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Agency could keep Three Mile Island nuclear debris in Idaho

Sep. 16, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The partially melted reactor core from the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history could remain in Idaho for another 20 years if regulators finalize a license extension sought by the U.S. Energy Department, officials said Monday. The core from Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania partially...

Hanford officials move nuclear waste from Columbia River

Sep. 12, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have removed the last of the highly radioactive sludge stored in underwater containers near The Columbia River. That news was released by Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Wednesday to the Tri-City Herald. Perry says the project came in ahead...

Washington state nuclear site study considers waste options

Sep. 3, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A federal government study has analyzed options for treating waste at a decommissioned nuclear site in Washington state. The Tri-City Herald reported Monday that the National Academies of Sciences issued a report concerning ways to treat radioactive material at the Hanford Nuclear...

Japan urges nuke plants to prepare for decommissioning era

Sep. 2, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's nuclear policy-setting body adopted a report Monday saying the country is entering an era of massive nuclear plant decommissioning, urging plant operators to plan ahead to lower safety risks and costs requiring decades and billions of dollars. Twenty-four commercial reactors —...

Malaysia renews Aussie rare earth plant's permit, sets rules

Aug. 15, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government extended Australian miner Lynas Corp.'s license to operate a rare earth refinery for six months on Thursday but set new rules for it to tackle radioactive waste amid renewed public fears of health and environmental risks. Lynas has been operating its...

Energy Department wants to build nuclear test "fast" reactor

Aug. 5, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new nuclear test reactor is needed as part of an effort to revamp the nation's fading nuclear power industry by developing safer fuel and power plants, the U.S. Department of Energy said Monday. The federal agency said it will prepare an environmental impact statement as part of the...

Energy secretary returns to Nevada nuke site in legal fight

Aug. 2, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry once again visited a site near Las Vegas where weapons-grade plutonium is stored and low-level radioactive material was mistakenly sent for years. Perry confirmed his team gave Gov. Steve Sisolak classified and unclassified briefings during Thursday's tour of the Nevada National...

Troubled SC nuclear firm kept radioactive trash in leaky bin

Jul. 26, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

HOPKINS, S.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say a nuclear plant in South Carolina kept radioactive trash in a leaky 40-foot shipping container, raising concerns that uranium has once again seeped into the surrounding soil. The State reports the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and state environmental...

Workers return to Idaho nuke facility after fire evacuations

Jul. 25, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Employees returned to work Thursday at a sprawling nuclear research site in southwestern Idaho after a wildfire forced two days of evacuations. The lightning-caused wildfire at the Idaho National Laboratory is one of several burning across the U.S. West. "The fire is anticipated to be...

The Latest: Wildfire in northern Arizona now 12% contained

Jul. 24, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 7:45 p.m. A wildfire that has raged since Sunday in northern Arizona now is 12% contained. Fire officials say firefighters worked Wednesday to bolster containment lines, directly attack the blaze and extinguish flames in...