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Report of Fukushima meltdown was delayed, Japan utility admits

The operator of Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant acknowledged Thursday it failed for two months to announce that meltdowns had occurred in the cores of three of the reactors.

Latest estimate to clean Hanford is $107 billion

The U.S. Department of Energy says the remaining work will cost $107.7 billion and be largely completed by 2060.

Radiation blown onto highway at Hanford ‘alarming’ to EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency says the uncontrolled spread of small amounts of radioactive waste at Hanford after a Nov. 17 windstorm is alarming.

Stringent sanctions slapped on North Korea over nuclear program

President Barack Obama slapped North Korea with more stringent sanctions Thursday for defying the world and pushing forward with its nuclear weapons program, weeks after it launched a satellite-carrying rocket …

Small nuclear reactors could be coming to eastern Idaho

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday an agreement with an energy cooperative that could lead to the building of small commercial nuclear reactors at an eastern Idaho federal nuclear …

Hanford board says proposed cleanup deadline too extreme

The Hanford Advisory board says a proposed change in deadlines to clean up radioactive waste in the reservation is too extreme.

Russian fighter jet sale to Iran would violate arms ban, U.S. says

The U.S. says Russia’s proposed sale of fighter jets to Iran would violate a U.N. arms embargo extended as part of the nuclear accord with Tehran.

North Korea restarts plutonium reactor, intelligence chief says

North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering material for nuclear weapons in weeks or months, the U.S. intelligence chief said …

Game-changing U.S. missiles may alter North Asian geopolitics

The U.S. has opened the door to parking a ballistic missile defense system on North Korea’s doorstep, a move that could reshape North Asia’s security landscape.

North Korea’s rocket launch preparation puts U.S., China on notice

The presidents of the U.S. and China agreed Friday that a planned rocket launch by North Korea would violate U.N. sanctions, the White House said, amid signs the isolated nation …

Idaho nuclear cleanup contract given to Texas-based Fluor Corp.

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded the next five-year nuclear cleanup contract for a site in the Idaho desert.

Seoul, Tokyo threaten to intercept N. Korean rocket debris

South Korea and Japan vowed to shoot down any debris that falls on their territories from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to fire this month, with Seoul saying …

North Korea plans satellite launch this month, agency says

North Korea has declared plans to launch an Earth observation satellite on a rocket later this month, an official with a London-based agency said Tuesday.

Iran: $100B in assets ‘fully released’ under nuclear deal

Iran said Monday it now has access to more than $100 billion worth of frozen overseas assets following the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers.

Nuclear talks with Iran extended

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With stubborn disputes unresolved, negotiators extended nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers past a self-imposed Tuesday midnight deadline in an effort to hammer out the …

Washington lawmaker calls for focus on nuclear energy

OLYMPIA – The state should embrace nuclear energy by investing in small reactors that can fit on a train or semitruck, a Tri-Cities legislator says. Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, is …

Atomic Man still has lessons to teach after 35 years

Thirty-five years after Hanford’s “Atomic Man” was sprayed with americium in the nuclear reservation’s worst radioactive accident, the case still has lessons for workers at the Department of Energy’s nuclear …

Defense safety board criticizes Hanford project

A lax safety culture that deters timely reporting and resolution of technical concerns is endangering the success of a $12.2 billion plant being built at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear …

Bonneville Power Administration seeks efficiency gains

HANFORD – The Columbia Generating Station is undergoing its most expensive refueling and maintenance shutdown ever as the owner of the nuclear plant tries to improve its reliability and costs. …

Reactor undergoes refueling, upgrades

HANFORD — The Columbia Generating Station here is undergoing its most expensive refueling and maintenance shutdown ever as the owner of the nuclear plant tries to improve its reliability and …

Distance from Japan dilutes danger to state

It’s possible that radioactive material released as a result of fires, partial meltdowns and explosions reported at Japanese reactors will be detected in Washington, but highly unlikely that levels could …

N. Korea sentences journalists to 12 years

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea convicted two American journalists and sentenced them Monday to 12 years of hard labor for crossing into its territory, intensifying the reclusive nation’s confrontation …

No More ‘Hot Spots’ Found In Moscow

Authorities activated a radiation monitoring system in Moscow on Friday after a radioactive canister allegedly planted by Chechen rebels was found buried in a city park. At the same time, …