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Community forum to focus on cleanup at Los Alamos lab

Feb. 19, 2020 12:01 AM EST

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The cleanup of decades-old contamination at Los Alamos National Laboratory will be the focus of an upcoming community forum. Federal environmental officials with the U.S. Energy Department and the contractor that runs the lab will be hosting Wednesday evening's event in Los Alamos,...

FILE - This Nov. 29, 2018, file photo shows the Transient Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory about 50 miles west of Idaho Falls, in eastern Idaho. The director of the Idaho National Laboratory says the U.S. Department of Energy and Idaho will need another supplemental agreement involving spent nuclear fuel so the lab can continue its mission past 2035. Mark Peters on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, told lawmakers on the House Environment, Energy and Technology Committee that the 1995 agreement between the Energy Department and Idaho could stop nuclear research. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)

Idaho nuclear lab needs 2035 deadline extended for research

Feb. 6, 2020 7:00 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The director of the Idaho National Laboratory said Thursday that the U.S. Department of Energy and Idaho will have to reach another supplemental agreement so the nuclear research lab can continue its mission past 2035. Mark Peters on Thursday told lawmakers on the House Environment,...

Feds: Hanford's Plutonium Finishing Plant is demolished

Feb. 5, 2020 4:10 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A factory that produced two-thirds of the nation’s Cold War-era plutonium for nuclear weapons has finally been completely demolished. After 40 years of operations, and 20 years of often-dangerous clean up work, crews recently finished demolishing the Plutonium Finishing...

FILE - In this May 11, 2015 file photo, nuclear waste is stored in underground containers at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls, Idaho. A nuclear test reactor in Idaho that develops fuel for the nation's fleet of nuclear-powered warships among other tasks will remain operating. Republican Gov. Brad Little and Republican Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced a deal Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, involving the Energy Department's Advanced Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)

Idaho, Energy Department ink deal on reactor's nuclear waste

Feb. 4, 2020 6:14 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The future is clearer for a test reactor in Idaho that develops fuel for the nation's fleet of nuclear-powered warships following an agreement signed Tuesday. Republican Gov. Brad Little and Republican Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced the deal involving the Energy Department's...

Alaska governor proposes oil storage depot at former base

Feb. 3, 2020 9:28 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's governor has proposed that the U.S. Department of Energy expand the nation’s emergency supply of crude oil by adding a storage site at a former Alaska naval base. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy sent a letter Oct. 31 suggesting an oil depot on Adak Island, The...

FILE - This undated file aerial view shows the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. The agency that oversees the United States' nuclear arsenal says it doesn't need to do any broad environmental reviews of a proposal that calls for ramping up production of plutonium triggers at federal installations in New Mexico and South Carolina. The National Nuclear Security Administration on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, released a supplemental analysis related to the project, saying the determination was made after reviewing extensive documentation and public comments that were received last year. (The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)

Lawmakers assured review of nuclear weapons work to be open

Jan. 22, 2020 2:26 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A review of a proposal to ramp up production of key components for the United States' nuclear arsenal will be open and transparent, according to members of New Mexico's congressional delegation. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan said in a joint statement to...

New Jersey sets new goal for electric cars, offers incentive

Jan. 17, 2020 6:05 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey set lofty new goals Friday as Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill boosting the number of electric vehicles in the state over the next five to 15 years and establishing an incentive of as much as $5,000 for people who buy them. The legislation is being hailed by...

Mine waste, air pollution on Idaho agency's expense concerns

Jan. 17, 2020 3:36 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality said Friday that the agency needs money to clean up or contain past mining waste. John Tippets told the Legislature's powerful budget-setting committee that among the problems is another collapse at the abandoned Triumph Mine...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the University of Kansas shows researcher Franklin Feng Tao. Tao concealed work he was doing for China while employed at the University of Kansas and recruited at least four researchers and students, according to revised federal charges filed Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (Kelsey Kimberlin/University of Kansas via AP, File)

Indictment: Kansas researcher secretly worked for China

Jan. 15, 2020 7:31 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas associate professor concealed work he was doing for China while employed at the University of Kansas and tried to recruit other researchers and students for the Chinese government, according to revised federal charges filed Wednesday. An extensively detailed superseding...

FILE - This undated file aerial view shows the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. The agency that oversees the United States' nuclear arsenal says it doesn't need to do any broad environmental reviews of a proposal that calls for ramping up production of plutonium triggers at federal installations in New Mexico and South Carolina. The National Nuclear Security Administration on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, released a supplemental analysis related to the project, saying the determination was made after reviewing extensive documentation and public comments that were received last year. (The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)

US lawmakers from New Mexico hold out on review of nuke plan

Jan. 13, 2020 5:12 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation find themselves in an awkward position as watchdogs claim the U.S. government is skirting key environmental laws by refusing to closely examine the consequences of increasing production of key plutonium components for the nation's...