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Belarus Cranks Up 1st Nuclear Plant; Lithuania is Fearful

MOSCOW — Belarus’ first nuclear power plant began operating Tuesday, a project that has spooked its neighbor Lithuania, which immediately cut off importing electricity from Belarus at the news. The Russian-built Astravyets nuclear power plant, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south …

FirstEnergy Had Big Stake in Tainted Nuclear Plant Bailout

CLEVELAND — FirstEnergy Corp. was once blamed for its part in triggering North America’s largest blackout nearly 20 years ago. Now, the multistate power company is again facing intense scrutiny — this time for its role in an alleged $60 …

Major Fault Near California Nuclear Reactors Links to Second Crack

The Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, located in San Luis Obispo County, Calif., and earthquake faults have been uneasy neighbors for decades. Even before the twin reactors produced a single watt of electricity, the plant had to be retrofitted after …

UK Commits to Nuclear Power Despite Fukushima

Britain has struck an agreement to build a new nuclear power plant – the first such deal in the European Union since the disaster at Fukushima prompted a major rethink of the energy source’s merits. The contract underscores how few …

Fukushima Shows Nuclear Terrorism Risks at UN Diplomat Meeting

Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, whose 2011 meltdowns dislocated 160,000 people, may provide a new blueprint for terrorists seeking to inflict mass disruption, security analysts said at a United Nations meeting. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency convened a weeklong …

TMI Scrutiny Stepped Up After Flood Safety Failure

Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant is under heightened scrutiny by federal regulators because of a problem involving protections against flooding. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday seals in the conduits that hold electrical cables in the plant’s air …

Chernobyl Radiation Unaffected After Roof Collapse

Ukrainian officials on Wednesday sought to reassure the public that radiation levels were unaffected at Chernobyl and there was no safety threat after a partial roof collapse at the exploded nuclear power plant. A 600-square-meter (6,500-square-foot) section of the roof …

Japan Nuclear Plant Operator Admits Some Safety Measures Neglected

The operator of the disaster-struck Japanese nuclear power plant has acknowledged that the company long neglected safety measures intended to avoid and manage severe accidents while it was obsessed with fixing minor safety problems to improve operational records. Tokyo Electric …

Nuclear Industry Plans Rescue Wagon for Disasters

If disaster strikes a nuclear power plant in the U.S., the utility industry wants the ability to fly in heavy-duty equipment that could avert a meltdown. That capability is part of a larger industry plan being developed to meet new …

New Jersey Nuclear Plant Declares “Alert” After Sandy Storm Surge

Exelon Corp declared an “alert” at its New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear power plant due to a record storm surge, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Monday, warning that a further rise in water levels could force operators to use …