Tag Archives: the Department of Energy (DOE)

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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Hanford plant one step closer to processing nuclear waste via KOIN

Sen. Maria Cantwell says the plant is on track to begin treating waste in 2023. by: Amanda Arden PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A decommissioned nuclear production complex in Eastern Washington announced Wednesday it’s one step closer to processing its 56 million … Continue reading

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Nuclear weapons contractors repeatedly stifle whistleblowers, auditors say via The Center for Public Integrity

The Energy Department lets its private contractors police themselves, producing “chilled work environments” in which employees who find wrongdoing have no useful path for complaints At laboratories and factories where American nuclear weapons are designed and built, and at the … Continue reading

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Playing with fire Whistleblowers and activists question recreational use at Rocky Flats via Boulder Weekly

When Jacque Brever worked in “the snake pit,” one of the most hazardous areas in Building 771 at Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, a structure later designated the most dangerous building in America, leaks and spills were such regular occurrences … Continue reading

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Privatizing the Apocalypse via Nation of Change

Imagine for a moment a genuine absurdity: somewhere in the United States, the highly profitable operations of a set of corporations were based on the possibility that sooner or later your neighborhood would be destroyed and you and all your … Continue reading

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Idaho’s big battle over a small amount of spent nuclear fuel via Nuclear Street

What got things started is that nuclear scientists at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) want to bring two bundles of 25 spent fuel rods to the facility to test them for research purposes. This request has run afoul of a … Continue reading

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US government seeks new sites for nuclear-waste storage via Nature

Department of Energy pursues interim plan for commercial fuel and permanent location for defence waste. […] The DOE’s new plan has the department pursuing a two-pronged approach to handling nuclear waste. A 24 March decision by US president Barack Obama … Continue reading

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NRC: DOE Does Not Meet Land Ownership, Water Rights Requirements for Yucca Mountain Site via Power

In the third part of a long-awaited safety evaluation report (SER) for the stalled Yucca Mountain permanent nuclear waste repository released today, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) says the Department of Energy (DOE) fails to meet necessary requirements relating to … Continue reading

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Groups disagree with Hanford cleanup decision via Tri-City Herald

The federal government issued its first final cleanup decision for one of Hanford’s reactors without incorporating changes recommended by the Hanford Advisory Board and environmental groups. The Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency adopted a plan for the … Continue reading

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New Mexico nuclear waste accident a ‘horrific comedy of errors’ that exposes deeper problems via The Ecologist

Last February’s explosion at the WIPP dump for long-lived intermediate-level nuclear waste from the US’s nuclear weapons program remains unexplained, writes Jim Green. But with the site’s history of ignored warnings, ‘missing’ safety culture, lack of supervision and dubious contractor … Continue reading

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