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U.S. approves first nuclear plant in decades

WASHINGTON — The US approved its first new nuclear power reactors in decades on Thursday, despite objections from the country’s top regulator that safety issues raised by last year’s Fukushima meltdown were not fully addressed. Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 to approve the construction of two 1,100…

Berkeley energy lab plans big expansion

OAKLAND, Calif (Reuters) – The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said it will expand beyond its 200-acre Berkeley, California, campus with a 90-acre site in neighboring Richmond, California, hoping to ride gains in U.S. government energy research funding. A new 300,000 square foot building will consolidate into one site the satellite…

Thousands protest against nuclear power in Japan

About 2,000 demonstrators hit the streets of Yokohama on Saturday calling for an end to nuclear energy in Japan after the March 11 disaster that sparked the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl. They marched in the port city southwest of Tokyo chanting in chorus: “We don’t need nuclear power. Give…

S.Korea, U.S. resume talks on nuclear energy

South Korea is reportedly pushing for US permission to recycle spent nuclear fuel for power generation as the two countries resumed talks to revise a 1974 pact on the use of atomic energy. The focus of the three-day talks until Thursday will be the peaceful use of nuclear energy, including Seoul’s right…

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