Latest Nuclear waste News

US nuclear waste dump takes in first large shipment in years

Jan. 15, 2020 12:33 AM EST

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository has taken in its first large shipment in six years, following a process that involved recertification and retraining of workers. The shipment using a special large cask known as a Transuranic Package Transporter Model 3,...

Nuclear repository oversight office gets new acting manager

Jan. 2, 2020 11:06 PM EST

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A longtime U.S. Energy Department official has been appointed to lead the agency's office in New Mexico that oversees the federal government's only underground repository for nuclear waste. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that Gregory Sosson took over as acting manager in December....

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2019 file photo Idaho Republican Gov. Brad Little holds a bag of shredded paper in the Idaho Statehouse, in Boise, Idaho, representing what he says are thousands of pages of state regulations he's cut or simplified. Idaho officials cut a nuclear deal with the U.S. Department of Energy to allow in research quantities of spent nuclear fuel, Medicaid expansion survived a court challenge and lawmaker antipathy, and  Little cut or simplified what he says are 75% of the state's administrative rules.   (AP Photo/Keith Ridler,File)

A look at some of the biggest Idaho stories of 2019

Dec. 26, 2019 2:03 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — From spent nuclear fuel to Medicaid expansion to cutting state regulations, Idaho had some big changes in 2019. Idaho officials reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Energy to allow in research quantities of spent nuclear fuel after years of blocking such shipments. Voter-approved...

Aging Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant worries critics

Dec. 24, 2019 9:02 AM EST

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Critics are raising alarms over the age of Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, which opened 46 years ago on the banks of the Tennessee River and is still operating. Some say equipment at the three-reactor plant is being forced to generate power longer than originally intended and that the...

NRC gives permit for next-gen factory-built nuclear reactor

Dec. 19, 2019 4:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nuclear industry hopes of one day bringing small, factory-built nuclear power plants to communities and industrial sites have cleared a first regulatory hurdle with the Trump administration, over objections from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and others that regulators are...

Report: National laboratory lost track of nuclear waste

Dec. 10, 2019 1:02 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A contractor overseeing operations at a National Laboratory in New Mexico lost track of 250 barrels of waste in the past year, an annual report on hazardous waste violations said. Triad National Security LLC had 19 violations of its permit from the New Mexico Environment Department...

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...