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Nuclear Waste Dump Employees Sent Back To Work During Investigation

March 12, 2014 9:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Energy has approved a plan to keep all employees at southeastern New Mexico's underground nuclear waste dump working while officials determine what caused a radiation release.               

The U.S. Department of Energy and the operators of the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump said Monday they are making plans to allow specially trained workers to enter the site for the first time in weeks after more than a dozen employees were e

Workers Reenter Nuclear Waste Storage Facility

March 11, 2014 10:29 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy and the operators of the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump said Monday they are making plans to allow specially trained workers to enter the site for the first time in weeks.                                            

Air Testing Shows No Radioactive Contamination

March 10, 2014 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators sent instruments used to measure air quality and radioactivity underground Friday and Saturday in the first step toward resuming operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot plant, which has been shut down since early February when a truck caught fire in a separate incident.

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Radioactive Water The Biggest Hurdle In Fukushima Cleanup

March 10, 2014 10:25 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plant chief Akira Ono said Monday that improving water management is crucial not only to the plant cleanup but also decontamination of the area so evacuees can return to their homes.                                   

Residents Frustrated After Nuclear-Leak Town Hall Meeting

March 7, 2014 10:46 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy described the radiation leak as minuscule, posing no public health threat, but residents and officials voiced frustration at a town hall, saying the DOE and managers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant are leaving them in the dark about what's happening at the repository.

Thirteen employees who were exposed to radiation during a leak at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump aren't likely to experience any health effects, federal officials said Wednesday.

No Health Risks For Workers Exposed To Radiation

March 6, 2014 10:59 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thirteen employees who were exposed to radiation during a leak at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump aren't likely to experience any health effects, federal officials said Wednesday.

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

Union Awaits Radiation Results

March 5, 2014 10:36 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A union representing some 200 workers at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump said Tuesday it wants to be sure employees are safe when the repository reopens after a radiation leak that exposed at least 13 people.

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.

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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.

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.                       

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 cornersto

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.

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, officials said at a news conference Thursday.

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.                                

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.            

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 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.                    

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 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.                                    

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 cornersto

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.                                             

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