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US nuclear repository completes key mining project

Oct. 13, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — After seven years of mining, federal officials say work to carve out the eighth disposal area at the U.S. government’s underground nuclear waste repository is complete. Managers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant are planning to use the space...

Gift helps U-Michigan put emphasis on environmental justice

Oct. 11, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan said it plans to expand environmental justice efforts after a $11.1 million gift. The school will establish the Tishman Center for Social Justice and the Environment, a scholarship fund and new faculty positions in the...

Nobel in chemistry honors 'greener' way to build molecules

Oct. 06, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for finding an ingenious and environmentally cleaner way to build molecules — an approach now used to make a variety of compounds, including medicines and pesticides. The work of Benjamin List...

Companies to pay nearly $78M to clean California toxic sites

Oct. 05, 2021 19:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four companies will pay nearly $78 million to clean up contaminated groundwater at two Los Angeles-area toxic waste sites, authorities announced Tuesday. Settlements approved by a federal court on Sept. 30 will provide money to clean up two federal...

Man gets probation for improper shipping of nuclear waste

Sep. 18, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A judge has opted against prison time for a Kentucky man who pleaded guilty to shipping low-level nuclear waste to a Kentucky landfill without proper labeling. A federal judge handed down a five-year probation sentence Wednesday for Cory David...

New Mexico backs Texas in opposing nuclear fuel storage

Sep. 17, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Top New Mexico leaders say they’re open to “most anything” that would prevent spent nuclear fuel and other high-level waste from being stored indefinitely in the state, including legislation like a measure recently adopted by Texas to prevent the shipping and...

US grants license for temporary nuclear waste dump in Texas

Sep. 14, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials have cleared the way for construction of a dump in West Texas that could hold spent nuclear fuel for up to 40 years. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted a license to Interim Storage Partners LLC to build and run a facility that...

Unbreakable bond: Army vets reunite after decades apart

Aug. 07, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Close friends and U.S. Army veterans Dave Scott and Phil Cummings hadn’t seen each other for 43 years since the two finished their service in the Marshall Islands in 1978. Scott and Cummings were comrades in a dangerous...

Elevated metal levels found in water near Rockton's Chemtool

Jul. 24, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

ROCKTON, Ill. (AP) — Officials have found elevated levels of harmful metals in groundwater monitoring wells at a Rockton Superfund toxic waste site. But the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency noted that the substances were not found in the municipal water system...