Latest Radioactive contamination News

Concerns persist about pace of cleanup at US nuclear lab

Jan. 07, 2022 19:20 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials at one of the nation’s top nuclear weapons laboratories are reiterating their promise to focus on cleaning up Cold War-era contamination left behind by decades of research and bomb-making. But New Mexico environment officials and watchdog...

US close to ending buried nuke waste cleanup at Idaho site

Jan. 03, 2022 20:57 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A lengthy project to dig up and remove radioactive and hazardous waste buried for decades in unlined pits at a nuclear facility that sits atop a giant aquifer in eastern Idaho is nearly finished, U.S. officials said. The U.S. Department of Energy said last week...

US nuclear repository marks 200+ shipments of waste in 2021

Dec. 31, 2021 00:07 AM EST

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government’s underground nuclear waste repository received more than 200 shipments from federal laboratories and other sites around the nation in 2021. Officials with the U.S. Energy Department announced the number Thursday, noting that total...

Operator files for approval of Fukushima plant water release

Dec. 21, 2021 05:34 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday it has applied for approval from safety authorities to construct an undersea tunnel and other facilities needed for the planned release of large amounts of treated radioactive water into the sea. The...

Study: Uranium not high in water samples around Grand Canyon

Nov. 24, 2021 12:29 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Most springs and wells in a vast region of northern Arizona known for its high-grade uranium ore meet federal drinking water standards despite decades of uranium mining, U.S. scientists found. The highest concentrations of uranium were found at...

Human rights panel to hear Navajo uranium contamination case

Oct. 21, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group representing Navajo communities is presenting its case to an international human rights body, saying U.S. regulators violated the rights of tribal members when they cleared the way for uranium mining in western New Mexico. The...