RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A stainless steel tank the size of a basketball court lies buried in the sandy soil of southeastern Washington state, an aging remnant of U.S. efforts to win World War II. The tank holds enough radioactive waste to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. And it is leaking.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced stricter rules for radioactive materials in manufacturing, requiring a license for products with small levels of uranium and thorium, Nuclear Street reports.
BRIDGETON, Mo. (AP) — Dawn Chapman can put up with the noxious smell caused by smoldering trash in a landfill near her suburban St. Louis home. But if the burning creeps close to buried nuclear waste, she's ready to get out.
Sen. Barbara Boxer and officials at Southern California Edison are trading accusations over the shutdown of the troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, after she sought a Justice Department inquiry into company statements.
Boxer, a California Democrat who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said Tuesday that letters to contractor Mitsubishi Heavy Industries appear to show Edison officials misled the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the design of problematic new steam generating units.
Edison officials promptly denied any misdeeds and said Boxer was misinterpreting their communications.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station did not follow rules for medical examinations, allowing operators with temporary medical disabilities to work, Plymouth Patch reports.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer wants the Justice Department to investigate if California utility executives deceived federal regulators about an equipment swap at the San Onofre nuclear power plant that eventually led to a radiation leak.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., pledged to push a vote to complete the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility in Nevada if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., moves to limit filibusters, Roll Call reports.