Latest Nuclear waste News

Nevada wants feds to declare mothballed nuke dump plan dead

Sep. 21, 2022 18:12 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — After a decade in limbo, Nevada is pressing U.S. nuclear regulators to finally kill a mothballed proposal to entomb the nation’s most radioactive waste beneath a windswept volcanic ridge north of Las Vegas. “The time has come to put this long-dormant and...

Swiss propose nuclear waste storage site near German border

Sep. 12, 2022 04:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Switzerland's nuclear waste authority has proposed building the country's permanent waste storage site close to the border with Germany, a decision viewed warily by its northern neighbor. The choice of the Noerdlich Laegern site ends a 14-year search for a preferred...

Small nuke reactors emerge as energy option, but risks loom

Sep. 10, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A global search for alternative sources to Russian energy during the war in Ukraine has refocused attention on smaller, easier-to-build nuclear power stations, which proponents say could provide a cheaper, more efficient alternative to older model mega-plants. ...

What's happening with Ukraine's threatened nuclear plant

Sep. 07, 2022 06:43 AM EDT

Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, built during the Soviet era and one of the 10 biggest in the world, has been engulfed by fighting between Russian and Ukrainian troops in recent weeks, fueling concerns of a nuclear catastrophe. Here is a look at the current situation: ...

Supreme Court climate ruling could impact nuclear waste case

Aug. 29, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on climate change could have implications for a range of other issues, including a case involving nuclear waste storage and a proposal requiring companies to disclose how climate risk affects their businesses, advocates across the political...

Deal reached to address 2 leaking nuke waste tanks

Aug. 25, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A deal to address two nuclear waste storage tanks that are leaking radioactive materials into the soil in Washington state was reached Thursday between the state and the U.S. Department of Energy. The waste is left over from the production of plutonium for...

Landfill odor: Health problems, but no elevated cancer risk

Aug. 11, 2022 21:17 PM EDT

Missouri’s health department on Thursday announced findings of a lengthy examination of the troubled Bridgeton Landfill in suburban St. Louis, determining that the foul odor emitting from the landfill created health problems but did not increase the risk of cancer. The finding of...

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...

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...

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...