Three days after embattled Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko announced his resignation, the White House announced President Barack Obama intends to nominate Allison Macfarlane, a professor at George Mason University, to the agency's top post.
Three years after the Obama administration killed controversial plans to store the nation's nuclear waste permanently at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, a presidential commission said Thursday that the nation needs to adopt a "consent-based approach" to position disposal facilities, gaining the approval of any community before moving forward with future sites.
Sixteen months ago, the Obama administration announced it was ending a controversial plan to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The news flash -- like a flash in a distant fireworks show -- created very little noise.
The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday that independent investigators have cleared him of any wrongdoing in the decision to kill plans to store nuclear waste at the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada.
An Energy Department official Wednesday defended the Obama administration's decision to pull the plug on a long-planned Nevada repository for nuclear waste in the face of questions from Congress about whether the move was legal.
If you're one of the millions of Americans who get even a portion of your electric power from a nuclear generating plant, for more than three decades you've been paying a tax, whether you realize it or not, to fund the storage of nuclear waste from that plant in a safe place.
Three new nuclear power plants in the next ten years, max. That was the consensus among the experts attending Tuesday's morning session on nuclear power at Fortune's Brainstorm: Green conference. Maybe five, said one lonely voice. Either way, that's far from the nuclear renaissance we were reading about just a couple of years ago. What happened?
The drive to the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository from the Energy Department's office in Las Vegas takes about two hours. It's a freaky ride, past fast-growing Pahrump, Nevada, now a bedroom community for Las Vegas; past Nellis Air Force base, where unmanned spy drones -- Predators and Raptors -- fly test flights; past the gunnery range and the old atom bomb test site.
There is a remote valley in southeastern Idaho -- 890 square miles; desolate, dry and stunningly beautiful -- that is the place to go for atomic lore. It's the home of the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), where on December 20, 1951, scientists succeeded for the first time in converting nuclear power into electricity. They lit four 75-watt light bulbs. The next day they lit the whole lab.
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry used a stop in Nevada Tuesday to criticize President Bush's support for a nuclear waste dump there and to accuse the Bush administration of placing ideology ahead of science.