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Feds: No nuclear waste to be used in possible South Dakota test

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Organizers of a federal effort to assess whether nuclear waste can be stored in 3-mile-deep holes are trying to better explain their intentions to South Dakota residents after getting rebuffed in North Dakota over concerns that waste might eventually be stored there. Battelle, a nonprofit group hired to manage the U.S. Department of Energy project, is ...

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Nuclear waste dump earns positive rating, $11.7M in fees

Nuclear waste dump earns positive rating, $11.7M in fees

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The contractor that manages the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository is being awarded nearly $12 million in fees and performance pay for work done while the troubled facility moves toward resuming operations following a radiation leak more than two years ago. Documents released Thursday by the U.S. Energy Department show Nuclear Waste Partnership — which ...

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Nuclear watchdog group wants tougher storage of waste

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A nuclear watchdog group is pushing for the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to use a more robust storage system for highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel than has been envisioned so far. Vermont Yankee owner Entergy has been using large concrete and steel casks on a concrete pad to store waste from the reactor, which closed ...

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Senate to approve lifting nuclear moratorium

A reactor vessel in a nuclear power plant. The reactor vessel accommodates the fuel in the form of enriched uranium clad in metal tubes. The tubes are arranged in bundles placed in fuel assemblies. (Image: Vattenfall via Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate is poised to pass a bill that would lift Wisconsin’s ban on new nuclear plants. Currently, state regulators can’t approve new nuclear plants unless a federal facility for storing waste exists and such a plant doesn’t burden ratepayers. No federal facility exists, however. The Republican bill would erase the storage facility and ratepayer ...

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Feds seek borehole test for potential hot nuclear waste burial

Aerial view of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nye County, Nevada. (Image via Wikipedia)

LUBBOCK, Texas — The federal government plans to spend $80 million assessing whether its hottest nuclear waste can be stored in 3-mile-deep holes, a project that could provide an alternative strategy to a Nevada repository plan that was halted in 2010. The five-year borehole project was tentatively slated to start later this year on state-owned land in rural North Dakota, ...

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China faces nuclear energy choice

Pilgrim nuclear power plant

WASHINGTON — China is coming to a crossroads as it hurriedly increases nuclear energy production to cope with rising electricity demand and cut carbon emissions: Should it reprocess its nuclear waste or store it? Nonproliferation advocates warn that recycling waste would generate weapons-usable plutonium, posing a security risk and potentially stirring a nuclear rivalry in East Asia. A new Harvard University ...

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Clean up costs at nuclear waste site may explode

nuclear waste barrels

Back in February, a deadly chemical reaction at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico broke open a storage drum and leaked into the air, which caused the plant to close. The WIPP is used for storing waste from the makings of plutonium bombs.  Luckily, the incident occurred at night and no one was extensively harmed.  Few workers suffered ...

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