Nuclear Energy

Iodine-131 Levels Still Below Levels of Concern

EPA and USDA are monitoring food, rain, and potable water for levels of radioactivity that may have drifted to the United States from Japan.

Groups Request Info on Reactor Exemptions, Evacuation

Richard Brodsky with Demos, a national policy center, and three other groups have filed Freedom of Information Act requests prompted by the nuclear disaster in Sendai, Japan.

DOE Releases Melter Draft Waste Evaluation for Comment

The draft evaluation shows that the melter meets the criteria for “waste incidental to reprocessing” and may be managed and disposed of as low-level radioactive waste.

USW Honors Japanese Nuclear Workers at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant

United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard issued a statement concerning the workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan.

Would Your Life Insurance Policy Cover Death by Radiation Poisoning?

The aftermath of Japan's multiple nuclear reactor leaks that were caused by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, combined with the heightened fear of an unstoppable wind-borne spread of radiation into other countries has some Americans asking, "Would death from radiation poisoning be covered by my life insurance policy?"

Survey: Americans Want to Hit The Brakes on More Nuclear Power

More than half of U.S. adults now back moratorium on new reactors.

Japan Worst-case Scenario Unlikely to Cause Catastrophic Radiation Release (With Video)

While exposed spent fuel rods at the failing nuclear reactors in Japan pose new threats, the worst-case scenario would still be unlikely to expose the public to catastrophic amounts of radiation, says a nuclear engineering professor and expert on this particular kind of reactor.

New Jersey to Join Spent Nuclear Fuel Rule Lawsuit

Three other states already have filed against the Nuclear Regulatory Agency for its 60-year storage standard.

Energy Safety, Security Under the Spotlight as Gas Leaders Debate Future

As the unfolding crisis in Japan raises debates about the future for nuclear power and as Middle Eastern political unrest destabilises petroleum markets, the energy industry faces many considerable challenges as it heads to a flagship industry gathering.

EPA Statement on Air Monitoring Effort

EPA does not expect to see radiation at harmful levels reaching the U.S. from damaged Japanese nuclear power plants.

Nuclear Safety Concerns Spur European Power Price Spikes

Prices on Europe's largest power market spiked violently on Tuesday morning in response to 25 percent of Germany's nuclear capacity coming off line.

United States Sends Additional Experts to Assist Japan

The NRC has sent 11 additional experts to Tokyo to provide assistance as requested by the Japanese government.

NRC Analysis Continues to Support Japan's Protective Actions

NRC analysts overnight continued their review of radiation data related to the damaged Japanese nuclear reactors.

Sandia Lab Helps UAE Set Up Nuclear Energy Safety Institute

Over the last three years, the federal laboratory has been developing a program to ensure that local professionals in the United Arab Emirates will be trained in safety and security concepts related to nuclear energy programs.

Spent Nuclear Fuel Is Anything but Waste

Failure to pursue a program for recycling spent nuclear fuel has put the United States far behind other countries and represents a missed opportunity to enhance the nation's energy security and influence other countries.

New York Takes Issue with NRC Plan to Dump Nuclear Wastes

The attorney general is suing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for authorizing nuclear power plants to dispose of radioactive wastes at Indian Point for 60 Years after closure, without a mandated review.