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Pentagon chief pledges $108 billion to fix nuclear force

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MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday the Pentagon is committed to correcting decades of short-changing its nuclear force, including forging ahead with building a new generation of weapons at a cost of more than $100 billion. In his first nuclear-focused speech since taking over the Pentagon in February 2015, Carter implicitly rejected arguments ...

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Obama, world leaders urge action on nuclear security, terror

President Barack Obama and other world leaders meet during the opening plenary session of the Nuclear Security Summit, Friday, April 1, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) — World leaders declared progress in safeguarding nuclear materials sought by terrorists and wayward nations, even as President Barack Obama acknowledged the task was far from finished. Closing out a nuclear security summit on Friday, Obama warned of a persistent and harrowing threat: terrorists getting their hands on a nuclear bomb. He urged fellow leaders not to be ...

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US official criticizes E Asia plans for nuclear reprocessing

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. official has come out strongly against major powers in East Asia pursuing nuclear reprocessing that nonproliferation experts warn could lead to spiraling quantities of weapons-usable material in a tense region. Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Countryman told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Thursday that the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel “has little if ...

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Nuclear plant tests thousands of air samples


Nicholas K. Geranios | Associated Press RICHLAND, Wash. — Officials say about 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem. But Hanford officials said Wednesday that doesn’t mean that vapors aren’t making workers sick. Related: AP Exclusive: ...

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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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Feds will miss deadline to remove LANL nuke waste


By Patrick Malone | The Sante Fe New Mexican The U.S. Department of Energy notified state regulators Friday that it won’t meet a June 30 deadline to remove nuclear waste stored at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The department cited delays caused by a Feb. 14 radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, where waste from the lab ...

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