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06.30.2015 | BY JIM DAY

A leading California consumer group last week reversed course from its previous position and asked the California Public Utilities Commission to revoke its approval of a settlement requiring ratepayers to shoulder most of $4.7 billion in costs related to the...

06.30.2015

The Energy Department last week announced another review of its troubled program to dispose of surplus weapons plutonium, naming the head of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to lead a “red team” that will assess DOE’s current multi-billion...

06.29.2015 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

Congressional appropriators are signaling impatience about the Energy Department’s long-running support for Centrus Corp.’s new uranium enrichment technology and a long-delayed DOE assessment of whether it is needed for national security, with...

06.29.2015

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s regulatory analysis process needs to be improved, according to a report issued Wednesday by the agency’s Office of Inspector General, which also concludes that the agency’s lack of trained staff with...

06.26.2015 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

In marked contrast to a similar 2014 survey, a recent survey of Energy Department and contractor employees working on high-level radioactive waste cleanup at DOE’s Hanford site has found improving attitudes and optimism that site managers are making...

06.26.2015

The Energy Department this week released an initial procurement notice saying it intends to hire a contractor to drill a deep borehole for a five-year research project aimed at determine whether boreholes might provide a safe method for disposing of certain...

06.25.2015 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

Amid indications of further delays on the troubled project, the Energy Department said Wednesday it would issue $1.8 billion in federal loan guarantees to the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia to support the municipal utility’s share of the two...

06.24.2015 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

Despite objections from one commissioner, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last week asked operators of nuclear fuel facilities to provide additional information confirming that the plants can withstand possible earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding and other...

06.23.2015

Bechtel National Inc. has agreed to pay $800,000 to avoid enforcement action by the Energy Department over a series of alleged or “potential” nuclear safety violations at the massive nuclear waste treatment plant the contractor is building at...

06.23.2015

Sandia National Laboratories announced Monday that Jill Hruby, a Sandia staff member and manager for more than three decades, has been named the next president and director, becoming the first woman to lead one of the Energy Department’s three nuclear...


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