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Category: Nuclear Energy
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Californians sign off on closing nuclear plant 29.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Sacramento, Calif. • California land officials dropped their longstanding environmental objections to the state’s last nuclear power plant and signed off Tuesday on a deal to close the Central Coast facility nearly 20 years ahead of its previously planned termination. The State Lands Commission approved a lease allowing Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to continue operating the Diablo Canyon twin-reactor plant through August 2025, a date the company and environmental groups agreed to last week. Memb...
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California regulators to weigh end of nuke power 28.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Sacramento • California regulators are expected to decide Tuesday whether to drop their longstanding environmental objections to the state’s last nuclear power plant in return for its promised early closing. The State Lands Commission will consider foregoing an environmental review before renewing a contract with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. after its agreement with environmental groups to close the Diablo Canyon twin-reactor facility by 2025, nine years earlier than previously planned. The comm... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Behind the deal to close California nuke plant 22.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Los Angeles • California’s last nuclear power plant, perched on a seaside bluff midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, is set to close by 2025 under an agreement announced Tuesday. The Diablo Canyon plant has been operating commercially since the mid-1980s, supplying power to about 3 million homes in Northern and central California. Here’s a look at the terms of the deal: ——— WHO’S BEHIND IT? Pacific Gas & Electric Co. agreed to retire Diablo Canyon when the operating licenses for its twi... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Miners Clinic of Colorado to offer information about federal programs 21.6.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Miners who undergo screenings for possible health conditions this week also have the chance to receive information about federal programs that could help them receive treatment — if they need it. “We do the screenings for free, and if people have evidence for either Black Lung or another qualifying condition … then we will tell them how to file,” said Cecile Rose, medical director of the Miners Clinic of Colorado . The Miners Clinic of Colorado at National Jewish Health will be coming to Craig on Thursday and Friday to offer a “free and confidential health screening exam.” The Miners Clinic is working with The Memorial Hospital in Craig and providing the exams at the THM Medical Clinic on 785 Russell St. The screening is “for current and retired miners (including coal); uranium miners, millers and ore transporters; and people who worked at or lived downwind of the Nevada Test site during nuclear weapons testing,” according to an announcement from the organizations. Rose said appointments are strongly ...
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California's last nuclear plant will close by 2025 21.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
San Francisco • California’s last nuclear power plant will close by 2025 under an accord announced Tuesday, ending three decades of safety debates that helped fuel the national anti-nuclear power movement. The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., and environmental groups announced the agreement on the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, which sits along a Pacific Ocean bluff on California’s central coast. Environmentalists had pressed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for years to close... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Japan utility apologizes for Fukushima 'cover up' 21.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Tokyo • The utility that ran the Fukushima nuclear plant acknowledged Tuesday its delayed disclosure of the meltdowns at three reactors was tantamount to a cover-up and apologized for it. Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Naomi Hirose’s apology followed the revelation last week that an investigation had found Hirose’s predecessor instructed officials during the 2011 disaster to avoid using the word “meltdown.” “I would say it was a cover-up,” Hirose told a news conference. “It’s extremely regre...
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In praise of a wild West 17.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A 21st-century vision for Western public lands, including their role in solving challenges like climate change.
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Why our relationship to the public lands must evolve 17.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A 21st-century vision for Western lands, including their role in solving challenges like climate change.
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Japan lawmaker denies pressuring TEPCO not to say 'meltdown' 17.6.2016 Durango Herald
A Japanese opposition leader who was a senior official during the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant crisis has denied that he or the prime minister at the time pressured the president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. not to use the term "meltdown."
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Nebraska utility to close nation's smallest nuke plant 17.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Omaha • The Omaha Public Power District voted Thursday to shutter the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station, which is the nation’s smallest nuclear power plant. The board decided it was in the best financial interest of the utility and its customers to close the plant by the end of this year, the utility said in a statement after the vote. The plant sits on the Missouri River across from Iowa and is about 15 miles north of Omaha. “This was a difficult vote and one we did not take lightly,” said Mick Mine... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Nuclear power’s major challenge 16.6.2016 Denver Post: Opinion
Indeed nuclear power may have been given a new lease on life with the risks posed by carbon dioxide. But don’t downplay the downside.
