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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...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Sep. 15, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Idaho newspapers: Treasurer Ellsworth can outwit Speaker Bedke The Lewiston Tribune Sept. 13 Memo to: State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth. Subject: Taxpayer stewardship. Status: House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley has accused you of making a...

New Mexico frustrated with slow cleanup of radioactive waste

Sep. 9, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There’s growing frustration among New Mexico lawmakers and environmental regulators about the U.S. government’s slow pace in cleaning up contamination from decades of nuclear research and bomb-making at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The officials shared their...

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...

Idaho nuclear lab director takes promotion, will leave post

Aug. 20, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The director of a national nuclear research facility in Idaho said Thursday he's leaving the post. Idaho National Laboratory Director Mark Peters announced that he's moving to a new role as executive vice president of laboratory operations for Battelle Energy Alliance. Battelle is...

This Aug. 4, 2020 photo shows North Dakota state geologist Ed Murphy in Bismarck, N.D.  North Dakota is imposing its first comprehensive rules for nuclear waste disposal more than four years after Pierce County residents were caught off-guard by a proposal to drill test wells near Rugby. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)

Regulators prep for North Dakota nuclear waste disposal

Aug. 17, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is imposing its first comprehensive rules for nuclear waste disposal more than four years after Pierce County residents were caught off-guard by a proposal to drill test wells near Rugby. The state Industrial Commission approved the regulations in late July, as well as...

Some radioactive Savannah River Site waste headed to Texas

Aug. 16, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy is planning to send a few gallons of radioactive wastewater from a South Carolina nuclear reservation to Texas, where it will be treated and disposed. The Aiken Standard reports the upcoming move will expedite the cleanup of nuclear waste at the Savannah...

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. A Utah tax watchdog group and a former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission are calling on cities to pull out of the planned nuclear power plant project to get out before it becomes too expensive. The Deseret News reports the Carbon Free Power Project is promoted as the next generation design for nuclear power, but critics worry small modular reactor power is not cost effective. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)

Critics urge Utah cities to leave nuclear power project

Aug. 11, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Taxpayers Association and a former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission are urging cities that have signed on to a planned nuclear power plant in Idaho to get out while they can before costs become too great. NuScale’s Small Modular Reactor is planned for...