Thursday, May 5, 2011
Safety Reviewers Raise Questions about Construction of New Nuclear Fuel Plant
by Donna Deedy, Special to ProPublica
and Michael Grabell | @michaelgrabell
Two scientists say the NRC took construction and licensing shortcuts at a MOX fuel plant being built in South Carolina. The plant, which will convert plutonium from nuclear weapons into fuel for commercial reactors, is the first construction authorized by the NRC since the Three Mile Island accident.
More coverage: Nuclear Crisis
Pakistan’s Ever-Shifting Stance on Bin Laden Raid
by Marian Wang | @mariancw
The comments from Pakistani agencies and officials have ranged from congratulations on a “great victory” to denunciation of a “cold-blooded” killing by the United States.
Related: Bin Laden Mission Underscores Murky History of U.S. Raids in Pakistan
PA Oil and Gas Inspectors Free to Issue Violations Without Approval from Top, Enviro Chief Says
by Nicholas Kusnetz | @nkus
Officials say oil and gas inspectors do not need approval from DEP Secretary Michael Krancer to issue violations to companies drilling for gas in the Marcellus Shale, contradicting earlier reports and leaked emails.
More coverage: Buried Secrets: Gas Drilling’s Environmental Threat
Judge Orders New Trial in New Orleans Police Case
by A.C. Thompson
An officer accused of sanitizing a police report about the Henry Glover shooting says he has new evidence that he did not.
More coverage: Law & Disorder