Latest Nuclear weapons manufacturing News

New report warns of potential radiation release at Hanford

Jul. 8, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A new report warns that a huge facility on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state is at risk of releasing radioactive contamination into the environment the longer it remains standing. The Plutonium Uranium Extraction Plant was built in 1956 and is heavily contaminated...

Ingredients for atomic bombs made in South Carolina

Jul. 7, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (AP) — As patriotic music played in the background, about 200 people listened to federal employees explain last week why the government wants to produce major nuclear weapons components at the Savannah River Site just down the road from this city on the Georgia border. The U.S....

Rouhani: Iran will enrich uranium to 'any amount we want'

Jul. 3, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president warned that Tehran will increase its enrichment of uranium to "any amount that we want" beginning on Sunday, putting further pressure on European nations to save its faltering nuclear deal and offer a way around intense U.S. sanctions. President Hassan Rouhani's threat,...

The Latest: Iran urges regional dialogue to ease tensions

Jun. 13, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Iran's U.N. Mission is calling for an urgent dialogue among all countries in the Persian Gulf region to ease tensions following attacks on two oil tankers near...

US can label nuke waste as less dangerous to quicken cleanup

Jun. 5, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. government on Wednesday will reclassify some of the nation's most dangerous radioactive waste to lower its threat level, outraging critics who say the move would make it cheaper and easier to walk away from cleaning up nuclear weapons production sites in Washington state,...

State believes feds unlikely to meet nuke cleanup deadlines

Jun. 5, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington believes the federal government is unlikely to meet legal deadlines for emptying underground tanks holding radioactive waste at Hanford. The state Department of Ecology says it is prepared to take the U.S. Department of Energy back to federal court to get the...