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FILE - This June 2020, file photo, shot from a television screen provided by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy shows damage to anchor support EP-17-1 on the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline within the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan. Enbridge's plans for drilling an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes do not meet industry standards and pose significant hazards to workers and the environment, experts who reviewed project documents on behalf of opposition groups told The Associated Press.(Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy via AP, File)

Opposition team criticizes Enbridge plans for oil tunnel

Sep. 28, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge's plans for drilling an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes do not meet industry standards and pose significant hazards to workers and the environment, experts who reviewed project documents on behalf of opposition groups said Monday....

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 file photo, a container with nuclear waste is loaded from a train onto a a truck in Dannenberg, near Gorleben, northern Germany. Germany has launched a new search for a site to store its most radioactive nuclear waste, eliminating the disputed site at a former salt mine in Gorleben, that was earmarked decades ago and has long been a focus of protests.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Germany launches new search for nuclear waste storage site

Sep. 28, 2020 6:26 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has launched a new search for a site to store its most radioactive nuclear waste, eliminating a disputed site at a former salt mine that was earmarked decades ago and has long been a focus of protests. A report issued Monday by Germany's waste management organization, or BGE,...

Counties sue South Carolina over federal plutonium deal

Sep. 26, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

BARNWELL, S.C. (AP) — A lawsuit against the state of South Carolina said a $600 million federal settlement over nuclear waste should go to the seven counties near the Savannah River Site instead of the whole state budget. The lawsuit said those counties were the most hurt when the federal government failed...

FILE - In this April 29, 2015, file photo, an illustration depicts a planned interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in southeastern New Mexico as officials announce plans to pursue the project during a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. The state of New Mexico is strongly objecting to a recommendation by federal nuclear regulators that a license be granted to build a multibillion-dollar storage facility for spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the U.S. State officials in a letter submitted Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the site is geologically unsuitable and regulators have failed to consider environmental justice concerns. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico objects to license for nuclear fuel storage plan

Sep. 23, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico is strongly objecting to federal nuclear regulators' preliminary recommendation that a license be granted to build a multibillion-dollar storage facility for spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the U.S. State officials, in a letter...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, a sign at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is posted near Richland, Wash. Two companies that do work at the former nuclear weapons production plant will pay fines of nearly $58 million for improperly billing the federal government for thousands of hours of work that were not performed. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Hanford contractors agree to pay $58 million fine for fraud

Sep. 23, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Two companies that do work at a former nuclear weapons production plant will pay fines of nearly $58 million for improperly billing the federal government for thousands of hours of work that were not performed. Federal prosecutors on Tuesday afternoon announced the settlement...

Indictment: city illegally dug up lead-laden soil from range

Sep. 17, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The public works director of a North Carolina city has been indicted in federal court on charges his department illegally transported hazardous waste from the city's shooting range. Federal prosecutors in Charlotte say David Lutz, 64, of Pisgah Forest, illegally had his workers dig...

New Mexico frustrated with slow cleanup of radioactive waste

Sep. 9, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There’s growing frustration among New Mexico lawmakers and environmental regulators about the U.S. government’s slow pace in cleaning up contamination from decades of nuclear research and bomb-making at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The officials shared their...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2019, file photo, signs oppose plans to build a storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in southern New Mexico, as they line a hallway ahead of a meeting of a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission panel in Albuquerque, N.M. U.S. nuclear regulators have hosted their final public hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, on a proposal to build a multibillion-dollar complex in southern New Mexico to store spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the country. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

US regulators take public comments on nuclear fuel plan

Sep. 5, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — U.S. nuclear regulators have hosted their final public hearing on a proposal to build a multibillion-dollar complex in southern New Mexico to store spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the country, and there’s still disagreement about whether granting a...

Groups raise concerns about new shaft at US nuclear dump

Sep. 4, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Crews working at the U.S. government’s underground nuclear waste repository in New Mexico are starting a new phase of a contentious project to dig a utility shaft that officials say will increase ventilation at the site where workers entomb the radioactive remnants of...

Lead-contaminated Kansas town prioritized for cleanup

Sep. 2, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Federal officials have added a lead-contaminated southeast Kansas community to a list of hazardous waste sites eligible for cleanup through the federal Superfund program. Besides the newly added site in the town of Caney, the Environmental Protection Agency also has proposed adding...