NM offers help with uranium mine cleanup

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is offering to help the Navajo Nation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency figure out how to best use $1 billion for cleaning up abandoned uranium mines throughout the region.

The offer was made public Wednesday as the state scrambles for a seat at the table of what is expected to be a massive undertaking.

Management, safety cited for WIPP radiation release

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Poor management, an eroding safety culture, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper oversight are being blamed for a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the federal government's nuclear waste dump two months ago in southeastern New Mexico.

The series of shortcomings are identified in a report to be released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Energy's Accident Investigation Board and are similar to those found in a probe of truck fire in the half-mile-deep mine just nine days before the Feb. 14 radiation release from the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) near Carlsbad.

SAIS forum, "New Nuclear Policies and Problems After Fukushima"

Washington, April 24, 2014, 12:30 pm

SAIS forum, "New Nuclear Policies and Problems After Fukushima." Barbara Judge, chairman emeritus of the U.K. Atomic Energy Authority, to speak.

Energy Innovation Laboratory dedicated in E. Idaho

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A new facility intended to help with clean energy research and support work to develop new materials for advanced nuclear reactors has been dedicated in Idaho Falls.

Lab officials say the 148,000-square-foot Energy Innovation Laboratory dedicated Tuesday at the Idaho National Laboratory's Research and Education Campus can be reconfigured depending on the project.

SD tribe invokes treaties against new uranium mine

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Oglala Sioux Tribe in southwestern South Dakota is invoking federal treaties and international agreements in protest of a proposed uranium mine in the western part of the state.

Tribal president Bryan Brewer is demanding protection from the federal government from "immediate threat of contamination and irreparable harm."

Connecticut's nuclear plant can use warmer water

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's nuclear power plant won permission to use warmer water from Long Island Sound for cooling at one of its two units in Waterford, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Monday.

The Millstone 2 plant may use water as warm as 80 degrees Fahrenheit, up from 75 degrees, said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is considering a similar request for Millstone 3.

No credit subsidy fee for Vogtle reactor loan guarantees


The Department of Energy offered loan guarantees to a Southern Co. subsidiary and a partner to build new nuclear reactors in Georgia without requiring them to pay a credit subsidy fee that protects taxpayers, according to documents obtained by E&E.

Talks progressing for China to buy $24 billion in Westinghouse reactors


China is in negotiations with Westinghouse to buy eight new nuclear reactors at a $24 billion price tag, a company official told Reuters, with some contracts to be signed as early as next year.

Iran VP says dispute over Arak reactor resolved

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will redesign its Arak heavy water reactor to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can make, the country's vice president said Saturday, marking a major concession from the Islamic Republic in negotiations with world powers over its contested nuclear program.

The comments by Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi come as the talks face an informal July 20 deadline to hammer out a final deal to limit Iran's ability to build nuclear arms in exchange for ending the crippling economic sanctions it faces.

Washington state rejects DOE's Hanford proposal

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington on Friday rejected the U.S. Department of Energy's proposal to amend a federal court agreement governing cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site.

The state sent a letter to federal lawyers, saying the March 31 proposal that would have eliminated many deadlines for Hanford cleanup "is not acceptable to Washington."

Hanford for decades made plutonium for nuclear weapons, and now is engaged in cleaning up the nation's largest volume of radioactive wastes. The site is near Richland.


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