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10.02.2014

Despite clear warnings about using certain “potentially incompatible” materials to stabilize transuranic waste drums, Los Alamos National Laboratory changed its waste-handling procedures to allow the use of organic kitty litter and a reactive acid...

10.02.2014

The Babcock & Wilcox Co. announced Wednesday that its board of directors is “evaluating” separating the company’s power generation unit from its government and nuclear operations businesses to create two publicly traded companies. The...

10.01.2014 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

In a fresh effort by the Obama administration to boost the struggling U.S. nuclear industry, the Energy Department Tuesday announced a new $12.6 billion loan guarantee program that goes beyond previous DOE efforts to help build advanced reactors by explicitly...

10.01.2014 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

The Energy Department Tuesday outlined an estimated $242 million plan to resume limited transuranic waste disposal operations at its Waste Isolation Pilot Plant by the first quarter of 2016, but it acknowledged a host of operational and regulatory...

09.30.2014 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

Laying out the basis of a likely lawsuit to come, 17 antinuclear groups asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Monday to reconsider its new “continued storage” rule on the grounds that the rule flunks legal requirements for NRC to show the nation...

09.29.2014 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

Amid controversy over the threat posed by a new geological fault zone located offshore near the California facility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. this month released the results of a four-year study that the company says shows its 2,300 megawatt Diablo...

09.29.2014

Following controversy over the lab’s role in a transuranic waste drum leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Friday ordered his agency’s Office of Environmental Management to take over “legacy” cleanup...

09.26.2014 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

The head of the New Mexico Environment Department last month ordered Los Alamos National Laboratory to resume daily monitoring of gas buildup in two transuranic waste containers stored at the Energy Department nuclear weapons facility after one of the...

09.24.2014 | BY CHRIS HOLLY

In closely watched speeches at the United Nations Climate Summit Tuesday, President Obama vowed to accelerate U.S. efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and to expand assistance to developing countries, while China Deputy Premier Zhang Gaoli—in...

09.23.2014 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

Large power consumers, New York City officials and two fellow merchant generators—including Entergy, another nuclear plant operator in the state—have filed protests over Exelon’s request to New York regulators that they approve a cost-based...


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