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Companies specializing in the handling of radioactive material are buying retired U.S. nuclear reactors from utilities and promising to clean them up and demolish them in dramatically less time than usual – eight years instead of 60, in some cases.
The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant began removing fuel Monday from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone in what will be a decades-long process to decommission the facility.
The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has begun removing fuel from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster – a milestone in the decades-long decommissioning of the plant
Federal officials in eastern Idaho say the first nuclear reactor to produce a usable amount of electricity will be open for free guided tours starting Friday.
Utility companies were warned more than a year ago that a South Carolina nuclear reactor project was doomed, yet failed to heed warnings that could have saved the venture.
An Oregon company has asked federal officials to approve its design for a small commercial nuclear reactor that a Utah energy cooperative wants to build in Idaho.
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 “a nuclear wound.”
Everyone knows that Washington State University is home to the Cougars, but did you know that the Pullman campus also houses a nuclear reactor?
The Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which for years produced nuclear material for atomic weapons, including the bomb used at Nagasaki, Japan, is now open to visitors. Over the past few years, the clean up and demolition of the buildings has slowed and the Department of Energy is allowing tours of the historic plutonium B Reactor. Hanford is now one of three sites that make up the Manhattan Project Historical Park. The other two sites are in Los Alamos, New Mexico and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Visitors can wander around the world's first plutonium production reactor which is now decommissioned and safe to view. A new tour has been added to share the history of the rural people evicted from the wide expanse of sagebrush country in 1943 so that the government could turn 640 square miles into a nuclear engineering project of unprecedented size and scope.
The detection of trace amounts of radioactive isotope iodine-131 this week in milk being sold in Spokane has raised anew questions about the extent of radiation exposure from the Japanese nuclear crisis. But officials say people are exposed to more radiation from being in their homes each day than from drinking milk.
The detection of trace amounts radioactive isotope Iodine-131 this week in milk being sold in Spokane has raised anew questions about the extent of radiation exposure from the Japan nuclear crisis. But officials say people are exposed to more radiation in their homes each day than from drinking milk.
It’s possible that nuclear products released as a result of problems facing Japanese reactors will be detected in Washington, but highly unlikely that levels could affect human health on this side of the Pacific – even if the situation gets worse, experts say.
A faulty cooling system pump has forced shutdown of the No. 3 reactor at Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear plant, nuclear safety officials said Monday. No increase in radiation was recorded.
North Korea and a U.S.-led consortium have reached agreement on important details of a plan to replace the Communist state's existing nuclear program, which is suspected of weapons development, South Korean officials said Sunday. The agreement would remove the final obstacle to building two new reactors and eliminate a program North Korea has allegedly been using to build nuclear bombs.