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ND Closes Radioactive Material Handling Plant For Emergency Inspection

April 18, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State health officials have ordered a facility in western North Dakota that handles radioactive material to cease operations immediately.                                    

Thirteen workers at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak released toxic particles in and around the plant, officials announced.

Crews Find Radiation Leak Location

April 18, 2014 10:14 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two months after radiation leaked from the federal government's half-mile deep nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being stored.

Tiny Plants As The Future Of Nuclear Energy

April 17, 2014 10:07 am | by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, according to the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency.

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No Sign Of Radiation In Nuclear Dump Water

April 14, 2014 10:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Water samples from three reservoirs near the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico show no signs of contamination after a radiation leak at the plant.                         

U.S. Sailors Sue Japanese Utility Over Radiation

April 8, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 80 U.S. sailors are seeking $1 billion from the Tokyo utility that operates the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, alleging the company lied about the high level of radiation in the area where they were carrying out a humanitarian mission after a tsunami that touched off a nuclear crisis three years ago.

The federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump remained shuttered Monday and state environment officials said they have set deadlines for the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor to deal with radioactive waste left above ground at th

No Further Contamination In Nuclear Dump

April 7, 2014 10:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews investigating a radiation leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have turned up no contamination during a second trip farther into the half-mile-deep repository.

Second Trip Into Nuclear Dump Expected Today

April 4, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews investigating a radiation leak from the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico hope to make a second trip into the half-mile-deep repository Friday.                    

Chemical Leak At Ohio Nuclear Plant

April 3, 2014 10:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of a northeast Ohio nuclear power plant says a refrigerant leaked from equipment in a building on the site, prompting air monitoring for the chemical.                                                                       

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Nuclear Waste Shipments Resume

April 3, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Los Alamos National Laboratory, which is under a tight deadline to get nuclear waste of its northern New Mexico campus before wildfire season peaks, has begun trucking the remainder of the waste to Texas.

Crews Enter Nuclear Waste Dump For The First Time

April 3, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews made their first trip into the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico on Wednesday to begin investigating a radiation release in February that contaminated 21 workers, the U.S. Department of Energy said.

Japan Allows Residents Back Into Evacuation Zone

April 1, 2014 10:40 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

For the first time since Japan's nuclear disaster three years ago, authorities are allowing residents to return to live in their homes within a tiny part of a 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone around the Fukushima plant.                              

Washington State Proposes Hanford Cleanup Deadlines

April 1, 2014 10:30 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Frustrated by federal government delays, the state of Washington issued its own plan for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated nuclear weapons site.                                   

4 More Workers Contaminated During Nuclear Leak

April 1, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Energy says tests show four more workers were contaminated with low levels of radiation during a leak at federal government's underground nuclear waste dump.                

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San Onofre Nuclear Hit With Violation

March 31, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Southern California nuclear power plant violated rules by failing to get approval before eliminating 39 emergency-response jobs after the plant closed last year, government regulators said Friday.                               

Questioning Safety At Nuclear Waste Dump

March 25, 2014 4:41 pm | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The recent truck fire and radiation release from the government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico were "near misses" at a facility whose workers proved unprepared to respond to the emergencies, the head of an independent oversight agency said.

NM Nuclear Waste Heads To TX

March 21, 2014 10:17 am | by BETSY BLANEY, JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the government's only permanent nuclear waste dump shuttered indefinitely by back-to-back accidents, officials are making plans to ship radioactive waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory to rural West Texas.

North Anna Nuclear Under Review

March 20, 2014 9:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a meeting in Virginia to field questions on the agency's assessment of the safety performance last year at the North Anna nuclear power plant.                      

Democrat Steps Down From Nuclear Panel

March 19, 2014 5:23 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

William Magwood, a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission whose criticism helped lead to the ousting of the agency's former chairman, said Wednesday he soon will be leaving the five-member commission.

Thirteen workers at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have tested positive for radiation exposure after a recent leak released toxic particles in and around the plant, officials announced.

2nd Radiation Release At Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

March 19, 2014 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New air sampling data from southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump indicates there has been another small radiation release.                                     

SC Sues Energy Dept. Over Nuclear Promises

March 18, 2014 4:44 pm | by MEG KINNARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Carolina filed a lawsuit intended to keep the federal government from defunding a multi-billion dollar project to turn weapons-grade plutonium into commercial nuclear reactor fuel, saying its closure would hurt an international nonproliferation agreement and eliminate hundreds of jobs.

Activists Occupy Nuclear Plant

March 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Police have surrounded a nuclear plant in eastern France after more than 60 Greenpeace activists occupied it Tuesday to protest the nation's reliance on atomic power.

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant President Demoted

March 14, 2014 10:36 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Farok Sharif has been replaced by Bob McQuinn as president and project manager of the Nuclear Waste Partnership, said URS Corp., the contractor that runs the underground dump for the U.S. Department of Energy.                   

California regulators Thursday approved a plan for two utilities to develop replacement power to help fill the void left by the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, but environmentalists warned it could open the way for more dirty energy.

New Energy Planned To Replace CA Nuclear

March 14, 2014 10:33 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

California regulators Thursday approved a plan for two utilities to develop replacement power to help fill the void left by the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, but environmentalists warned it could open the way for more dirty energy.

Nuclear Dump Fire Deemed Preventable

March 14, 2014 10:28 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The truck that caught fire a half mile underground at a southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste dump was 29 years old, improperly maintained and operating without an automatic fire-suppression system, according to a report to be released today.

Former U.S. Nuclear Chief: Fukushima's Lessons

March 13, 2014 10:14 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Gregory Jaczko, who stepped down as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2012, still believes he was right when he issued a 50-mile evacuation warning for Americans around Fukushima, and believes the events at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant show that nuclear power should be phased out in Japan and worldwide.

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