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Feds Unveil Cleanup Plan For Nuclear Waste Dump

September 30, 2014 6:45 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan - Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday said it's committed to cleaning up and resuming initial operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico as early as 2016, work that's expected to ...    

Changes Ordered At Los Alamos Over Waste Leak

September 29, 2014 11:07 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory workers have been reassigned and the Department of Energy...

Years After Disaster, Japan To Restart Two Nuclear Reactors

September 22, 2014 3:52 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Three and a half years later after an earthquake and tsunami caused nuclear disaster in Japan,...

Scientists Discover Radioactive Waste-Eating Bacteria

September 11, 2014 4:01 pm | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Tiny single-cell organisms discovered living underground could help with the problem of nuclear...

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Fukushima Study: Think About The Unthinkable

July 24, 2014 2:49 pm | by National Academy Of Sciences | News | Comments

A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation's nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios.                          

WIPP Operator Received Large Bonus After Accident

July 21, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The contractor that operates the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico received a $1.9 million bonus just five days after an underground truck fire closed the facility.              

Nuclear Industry Explores Accident-Resistant Fuel

June 16, 2014 11:18 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

In response to the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident, the U.S. government dramatically increased funding to develop tougher protective skins for nuclear fuel, hoping to spur innovation in designs that hadn't changed much in years.                

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Lawsuit Filed Against Nuclear Contractor

June 13, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Jodi Stanton, the wife of an exposed worker, filed the lawsuit in federal court involving a 2011 accident at an eastern Idaho nuclear facility that exposed 16 workers to plutonium.                       

More Trouble At Nuclear Waste Dump

June 11, 2014 10:33 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists investigating a mysterious radiation leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump have identified five other potentially explosive containers of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory that are being stored at a site in West Texas.

Biomass Plant Proposed For Former Nuclear Site

June 4, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A biomass plant has been proposed to occupy the site of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which is shutting down at the end of year.                        

South Dakota Receives $179M For Uranium Cleanup

June 2, 2014 11:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A portion of a multibillion settlement between the federal government and a petroleum company will finance the cleanup of an abandoned uranium mine in northwest South Dakota.                           

Wyoming Mines Hit Hard By Low Uranium Prices

May 30, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some uranium producers in Wyoming say they're being affected by weak demand that has caused prices for the nuclear fuel to slip to their lowest level in eight years.                                 

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Hanford Workers Evaluated After Chemical Vapor Exposure

May 29, 2014 5:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Six workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are receiving medical evaluations after they reported smelling chemical vapors at two underground storage tank farms.                  

New Questions About Nuclear Waste Storage

May 29, 2014 5:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New questions are being raised about what was mixed with the waste that caused a radiation release from the government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.                            

U.S. Plants Prepare Long Term Nuclear Storage Solutions

May 27, 2014 10:45 am | by MICHAEL MELIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nuclear power plants across the United States are building or expanding storage facilities to hold their spent fuel — radioactive waste that by now was supposed to be on its way to a national dump.                            

GE-Hitachi Closing PA Plant

May 23, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

GE-Hitachi is closing a western Pennsylvania plant that makes storage containers for spent nuclear fuel rods, idling 134 employees who still work there.                    

Temporary Hold Lifted For SD Uranium Mine

May 23, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal panel has lifted a temporary hold on the operating license for a proposed uranium mine in western South Dakota.                                       

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Was Cat Litter Really The Cause Of The Nuclear Leak?

May 23, 2014 9:49 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The investigation into a February radiation release from the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico has turned to a seemingly unusual suspect: cat litter.                                      

500 Barrels Of Nuclear Waste Packed In Kitty Litter

May 21, 2014 10:46 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico officials say more than 500 barrels of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory was packed with the kitty litter suspected of causing a chemical reaction and radiation release at the nation's underground nuclear waste dump.

Kitty Litter The Cause Of Radiation Leak

May 20, 2014 10:59 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Los Alamos National Laboratory packed 57 barrels of nuclear waste with a type of kitty litter believed to have caused a radiation leak at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump, posing a potentially "imminent" and "substantial" threat to public health and the environment.

Evaluating Flood Risks At Nuclear Facilities

May 19, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

For the second time this month, Nebraska's two biggest utilities will meet with regulators to discuss flooding hazards at their two nuclear power plants.                          

Arguments Fly Over Proposed SD Uranium Mine

May 14, 2014 10:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A company proposing a uranium mine near Edgemont needs better studies to ensure that its operations won't hurt cultural and historic sites in the Black Hills, an attorney representing the Oglala Sioux Tribe said Tuesday.                      

Illinois Nuclear Plant Releases Emergency Plan

May 12, 2014 10:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Exelon Corp. is releasing its emergency plans to people who live in the area surrounding a northern Illinois nuclear plant.                                 

Skepticism Abounds Over Fukushima Ice Wall

May 2, 2014 10:51 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts on Friday expressed skepticism about a plan to build a costly underground frozen wall at Japan's crippled nuclear plant, a development that could delay the start of construction on the project.                     

Crews No Closer To Finding Source Of Nuclear Leak

May 2, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews searching for the source of a radiation release from the government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico have found damaged bags of minerals in the mine, but officials say they have yet to identify what caused the radiation leak.           

Fukushima Residents Wary Of Returning Home

April 29, 2014 10:56 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese government is pushing ahead with efforts to decontaminate and reopen as much of a 20-kilometer (12-mile) no-go zone around the plant as it can. Authorities declared a tiny corner of the zone safe for living as of April 1, and hope to lift evacuation orders in more areas in the coming months and years.

Marshall Islands Sues 9 Nuclear-Armed Nations

April 24, 2014 11:25 am | by CARA ANNA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world's eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of "flagrant violations" of international law.

Management & Safety Citations For WIPP

April 24, 2014 10:14 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poor management, an eroding safety culture, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper oversight are being blamed for a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the federal government's nuclear waste dump two months ago in southeastern New Mexico.

Nuclear Plant Approved To Use Warm Sea Water

April 21, 2014 4:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have granted permission to Connecticut's nuclear power plant to use warmer sea water for cooling at one of its two stations in Waterford.                                  

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