nuclear energy

EarthFix Reports
8:43 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Report Looks At Columbia Generating Station Safety

A new report 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.
Flickr Creative Commons: NRCgov

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 4:08 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. -- A new report 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.

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Energy Market
10:02 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Numbers Debate Rages Over Northwest Nuclear Plant

The Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington is battling for public opinion.
Energy Northwest

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 4:02 pm

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.

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Nuclear Waste
7:54 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Just How Clean Is Clean In Hanford Waste Tanks?

File photo of tank farms under construction at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
US Department of Energy

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 4:47 pm

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.

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Nuclear Waste
7:23 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Hanford Researchers Puzzle Over Preventing Sludge Tank 'Burps'

Phil Gauglitz is a chemical engineer with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. He shows off one of his experiments aimed at solving the problem of possible deep sludge gas at Hanford.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 8:27 pm

We all burp sometimes. It turns out, so do underground waste tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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Nuclear Waste
7:15 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Energy Department Says Leaking Tank At Hanford 'Stabilizing'

File photo of part of Hanford's C-Farm
US Department of Energy

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 5:31 pm

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.

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Nuclear Energy
8:58 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Let-Go Hanford Whistleblower Readies For Upcoming Court Battles

Walter Tamosaitis has worked in the chemical and nuclear industry for 44 years. He was just laid-off earlier this month.
Rajah Bose

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 7:19 am

In early November, a federal appeals court will consider the case of a well-known Hanford whistleblower.

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Cold War History
4:17 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

It Almost Went Boom: Nuclear Near-Misses In US

Eric Schlosser's book "Command and Control."

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 "Fast Food Nation" about his new book, "Command and Control."

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Nuclear Waste Repository
10:15 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Federal Judge: Yucca Mountain Licensing Must Move Forward

Department of Energy. File photo of Yucca Mountain

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 4:56 pm

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.

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.

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Energy
8:53 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Northwest Nuclear Plant Scores Higher Safety Rating

Energy Northwest

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 3:59 pm

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.

Between 2000 and 2011, workers at the nuclear plant used faulty estimates for how much radiation could escape during a crisis. That mistake and others were found in an inspection just last year.

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Radioactive Waste Update
8:53 am
Tue February 26, 2013

DOE: Hanford Tanks Leaking Less Than 3 Gallons Per Day

Department of Energy

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 7:15 pm

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.

Worst case: Three gallons per day adds up to 1,095 gallons of radioactive waste per year. The Department of Energy says it doesn’t know yet how long these tanks might have been seeping waste.

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Nuclear Waste Program
7:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Bipartisan Group Plans Overhaul For Radioactive Waste Disposal

Department of Energy

Originally published on Fri February 8, 2013 5:07 pm

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.

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