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  • Whipped Cream Laced With Plutonium

    08/26/2014 2:14:58 PM PDT · by Thud · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 8, 2014 | Ralph Vartabedian
    Cause of New Mexico nuclear waste accident remains a mystery "A 55-gallon drum of nuclear waste, buried in a salt shaft 2,150 feet under the New Mexico desert, violently erupted late on Feb. 14 and spewed mounds of radioactive white foam. The flowing mass, looking like whipped cream but laced with plutonium, went airborne, traveled up a ventilation duct to the surface and delivered low-level radiation doses to 21 workers. … The investigators are looking at a variety of materials that may have been added to the drum, including lead, tungsten, acid and even kitty litter as possible factors in...
  • Transmutation Revolution? Mitsubishi Granted Patent for ‘Nuclide Transmutation’ Process

    03/05/2014 5:57:19 PM PST · by Kevmo · 15 replies
    ECat World ^ | March 4, 2014 | Admin
    Transmutation Revolution? Mitsubishi Granted Patent for ‘Nuclide Transmutation’ Process Posted on March 4, 2014 by admin • 64 Comments Thanks to Cold Fusion Now and AlainCo at LENR Forum for picking up what seems to be a very important development — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has been granted a patent by the European Patent Office for a “Nuclide transmutation device and nuclide transmutation method” which the introduction to the patent states could allow for the transforming of long-lived radioactive waste into short-lived radioactive nuclides or stable nuclides, and the transmutation of abundant elements into rare earth elements. The patent application was...
  • WIPP leaks ‘should never occur’ (NM nuclear disposal site)

    02/21/2014 12:58:40 PM PST · by CedarDave · 2 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 21, 2014 | Lauren Villagran
    “One event is far too many.” That’s how New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn characterized last week’s radiation leak from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. Although deemed not harmful to human health, the elevated levels of plutonium and americium detected outside the nuclear waste depository has prompted an investigation. U.S. Department of Energy Carlsbad Field Office Manager Joe Franco said it could take three weeks to get investigators underground to uncover the source of the Feb. 14 leak – the first time radiation has escaped the facility in its 15 years of operation, he said. Franco said WIPP...
  • Nuclear Terrorist Threat Looms On Our Southern Border

    12/05/2013 4:28:04 PM PST · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 4, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    National Security: The theft of a truck carrying dangerous radioactive material combined with terrorist group activity in the hemisphere shows that the need for a secure border involves more than illegal immigration. Mexican authorities said Wednesday they found the stolen truck and likely recovered all of the radioactive cobalt taken by a group of thieves who were probably after the truck, unaware it carried a deadly cargo. Cobalt-60, which is used in radiation therapy to treat cancer, was being transported from a hospital in the northern city of Tijuana to a radioactive waste storage center. But what if the thieves...
  • Appeals Court: Obama Violating Law on Nuke Site

    08/14/2013 1:32:42 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | WASHINGTON August 13, 2013 | MATTHEW DALY
    n a rebuke to the Obama administration, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been violating federal law by delaying a decision on a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada. By a 2-1 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ordered the commission to complete the licensing process and approve or reject the Energy Department's application for a never-completed waste storage site at Nevada's Yucca Mountain. In a sharply worded opinion, the court said the nuclear agency was "simply flouting the law" when it allowed the Obama administration to continue plans...
  • Ancient Water Claims Have Leaks (article)

    08/02/2013 8:38:04 AM PDT · by fishtank · 1 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | August 2013 | Timothy L. Clarey, Ph.D.
    Ancient Water Claims Have Leaks by Timothy L. Clarey, Ph.D. * "When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” This quote from Benjamin Franklin is all too true, especially in drought-stricken areas. Wells are supplied by groundwater that exists virtually everywhere below Earth’s surface. In some places like wetlands, groundwater nearly reaches the surface. In other locations, it may be hundreds of feet down and reachable only by drilling a well. Groundwater runs deep—continuing downward for as far as mankind has ever drilled, at depths greater than 30,000 feet—nearly six miles. But the water is always there...
  • Is Nuclear Waste Really Waste? By products of fission.

    06/10/2013 5:58:40 PM PDT · by ak267 · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | 12/15/2010 | Google Tech Talk
    An economic analysis of what is in spent nuclear fuel. As a nuclear reactor fissions heavy metal U235 and Pu239, the atoms are split into two randomly sized pieces. Many of these fission products are unstable and rapidly decay into other products. After nuclear reactor fuel has cooled in a pool of water for a few years, and then sat in dry cask storage for another 10--30 years, what is it made of? Is it dangerous waste that needs to be isolated from humanity for 100,000 years or is it precious material waiting to be partitioned and sold? The answer...
  • U.S. Regulator Halts Nuclear-Plant Licensing

