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NM Sets Nuclear Waste Deadline

March 4, 2014 10:31 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

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 the repository.

Leak Concerns Arise At Hanford Nuclear Waste Facility

March 3, 2014 11:14 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

While one of the newer double-walled nuclear waste storage tanks at a Washington state complex has leaked, six others have "significant construction flaws" that could lead to additional leaks.                       

Radiation Leak Raises Questions About Nuclear Cleanup Nationwide

February 28, 2014 10:49 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Back-to-back accidents and a never-supposed-to-happen above-ground radiation release that exposed at least 13 workers have shuttered the federal government's only deep underground nuclear waste dump indefinitely and have raised questions about a cornerstone of the Department of Energy's $5-billion-a-year program for cleaning up legacy waste scattered across the country.


Worker Radiation Levels Under Investigation After Leak

February 28, 2014 10:39 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

More analysis is needed to determine exactly how much radiation workers were exposed to during a recent leak at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.                                

13 Exposed To Radiation At NM Plant

February 27, 2014 11:01 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.                     

Residents Question Safety After Nuclear Waste Leak

February 25, 2014 10:31 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials investigating a leak from the federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump tried to reassure skeptical southeastern New Mexico residents Monday night that their health is safe.

Nuclear Whistleblower Firings Under Investigation

February 20, 2014 4:08 pm | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., wants an investigation into the treatment of whistleblowers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, after two were fired in the past five months after raising safety concerns about the construction of a $13 billion plant to treat the site's most dangerous radioactive wastes.

Radioactive Water Leak At Fukushima

February 20, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Highly radioactive water has overflowed from a storage tank at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant, but the operator said Thursday it did not reach the Pacific Ocean.


Crews Monitoring NM Nuclear Repository

February 16, 2014 11:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials checking the presence of airborne radiation at an underground site in southeastern New Mexico where the U.S. government seals away low-grade nuclear waste say surface tests have detected no contamination.            

Nuclear Power Company Considers Plant Closures

February 14, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company that operates a southeastern Pennsylvania nuclear plant ;says it may decide within a year to shut down some of its 11 nuclear power stations if a way to make them profitable can't be found.                    

Nuclear Fusion Project Takes Key Step

February 13, 2014 11:57 am | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Scientists say they've taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power, an idea that has been pursued for decades.                                    

Nuclear Repository Fire Under Control

February 6, 2014 11:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews declared a blaze at an underground nuclear repository in southeastern New Mexico snuffed out and determined that there was minimal damage after a truck hauling salt caught fire and prompted an evacuation.

SD Uranium Mine Moves Forward

January 31, 2014 10:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposed uranium mine in southwestern South Dakota cleared a key regulatory hurdle Thursday when a federal agency issued a favorable environmental assessment of the project.                                         


KY Senator Shows Support For Uranium Plant Workers

January 22, 2014 10:37 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday debuted a new campaign TV ad, featuring the whispery voice of a throat cancer survivor who credits the five-term Kentucky Republican for supporting sick workers at a uranium enrichment plant.

Plant Supervisor Sentenced For Contamination Cover-Up

January 17, 2014 10:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A former supervisor at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York has been sentenced to 18 months of probation for trying to cover up fuel contamination.

Steam Generator Problem Shuts Down NY Reactor

January 7, 2014 10:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A drop in the water level in a steam generator has automatically shut down one of the Indian Point nuclear reactors in the New York City suburbs.                           

Nine Mile Point Reactor Problems Resolved

December 26, 2013 10:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators say they're satisfied the operator of a nuclear power plant in central New York has addressed problems that led to four unscheduled reactor shutdowns last year.

Japan Pays Even More For Fukushima Cleanup

December 20, 2013 10:58 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's government announced Friday that it will increase the amount of money it is providing to the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to step up cleanup and decommissioning efforts.                                             

Fire At TN Superfund Site

December 18, 2013 4:57 pm | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Firefighters stopped trying to put out a large industrial fire at a federal Superfund site in central Tennessee Wednesday afternoon because of fears that two 1,000-gallon propane tanks there could explode.                                                              

Stage Is Set For Clean Energy In 2014

December 16, 2013 10:57 am | by Natural Resources Defense Council | News | Comments

In a key year for the American people’s health and the environment, the nation has expanded clean energy and efficiency and acted against climate change, but further steps are needed to protect our communities and public health in 2014, according to experts at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

U.S. Nuclear Regulators Offer Japan Storage Solutions

December 6, 2013 10:15 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States' top nuclear regulator said Friday that atomic energy users, including Japan, must figure out how to ultimately store radioactive waste.                                                 

Nine Mile Point Nuclear Plant Halted

December 6, 2013 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

UniStar Nuclear Energy is completely withdrawing its application to build a third nuclear power plant at Nine Mile Point on Lake Ontario.                                  

Idle NE Nuclear Plant Ready To Restart

December 5, 2013 12:28 pm | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nebraska utility that owns a nuclear power plant that has been idle since April 2011 says the troubled plant is now ready to restart, but federal regulators will make the final decision.              

Stolen Radioactive Materials Found

December 5, 2013 12:14 pm | by OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

A missing shipment of radioactive cobalt-60 was found Wednesday near where the stolen truck transporting the material was abandoned in central Mexico, the country's nuclear safety director said.                       

Truck With Radioactive Load Stolen

December 4, 2013 12:37 pm | by RODRIGO SOBERANES, Associated Press | News | Comments

A cargo truck hauling used medical equipment with extremely dangerous radioactive material was stolen from a gas station in central Mexico, and authorities have put out an alert in six central states and the capital to find it, Mexican and U.N. nuclear officials said Wednesday.

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