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US nuclear repository completes key mining project

Oct. 13, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — After seven years of mining, federal officials say work to carve out the eighth disposal area at the U.S. government’s underground nuclear waste repository is complete. Managers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant are planning to use the space...

New push on to expand nuclear radiation compensation in US

Sep. 22, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is renewing a push to expand a U.S. compensation program for people who were exposed to radiation following uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War. Advocates have been trying for years...

Fukushima plant failed to probe cause of faulty filters

Sep. 14, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Officials at Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant have acknowledged they neglected to investigate the cause of faulty exhaust filters that are key to preventing radioactive pollution, after being forced to replace them twice. Representatives of the...

Fukushima nuclear water to be released via undersea tunnel

Aug. 25, 2021 09:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant said Wednesday it plans to build an undersea tunnel so that massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water can be released into the ocean about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) away from the plant to avoid interference...

Report: Uranium cleanup could benefit New Mexico, tribes

Aug. 06, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — For Democratic state Rep. Wonda Johnson, the disastrous Church Rock uranium spill in 1979 is deeply personal. She recalls standing on a porch as a young child with her grandmother as they watched radioactive waste from a breached mill pond flow...

Fukushima laments a recovery without Olympic witnesses

Jul. 30, 2021 01:58 AM EDT

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — The bus transporting Olympic officials and media from downtown Fukushima to the suburban Azuma Baseball Stadium features a slickly produced video boasting of the region's recovery from a devastating 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. ...