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Hanford ill worker compensation bill passes House

Legislation that could allow ill Hanford workers to more easily get worker compensation claims approved has been passed by the state House.

U.N. atomic chief expects US cooperation on Iran nuke pact

The head of the U.N. agency monitoring the Iran nuclear deal says he emphasized the benefits of the pact in a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and …

EU clears Hungary to build Russia-financed nuclear reactors

The European Union has cleared Hungary to build two nuclear reactors with Russian help after Budapest made commitments to safeguard competition in the energy sector.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 11:40 a.m.

Chaos at Toshiba: $6.3 billion write-down, chairman resigns, bankruptcy looms

The chaos at Toshiba, the Japanese corporate giant, deepened Tuesday, with its chairman resigning and the company saying it would book a $6.3 billion loss related to its U.S. nuclear …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 11, 2017, 8:33 p.m.

North Korea reportedly test fires missile, challenging U.S.

North Korea reportedly fired a ballistic missile early Sunday in what would be its first such test of the year and an implicit challenge to President Donald Trump’s new administration.

Cleaner robot pulled from Fukushima reactor due to radiation

A remote-controlled cleaning robot sent into a damaged reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant had to be removed Thursday before it completed its work because of camera problems most likely …

Blast in French nuclear plant’s machine room; no radiation

A fire led to a blast in a nuclear power plant’s turbine hall Thursday on France’s northwest coast but there was no radiation leak or casualties, operator EDF and local …

Iran approved to import additional 130 tons of uranium

The U.S. and five other world powers have approved Iran importing as much as 130 tons of uranium, Iran’s English language Press TV reported Friday.

Trump’s slim North Korea options: diplomacy, sanctions, force

Donald Trump says he is confident North Korea won’t develop a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the United States. But his options for stopping the reclusive communist country are slim: …

Tests planned on Idaho nuclear waste treatment component

Federal officials say a small-scale version of a key component of an eastern Idaho radioactive waste treatment facility that has so far failed to operate will be tested in Colorado.

Trump wants to ‘greatly strengthen and expand’ U.S. nuclear capability

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday called for the United States to expand its nuclear arsenal, after Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country’s nuclear potential needs fortifying, in what would …

Putin: Russia’s military is stronger than any potential foe

Russia’s military today can overpower any potential foe but should strengthen its nuclear arsenal, President Vladimir Putin told an annual end-of-year meeting Thursday with defense chiefs.

Idaho museum to open for nuclear reactor’s 65th anniversary

The Idaho National Laboratory is opening its Experimental Breeder Reactor-I Atomic Museum to celebrate 65 years since the reactor first made electricity.

Nuclear threats rise in concert with Donald Trump’s ascension

Since the Cold War ended 25 years ago, Americans haven’t thought much about nuclear war. That changed slightly in the recently concluded presidential campaign, but it needs to change dramatically, …

Iran, angered by U.S. sanctions bill, considers atomic boats

Iran’s president on Tuesday ordered officials to draw up plans to build nuclear-powered ships and to show how the United States violated last year’s nuclear deal, a response to a …

Feds begin special inspection of Richland nuclear plant

Federal regulators will begin inspecting the Columbia Generating Station after the nuclear plant shipped waste that had higher radioactivity than was reported.

U.S. military official warns of North Korean nuclear capabilities

North Korea now has the capability to launch a nuclear weapon, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday, adding that while the U.S. believes Pyongyang can mount a warhead on …

U.S. to build $1.6 billion Idaho facility for warships’ nuclear waste

The Navy and U.S. Department of Energy have announced that they’ll build a $1.65 billion facility at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho that will handle fuel waste from the …

Senate votes unanimously to renew Iran sanctions law

The Senate moved decisively Thursday to renew a decades-old sanctions law that lawmakers said gives the United States the clout to punish Iran should it fail to live up to …

Massive Chernobyl shelter safely put over exploded reactor

Workers completed a massive shelter over the Chernobyl nuclear plant’s exploded reactor on Tuesday, one of the most ambitious engineering projects in the world that one expert said had closed …

Trump’s finger soon will hover over the nuclear button; will he be ready?

Sometime in the next few weeks, Donald Trump will sit down for one of the most consequential briefings of his transition, when military commanders will train him on the procedures …

A diver may have found a long-lost nuclear bomb off British Columbia

The water conditions were perfect – “beautiful, clear, green” – when Sean Smyrichinsky went diving last month off the north coast of British Columbia.

Japan finds costs are ballooning for dismantling Fukushima

TOKYO – Japan’s estimate of dismantling the Fukushima nuclear plant is ballooning far beyond the utility’s estimate of $19 billion. A government study released Tuesday found decommissioning the Fukushima Dai-ichi …

Vapor issues may slow emptying of Hanford tanks

New deadlines for emptying some Hanford nuclear waste tanks might not be met if the government takes steps to better protect workers from chemical vapors.

Judge awards Hanford whistleblowers $216,000

A judge has awarded two whistleblowers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation more than $216,000, plus legal fees, after finding that the contractor they worked for retaliated against them for raising …

Analysis: What would happen if North Korea gets the bomb?

Barely a week after North Korea exploded the most powerful nuclear device it has ever tested, U.S. defense officials said the secretive country appears to be readying a tunnel for …

U.S. flies bombers over South Korea in show of force against North

The United States on Tuesday sent nuclear-capable supersonic bombers streaking over ally South Korea in a show of force meant to cow North Korea after its recent nuclear test and …

Officials defend plans to move some Hanford workers

Plans to move about 350 Department of Energy and other employees out of the Richland Federal Building are not intended to save federal dollars.

Obama calls North Korea’s latest nuclear test a ‘grave threat’ to international stability

President Barack Obama called North Korea’s latest nuclear test a “grave threat” to regional security and international stability and again vowed to take “additional significant steps,” including sanctions, against the …

U.N. Security Council condemns North Korea missile tests

The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launches and threatening “further significant measures” if it refuses to stop its nuclear and missile tests.