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Three Mile Island nuclear power plant's shutdown is imminent

Sep. 19, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The final shutdown of Three Mile Island, where 1979's terrifying partial meltdown became a landmark event in the life cycle of nuclear power in the United States, is imminent. Exelon Corp. officials said the plant will stop producing electricity around noon Friday, following through...

Improvements being made at US nuclear waste repository

Sep. 11, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Officials say several infrastructure projects are being launched at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southeastern New Mexico. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is licensed to take Cold War-era waste generated by decades of bomb-making and defense-related...

Energy Department: Progress at Idaho nuclear waste plant

Aug. 28, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An eastern Idaho nuclear facility is getting closer to successfully treating high-level liquid radioactive waste stored in tanks above a massive aquifer, federal officials have said. The U.S. Department of Energy said Tuesday that tests on liquid that simulates radioactive waste have...

Beer named for Pacific island nuke test site draws criticism

Aug. 17, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Texas-based company is facing criticism for naming a beer after the location of nuclear tests that resulted in the contamination of a Pacific island chain, a report said. Manhattan Project Beer Company is under scrutiny by Marshall Islanders who were exposed to high levels of...

The Latest: Workers return to Idaho nuke research facility

Jul. 25, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in the western U.S., including blazes in Idaho and Arizona (all times local): 9:20 a.m. Workers at a sprawling nuclear research site in Idaho have returned to work after a wildfire kept them away for two days. Officials say fire crews expect to have a...

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...

Fire no longer threatens key Idaho nuclear facilities

Jul. 24, 2019 10:15 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The nation's primary nuclear research facility plans to go back to regular operations Thursday after a change in wind direction pushed a wildfire away from the sprawling site in Idaho. The fire no longer poses a threat to key research facilities at the Idaho National Laboratory, lab...