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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

U.S. nuclear lab partners with utilities to produce hydrogen

BOISE – The U.S. government’s primary nuclear lab is partnering with three energy utilities to find an economical way to use nuclear energy to produce hydrogen that can be stored …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 7:24 p.m.

Survey says Tri-Cities a big fan of nuclear energy

The Tri-Cities really, really likes its nuclear energy.


Threat to U.S. nuclear reactors ‘real,’ ongoing, energy chief says

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday that “state-sponsored” or criminal hackers are targeting U.S. nuclear power plants and other energy providers, but said the government has resources to safeguard the …


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 3:20 p.m.

Three Mile Island notifies regulators of intent to close

The owners of the Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear plant have formally notified regulators and a regional power grid operator of their previously announced intentions to close the plant.


UPDATED: Fri., April 7, 2017, 3:38 p.m.

Vermont radioactive waste water could be trucked to Idaho

Federal officials are considering approving a plan to truck 200,000 gallons of low-level radioactive waste water from a closed eastern U.S. nuclear power plant to Idaho.


EU clears Hungary to build Russia-financed nuclear reactors

The European Union has cleared Hungary to build two nuclear reactors with Russian help after Budapest made commitments to safeguard competition in the energy sector.


Trump team’s asking for ways to keep nuclear power alive

President-elect Donald Trump’s advisers are looking at ways in which the U.S. government could help nuclear power generators being forced out of the electricity market by cheaper natural gas and …


Beatrice Brailsford: Nuclear waste deal wrong for Idaho

At the beginning of 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy succeeded in wresting a preliminary agreement from Idaho’s governor and attorney general to allow two shipments of “research quantities” of …


Bills seek to boost state nuclear efforts

OLYMPIA – Washington could renew its interest in nuclear energy by finding locations for small reactors and teaching teens about the industry, under a pair of bills the Senate passed …


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 …


Nuclear lessons: Hanford tours go to heart of Cold War facility

RICHLAND – At Hanford’s B Reactor, thousands of graphite blocks towered over Ernie Doyle’s head. On a recent public tour, the 57-year-old truck driver from Hillsboro, Oregon, seized the chance …


Japan’s tsunami topic of lecture at Whitworth

Physicist Rich Wolfson, a physics professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, will present the 2012 Science and Society Lecture, “Nuclear Energy: An Environmentalist’s Perspective,” on Monday in the Robinson Teaching …


Face Time: Otter talks about Western Governors’ goals

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, chairman of the Western Governors Association, will hand over the gavel to the incoming chairwoman – Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire – at the close of this …


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 …


Caldwell: Nuclear vision needn’t be clouded

The agonizing struggle of the Japanese to avoid further catastrophe at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex necessarily has many rethinking the rethinking about nuclear energy’s future. Many hoped fission would …


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 …


Nuclear plans gain foothold

WASHINGTON – More than $8 billion in new federal loan guarantees to build two nuclear reactors in Georgia could be the first step toward a nuclear renaissance in the United …


Nuclear moving up in climate bill

WASHINGTON – Will a heaping spoonful of nuclear power help Congress swallow a climate bill? The Obama administration and leading congressional Democrats are wooing wavering Democrats and Republicans to back …


Company’s background checks at forefront of nuclear security

Nuclear reactors are anything but radioactive for Pinnacle Investigations. Each time one shuts down for maintenance, as they must every 18 months, the Spokane Valley company conducts background checks on …