Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be the lead negotiator for follow-up talks with North Korea about how it will denuclearize. A document signed by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not specify which North Korean official would work with Pompeo.
The New Mexico Environment Department is requiring additional analysis before deciding on the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's request to calculate volume by inner containers of radioactive material rather than the volume including the surrounding overpacks.
Kyushu Electric Power Co. has restarted the No. 4 reactor at its Genkai nuclear power plant in Japan. The reactor has been offline since December 2011.
The UK has had to increase energy imports this year from France, which is enjoying strong output from nuclear plants. "French nuclear plants have been far more reliable this year to date than last year, which has kept a firm lid on French power prices," said Jamie Stewart of ICIS Energy.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will host a public meeting in Tarrytown, N.Y., on Thursday to talk about last year's safety inspection results from Entergy's Indian Point nuclear power plant. The plant is set to stay under regular oversight after receiving "green" marks all year.
The number of people graduating from US nuclear engineering programs is rising, with many citing a desire to help the climate through nuclear's carbon-free energy. "The reason that almost all of our students come into this field is climate change," says Dennis Whyte of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico broke ground on a new ventilation system that will increase underground air flow and filtration. The project is scheduled to be finished by 2021.
The US nuclear energy industry is struggling to be price-competitive despite providing about 20% of annual electricity use and operating a fleet of well-maintained plants, writes Maggie Koerth-Baker. "Natural gas from fracking has gotten so cheap, [nuclear plants] aren't as high up in the dispatch stack" for utilities, says Granger Morgan of Carnegie Mellon University.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said US sanctions against North Korea would not be lifted until the country denuclearizes. President Donald Trump has halted joint military drills with South Korea, but Pompeo said they could be restarted if North Korea stops negotiating.