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Williams County rejects landfill's radioactive waste request

Dec. 5, 2019 4:12 PM EST

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The Williams County Commission has rejected a revised permit for a landfill that wants to become the first in North Dakota to dispose of radioactive oilfield waste after a state rule change. The commissioners made the decision at a meeting Tuesday, the Bismarck Tribune reported. They...

Judge tosses lawsuit over California nuclear plant fuel

Dec. 4, 2019 10:00 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that tried to halt the transfer of used nuclear fuel at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the judge dismissed the suit with prejudice on Tuesday, meaning the same complaint can't be...

Fukushima melted fuel removal begins 2021, end state unknown

Dec. 1, 2019 8:50 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s economy and industry ministry proposed a revision Monday to its decades-long road map to clean up the radioactive mess at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was wrecked by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Nearly nine years after the accident, the decommissioning...

Inspectors wanted: New Mexico sets sights on public health

Nov. 29, 2019 3:10 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — From taco stands to toxic waste, environmental regulators in New Mexico are tasked with inspecting tens of thousands of businesses, restaurants and industrial sites every year, but some officials are concerned that demand has far outpaced the number of available inspectors....

2 Chinese, 7 Filipinos arrested in dumping of toxic waste

Nov. 26, 2019 7:08 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Two Chinese and seven Filipinos have been arrested for dumping possibly radioactive waste from South Korea in a northwestern Philippine town, officials said Tuesday. The National Bureau of Investigation said the coast guard seized a Liberian-registered vessel, the M/V Dayang...

Monsanto pleads guilty to illegal pesticide use in Hawaii

Nov. 21, 2019 10:13 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Agrochemicals company Monsanto on Thursday pleaded guilty to spraying a banned pesticide on research crops on the Hawaii island of Maui in 2014, prosecutors said. Monsanto, now owned by the pharmaceutical company Bayer of Germany, has also agreed to pay $10 million for charges it unlawfully...

Contamination stops work at Hanford project

Nov. 20, 2019 10:52 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Work at Hanford to remove a highly radioactive spill has stopped after an eighth incident this year in which a worker’s clothing or skin was contaminated with radioactive waste. The Tri-City Herald reports the 324 Building sits over a leak of radioactive cesium and strontium...

Court: Company must pay for toxic waste on Idaho tribal land

Nov. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has ruled that a Philadelphia-based agribusiness company that left millions of tons of toxic waste on tribal land in Idaho must pay the tribes nearly $20 million plus $1.5 million annually. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a lower court ruling...

GAO: 60% of Superfund sites at higher risk in climate change

Nov. 18, 2019 3:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The worsening wildfires, floods and hurricanes of climate change threaten at least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites, and efforts to strengthen the hazardous waste sites are stalling in some vulnerable regions as the Trump administration plays down the threat, a congressional watchdog agency...

Trump’s pick for energy boss answers Nevada’s nuke concerns

Nov. 14, 2019 6:46 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick to become the next U.S. energy secretary pledged Thursday to uphold his predecessor’s promise to begin removing weapons-grade plutonium the government secretly shipped last year to a security site in southern Nevada. Deputy Energy Secretary Dan...