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Feds announce deal to recover $200M in Nevada solar project

Jul. 30, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal officials have announced a settlement to recover $200 million in taxpayer funds from Tonopah Solar Energy in a solar project that never showed a profit. The $1 billion Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant, which received $737 million in loan guarantees in 2011, has been shuttered...

US eyes building nuclear power plants for moon and Mars

Jul. 24, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. wants to build nuclear power plants that will work on the moon and Mars, and on Friday put out a request for ideas from the private sector on how to do that. The U.S. Department of Energy put out the formal request to build what it calls a fission surface power system that...

FILE - This undated file aerial view shows the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. Several groups are asking state and federal officials to hold semi-annual public meetings as Los Alamos National Laboratory prepares to resume and ramp up production of key components for the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile. (Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)

Groups call for meetings as US lab preps for weapons work

Jul. 2, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Several groups are asking state and federal officials to hold semi-annual public meetings as Los Alamos National Laboratory prepares to resume and ramp up production of key components for the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile. The groups outlined their request in a recent...

Nevada, Energy Department settle fight over secret plutonium

Jun. 26, 2020 9:43 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada ended a two-year legal battle Friday with the U.S. Energy Department over the secret shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to a site near Las Vegas. The state's lawyers said they would drop their lawsuit after the federal government agreed to remove the highly radioactive material...

Wyoming rare earth elements project receives federal funding

Jun. 25, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

Gillette, Wyo. (AP) — A project in Wyoming to develop technologies and methods to extract rare earth elements from coal ash received more than $810,000 from the federal government. Researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory are overseeing the project, The Gillette News Record reported ...

US Energy Department fined $304K over waste documentation

Jun. 24, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has been fined $304,000 over missed deadlines in documenting waste shipments at Los Alamos National Laboratory, department officials said. The New Mexico Environment Department cited the federal agency, the lab and the lab's contracted operator Triad...

Compact fast reactor proposed at east Idaho nuclear site

Jun. 18, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A California company wants to build and operate a compact fast nuclear reactor in Idaho. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday that it has accepted a license application submitted by Oklo Inc., to build a 1.5-megawatt reactor at the U.S. Department of Energy’s...

New Mexico county seeks free land from US energy department

Jun. 15, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico county has asked the U.S. Department of Energy to relinquish a parcel of excess land at no cost to be used for housing and economic development. Los Alamos County requested 4.8 square miles (12 square kilometers) in White Rock for homes, businesses, light industry, and...

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 at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, N.M. A proposed multibillion-dollar complex in southern New Mexico that would store spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the U.S. is facing another legal challenge as opponents have filed an appeal in federal court. They are taking aim at the federal government's decision to dismiss numerous contentions that watchdogs had raised about the project. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Watchdog files appeal over planned nuclear storage complex

Jun. 14, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A proposed multibillion-dollar complex in southern New Mexico that would store spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the U.S. is facing another legal challenge as opponents have filed an appeal in federal court. They are taking aim at the federal government’s...