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Audit raises concerns about wildfire risks at US nuclear lab via AP

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the nation’s premier nuclear laboratories isn’t taking the necessary precautions to guard against wildfires, according to an audit by the U.S. Energy Department’s inspector general. The report comes as wildfire … Continue reading

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Addicted to Los Alamos via The American Conservative

The U.S. is treaty-bound to cut its atomic arsenal, but the nuclear-industrial complex can’t stop building. The production of plutonium pits—the fissile cores required to detonate the explosion in a nuclear weapon—is said to be the chokepoint of America’s nuclear … Continue reading

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The 20 Percenters: Nuclear Energy Faces Reality – and Its Likely Decline via US News

Once the promise of clean, near limitless energy, nuclear is now in its waning years. LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – On construction sites in Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, workers are building what may become the final five major nuclear power plants … Continue reading

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House panel calls out nuclear officials over repeated failures via The Albuquerque Journal

Members of a U.S. House panel said Friday that they are frustrated with decades of security and safety lapses at some of the laboratories, manufacturing facilities and other sites that make up the nation’s nuclear complex. The lawmakers, during a … Continue reading

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Ex-Los Alamos scientist to be sentenced in nuke spy sting via Washington Times

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to helpVenezuela develop a nuclear weapon is set to be sentenced. Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, pleaded guilty in 2013 … Continue reading

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U.S. Ramping Up Major Renewal in Nuclear Arms via The New York Times

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A sprawling new plant here in a former soybean field makes the mechanical guts of America’s atomic warheads. Bigger than the Pentagon, full of futuristic gear and thousands of workers, the plant, dedicated last month, modernizes … Continue reading

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Flynn accuses feds of blocking WIPP probe via Santa Fe/New Mexican

New Mexico’s top environmental regulator lashed out at the U.S. Department of Energy this week, accusing it of impeding the state’s investigation into the circumstances that led to a radiation leak earlier this year at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant … Continue reading

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Los Alamos Gets ‘Inadequate’ Safety Rating from Energy Dept. via Global Security Newswire

The Energy Department has given a key weapons lab an “inadequate” rating for its latest safety record on “nuclear criticality,” a measure of atomic stability. Los Alamos National Laboratory received the weakest nuclear criticality safety rating of all U.S. nuclear … Continue reading

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Breaking Bad: A Nuclear Waste Disaster via DC Bureau

Carlsbad, New Mexico — A vast salt mine under the New Mexico desert was the Department of Energy’s last nuclear waste storage solution. On Valentines night, one of the now suspect 500 waste drums from DOE’s Los Alamos National Laboratory … Continue reading

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U.S. Plans to Ship Plutonium Bomb Cores Across Three States via Environment News Service

LIVERMORE, California, January 29, 2013 (ENS) – Environmental, legal and nuclear experts from California and New Mexico are holding a community forum Wednesday to reveal the “potentially illegal” new federal government plan to ship plutonium bomb cores across three western … Continue reading

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