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LANL waste contractor denies cat litter role in WIPP radiation leak

Mark Oswald | the Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, N.M.) SANTA FE — An operations manager for EnergySolutions, which packages waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory, says his company believes nothing it added to waste drums caused a radioactive leak that shut down the nation’s main nuclear waste disposal plant. “We followed the procedures that were provided to us, and I think LANL ...

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Closure of WIPP casts long shadow

Back in 1979, the nation was sitting on a tremendous pile of nuclear waste from decades of weapons production with no safe place to dispose of it permanently. The country looked to southeastern New Mexico for an answer. That year, Congress authorized the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, in which storage vaults would be formed from ancient salt beds near Carlsbad ...

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Food not checked for radiation poses risk in Fukushima: study

BY MIZUHO AOKI Eating unchecked homegrown vegetables and wild game from radiation-tainted areas on a regular basis can lead to high levels of internal radiation exposure, according to the results of a study published Tuesday in the U.S. online science journal PLOS ONE. However, levels of radioactive cesium detected in the bodies of the study’s participants declined once they stopped ...

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WIPP probe: Emails raise new questions

By Lauren Villagran, Journal Staff Writer – Las Cruces Bureau The chemical reaction that shut down the nation’s main nuclear waste disposal plant may have been caused by allowing materials, which most chemists know are not compatible, to be mixed. The New Mexico Environment Department has made public online internal Los Alamos National Laboratory emails showing Los Alamos approved products ...

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Duke Energy plans to spend $1.9 billion on power plants

By KEVIN SPEAR for The Orlando Sentinal With its nuclear plant crippled and two of its coal plants too old and dirty to meet pollution limits, Duke Energy has announced nearly $1.9 billion worth of plans to build or upgrade several units that run on natural gas. If approved, the projects are expected when completed to boost electric rates by nearly 7 percent. ...

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Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy


by Lori Hinnant, The Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press. Size is relative — the modular plants could be about ...

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Greenpeace activists occupy French nuclear plant

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PARIS (AP) — Police have surrounded a nuclear plant in eastern France after more than 60 Greenpeace activists occupied it Tuesday to protest the nation’s reliance on atomic power. Activists hung a banner reading “Stop Risking Europe” next to one of the reactors at the Fessenheim plant near the German border. France’s oldest nuclear plant, it has become a flashpoint ...

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