliament voted to ban access to military sites, documents, and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program. The bill, if ratified, could complicate the ongoing talks in Vienna between Iran...

Japan Will Go Nuclear Power-Free (Again) Tomorrow

Last reactor will be turned off

(Newser) - Japan will soon be completely without nuclear power. Again. The country is switching off the last of its 50 nuclear reactors—reactor 4 at Oi in western Japan—for maintenance tomorrow, and it's unclear if or when it will go online again, reports CNN . The country went completely nuclear...

Vermont Nuke Plant to Close
 Vermont Nuke Plant to Close 

Vermont Nuke Plant to Close

Company, state were in midst of legal fight

(Newser) - Vermont's lone nuclear plant will shut down at the end of next year, reports the Burlington Free Press . Entergy, the company that runs the 41-year-old Vermont Yankee plant, said the decision to shutter it was based solely on financial factors—including the boom in natural gas production across the...

Seoul Lobbies US Hard for OK to Make Nuclear Fuel

Fear move could spark regional arms race

(Newser) - In a move unlikely to calm nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula, South Korea is pushing the US hard for permission to start creating its own nuclear fuel. The request comes amid a renegotiation of Seoul's 1972 nuclear cooperation pact with the US but while South Korea stresses it...

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