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FILE - In this March 1999 file photo, the first load of nuclear waste arrives at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site in Carlsbad, N.M., from Los Alamos National Laboratory. The U.S. government's efforts to clean up decades worth of Cold War-era waste from nuclear research and bomb making at federal sites around the country has chugged along, often at a pace that watchdogs and other critics say threatens public health and the environment. Now, fallout from the global coronavirus pandemic is resulting in more challenges as WIPP, the nation's only underground repository for nuclear waste, finished ramping down operations Wednesday, April 1, 2020, to keep workers safe. (AP Photo/Thomas Herbert, File)

Cleanup of US nuclear waste takes back seat as virus spreads

Apr. 3, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government’s efforts to clean up Cold War-era waste from nuclear research and bomb making at federal sites around the country has lumbered along for decades, often at a pace that watchdogs and other critics say threatens public health and the environment. Now,...

In this photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, Alexei Ozerov, physicist and activist fighting against turning a nuclear waste repository into a construction site of a highway, measures radiation levels at the place in southeastern Moscow, Russia. Activists in Moscow are vowing to persist with a campaign against plans to bulldoze a highway through a radioactive waste site, despite a police crackdown with mass detentions. The campaign started two months ago as a small grassroots effort to stop construction of a multi-lane motorway that is supposed to go through a plot of land where at least 60,000 tons of nuclear waste are buried. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr)

Moscow activists vow to fight on after clashes with police

Mar. 20, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Activists in Moscow vowed Friday to persist with their campaign against plans to bulldoze a highway through a radioactive waste site, despite a police crackdown and mass detentions. The campaign started two months ago as a small grassroots effort, and made national headlines on Thursday...

Congresswoman: Science should guide nuclear storage decision

Feb. 25, 2020 6:24 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A member of New Mexico's congressional delegation wants to ensure a “sound and robust” scientific review is done before federal regulators decide whether to sign off on plans for a multibillion-dollar temporary storage facility for spent nuclear fuel. U.S. Rep....

Report: Feds need to do more to prevent failures at Hanford

Feb. 21, 2020 2:11 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The federal government needs to do more to prevent the failure of radioactively contaminated facilities at an aging nuclear weapons production site in Washington state, the Government Accountability Office said this week. The partial collapse in 2017 of a tunnel containing radioactive...

Oregon landfill took 2M pounds of radioactive fracking waste

Feb. 14, 2020 12:34 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Ore. (AP) — A chemical waste landfill near the Columbia River in Oregon accepted hundreds of tons of radioactive fracking waste from North Dakota in violation of Oregon regulations that has alarmed environmental advocates. But the company won't be fined because state officials believe landfill...

FILE - This Dec. 20, 2019 file photo provided by Michigan Department of Transportation shows toxic chemical substances leaking along Interstate 696 in Madison Heights, Mich. An industrial site in suburban Detroit where a bright green goo seeped through a concrete barrier onto an area freeway is subject to forfeiture due to non-payment of property taxes. Five properties tied to Electro-Plating Services Inc. in Madison Heights owe a total of more than $30,000 in taxes, interest and fees from 2017 and 2018, according to the Oakland County Treasurer's office.(Michigan Department of Transportation via AP, File)

Treasurer: Seeping 'green ooze' site subject to forfeiture

Feb. 12, 2020 3:46 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — An industrial site in suburban Detroit from where a bright green goo seeped through a concrete barrier onto an area freeway could be foreclosed due to non-payment of property taxes, the county treasurer said Wednesday. Five properties tied to Electro-Plating Services Inc. in Madison Heights...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, a sign at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is posted near Richland, Wash. Advocates for cleaning up the former nuclear weapons production site in Washington state are outraged that the Trump administration is proposing a $700 million budget cut next year for the work. The budget cut released in a proposal on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, is almost certain to delay the cleanup, which is on a legally-enforced schedule. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Critics decry proposed cuts in Hanford nuclear cleanup plan

Feb. 12, 2020 11:16 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Advocates for cleaning up a former nuclear weapons production site in Washington state are outraged that the Trump administration is proposing a $700 million budget cut next year. The proposal released Monday by President Donald Trump called for cutting the annual Hanford cleanup...

Agreement will help speed cleanup of the Housatonic River

Feb. 10, 2020 6:59 PM EST

LENOX, Mass. (AP) — Federal environmental officials have unveiled a plan to speed the cleanup of the Housatonic River in western Massachusetts and require General Electric to pay local communities $63 million. Under the long-awaited deal announced Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency, highly...

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Trump calls for slashing funding for toxic Superfund cleanup

Feb. 10, 2020 5:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump asked Congress on Monday to slash funding for the Superfund program around the country, despite already building up the biggest backlog in 15 years of hazardous waste clean-ups stalled for lack of money. Overall, the president proposed cutting $2.4 billion, or 26%,...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, Pope Francis attends a feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, at the Vatican. Pope Francis will mark the fifth anniversary of his ecological manifesto by visiting a southern Italian region where decades of toxic-waste dumping by the mob have polluted the environment and sickened its people. The diocese of Acerra announced Francis’ May 24 visit on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope to visit Italian region poisoned by toxic waste dumping

Feb. 8, 2020 2:16 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will mark the fifth anniversary of his ecological manifesto by visiting a southern Italian region where decades of toxic-waste dumping by the mob have polluted the environment and sickened its people. The diocese of Acerra announced Francis’ May 24 visit on Saturday....