Latest Nuclear weapons manufacturing News

Groups threaten to sue over nuclear weapons work at US labs

Sep. 19, 2019 11:24 PM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Nuclear watchdog groups say they will sue if the U.S. government doesn't conduct a nationwide programmatic environmental review of its plans to expand production of key components for the nation's nuclear arsenal. Federal officials have set a deadline of 2030 for ramped-up...

New tests find lower radioactivity near Colorado arms plant

Sep. 6, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A new round of soil testing near a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver found no radioactivity above the cleanup standard. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday released the results of tests on 48 soil samples from the route of planned trails at the Rocky Flats National Wildlife...

Small business gets $24M contract for work at nuclear site

Aug. 22, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A more than $24 million subcontract has been awarded to a small business to do electrical work at the contaminated nuclear site in Washington state. The Tri-City Herald reported Wednesday that American Electric in Richland will work to maintain and improve electrical infrastructure...

Plutonium found in Colorado soil; 2nd test shows lower level

Aug. 20, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Elevated levels of plutonium were found in the soil near a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver, while a second test showed far lower levels, health officials said Tuesday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said it is trying to sort out the conflicting results of...

At a glance: Weapons sites converted into wildlife refuges

Aug. 18, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

Six sites where the U.S. government manufactured or tested some of its most lethal weapons have been converted to wildlife refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: — Amchitka Island, part of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Amchitka was the site of three U.S. underground nuclear...

National lab details $13B in building plans over next decade

Aug. 17, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory have plans for $13 billion worth of construction projects over the next decade at the northern New Mexico complex as it prepares to ramp up production of plutonium cores for the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal. They outlined their plans...

US can't find files on investigation into nuclear arms plant

Jul. 30, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has lost track of more than 60 boxes of documents from a 27-year-old criminal investigation into safety and environmental violations at a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado, officials said Tuesday. The files were gathered in a two-year grand jury probe of...

South Dakota 1950s uranium workers eligible for compensation

Jul. 29, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — People who became sick after being exposed to toxic materials while working at a South Dakota uranium ore-buying station more than 60 years ago may qualify for compensation under a federal program. The federal Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation program is ready to...