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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...

FILE - In this July 27, 2018, file photo, the Dave Johnston coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo. Wyoming's governor is promoting a Trump administration study that says capturing carbon dioxide emitted by coal-fired power plants would be an economical way to curtail the pollution — findings questioned by a utility that owns the plants and wants to shift away from the fossil fuel in favor of wind and solar energy. Supporters say carbon capture would save coal by pumping carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas emitted by power plants — underground instead of into the atmosphere. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Wyoming lauds US carbon capture study; utility skeptical

Sep. 3, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s governor is promoting a Trump administration study that says capturing carbon dioxide emitted by coal-fired power plants would be an economical way to curtail the pollution — findings questioned by a utility that owns the plants and wants to shift away from the...

US gives first-ever OK for small commercial nuclear reactor

Sep. 2, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials have for the first time approved a design for a small commercial nuclear reactor, and a Utah energy cooperative wants to build 12 of them in Idaho. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday approved Portland-based NuScale Power’s application for the small...

Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette testifies before a House Commerce Subcommittee on oversight of the Department of Energy during coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Feds to pay South Carolina $600M in plutonium removal deal

Aug. 31, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After years of legal disputes, officials with the U.S. Department of Energy and South Carolina have inked a $600 million settlement over the storage of plutonium at a former nuclear weapons plant in the state, the largest legal settlement in South Carolina history. During a news...