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Re-entry to WIPP nuke dump postponed

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has postponed plans to get a crew underground to begin investigating a radiation leak from the federal government's nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.

Officials on Monday said a crew of eight would enter the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant on Tuesday. But spokesman Ben Williams said that has been postponed until later this week because the real-time radiation monitors they want the team to be wearing haven't arrived.

NRC wants to see improvements at Xcel's Monticello nuke plant

Source: 
Star Tribune

The regional administrator for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission told the Star Tribune that Xcel Energy's Monticello nuclear power plant needs to do more to improve inadequate procedures, after it was cited last year for failing to have sufficient flood defenses in place.

Lawmakers again call on Obama to keep MOX open

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Lawmakers are again calling on the Obama administration to keep open a South Carolina facility to process weapons-grade plutonium into commercial reactor fuel, arguing that plans to close the plant would jeopardize an international nonproliferation agreement and could trigger millions in federal penalties.

On Monday, House members including all of South Carolina's seven representatives — six Republicans and one Democrat — wrote to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz stressing the importance of the mixed-oxide processing plant at the Savannah River Site.

Japan lets first evacuees live in nuke no-go zone

TOKYO (AP) — For the first time since Japan's nuclear disaster three years ago, authorities are allowing residents to return to live in their homes within a tiny part of a 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone around the Fukushima plant.

The decision, which took effect Tuesday, applies to 357 people in 117 households from a corner of Tamura city after the government determined that radiation levels are low enough for habitation.

Tests: 4 more workers contaminated at NM nuke dump

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The Department of Energy says tests show four more workers were contaminated with low levels of radiation during a leak at federal government's underground nuclear waste dump.

Officials also said Monday that they're planning to get a crew underground Tuesday for the first time since the Valentine's Day accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico.

The DOE says a total of 21 workers received low doses of radiation, all well below levels deemed unsafe.

Washington state proposes nuke cleanup deadlines

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Frustrated by federal government delays, the state of Washington on Monday issued its own plan for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated nuclear weapons site.

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee said his plan seeks to keep the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation on schedule.

For decades, Hanford made plutonium for nuclear weapons and is now engaged in cleaning up the radioactive waste left from the work.

State proposes own Hanford cleanup deadlines

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Frustrated by the federal government's lack of progress in cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the state of Washington has issued its own plan for the work.

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday that his plan seeks to keep the cleanup of the nation's most contaminated nuclear weapons site on schedule.

Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons, and now is engaged in cleaning up the radioactive wastes left over from that work.

No comment from Duke, Westinghouse on lawsuit over canceled Fla. nuke plant

Source: 
The Charlotte Observer

Neither Duke Energy nor Westinghouse offered comments Monday about a fresh development in their dispute over a canceled Levy County nuclear plant in Florida: The federal lawsuit Duke filed saying Westinghouse owes it $54 million because of work that was never performed, The Charlotte Observer reports.

Memories of Three Mile Island 35 years on, waste remains

Source: 
Lancaster Online

Residents of nearby communities have vivid memories of the 1979 crisis at Three Mile Island, the worst nuclear plant accident in U.S. history, with waste at Unit 2 to remain for decades and cleanup costs estimated at $900 million, Lancaster Online reports.

Crane problems halt Fukushima operation, worker dies in separate incident

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Reuters

Problems with a giant crane have led to suspension of an operation to remove spent fuel rods from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, Reuters reports, adding that a worker died in a separate incident, after being buried under gravel while digging.

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