Small nuclear reactors would provide carbon-free energy, but would they be safe?

Regulators have approved designs for 12 small reactors to be built in Idaho, but opponents say the project is dangerous and too late to fight climate change.
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Japan dumping nuclear waste water into ocean sparks global outrage

The Japanese government is about to announce the dumping of more than 1 million tons of radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea. This is an official decision that could come by the end of October, according to Japanese media reports.

Climate change poses high credit risks for nuclear power plants: Moody's

Close proximity to large water bodies increase the risk of damage to plant equipment that helps ensure safe operation.

How to build a nuclear warning for 10,000 years’ time

The nuclear waste buried far beneath the earth will be toxic for thousands of years. How do you build a warning now that can be understood in the far future?

An FBI investigation shows Ohio’s abysmal energy law was fueled by corruption

Electric utilities’ corruption problem is much bigger than FirstEnergy’s alleged bribery of Larry Householder.

Yucca Mountain: Faster water flow undermines project safety, UNR geologist says

Water flows at the heart of the controversy about a federal plan to build a national nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in southwestern Nevada.

Russia′s nuclear play for power in Africa

Russia is pushing nuclear technology to African nations to both turn a profit and expand its political might on the continent.

France pulls plug on country's oldest nuclear plant

France's oldest nuclear power plant will shut down after four decades in operation, to the delight of environmental activists who have long warned of contamination risks.

EU countries agree their green transition fund will not pay for move to nuclear or fossil gas

European Union countries have agreed that the bloc's flagship fund to wean regions off fossil fuels should not finance nuclear or natural gas projects, despite calls from some Eastern countries for gas to be eligible for EU funding.

Trump’s plans to use nuclear weapons on hurricanes challenged in new Democratic bill

In August, Donald Trump reportedly asked top national security officials to consider using nuclear bombs to weaken or destroy hurricanes. Now, one member of Congress wants to make it illegal for Mr Trump, or any president, to act on this idea.


Pa. businesses to get $2.2M in Department of Energy research grants

The U.S. Department of Energy is giving $2.2 million in 11 grants to small businesses in Pennsylvania to support research into areas including turbines, thermal energy storage and nuclear energy.

Toxic mud to be excavated from aging nuclear fuel plant

Nearly 40 years ago, the operators of a nuclear fuel plant near Columbia installed a liner in a treatment lagoon, hoping to trap radioactive and chemical waste before it could trickle into groundwater beneath the pond. Now, the lagoon liner is wearing out.

A Japanese nuclear power plant created a habitat for tropical fish

A small increase in water temperature near a Japanese nuclear power plant allowed tropical fish to colonise the area, suggesting global warming will drastically alter some marine ecosystems.

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My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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