LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada lawmakers helped beat back the latest effort to restart the licensing process necessary to build a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain north of Las...
SAN ONOFRE, Calif. (AP) — Federal regulators are allowing operators of a closed Southern California nuclear power plant to resume transferring nuclear waste to a storage facility.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elected officials in rural Nye County say they support moving forward with a long-studied but mothballed national nuclear waste repository in Nevada, unlike their counterparts in...
PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — The discovery of radioactive material in and around a southern Ohio middle school has led the school district to close the building for the remainder of the academic year to...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Monday that she's deeply against a plan to store the nation's nuclear waste at Nevada's Yucca Mountain.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's long crusade to block the creation of a national nuclear-waste dump at Yucca Mountain has pitted the state against a bipartisan group of lawmakers across the country, but...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nevada lawmakers said Wednesday that senators should end a renewed effort to create a national nuclear-waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain because the ensuing political battle...
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal agency has issued a final report confirming its earlier finding that people who lived near a St. Louis County creek contaminated with nuclear waste could face a higher...
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy says the contractor building the massive nuclear waste treatment plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation earned nearly 48% of possible...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Legislature has passed a bill that prohibits nuclear waste dumping in the state.
The bill passed by the House Wednesday and the Senate a day earlier also...
Bill sets guidelines for nuclear waste disposal
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Legislature is considering a measure that outlines how North Dakota would respond if the federal government were to designate parts of the state as dumping sites for...
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. Department of Energy contractor in charge of cleaning up radioactive waste at a federal site in eastern Idaho says it will eliminate up to 190 jobs starting this...
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at one of the nation's top nuclear weapons laboratories say a special indoor facility for shipping radioactive waste is back in operation after five...
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on California Sen. Kamala Harris campaigning in northern Nevada for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination (all times local):
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered tighter regulation of a low-level nuclear waste landfill where radioactive water has leaked into the groundwater.
Perry defends plan for Nevada nuclear-waste storage site
WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Tuesday defended the Trump administration's plans to collect and store nuclear waste from around the country in a site northwest of Las Vegas,...
SAN ONOFRE, Calif. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is fining the Southern California Edison utility $116,000 for violations in its handling of nuclear canisters at the shuttered San...
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- The Santa Fe New MexicanOur nation does need another nuclear waste siteApril 14, 2019
- The Santa Fe New MexicanLos Alamos National Laboratory site resumes shipping nuclear wasteApril 13, 2019
- The Santa Fe New MexicanDo not send 50 years of spent nuclear fuel to New MexicoApril 9, 2019
- Mohave Valley Daily NewsFight against nuclear waste dump remembered at Ward Valley Spiritual GatheringFebruary 25, 2019
US underground nuclear waste dump explained
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It wasn't long after the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan and World War II ended that the United States began to realize it had to do something with the waste that was...
First-of-its-kind US nuclear waste dump marks 20 years
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In a remote stretch of New Mexico desert, the U.S. government put in motion an experiment aimed at proving to the world that radioactive waste could be safely disposed of...
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Thirty-six miners at a New Mexico nuclear waste repository were trapped underground in an elevator for about three hours due to a power outage.
Trump budget would restart licensing of Yucca Mountain
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Steve Sisolak and Nevada members of Congress are vowing to fight to block President Donald Trump's request to restart the federal licensing process to build a nuclear waste...
Nevada governor seeks Trump meeting on plutonium, nuke dump
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's governor is asking for a face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump to protest federal shipments of weapons-grade plutonium to the state and argue against...
Energy Department to investigate nuclear waste repository
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department will be looking into the operations of the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico after reports that...
Advocates urge governor to veto waste classification bill
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Environmentalists are urging Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to veto legislation that could open the way for a nuclear waste services company to store depleted uranium in the...
Company defends plans for nuclear waste storage facility
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Jersey-based company on Thursday defended plans to build a multibillion-dollar facility in the New Mexico desert to store spent fuel from commercial reactors around the United States, citing long-standing yet unmet obligations by the federal government to find a permanent solution for dealing with the tons of waste building up at the nation's nuclear power plants.
US panel hears arguments in nuclear waste storage case
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists and nuclear watchdog groups raised dozens of objections Wednesday to an application filed by a New Jersey-based company seeking to build a multibillion-dollar facility in southeastern New Mexico to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors around the United States.
Nuclear lab director says spent-fuel impasse harms mission
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The biggest threat to the nation's primary lab for nuclear research is a prohibition from bringing in small quantities of spent nuclear fuel for research, the lab's director said Tuesday.
Mark Peters told members of the House Environment, Energy and Technology Committee that the situation could cause some to question the Idaho National Laboratory's status as the nation's lead nuclear energy laboratory.
Appeal targets permit change for US nuclear repository
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Watchdog groups are appealing a recent permit change approval by New Mexico regulators that could ultimately allow for more waste to be placed at the U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository.
The approval by the state Environment Department came in the final days of former Gov. Susana Martinez's administration. The change was requested earlier by the U.S. Energy Department and the contractor that operates the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
New Mexico approves permit change for nuclear repository
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental regulators have approved a permit change that could ultimately allow for more waste to be placed at the U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository.
The state Environment Department approved the change Dec. 21. It had been requested months ago by the U.S. Energy Department and the contractor that operates the southern New Mexico facility.
