Report IDs 'weaknesses' at nuclear weapons lab

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A report issued Wednesday by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy squarely places blame for the shutdown of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository on failures at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The inspector general's office identified several major weaknesses in the lab's procedures for packing contaminated gloves, tools and other radiological wastes that were destined for permanent storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico.

Centrus, formerly USEC, emerges from bankruptcy

The Washington Post

Investors have agreed to a restructuring plan that will bring Centrus Energy Corp., the new name for uranium-seller USEC, out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, The Washington Post reports.

DOE offers fresh round of nuclear loan guarantees


$12.6 billion is on offer in the latest round of Department of Energy nuclear loan guarantees, this time being made available for uranium enrichment facilities as well as new reactors and upgrades to existing ones, Platts reports.

Feds unveil cleanup plan for WIPP

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday said it's committed to cleaning up and resuming initial operations at the federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico as early as 2016, work that's expected to cost more than $240 million.

The timeline and cost details were included in a recovery plan developed by the department over several months with help from nuclear industry experts. The plan outlines what needs to be done to decontaminate the underground Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

Nuclear waste tank OK'd to keep leaking for 1 year

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A new deal allows a radioactive waste storage tank to continue leaking for more than a year before its contents are pumped out at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site.

The deal to pump nuclear waste tank AY-102, announced late Monday, is between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Washington State Department of Ecology. Under the deal, pumping of the double-walled tank would not begin until 2016, and it would take a year to complete.

NRC must stop issuing nuke plant licenses, say environmentalists

The Hill

Without a nuclear waste repository, the waste can’t safely be disposed of and therefore the Nuclear Regulatory Commission shouldn’t issue any more licenses or renewals for nuclear power plants, environmental groups said Monday, filing a notice with the NRC of their intent to sue over the issue, The Hill reports.

Changes ordered at Los Alamos over nuke waste leak

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Four Los Alamos National Laboratory workers were reassigned and the Department of Energy has pulled nuclear waste cleanup operations from the contractor that runs the lab after a barrel of waste packed at Los Alamos leaked, officials said Friday.

The leak contaminated 22 workers with low levels of radiation and indefinitely shuttered the government's only permanent repository for waste from decades of nuclear bomb building.

San Onofre deal signed by utilities, consumer and green advocates


San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and other parties including an arm of the California Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday signed a revised agreement for the shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Platts reports.

Obama to address UN amid new Mideast strikes

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama is addressing the United Nations as a commander in chief overseeing a war against militants in two Middle Eastern nations, a striking shift in the trajectory of a presidency that had been focused on ending conflicts in the region.

Instead, when he speaks to the world body Wednesday, he will cast the U.S. as the linchpin in efforts to defeat Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, administration officials said. After weeks of launching strikes against militant targets in Iraq, Obama extended the military action into Syria on Monday, joined by an unexpected coalition of five Arab nations. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates joined the U.S. in carrying out airstrikes, while Qatar played a supporting role.

Spot uranium prices at 14-month high


An increase in demand and reduced supplies were responsible for a jump in spot uranium prices, at $36.50 per pound Tuesday, the highest since July 2013, Platts reports.


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