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06.19.2014

In a major departure from the country’s heavy dependence on nuclear power, French Energy Minister Segolene Royal Wednesday proposed legislation to cap the country’s nuclear generation at the current 63.2 gigawatts, a move that would appear to...

06.18.2014 | By GEORGE LOBSENZ

Senate appropriators Tuesday approved a $28.3 billion fiscal year 2015 spending bill for the Energy Department that significantly increases funding for the agency’s nuclear cleanup and nonproliferation programs over fiscal 2014 levels while also...

06.17.2014 | BY JEFF BEATTIE

After seething for years over DOE’s practice of releasing federally owned uranium to pay for agency activities, uranium conversion firm ConverDyn sued the department Friday over its latest uranium sale plan, saying that adding more of the nuclear fuel...

06.17.2014

President Obama announced plans Friday to renominate five members of the federal Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board to new four-year terms at the panel, including current chairman Rodney Ewing. Besides Ewing, a Stanford geology and nuclear security...

06.16.2014

John Woolery, currently president and general manager of B&W Pantex, the operator of the Energy Department’s Pantex site, has been named president and general manager of Babcock & Wilcox Conversion Services, which is carrying out a DOE uranium...

06.13.2014 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

Startup testing of a major nuclear waste processing facility at the Energy Department’s Idaho National Laboratory earlier this year revealed significant operational and safety problems at the new $571 million plant, requiring “substantial”...

06.11.2014

Kurion Inc., a nuclear cleanup company, said this week it has been awarded a contract by the Tokyo Electric Power Company to deliver a first-of-a-kind, mobile system to remove strontium from contaminated water stored in tanks at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi...

06.10.2014 | BY ERIC LINDEMAN

Efforts by the Energy Department to help keep bankrupt USEC Inc. afloat by transferring government-owned uranium to the company in four transactions—two in 2012 and two in 2013—likely ran afoul of laws covering required valuation and national...

06.10.2014 | BY GEORGE LOBSENZ

Republican leaders of the House Appropriations Committee Monday released a draft fiscal year 2015 spending bill for the Energy Department that would significantly boost funding for the agency’s fossil and nuclear energy research programs and nuclear...

06.09.2014 | BY ERIC LINDEMAN

In a proposal that appears to run afoul of long-standing U.S. policy and German law, the U.S. Department of Energy is contemplating accepting shipments of spent high-enriched reactor fuel from Germany for processing, storage and disposal at DOE’s...


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