nuclear power http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Blunt Decries 'Nuclear Option' For Filibuster http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-decries-nuclear-option-filibuster <p><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 15.75pt;">Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is joining his fellow Republicans in criticizing a push by Majority Leader Harry Reid that would limit the power of the&nbsp;filibuster</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 15.75pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 15.75pt;">-- a legislative technique to give power to the minority party.</span></p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 23:10:31 +0000 Chris McDaniel 7345 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt Decries 'Nuclear Option' For Filibuster Ameren Rallies Support For Nuclear Plans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ameren-rallies-support-nuclear-plans <p>The St. Louis-based utility company Ameren is continuing to rally support for its plan to build small modular nuclear reactors in Missouri.</p><p>Together with its partner in the venture, <a href="http://www.westinghousenuclear.com/">Westinghouse Electric Company</a>, Ameren held what it called a “supplier summit” today in St. Louis.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:27:30 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 5942 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ameren Rallies Support For Nuclear Plans Obama: 'Time Is Not Unlimited' To Resolve Iran Nuclear Dispute Via Diplomacy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/obama-time-not-unlimited-resolve-iran-nuclear-dispute-diplomacy <p><em><strong>Updated 9:55 a.m. with recap, link to full remarks</strong></em><br><br>President Obama addressed the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly today and touched on the Iran nuclear dispute and addressing the root causes of turmoil in the Middle East, among other topics.</p><p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:29:31 +0000 Kelsey Proud & The Associated Press 4689 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Obama: 'Time Is Not Unlimited' To Resolve Iran Nuclear Dispute Via Diplomacy NRC freezes nuclear power licenses until waste issues are addressed http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nrc-freezes-nuclear-power-licenses-until-waste-issues-are-addressed <p>The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put a freeze on issuing licenses for new plants and 20-year renewals for existing ones&nbsp;following a ruling by a federal Appeals Court.</p><p>The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled in June that the practice of allowing nuclear plants to store spent fuel rods on site doesn&rsquo;t meet federal environmental standards.&nbsp; The decision in essence bars the awarding of any new licenses until the industry begins addressing the problem of storing nuclear waste.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 00:36:32 +0000 Marshall Griffin 4276 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org NRC freezes nuclear power licenses until waste issues are addressed Local task force assigned to Ameren, Westinghouse nuclear project http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/local-task-force-assigned-ameren-westinghouse-nuclear-project <p><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a> (D)&nbsp;has announced the formation of a task force to help Missouri land a federal grant to build small modular nuclear reactors, or SMR&rsquo;s.</p><p>The task force is made up of officials from counties adjacent to<a href="http://www.ameren.com/sites/aue/Pages/home.aspx"> Ameren Missouri&rsquo;s </a>Callaway County nuclear plant, which would build the reactors in a joint project with <a href="http://www.westinghousenuclear.com/">Westinghouse</a>.&nbsp; Nixon says it&rsquo;s important to have input from local-level officials.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:42:32 +0000 Marshall Griffin, Kelsey Proud & The Associated Press 4167 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Local task force assigned to Ameren, Westinghouse nuclear project Ameren, Westinghouse, regulators talk nuclear energy expansion plan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ameren-westinghouse-regulators-talk-nuclear-energy-expansion-plan <p>Executives from <a href="http://www.ameren.com/sites/aue/Pages/home.aspx">Ameren Missouri</a> and <a href="http://www.westinghouse.com/">Westinghouse</a> presented their plans today&nbsp;to the state<a href="http://psc.mo.gov/"> Public Service Commission</a> for pursuing grants to build small nuclear reactors.</p><p>The two companies have teamed up to pursue up to $452 million from Washington to build up to five Small Modular Reactors, or SMR&rsquo;s, at<a href="http://www.ameren.com/sites/aue/Callaway/Pages/Home.aspx"> Ameren&rsquo;s Callaway County plant</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.westinghousenuclear.com/Our_Company/Executive_Biographies/joseph_zwetolitz_bio.shtm"> Joseph Zwetolitz </a>is President of the Americas division of Westinghouse.&nbsp; He says SMR&rsquo;s would be safer than the traditional nuclear reactor.</p><p>&ldquo;This reactor is almost entirely underground, which provides an additional level of safety, with regards to potential postulated accidents, deliberate attacks, tornadoes, those kind of things,&quot; Zwetolitz said. Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:07:41 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3855 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ameren, Westinghouse, regulators talk nuclear energy expansion plan Plans to be announced Thurs. could include second Mo. nuclear reactor http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/plans-be-announced-thurs-could-include-second-mo-nuclear-reactor <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and officials&nbsp;of two energy companies are preparing to make an announcement that&nbsp;could include plans for a second nuclear reactor in the state.</p><p>Nixon and leaders of Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse Electric&nbsp;are scheduled to make the formal announcement Thursday at a news&nbsp;conference in Jefferson City. Nixon&#39;s office says the announcement&nbsp;will be significant for energy development and economic growth in&nbsp;Missouri.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 22:35:00 +0000 The Associated Press 3520 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Plans to be announced Thurs. could include second Mo. nuclear reactor Mo. State Senator asks for special session on nuclear site bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-state-senator-asks-special-session-nuclear-site-bill <p>A freshman State Senator wants <a href="http://governor.mo.gov/">Missouri Governor Jay Nixon </a>(D)&nbsp;to call a special legislative session to approve a site permit for a second nuclear power plant.</p><p><a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/members/mem06.htm">Mike Kehoe </a>(R, Jefferson City) carried the issue in the Senate this year.&nbsp; He sent a letter to the governor requesting a special session. Thu, 19 May 2011 21:59:48 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1271 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. State Senator asks for special session on nuclear site bill Morning headlines: Thursday, May 19, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-may-19-2011 <p><strong>Missouri Census Figures Show Increase in Retirement Age Population</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.census.gov/">The U.S. Census Bureau </a>released the latest round of population figures last night. They show Missourian&#39;s median age is now 37.9. That&#39;s up nearly two years from the 36.1 median in 2000. Missouri&#39;s retirement-age population of people at least 65 years old grew by more than 10 percent since 2000. And residents 85 years and older grew by 15 percent - though they still account for less than 2 percent of the nearly 6 million people living in Missouri. At the same time, the number of school-aged children between 5 and 14 years old declined over the decade.</p><p> Thu, 19 May 2011 14:28:33 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 1265 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Thursday, May 19, 2011 Morning headlines: Friday, May 6, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-friday-may-6-2011 <p><strong>After Guilty Verdict, Jury Will Now Decide Coleman&#39;s Punishment</strong></p><p>The jury that convicted Christopher Coleman in the murder of his wife and sons now must decide whether he&rsquo;s eligible for the death penalty.</p><p>Jurors deliberated for nearly 15 hours over two days before finding the 34-year-old Coleman guilty of three counts of first-degree murder&nbsp;Thursday evening. Thirty-one-year-old Sheri Coleman and the couple&#39;s 9- and 11-year-old sons were strangled in their Columbia home in May 2009.</p> Fri, 06 May 2011 14:23:18 +0000 Julie Bierach, The Associated Press & Marshall Griffin 1189 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Friday, May 6, 2011