Nuclear Energy

Northwest Power Source
6:42 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Power Planners Ponder The Northwest Without A Nuclear Power Plant

Columbia Generating Station near Richland, WA.
Credit Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Flickr

Northwest power planners may do their own analysis on the impacts of shutting down the region’s only nuclear power plant, which operates near Richland, Washington.

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Nuclear Plant Debate
4:45 pm
Thu December 19, 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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Handford Leak
6:43 am
Mon July 22, 2013

No Exterior Leak From Hanford Tank, According To Department Of Energy

Here’s an update on a double-hulled tank that’s leaking internally at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. The Department of Energy said Friday that recent tests show there is no leak of radioactive material outside of the tank. But the State of Washington says it still wants Hanford managers to pump the liquids out of the tank immediately. Correspondent Anna King has more.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
6:26 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Japanese Officials Visit Hanford For Nuclear Cleanup Strategies

Mark Triplett Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 7:33 am

The people overseeing the cleanup of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster are learning some valuable lessons from the long-running cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. A Japanese government delegation recently toured some of the southeast Washington site.

In Japan, workers in gloves and masks are grinding down sidewalks and roads, wiping down rooftops and bagging contaminated soil. Now, the problem is where to put all that radioactive waste from Fukushima.

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LINE Report
6:33 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Idaho Nuclear Task Force Issues Final Report

LINE Commission Chairman Jeff Sayer explaining the recommendations to Idaho lawmakers Wednesday.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

The Idaho nuclear task force presented its final report to lawmakers Wednesday afternoon. It’s raising concerns from environmentalists who say it leaves the door open to transporting radioactive material into the state.

Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz has more.

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Idaho Nuclear Waste
6:16 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Idaho Governor Underscores Commitment to Keep Nuclear Waste Out of Idaho

Idaho governor Butch Otter.
Credit Photo courtesy U.S. Congress

Idaho Governor Butch Otter underscored his commitment Monday to keeping more spent nuclear waste from entering Idaho. EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:03 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Federal Government Reviewing Hanford Contractor Payments

Waste tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Energy

The federal government is reviewing three years of payments to a major contractor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The review follows growing concerns about a nuclear waste treatment plant at the southeast Washington site. Correspondent Anna King explains.

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Gregoire's Hanford Legacy
7:23 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Gregoire’s Relationship With Hanford Long And Complex

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has worked on cleaning up the Hanford site for nearly 25 years as the Evergreen State’s governor, attorney general and ecology director.
Credit Photo courtesy

When Governor Chris Gregoire leaves office in January, she’ll take with her nearly a quarter-century’s worth of expertise on one of the most contaminated places on Earth.

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Hanford Cleanup Plan
4:35 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Hanford Planning Document Leaves A Key Question Dangling

Hanford’s 100 Area, located along the banks of the Columbia River.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

Washington environmental regulators say a new 6,000 page plan for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is very useful. But it lacks a definitive path forward for treating a large part of the radioactive sludge there.

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Idaho Nuclear Energy
4:58 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Idaho Task Force Considers Nuclear Waste

Idaho's Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission meeting on August 16, 2012.
Credit Aaron Kunz / Boise State Public Radio

A task force in Idaho today issued a first draft of recommendations that could include the shipment of spent nuclear waste into the state.

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