Latest Nuclear waste News

Nuclear industry hopes to expand output with new reactors

Jun. 21, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

The U.S. nuclear industry is generating less electricity as reactors retire, but now plant operators are hoping to nearly double their output over the next three decades, according to the industry's trade association. The massive scaling-up envisioned by the utilities hangs on the...

Inslee: Feds need to increase nuclear waste cleanup funds

Jun. 02, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who has recently criticized the slow pace of cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, toured the former nuclear weapons production site on Thursday and said more federal money is needed to finish the job. Hanford created more...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

May. 31, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

Chicago Tribune. May 26, 2022. Editorial: How a dirty factory and government meddling left babies crying for food A U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane flew from Germany to Indianapolis on Sunday carrying not troops nor military equipment, but a load of European-made...

US releases environmental study about new Idaho test reactor

May. 23, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials have released an environmental study for a proposed nuclear test reactor to be built in eastern Idaho that backers say is needed to revamp the nation’s fading nuclear power industry by developing safer fuel and power plants. The U.S. Department...

Energy secretary: We must find a solution for nuclear waste

May. 20, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — It is critical to find a solution for storing the nation's spent nuclear fuel, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Friday during a visit to a nuclear power plant in Connecticut. Granholm was invited to tour Millstone Nuclear Power Station in...

Nuclear chief: Russia's Chernobyl seizure risked accident

Apr. 26, 2022 17:54 PM EDT

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine (AP) — Thirty-six years after the world’s worst nuclear disaster, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Tuesday that Russian troops risked causing an accident with their “very, very dangerous” seizure of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. ...

Idaho nuclear waste treatment plant hit with more problems

Apr. 26, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A nuclear waste treatment plant in eastern Idaho had two unanticipated shutdowns this year, U.S. officials said Tuesday, continuing a lengthy history of setbacks. Trent Neville of the U.S. Department of Energy said they're working on the problems at the...

Report: Fire training, equipment lacking at US nuclear dump

Apr. 22, 2022 00:23 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government’s nuclear waste repository in New Mexico has major issues in fire training and firefighting vehicles, with its fleet in disrepair after years of neglect, according to an investigation by the U.S. Energy Department’s Office of Inspector General. ...

Discovery of radioactive liquid pauses work at US nuke dump

Apr. 11, 2022 19:33 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An area at the U.S. government’s nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico was evacuated over the weekend after workers handling a shipping container discovered a small amount of radioactive liquid inside it. There was no indication of airborne...