Italian scientist eyes plant growth at nuclear repository
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The unique geology at the United States' only underground nuclear waste repository recently drew a researcher from across the Atlantic Ocean.
US nuclear repository turns focus to maintenance projects
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Work to dispose of tons of radioactive waste from defense sites around the United States will be put on hold next month so maintenance can be done at the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository.
Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant announced during a meeting Thursday that the three-week work stoppage will begin Jan. 7.
Nevada officials watching federal Yucca, plutonium proposals
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada officials postponed until at least January submitting an end-of-year report to the governor about state efforts to fight federal proposals to bury the nation's nuclear reactor waste north of Las Vegas.
The state Commission on Nuclear Projects cited uncertainty Wednesday about whether Congress will allocate any funds in coming days for the mothballed Yucca Mountain repository.
US to shut down Idaho nuclear waste processing project
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials will shut down an Idaho nuclear waste treatment project after determining it would not be economically feasible to bring in radioactive waste from other states.
The U.S. Department of Energy in documents made public this week said the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project that employs 650 workers will end next year.
Scientists: Capacity at US nuclear waste dump a challenge
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The lack of space at the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository is among several challenges identified Friday by a group of scientists and other experts who are looking at the viability of disposing tons of weapons-grade plutonium at the desert location.
Wyden: Public needs more time to study nuke waste proposal
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden says the public needs more time to comment on a proposal to reclassify radioactive waste stored at the nation's nuclear weapons production complex.
The Oregon Democrat this week joined calls for the process to be slowed down.
The U.S. Department of Energy is considering a change to how it interprets the legal definition of high level radioactive waste.
Ventilation system contract for nuclear waste site awarded
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A company based in southern New Mexico has been awarded a contract to install a ventilation system at the federal government's only nuclear waste repository.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced Monday that the $135 million contract goes to Critical Applications Alliance of Carlsbad.
The department says the ventilation system is the largest construction project at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in nearly 30 years.
Nuke dump managers: There was waste near ceiling collapse
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Operations at the federal government's nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico resumed Friday as managers acknowledged there was radioactive waste in the area where a portion of the underground facility's ceiling collapsed earlier this week.
Managers report rock fall at underground nuclear waste dump
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Managers at the federal government's nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico have reported a rock fall in an area of the underground facility that is off-limits to employees.
The U.S. Energy Department says the fall happened Wednesday evening. Workers heard a loud thud while doing inspections underground so they left the area and all work was stopped.
Work underway on massive fans for nuclear waste repository
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department says a New York-based company is building several massive fans to be used in a new multimillion-dollar ventilation system for the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository.
Officials say the six fans being made by the Encorus Group will significantly increase the amount of air in the underground portion of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico.
Each fan will stand 20 feet tall and weigh 44,000 pounds.
Utah denies EnergySolutions from accepting depleted uranium
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State regulators denied a Salt Lake City-based nuclear waste processing company an exemption to bury thousands of tons of depleted uranium munitions at its site.
The Utah Waste Management and Radiation Control Board on Thursday voted unanimously to reject the military ordnance after EnergySolutions had petitioned the Department of Environmental Quality for an exemption to Utah's provisional prohibition on burying the radioactive munitions.
US says no radiation released in steam leak at nuclear site
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — No airborne radiation was detected after steam escaped Friday from a tunnel containing radioactive waste at a former nuclear weapons production site in Washington state, U.S. officials said, the second problem with aging tunnels at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in a year.
Workers who had been ordered to stay inside buildings were released about five hours later, the U.S. Department of Energy said. There were no reports of injuries.
Massachusetts nuclear plant to move waste to higher ground
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — The owner of the only nuclear power plant in Massachusetts has announced plans to move the facility's nuclear waste to higher ground.
The plan for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth announced Thursday by Entergy Corp. is intended to protect the radioactive fuel from the threat of rising seas.
US seeks more info on proposed nuclear waste storage project
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Federal regulators are seeking more information from developers who have proposed building a storage facility at a site in southeastern New Mexico for spent fuel from commercial reactors around the United States.
Holtec International, a New Jersey-based company specializing in nuclear storage, has applied to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to construct the nuclear waste storage facility about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Carlsbad.
Los Alamos lab marks milestone with shipment of waste
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory say they have completed the first shipment of waste from a key area at the lab to the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository since the dump resumed operations in early 2017.
An official with the U.S. Energy Department's Office of Environmental Management called the shipment a significant milestone for the cleanup effort at the northern New Mexico lab.
EPA announces cleanup plan for troubled Missouri landfill
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some of the illegally dumped nuclear waste buried near a long-smoldering underground fire at a Missouri landfill will be dug up and the rest will be capped under a federal plan announced Thursday.
Report: Missouri landfill emissions once posed health risks
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Emissions near a troubled St. Louis County landfill once posed health concerns for workers and nearby residents, but the risks have largely disappeared thanks to cleanup efforts, according to a state report released Friday.
End of public comment period on nuke site draws criticism
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The ending of a public comment period has prompted concerns that the state of New Mexico is rushing the approval process regarding a proposal to expand the amount of radioactive and hazardous waste allowed at an underground nuclear waste repository.
US agrees to improve worker safety at polluted nuclear site
SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. government will test and implement a new system to capture and destroy dangerous vapors released at the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site as part of a settlement agreement reached Wednesday.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson told reporters that the agreement represents a major win for hundreds of workers who have been getting sick for years while cleaning up the nation's nuclear waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington.