Nevada wants plutonium removed as court fight proceeds
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The state of Nevada is asking a federal appeals court to order the U.S. government to remove weapons-grade plutonium that was secretly trucked to a site near Las Vegas last year...
Ex-Virginia Tech professor convicted in grant fraud case
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia Tech professor has been found guilty of conspiring to commit federal grant fraud, making false statements and obstruction.
Titus: No answers from Energy officials on shipped plutonium
LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada says officials with the U.S. Department of Energy and the nations' nuclear security administration have offered no new information in a classified briefing about weapons-grade plutonium secretly shipped to Nevada.
The Democrat said in a statement that she "learned nothing new" in a Thursday briefing from the Trump Administration officials and said they "repeated meaningless platitudes" instead of answering questions.
Study: No leaking radiation from Alaska island nuclear site
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The latest round of testing on Alaska's remote Amchitka Island found no radioactive material has leaked from locations where the federal government conducted underground nuclear tests there decades ago, a federal official said Tuesday.
Cleanup estimate for Hanford nuclear site increases by $82B
HANFORD, Wash. (AP) — A new estimate from the U.S. Department of Energy raises remaining environmental cleanup costs at the former nuclear weapons production site in Washington state by $82 billion.
The Tri-City Herald reports the 2018 financial report brings the total cleanup costs to $242 billion at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
US secretly shipped plutonium from South Carolina to Nevada
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy revealed on Wednesday that it secretly shipped weapons-grade plutonium from South Carolina to a nuclear security site in Nevada months ago despite the state's protests.
The Justice Department notified a federal judge in Reno that the government trucked in the radioactive material to store at the site 70 miles (113 kilometers) north of Las Vegas before Nevada first asked a court to block the move in November.
Well that monitors giant Idaho aquifer back in service
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A deep well used to monitor radioactive and other contamination in a giant Idaho aquifer is back in service after a three-year absence, a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy says.
Fluor Idaho in a statement Tuesday said scientists determined contamination discovered in the 1,110-foot (340-meter) well was caused by an industrial solvent in the well's tubing fluid and was not in the ground water.
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.
Hearing planned on barrel ruptures at E. Idaho nuclear site
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A government board that makes recommendations on U.S. Department of Energy facilities plans to hold a public hearing concerning the rupture of four barrels containing radioactive sludge at an eastern Idaho nuclear site.
The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board will meet in May in Washington, D.C., to discuss the ruptures at the Energy Department's 890-square-mile (2,300-square-kilometer) site in eastern Idaho that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.
State of Washington opposes federal nuke waste proposal
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington said Tuesday it opposes a federal proposal to reclassify as less dangerous some radioactive waste on a site in the state that contains the nation's largest supply because it fears much of the waste will be left in the ground.
DOE plans $115M investment in uranium enrichment project
PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — Federal officials say they plan to invest $115 million over the next three years to reopen a uranium enrichment demonstration project in Ohio.
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said Monday that the U.S. Department of Energy plans to invest in the former American Centrifuge Project in Piketon. The Ohio Republican's release says 16 centrifuges would be installed to demonstrate the production of enriched uranium as a fuel source for advanced nuclear reactors.
Lamont taps top regulator for top environment job
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov.-elect Ned Lamont has tapped a former deputy commissioner of Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to oversee the agency.
The Democrat announced Thursday that he is nominating Katie Dykes for the top job. Dykes has served as chairwoman of the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority since 2016, where she regulates both the rates and services of the state's electric, natural gas, water and telecommunications companies.
Hanford, PNNL, Manhattan Project remain open during shutdown
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — The Hanford site and other U.S. Department of Energy-directed activities should not be affected by the partial government shutdown.
The Tri-City Herald reports Department of Energy funding was secured in September when President Trump signed the Energy & Water appropriations bill.
The bill funds the federal department through Sept. 30, 2019.
Deal reached on use of 1st small US nuke reactors in Idaho
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy, a Utah-based energy cooperative and a contractor that operates an eastern Idaho nuclear research facility announced an agreement Friday involving what would be the nation's first small modular nuclear reactors in eastern Idaho.
Idaho test reactor is pivotal in US nuclear power strategy
IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho (AP) — A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a near quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants.
Officials say 10 nuclear fuel tests have gone smoothly at the Transient Reactor Test Facility at the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho since its restart late last year.
Trump plan to reclassify nuke waste alarms environmentalists
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Trump administration wants to reclassify some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to lower its threat level and make disposal cheaper and easier.
The proposal by the U.S. Department of Energy would lower the status of some high-level radioactive waste in several places around the nation, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state — the most contaminated nuclear site in the country.
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.
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UCF team wins national cybersecurity competition
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A team from the University of Central Florida has won a national cybersecurity competition.
UCF's Collegiate Cyber Defense Team won the U.S. Department of Energy's CyberForce National Competition last weekend.
Nevada suing US in bid to block plan for plutonium shipments
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada is suing the federal government in a bid to stop plans to ship plutonium cross-country next year from South Carolina to the nation's former nuclear proving ground north of Las Vegas.
In a statement Tuesday, outgoing Gov. Brian Sandoval and Attorney General Adam Laxalt repeated a vow that the state will fight "at every level" the U.S. Department of Energy plan to store radioactive bomb-making material at the Nevada Nuclear Security Site.
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.
Rhode Island company gets grant for wind turbine technology
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island company has been awarded a $3.5 million federal grant for its work to improve the aerodynamic performance of wind turbines.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, says the U.S. Department of Energy awarded funding to East Greenwich-based Aquanis, Inc.
Reed says Aquanis is developing advanced plasma actuators and controls to reduce aerodynamic loads on turbine blades. He says that will encourage the next generation of larger, smarter turbines.
Dartmouth College getting $400K for solar research project
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — The Department of Energy is awarding Dartmouth College $400,000 to support a new research project that advances early-stage solar technologies to lower electricity costs and create jobs.
Dr. Jifeng Liu, principal investigator of the project, said, it's an honor to receive the award to continue the research and technology transfer on air-stable, high-temperature solar selective coatings.
Federal government gives Philadelphia $1.25M solar grant
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Philadelphia a $1.25 million grant to fund solar training education programs.
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.
The Latest: Washington state nuke site returning to normal
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on steam escaping from a tunnel at a former nuclear weapons production site (all times local):
Employees at a nuclear weapons production site in Washington state who were ordered to stay inside when steam escaped from a tunnel containing radioactive waste have been released.
North Dakota coal industry seeks reliability compensation
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota coal council is seeking extra compensation from transmission operators for coal-fired power plants after federal regulators rejected a proposal that would've propped up the state's main power source.
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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.
Cleanup work at eastern Idaho nuclear site resumes
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Cleanup work has resumed at an eastern Idaho nuclear site months after the rupture of several barrels containing radioactive sludge.
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."
Energy Department says wind power projects continue in US
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy reports that the continued construction of wind-power generating stations is bringing down both the cost of building the installations and the price for wind-generated electricity.
The report released Thursday shows Texas leads the nation with 22 gigawatts of wind capacity, followed by Oklahoma, Iowa, California and Kansas with each at more than 5,000 megawatts.
A gigawatt is 1 billion watts of power, a megawatt is 1 million watts.
State rejects request to immediately fill aging tunnel
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington will not allow the federal government to quickly shore up an aging tunnel containing radioactive waste left over from the production of nuclear weapons.
The U.S. Department of Energy wanted to immediately start filling the tunnel, which is in danger of collapsing, with a concrete-like grout intended to strengthen the structure located on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Utah to drill 2 wells near Milford for geothermal study
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A U.S. government-funded research project in Utah to study the feasibility of man-made geothermal energy will use a new type of directional drilling on two wells.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A portion of the vast Washington state site where the U.S. government created much of the plutonium for the nation's nuclear arsenal will be scrubbed free of radiation and other pollution under a final plan reached by the U.S. Department of Energy and federal and state regulators.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The land where the federal government created some of the plutonium for nuclear weapons will be so cleaned of radiation and other pollution that it could be used for homes in the future.
That's according to a final plan hammered out between the U.S. Department of Energy and federal and state regulators overseeing the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Work to demolish a former nuclear weapons production factory in Washington state may resume in September, about six months after it was halted when workers were exposed to radioactive particles, the U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday.
Nebraska utility to study carbon storage for region
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's largest electric utility will participate in a federal study to develop safe methods to collect and store carbon produced by coal-fired power plants and ethanol plants.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The developer of Wyoming power plant that remains unbuilt was sentenced to 18 months in prison for defrauding the federal government out of millions of dollars.
Utah to get $140M for geothermal energy lab
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy will give the University of Utah up to $140 million to support a research laboratory studying manmade geothermal energy.
The department announced the five-year funding plan Thursday for the facility outside Milford, in Beaver County.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in a news release that research at the site will help advance geothermal energy technologies and lead to more sources of American energy.
University of Idaho gets biofuel research grant
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $750,000 grant to University of Idaho researcher studying biofuels.
The Idaho Business Review reports the grant to assistant professor Tara Hudiburg is part of a $115 million project involving 60 people in 17 institutions, aimed at creating a new generation of sustainable and cost-effective bioproducts.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The chairman and CEO of the Illinois Commerce Commission has been tabbed to serve on the U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee .
Brien Sheahan's appointment was announced Wednesday by Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has given the University of Wyoming nearly $10 million to see if 50 million tons (45 million metric tons) of carbon dioxide can be stored underground north of Gillette.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the greenhouse gas poses a long-term risk to Wyoming, which is the largest coal-producing state. The study will see if the gas can be captured from coal-burning plants and stored underground.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A two-person leadership team will replace Garrey Carruthers when he retires as New Mexico State University chancellor and president.
The NMSU regents on Friday announced the surprise dual selections of Dan Arvizu as chancellor and John Floros as president.
Arvizu is a former senior U.S. Department of Energy official while Floros is dean of the Kansas State University agriculture college and K-State Cooperative Extension.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A total of four barrels containing radioactive sludge at an eastern Idaho nuclear site were found to have ruptured, officials said Wednesday, after initially saying earlier this month that one barrel was leaking.
Officials said there were no injuries and no threat to the public, and workers in protective gear have installed a closed-circuit video camera to monitor the situation.
New Mexico nuke repository defends plant safety plans
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. Department of Energy official says new procedures in place would have detected a drum filled with radioactive materials that ruptured earlier this month at Idaho's Radioactive Waste Management Complex
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio crews cleaning up a massive former Cold War-era uranium enrichment plant in Ohio plan this summer to deploy a high-tech helper: an autonomous, radiation-measuring robot that will roll through miles of large overhead pipes to spot potentially hazardous residual uranium.
EPA letter: Several studies needed before MOX alternative can move forward
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency believes there are several additional hurdles the U.S. Department of Energy has to clear before it can fully move forward with its plan to dilute-and-dispose 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium, according to a letter obtained by the Aiken Standard.
Closing nuclear power plants would increase air pollution: report
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Dirtier air and higher electric bills are probable, argues a pro-nuclear group, if FirstEnergy's power plant subsidiary closes its three nuclear power plants and Exelon closes one in Pennsylvania.