House panel highlights risks over nuclear-storage stalemate

U.S. 06/07/19, 23:04

Southern California's San Onofre nuclear power plant was permanently closed in 2013, but the site remains home to 3.5 million pounds (1.59 million kilograms) of nuclear waste that has nowhere else to go. Members of a House subcommittee held a hearing Friday not far from the defunct plant to highlight the ...

New Mexico governor says no to high-level nuclear waste

U.S. 06/07/19, 17:03

New Mexico's governor said Friday she's opposed to plans by a New Jersey-based company to build a multibillion-dollar facility in her state to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors around the U.S.In a letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the interim storage ...

Pilgrim’s shutdown ends nuclear power era in Massachusetts

U.S. 05/31/19, 04:42

It will take about five hours for the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth to permanently shut down on Friday after 47 years of generating electricity.Entergy announced in 2015 it would retire Massachusetts' only remaining reactor, citing competition from less expensive energy sources.Technicians will first reduce Pilgrim's power output from ...

Some in rural Nevada see benefits in nuclear repository plan

Enviroment 05/17/19, 13:22

Elected officials in rural Nye County say they support moving forward with a long-studied but mothballed national nuclear waste repository in Nevada, unlike their counterparts in urban Las Vegas, approximately 90 miles away. But the Las Vegas Sun reports that residents who live close to Yucca Mountain are split on whether ...

Presidential candidates join Nevada’s nuclear waste fight

Politics 05/03/19, 14:09

Nevada's long crusade to block the creation of a national nuclear-waste dump at Yucca Mountain has pitted the state against a bipartisan group of lawmakers across the country, but a band of presidential hopefuls is joining the early voting state's cause. Last year, Nevada's two senators were the only sponsors of ...

California utility fined for its handling of nuke canisters

Business 03/26/19, 12:41

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is fining the Southern California Edison utility $116,000 for violations in its handling of nuclear canisters at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.The decision announced Monday in an online town hall meeting involves the transfer of radioactive nuclear waste containers from cooling pools to safer ...

Perry defends plan for Nevada nuclear-waste storage site

World 03/26/19, 12:25

Energy Secretary Rick Perry is defending the Trump administration's plans to collect and store nuclear waste from around the country in a site northwest of Las Vegas. Perry told a House Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that the alternative was leaving spent nuclear fuel at sites in more than three dozen states. Perry says ...

US underground nuclear waste dump explained

U.S. 03/23/19, 10:30

It wasn't long after the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan and World War II ended that the United States began to realize it had to do something with the waste that was being generated by defense-related nuclear research and bomb-making that would continue through the Cold War — and ...

First-of-its-kind US nuclear waste dump marks 20 years

Business 03/23/19, 10:29

In a remote stretch of New Mexico desert, the U.S. government put in motion an experiment aimed at proving to the world that radioactive waste could be safely disposed of deep underground, rendering it less of a threat to the environment.Twenty years and more than 12,380 shipments later, tons of ...

US panel hears arguments in nuclear waste storage case

Enviroment 01/23/19, 12:09

Environmentalists and nuclear watchdog groups are lining up against plans to build a multibillion-dollar storage facility in southeastern New Mexico for spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors around the United States.Attorneys for several groups began making oral arguments before a panel with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission during a hearing ...

US to shut down Idaho nuclear waste processing project

U.S. 12/08/18, 15:46

Federal officials will shut down an Idaho nuclear waste treatment project after determining it would not be economically feasible to bring in radioactive waste from other states.The U.S. Department of Energy in documents made public this week said the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project that employs 650 workers will end ...

Nuke dump managers: There was waste near ceiling collapse

U.S. 11/16/18, 19:58

Operations at the federal government's nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico resumed Friday as managers acknowledged there was radioactive waste in the area where a portion of the underground facility's ceiling collapsed earlier this week.The acknowledgement came a day after the U.S. Energy Department announced there had been a ...

Nuclear waste site workers ordered inside after steam leak

U.S. 10/26/18, 09:15

Some workers at a nuclear weapons production site in Washington state were ordered to stay inside Friday because steam escaped from a tunnel with radioactive waste as it was being filled with cement, officials said.There no indication that the steam seen at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation contained radiation or any ...

US agrees to improve worker safety at polluted nuclear site

Science 09/19/18, 22:19

The U.S. government will test and implement a new system to capture and destroy dangerous vapors released at the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site as part of a settlement agreement reached Wednesday. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson told reporters that the agreement represents a major win for hundreds of ...

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