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Two more nuclear reactors approved by NRC

March 30, 2012 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday gave Scana Corp. permission to build two new nuclear reactors in South Carolina, making it the second power company in two months to get a nuclear license approval. Before the Atlanta-based Southern Co. was granted a license on Feb. 9, the NRC had not ...

Nuclear commission issues first Fukushima safety orders

March 9, 2012 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday issued three new safety orders stemming from lessons learned from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichii Nuclear accident a year ago. Operators of the 104 U.S. nuclear reactors will have till Dec. 31, 2016, to comply with the safety upgrades. “The commission has taken a significant step ...

Interior budget boosts oversight of offshore drilling

February 13, 2012 The Interior Department would see only a 1 percent increase in overall funding next year under President Obama's 2013 budget proposal, but a significant boost is proposed for oversight and development of offshore oil and gas resources in keeping with the White House's recent push to expand domestic energy production. ...

U.S. approves first new nuclear reactors in decades

February 9, 2012 Giving a dramatic boost to the nuclear-power industry, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 on Thursday to approve the first construction permit for a nuclear reactor in almost 35 years. The license approval gives Atlanta-based Southern Company the go-ahead to begin construction of two new reactors at its Vogtle plant ...

Criminal charges for Gulf spill reportedly readied against BP

December 29, 2011 The Justice Department is preparing the first criminal charges against British oil giant BP in connection to the devastating Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010 that killed 11 workers and sent nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The charges ...

State Department's rerouting plan could kill Keystone pipeline

November 10, 2011 The State Department is ordering a new route for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, delaying the administration's decision until after the 2012 presidential election. "The Department has determined it needs to undertake an in-depth assessment of potential alternative routes in Nebraska," the State Department said in a media note on ...

Interior Department plan will include more Gulf, Alaska leases

November 8, 2011 The Obama administration on Tuesday is set to release its first five-year offshore drilling plan, opening up the Beaufort, Chukchi seas, the Cook Inlet off the coast of Alaska as well as more areas in the Gulf of Mexico, sources familiar with the announcement told National Journal. By expanding drilling ...

Gang of Six members: Super committee can still ‘go big’

October 31, 2011 Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., leaders of the bipartisan "Gang of Six," on Monday continued to push a "go big" $4 trillion deficit reduction plan, instead of the $1.2 trillion the super committee has been tasked with cutting. Such a plan would have to include a variety ...

Senators: Time to end government 'budget gimmicks'

October 21, 2011 The government has been hiding behind "budget gimmicks" for far too long, say Sens. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., ranking Republican on the Budget Committee, and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, ranking Republican on the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. The two senators, touting their joint efforts in introducing the Honest Budget Act earlier ...

U.N. report: Detainees 'systematically' tortured by Afghan authorities

October 11, 2011 Detainees at Afghan police and intelligence detention facilities have been subjected to torture including hanging by their wrists, electric shock, and twisted genitals, among other interrogation techniques, according to a United Nations report released on Monday. The report, which was researched by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, is the ...