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Energy secretary: Nuclear is key to meeting US energy goals

Aug. 04, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Research at an eastern Idaho nuclear facility is key to boosting nuclear energy to meet President Joe Biden’s goals of 100% clean electricity by 2035 and net zero emissions by 2050, Energy Department Secretary Jennifer Granholm said. Granholm on Wednesday...

Coast Guard monitoring oil spill cleanup in Louisiana

Aug. 04, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) — The Coast Guard was monitoring an oil spill cleanup on Thursday, four days after it poured into a Louisiana swamp southwest of Baton Rouge. An estimated 4,000 gallons (15,141 liters) of oil spilled Sunday while WCC Energy Group LLC was piping oil from...

Energy Department selects Idaho for nuclear test reactor

Jul. 27, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho has been selected as the site for a proposed nuclear test reactor that would dramatically reduce the time needed to develop nuclear fuels and components for a new generation of nuclear reactors that could help reduce global warming, the U.S. Department of Energy said...

Nevada court fights raise caution flags on green energy push

Jul. 24, 2022 13:07 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Opposition from friends, not foes, is creating potential roadblocks to President Joe Biden’s green energy agenda on federal lands in the blue-leaning, Western swing state of Nevada. Two lithium mines and a geothermal power plant in the works in the biggest U.S....

Idaho nuclear waste treatment plant making progress

Jul. 15, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A nuclear waste treatment plant in eastern Idaho designed to treat 900,000 gallons (3.4 million liters) of sodium-bearing, radioactive waste that has had numerous setbacks appears to be making progress, officials said. The U.S. Department of Energy this week...

Canadian owner OKs $84M in work, $1.5M fine; Louisiana plant

Jul. 14, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The company that owns a closed fertilizer plant in Louisiana has agreed to clean up more than a billion pounds of hazardous waste and to pay a $1.5 million fine, federal and state agencies said Thursday. PCS Nitrogen Fertilizer LP “will provide over $84...

Regulators recommend license for spent nuclear fuel storage

Jul. 13, 2022 19:12 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There are no environmental reasons that would prevent a New Jersey-based company from building a multibillion-dollar facility in southern New Mexico to temporarily store tons of spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the nation, U.S. regulators said...

US awards $3B contract to manage nuclear waste repository

Jul. 12, 2022 16:39 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Management of the U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository will be taken over later this year by a company created by one of the largest engineering, construction and project management firms in the world. The U.S. Energy Department...

Ferguson: Supreme Court decision won't hurt Hanford workers

Jun. 21, 2022 13:12 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — While the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against a 2018 state law that protected workers at a former nuclear weapons production site, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said an updated law passed earlier this year remains in place. That means...

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...