nuclear energy http://kuow.org en Can Nuclear Power Ease Climate Disruptions? http://kuow.org/post/can-nuclear-power-ease-climate-disruptions <p>Steve Scher&nbsp;talks with Armond Cohen, co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Clean Air Task Force. The group works on global commercialization of nuclear power and clean coal technology. Tue, 27 May 2014 22:29:21 +0000 Steve Scher 35292 at http://kuow.org Can Nuclear Power Ease Climate Disruptions? 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 Scientists: Stop Worrying About Fukushima Radioactivity In Fish http://kuow.org/post/scientists-stop-worrying-about-fukushima-radioactivity-fish <p>Following the 2011 tsunami in Japan, a nuclear reactor released hundreds of millions of gallons of radioactive water into the ocean. That sparked fear that contaminated water would reach the West Coast, but three years later, scientists say that radiation in our waters isn’t necessarily linked to the nuclear reactor.&nbsp; Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:36:30 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 27169 at http://kuow.org Scientists: Stop Worrying About Fukushima Radioactivity In Fish 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' What You Should Know About The Iran Nuclear Deal http://kuow.org/post/what-you-should-know-about-iran-nuclear-deal <h6><strong>(This post was last updated at 4:40 p.m. ET.)</strong></h6><p>Just before the sun rose on Geneva on Sunday, international negotiators emerged to announce Iran and world powers <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/23/246954418/reports-deal-reached-to-limit-iran-s-nuclear-program">had reached a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program for six months</a> while the two sides work out a permanent, more sweeping solution.<p>Today, the deal is being called historic. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:00:00 +0000 editor 24368 at http://kuow.org What You Should Know About The Iran Nuclear Deal Nuclear Talks With Iran Stall Over Weekend in Geneva http://kuow.org/post/nuclear-talks-iran-stall-over-weekend-geneva <p>Marcie Sillman interviews Kenneth Pollack, senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brooking Institute, about the status of a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program between the US, Great Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and Iran. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 23:10:22 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Amina Al-Sadi 23700 at http://kuow.org Nuclear Talks With Iran Stall Over Weekend in Geneva 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 Radioactive Hanford Sludge Ages as Feds To Miss More Deadlines http://kuow.org/post/federal-officials-say-more-hanford-cleanup-deadlines-likely-be-missed <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/10/100913AK_Hanforddeadlines_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington officials say they&#8217;re disappointed but not surprised by news that the federal government likely will miss several more cleanup deadlines at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.&#160;<p>At Hanford, radioactive sludge stews in aging underground tanks not far from the Columbia River. A 1989 agreement created the timeline for treating that caustic gunk. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:18:01 +0000 Anna King 21845 at http://kuow.org Radioactive Hanford Sludge Ages as Feds To Miss More Deadlines 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 Japan Aims To Contain Nuclear Contamination With Wall Of Ice http://kuow.org/post/japan-aims-contain-nuclear-contamination-wall-ice <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Japanese officials are still battling radioactive groundwater that is leaking as a result of the Fukushima Nuclear plant meltdown triggered by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The latest effort to block contaminated water from leaking into the Pacific Ocean is a $470 million ice wall. How do you build an ice wall and how does it work? Larry Applegate, the president of Seattle-based firm </span>SoilFreeze<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a company that &nbsp;creates frozen walls and tunnels, explains the technology to Marcie Sillman. </span> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 20:03:32 +0000 Marcie Sillman 19722 at http://kuow.org Japan Aims To Contain Nuclear Contamination With Wall Of Ice 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