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Western governors: States not consulted on nuclear waste

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.

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.

Monitors check for radiation release after waste site blast

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.

Feds agree to protect Hanford workers from dangerous gases

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.

Andrus daughter: Idaho should resist nuke waste shipments

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.”

Settlement reached in lawsuit over Hanford contracts

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.

Four barrels of radioactive sludge have ruptured at E. Idaho’s INL

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...

US may want to keep Idaho nuclear waste plant running longer

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...