Feds to put $82M into nuclear energy research 15.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Boise • U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced $82 million for nuclear energy projects in 28 states as part of the government’s plan to reduce carbon emissions. Moniz said Tuesday that the 93 research projects will help scientists innovate with nuclear technologies that can eventually enter the commercial market. He made the announcement while visiting the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho. “Nuclear energy remains very important,” he said. “It remains by...
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Feds announce $82M for nuclear energy research 15.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Boise • U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced $82 million for nuclear energy projects in 28 states as part of the government’s plan to reduce carbon emissions. Moniz said Tuesday that the 93 research projects will help scientists innovate with nuclear technologies that can eventually enter the commercial market. He made the announcement while visiting the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory. Some environmental groups oppose nuclear energy, but others say it can reduce the...
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Watchdog: Nuclear powers shrinking, modernizing arsenals 13.6.2016 Denver Post: National News Headlines
A Swedish arms watchdog says the global number of nuclear warheads dropped last year, though none of the nine nuclear powers showed any signs of giving up their atomic weapons.
Exelon seeks license to run nuke plant for 80 years 8.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Exelon Corp. said it will seek to extend the operating life of a nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania by another 20 years, joining Dominion Resources Inc. in requesting permission to run atomic generators for as long as 80 years. Exelon will ask federal regulators for approval to renew the licenses of the two reactors at its Peach Bottom facility, the Chicago-based power generator said Tuesday. An extension would help the state meet its carbon-reduction goals under the Obama administration’s Clea...
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Exelon to close 2 nuclear plants, seek subsidies 3.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Springfield, Ill. • Exelon Corp. said Thursday that it will shut two Illinois nuclear power plants after the Legislature failed to approve a financial-support plan, but an email obtained by The Associated Press indicates the company is pursuing a full-steam lobbying effort. The Chicago-based power-provider announced it will shutter the Clinton Power Station in Clinton on June 1, 2017, and the Quad Cities Generating Station in Cordova will close June 1, 2018. Exelon said it had to begin the lengt...
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Exelon to close two Illinois nuclear plants 2.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Chicago • Exelon Corp. said Thursday that it will shut two Illinois nuclear power plants after the state Legislature declined to act on the company’s request for financial support. The Clinton Power Station in Clinton will close June 1, 2017, and the Quad Cities Generating Station in Cordova will close June 1, 2018, the Chicago-based power provider said in a news release. Exelon said it made the decision because the future is unclear for legislation that it backs that would extend state subsidie...
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Denver homeowners, weapons plant settle litigation after 26 years 20.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Denver • Thousands of homeowners have reached a $375 million settlement over their claims that plutonium releases from a nuclear weapons plant in Colorado damaged their health and devalued their property, officials said Thursday. A federal judge must approve the agreement before it officially ends the 26-year legal battle between the residents and two corporations that ran the Rocky Flats plant for the federal government. Perched on a wind-swept mesa west of Denver, Rocky Flats manufactured plut... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Nebraska utility: Close nuclear power plant 13.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Omaha • The head of a Nebraska utility recommended shutting down the nation’s smallest nuclear power plant by the end of the year, saying Thursday that it doesn’t make economic sense to keep it open. Tim Burke, the president and CEO of the Omaha Public Power District, told the utility’s board that Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station isn’t financially sustainable. Shuttering the plant would represent a major shift for the utility, which serves more than 310,000 customers in 13 counties in southeastern N... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Nevada firm wants to buy unfinished nuke 6.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Birmingham, Ala. • A Nevada company says it will try to purchase an unfinished nuclear power plant in northern Alabama. Managing partner Michael Dooley of Phoenix Energy of Nevada says the company wants to use the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant site to produce electricity through a new technology. The Tennessee Valley Authority decided Thursday to declare the plant surplus property and sell it to the highest bidder. Dooley says Phoenix Energy already has detailed plans for the site. While the federal ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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