    08/08/2012 5:42:59 PM PDT · by EBH · 29 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/7/12 | REBECCA SMITH AND RYAN TRACY
    Court Rules That NRC Can No Longer Accept Assurances a Permanent Waste Repository Is Coming The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it would stop issuing licenses for nuclear plants until it addresses problems with its nuclear-waste policy that were raised by a recent federal appeals court decision
  • Texas company could bury 1st nuke waste in April

    03/19/2012 9:51:47 AM PDT · by bgill · 8 replies
    KVUE.com ^ | March 19, 2012 | AP
    Trucks carrying low-level radioactive waste from 38 states will likely begin traveling Texas highways as early as April.... Opponents say his Dallas-based company has benefited from connections to top Republicans. They include Gov. Rick Perry, who makes appointments to the state's environmental commission that regulates the site.
  • Panel urges speedy removal of CT nuclear waste

    08/10/2011 3:43:47 PM PDT · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Connecticut’s electric utilities and the state’s largest power generator cheered a federal panel’s report urging the U.S. Department of Energy to do what the state advocated for years — remove nuclear waste from Connecticut, rapidly. The federal Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future issued its draftThe dry casks storing 412 metric tons of spent uranium at the former site of Connecticut Yankee in Haddam. report on July 29, addressing the problem of storing uranium once nuclear reactors finish with it. The report is a precursor to a final report in January, and the commission is accepting comments through October....
  • Toshiba lobbying U.S. to build nuclear waste repository in Mongolia

    07/02/2011 3:48:24 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Toshiba lobbying U.S. to build nuclear waste repository in Mongolia In this image released Saturday, April 16, 2011, by Tokyo Electric Power Co., top of the container of the nuclear reactor, painted in yellow, of Unit 4 at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Plant is observed from its side with a T-Hawk drone Friday, April 15, 2011 in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.) TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Toshiba Corp. has lobbied a senior U.S. government official to realize an international nuclear fuel supply scheme that includes the construction of a nuclear waste repository in Mongolia, according to...
  • Appeals court dismisses nuclear waste suit

    07/01/2011 9:39:01 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Friday, July 1, 2011 12:09 PM EDT | Nedra Pickler
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has won a legal battle in the fight over where to bury the nation's nuclear waste. The federal appeals court in Washington on Friday ruled against South Carolina and Washington state, which want to ship radioactive spent nuclear fuel to a repository 90 miles from Las Vegas at Yucca Mountain. Congress chose Yucca Mountain as the leading candidate for waste disposal. But opponents are concerned about contamination, and the Obama administration said it would not consider the site and would look for alternatives. The appeals court ruled that it's not an appropriate time for...
  • Report Slams U.S. Nuclear Regulator (Yucca Mountain con-job)

    06/09/2011 8:02:31 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/9/2011 | Stephen Power
    WASHINGTON—The U.S.'s top nuclear-power regulator "strategically" withheld information from his colleagues in an effort to stop work on a controversial proposed waste dump, according to a report by the agency's internal watchdog, a finding likely to inflame debate about how to handle the nation's nuclear waste. The June 6 report by Nuclear Regulatory Commission Inspector General Hubert T. Bell offers an unflattering portrait of the NRC and its leader, Gregory Jaczko, who is described as having a temper that makes it "difficult for people to work with him."
  • Must be some serious dose rates on the beach (re Fukushima)

    04/27/2011 2:41:24 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 14 replies
    Wormme.com ^ | April 26, 2011 | Wormme
    TEPCO’s daily report. …we have started spraying the dust inhibitor to the area on the coastal side of Units 1 to 4 by unmanned crawler dump truck… Remote-controlled dump truck. Pretty impressive. Too bad it’s needed for the purpose.
  • N.M. Considered for Waste (Radioactive but not fuel rods)

    04/25/2011 11:16:32 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 25, 2011 | John Fleck
    The federal government, in search of a place to dispose of its radioactive waste, is once again considering New Mexico. Three of seven sites under consideration for disposal of some of the lesser radioactive nuclear power plant waste are in New Mexico, including the possibility of adding it to the inventory of waste headed for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant outside Carlsbad. A second site near WIPP is also on the list of possible locations, as well as Los Alamos National Laboratory. The waste, much of it from machinery in old nuclear power plants, is technically categorized as "low level,"...
  • So Happy Together (The NY Times opposes the reprocessing of nuclear waste.)

