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Speedy reactor cleanups may carry both risks and rewards

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.

Removal of fuel in pool at Fukushima’s melted reactor begins

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.

Utilities warned 1+ year before nuke plant flop

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.

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 “a nuclear wound.”

Tours of Hanford sites

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.

EPA says radiation in milk no threat

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.

Radon in Spokane homes more of a risk than 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.

Experts say problems at Japanese reactors unlikely to affect Washington

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.

Problem Shuts Down Chernobyl Reactor

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.

U.S. Coalition, N. Korea Agree To Build Reactors N-Plants To Replace Reactors Capable Of Making Weapons

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.