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...
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...
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.
- Mohave Valley Daily NewsFight against nuclear waste dump remembered at Ward Valley Spiritual GatheringFebruary 25, 2019
- Mohave Valley Daily NewsFight against nuclear waste dump commemoratedFebruary 19, 2019
- The Santa Fe New MexicanDo more to deal with nuclear wasteFebruary 17, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalReport: Source of radioactive groundwater located; no contamination of drinking water, Mississippi RiverJanuary 28, 2019
- The Santa Fe New MexicanMore nuclear waste could come to New MexicoJanuary 6, 2019
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.
Activists protest plan to transport nuclear waste to Texas
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Environmental activists are campaigning against a bill that would establish mobile storage canisters for nuclear waste to be transported to southern states like Texas.
The group Citizens Awareness Network brought a mock radioactive waste cask to Montpelier Monday. The group says nuclear waste should remain in place and well-protected, until a better disposal option comes along that won't put the public at risk.
Consumer group fights New Mexico nuclear waste project
ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A national consumer advocacy group is joining the fight against a proposed nuclear waste storage site in southeastern New Mexico
The Roswell Daily Record reports the Washington, D.C.-based Public Citizen announced last week it had filed to intervene in the license application submitted by Holtec International to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Nevada files appeal against nuclear regulatory commissioner
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada is trying to prevent a federal regulator from being involved in decisions on a long-stalled nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.
The state filed its appeal late last month after Nuclear Regulatory Commission Commissioner David Wright, who was sworn in roughly two months ago, denied a request that he recuse himself, the Las Vegas Sun reported .
Educational events to teach about nuclear waste shipping
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Educational road shows are being held to teach the public about waste produced from nuclear energy that could be shipped through Nebraska and other states this fall.
US nuke repository eyes 2nd New Mexico waste trucks route
HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Officials at the U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository are hoping to designate a secondary route for waste trucks in southeastern New Mexico.
The Hobbs News-Sun reports the group that manages the U.S. Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, New Mexico, is seeking a new secondary route around Hobbs.
Andrus daughter: Idaho should resist nuke waste shipments
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Nearly a year after the death of former U.S. Interior Secretary and Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus, his eldest daughter stood outside the Idaho Capitol on Thursday determined to uphold one of her father's most lasting legacies.
"My father spent most of his life trying to prevent Idaho from becoming the nation's dumping ground for nuclear waste," Tracy Andrus, 62, told a small crowd. "I'm here today to lend my support of this critically important issue."
Vermont Yankee moves used fuel into storage
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Yankee has moved its remaining spent nuclear fuel into storage.
Vermont Public Radio reports the fuel will be stored in steel and concrete casks near the Connecticut River. Officials say the process is ahead of schedule.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The chair of a New Mexico legislative committee that monitors radioactive and hazardous materials in the state says he finds it troubling Attorney General Hector Balderas has concluded the state cannot legally stop a New Jersey-based company from the building a nuclear waste storage facility.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Las Cruces has become the latest community in New Mexico to voice opposition to building a nuclear waste storage facility in the southeast corner of the state.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A plan to restart a licensing process to store nuclear waste at Nevada's Yucca Mountain site appears to be dormant for at least the next year.
The U.S. Senate this week cut $30 million in funding for the process from a compromise defense bill on Monday.
Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller says he asked Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John McCain to strip the funds for the project. Heller and most other Nevada politicians oppose restarting the mothballed project.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A congressional delegation is due to tour the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository site in Nevada, led by an Illinois Republican who wants to restart the mothballed project.
Truck carrying radioactive dirt catches fire in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A truck carrying radioactive dirt has caught fire in Utah.
The North Tooele Fire District said the fire was extinguished Thursday morning and did not damage containers holding 82,000 pounds (37,195 kilograms) of radioactive waste or pose a threat to the public.
Fire department spokesman Ryan Willden said the fire on Interstate-80 west of Salt Lake City was started by an electrical malfunction.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Members of Congress are set to tour next week the site of a dormant nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain as they aim to restart a licensing process and eventually store nuclear waste there.
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — An evaluation of nuclear waste storage tanks at the Hanford site in eastern Washington state indicates more of the newest tanks could be at risk of developing leaks.
The Tri-City Herald reports tank farm contractor Washington River Protection Solutions compared the chemistry of the waste inside the site's oldest double-shell tank to the newer tanks.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The operator of a suburban St. Louis landfill where an underground fire smolders near a Cold War-era nuclear waste will pay $16 million to settle a lawsuit with the state of Missouri.
The settlement announced Friday ends five years of litigation between the Missouri attorney general's office and Bridgeton Landfill, along with its current and former owners.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A treatment plant designed to treat radioactive waste stored in eastern Idaho could start operating next spring, officials said.
The Integrated Waste Treatment Unit was built to treat 900,000 gallons (3,406,770 liters) of liquid radioactive waste by 2012, but it has not been able to get past the testing phase, The Post Register reported .
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Routine operations have resumed at the U.S. government's only underground nuclear waste repository following an evacuation in May that was prompted by the discovery of a misaligned drum of waste.
Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico confirmed this week that processing and handling resumed June 2.