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Idaho’s congressional delegation wants the U.S. Department of Energy to prepare spent nuclear fuel for trucking out of eastern Idaho ahead of a 2035 deadline.
Western governors say they’re disappointed that the U.S. Department of Energy didn’t consult the states’ nuclear waste experts before releasing a five-year plan for a nuclear waste facility in New Mexico.
The Department of Energy has withdrawn its application for a state permit for the next phase of a pilot project it says could treat some of Hanford’s radioactive waste sooner and at less cost to taxpayers.
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.
A report by the federal government says the Department of Energy needs better financial oversight at sites like the Hanford decommissioned nuclear production complex in Richland.
The biggest threat to the nation’s primary lab for nuclear research is a prohibition from bringing in small quantities of spent nuclear fuel for research, the lab’s director said Tuesday.
The state of Washington said Tuesday it opposes a federal proposal to reclassify some radioactive waste on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation because it fears much of the waste will be left in the ground.
The Trump administration has proposed reclassifying some radioactive waste left from the production of nuclear weapons to make disposal cheaper and easier.
Federal officials will shut down an Idaho nuclear waste treatment project after determining it would not be economically feasible to bring in radioactive waste from other states.
Air monitoring systems were set up Tuesday to check for low-level nuclear radiation and other harmful contaminants following a powerful weekend blast at a hazardous waste site in Idaho that killed a worker, destroyed a building and damaged other structures, an official said.
The federal government will try to control, capture and eliminate dangerous vapors coming out of the nuclear waste tanks on the Hanford Reservation as a way to avoid a pending legal battle with Washington. An agreement between the state and the Department of Energy announced Wednesday calls for a series of immediate steps to protect people who work around the tanks and long-term strategies to reduce the vapors.
BOISE – Nearly a year after the death of former U.S. Interior Secretary and Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus, his eldest daughter stood outside the Idaho Capitol on Thursday determined to uphold one of her father’s most lasting legacies. “My father spent most of his life trying to prevent Idaho from becoming the nation’s dumping ground for nuclear waste,” Tracy Andrus, 62, told a small crowd. “I’m here today to lend my support of this critically important issue.”
More of Hanford’s newest waste storage tanks could be at risk of developing leaks, according to a new evaluation.
Officials say a treatment plant designed to treat radioactive waste stored in eastern Idaho could start operating next spring.
A Hanford watchdog group is objecting as the Department of Energy takes the first step toward a plan to fill underground, radioactive waste storage tanks with concrete-like grout and leave them permanently in place.
A former Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice in a lawsuit involving millions of dollars in contracts intended for small businesses.
Researchers in Richland have done what the $17 billion vitrification plant at Hanford is intended to do – turn radioactive waste into a solid glass form.
A total of four barrels containing radioactive sludge at an eastern Idaho nuclear site were found to have ruptured, officials said Wednesday, after initially saying earlier this month that one barrel was leaking. Officials said there were no injuries and no threat to the public, the AP reports, and workers in protective gear...
U.S. investigators have said that problems first identified six years ago at a Washington state plant where deadly nuclear waste would be treated continue to plague the multi-billion dollar facility.
U.S. officials are considering extending the use of an eastern Idaho nuclear waste treatment facility beyond its scheduled closure this year so it can repackage radioactive waste brought in from Hanford and elsewhere before it's sent to a permanent disposal site in New Mexico, the AP reports. The U.S. DOE Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Plant...