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Ukraine marks 30 years since Chernobyl

Ukraine marks 30 years since Chernobyl

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — With flowers, candles, anger and tears, Ukraine on Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, the world’s worst nuclear accident. Some survivors said the chaos of that time is etched in their minds forever. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko led a ceremony in Chernobyl, where work is underway to complete a ...

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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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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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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

State responsible for waste, safety The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, Aug. 19, 2015 The state took another step last week to take responsibility for its radioactive waste — or least part of it. It’s commendable the state wants to handle the waste and not ship it to other states, but with the decision comes oversight to protect the public. The State ...

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Radioactive ND: Health Council approves oilfield waste limit increase

North Dakota State health officials approved new rules which would allow for the disposal of radioactive oilfield waste in certain landfills on Tuesday, reports the Forum News Service. In a unanimous decision, the State Health Council voted to adopt rules allowing for the disposal of waste registering radioactivity levels of up to 50 picocuries per gram. The new level is ...

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TENORM rules: The right step forward for North Dakota regulators

North Dakota regulators have taken a big step forward this year by proposing regulations for the management of Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material, commonly referred to as TENORM.  TENORM is a concentrated form of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) and results when low-level radioactive elements are produced with fluids from the wellbore and accumulate as the result of filtration, ...

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Radioactive waste landfills becoming contentious issue

BISMARCK, N.D. — A special waste landfill in far western North Dakota will seek to dispose of radioactive waste, if it becomes legal. Charles Slaughter, of Canada-based Gibson Energy, said his company plans to step up at its WISCO landfill west of Williston about 1 mile from the Montana line, The Bismarck Tribune reported. “We will modify our permit to ...

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