nuclear energy http://kuow.org en Report Looks At Columbia Generating Station Safety http://kuow.org/post/report-looks-columbia-generating-station-safety RICHLAND, Wash. -- <a href="http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/nuclear_power/NRC-Nuclear-Safety-Report-2013.pdf" title="A new report">A new report</a> from the Union of Concerned Scientists says the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant reported three safety problems in 2013. Officials at the plant say the problems have been fixed.<p>The <a href="http://www.ucsusa.org/nuclear_power/" title="Union of Concerned Scientists">Union of Concerned Scientists</a> analyzed how many times the <a href="http://www.nrc.gov/" title="U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission">U.S. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:43:19 +0000 Courtney Flatt 30171 at http://kuow.org Report Looks At Columbia Generating Station Safety Numbers Debate Rages Over Northwest Nuclear Plant http://kuow.org/post/numbers-debate-rages-over-northwest-nuclear-plant <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/121913AK_Columbiagenerating_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>There’s a new debate raging over the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant. But it’s not about safety or how to dispose of nuclear waste.<p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:02:24 +0000 Anna King 25846 at http://kuow.org Numbers Debate Rages Over Northwest Nuclear Plant Just How Clean Is Clean In Hanford Waste Tanks? http://kuow.org/post/just-how-clean-clean-hanford-waste-tanks <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/12/121213AK_Hanford_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Just how clean is clean when it comes to removing radioactive tank waste? That’s one of the questions tackled in a new federal plan that will guide cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.<p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:54:42 +0000 Anna King 25424 at http://kuow.org Just How Clean Is Clean In Hanford Waste Tanks? Hanford Researchers Puzzle Over Preventing Sludge Tank 'Burps' http://kuow.org/post/hanford-researchers-puzzle-over-preventing-sludge-tank-burps <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/11/112213AK_Sludgegas_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>We all burp sometimes. It turns out, so do underground waste tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.<p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:23:15 +0000 Anna King 24398 at http://kuow.org Hanford Researchers Puzzle Over Preventing Sludge Tank 'Burps' Energy Department Says Leaking Tank At Hanford 'Stabilizing' http://kuow.org/post/energy-department-says-leaking-tank-hanford-stabilizing <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/11/110613AK_Leakingtanks_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>After nearly a year of study, the U.S. Department of Energy says fewer radioactive waste tanks appear to be leaking at Hanford than originally thought.<p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:15:03 +0000 Anna King 23414 at http://kuow.org Energy Department Says Leaking Tank At Hanford 'Stabilizing' Let-Go Hanford Whistleblower Readies For Upcoming Court Battles http://kuow.org/post/let-go-hanford-whistleblower-readies-upcoming-court-battles <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/10/101713AK_Whistleblower_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>In early November, a federal appeals court will consider the case of a well-known Hanford whistleblower.<p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:58:43 +0000 Anna King 22271 at http://kuow.org Let-Go Hanford Whistleblower Readies For Upcoming Court Battles It Almost Went Boom: Nuclear Near-Misses In US http://kuow.org/post/it-almost-went-boom-nuclear-near-misses-us <p>During The Cold War American military leaders and average citizens were sometimes kept awake at night worrying about a possible nuclear strike by the Soviet Union. US foreign policy continues to focus on nuclear programs in other countries like North Korea and Iran but Eric Schlosser says the nuclear threat is also here at home. David Hyde talks with the author of &quot;Fast Food Nation&quot; about his new book, &quot;Command and Control.&quot; Tue, 01 Oct 2013 23:17:21 +0000 David Hyde 21342 at http://kuow.org It Almost Went Boom: Nuclear Near-Misses In US Federal Judge: Yucca Mountain Licensing Must Move Forward http://kuow.org/post/federal-judge-yucca-mountain-licensing-must-move-forward <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/08/081313AK_Yucca_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington’s state Attorney General is praising an appeals court decision on a nuclear waste repository in Nevada. The ruling requires the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to get the licensing process back on track for Yucca Mountain.<p>The state of Washington wants Yucca Mountain to be the permanent waste repository for radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. But President Obama buried the project because of opposition from Nevada’s political leaders.<p>Now, the U.S. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:15:19 +0000 Anna King 18573 at http://kuow.org Federal Judge: Yucca Mountain Licensing Must Move Forward Northwest Nuclear Plant Scores Higher Safety Rating http://kuow.org/post/northwest-nuclear-plant-scores-higher-safety-rating <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/051513AK_Nukeplant_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Federal regulators say the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant is now back on course after an 11-year safety miscalculation. The new designation means the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington gets a more relaxed inspection and oversight status.<p>Between 2000 and 2011, workers at the nuclear plant used faulty estimates for how much radiation could escape during a crisis. Thu, 16 May 2013 15:53:20 +0000 Anna King 13193 at http://kuow.org Northwest Nuclear Plant Scores Higher Safety Rating DOE: Hanford Tanks Leaking Less Than 3 Gallons Per Day http://kuow.org/post/doe-hanford-tanks-leaking-less-3-gallons-day <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/022513AK_Hanfordleak_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>RICHLAND, Wash. – A new detail has emerged on the leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The federal Energy Department acknowledged last week that six single-shelled tanks are holding less radioactive waste than they used to. Monday the agency said those tanks are losing less than three gallons a day.<p>Worst case: Three gallons per day adds up to 1,095 gallons of radioactive waste per year. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:53:50 +0000 editor 8821 at http://kuow.org DOE: Hanford Tanks Leaking Less Than 3 Gallons Per Day Bipartisan Group Plans Overhaul For Radioactive Waste Disposal http://kuow.org/post/bipartisan-group-plans-overhaul-radioactive-waste-disposal <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/020813AK_Nuclear_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>RICHLAND, Wash. - A bipartisan group of senior senators is drafting a bill to overhaul the U.S. nuclear-waste program. The group, which includes Oregon’s Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, is aiming to find a permanent home for the nation’s radioactive waste.<p>Wyden is the new chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The radioactive waste working group also includes Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:00:11 +0000 editor 8013 at http://kuow.org Bipartisan Group Plans Overhaul For Radioactive Waste Disposal