    04/13/2011 10:03:31 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4.12.11 | William Tucker
    The New York Times is proving that, when it comes to nuclear power, it isn't a one-note newspaper. Not every anti-nuclear story has to be written by Matt Wald. The paper has versatility -- this time reporters Jo Becker and William J. Broad get into it. "Doubts Growing About U.S. Plan for Plutonium," said the page-one, column-one headline yesterday. Whose doubts? Well, it turns out they all belong to Edwin Lyman, resident lamenter at the Union for Concerned Scientists who has nothing but doubts about nuclear. Lyman is a lugubrious presence at every nuclear event in Washington, ruing that the...
  • As nuclear waste sits idle, federal payouts to Exelon mount

    03/31/2011 2:00:29 PM PDT · by libstripper · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 30, 2011 | Julie Wernau
    ear plant operators — led by Chicago-based Exelon Corp. — have been successfully suing the federal government to recoup costs associated with removing and babysitting spent fuel the government promised would be taken off their hands 13 years ago. So far, the government has paid $776 million in claims arising from 74 breach of contract suits, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The government's liability is expected to grow to about $11 billion by 2020, according to a report from the University of Illinois. Legal fees so far have added a third more to settlement costs.
  • Obama lacks authority to shutter Yucca site, court told

    03/22/2011 7:56:30 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 26 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | March 22, 2011 | James Rosen
    -Lawyers for Washington state and South Carolina on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of exceeding his constitutional power in closing the Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste repository. Washington state Assistant Attorney General Andrew Fitz told a federal appellate court that Obama's refusal to fund continued development of the Nevada site violates the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act. "He's acting unconstitutionally under the separation of powers doctrine because he doesn't have the authority under the statute," Fitz told a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "He had no authority to reverse it." In 1987 amendments...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama’s nuclear negligence

    03/21/2011 5:22:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 21, 2011 | Editorial
    Toying with waste storage exposes America to Japan-type disaster The ongoing crisis at Japan’s damaged nuclear power plants raises the issue of whether our own radioactive materials are vulnerable to similar catastrophes. The states of South Carolina and Washington will argue today before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that the Obama administration had no authority to order the closing of the Yucca Mountain disposal facility in Nevada. That project’s purpose had been to move American plants away from the radioactive waste-storage model used in the land of the rising sun. The worst of the radiation...
  • Texas Welcomes Nuclear Discards

    01/05/2011 9:14:54 AM PST · by epithermal · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | * JANUARY 5, 2011 | Ana Campoy
    A Texas commission Tuesday set in motion the importation of low-level radioactive-waste from 36 other states, a move long sought by the nuclear-energy industry and long opposed by environmentalists. The Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission, which manages the state's radioactive-waste dump, voted 5-2 to approve rules governing the process for accepting the out-of-state material. The decision drew a quick response from the plan's opponents, some of whom opposed the idea because the site is near the Ogallala aquifer that provides drinking water to several states. "We're going to consult with our lawyers and probably sue them," said Tom...
  • Reid's $10 billion tunnel to nowhere--Anti-nuclear ideologues cloud clean energy's future

    11/11/2010 6:37:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 11, 2010 | Editorial
    The re-election of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was a blow to America's quest for cleaner energy. That's because the Nevada senator, in league with President Obama, can proceed with his campaign to short-circuit nuclear power. No one has played a more obstructionist role in stopping Nevada's Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste repository than the Silver State's senior senator. Mr. Reid's return to Capitol Hill is a victory for NIMBY (not in my backyard) Nevadans even though their backyard is primarily arid desolation unsuitable for human habitation. Yucca Mountain's warren of caverns took 30 years to dig and would provide safe nuclear-waste...
  • Yucca call is painful for Murray

    08/20/2010 4:17:21 PM PDT · by epithermal · 5 replies
    AP ^ | August 20, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s decision to bypass Nevada’s Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository should give Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a boost in his bid for a fifth term. The action is not doing another endangered Democrat, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, any favors. And the same could be said for Democratic lawmakers in South Carolina who have distanced themselves from the administration’s decision. Democratic Reps. John Spratt and Jim Clyburn have been particularly critical of shelving Yucca in recent months. Washington and South Carolina are plaintiffs in a lawsuit designed to keep Yucca Mountain as an...
  • Lawmakers gather support for Yucca Mountain

    07/07/2010 7:50:48 AM PDT · by epithermal · 6 replies
    TriCityHerald ^ | Jul. 07, 2010 | Annette Cary
    Ninety-one members of Congress urged the Department of Energy on Tuesday to immediately halt work to dismantle the Yucca Mountain, Nev., nuclear repository.
  • Can We Dispose of Radioactive Waste in Volcanoes?

    02/20/2010 11:09:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 108 replies · 2,304+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 2/17/2010 | Bjorn Carey
    Dumping all our nuclear waste in a volcano does seem like a neat solution for destroying the roughly 29,000 tons of spent uranium fuel rods stockpiled around the world. But there’s a critical standard that a volcano would have to meet to properly dispose of the stuff, explains Charlotte Rowe, a volcano geophysicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. And that standard is heat. The lava would have to not only melt the fuel rods but also strip the uranium of its radioactivity. “Unfortunately,” Rowe says, “volcanoes just aren’t very hot.” Lava in the hottest volcanoes tops out at around 2,400F....
  • CARTOON: Congressional Nuke Dump

    02/18/2010 7:12:39 AM PST · by NetRight Nation · 9 replies · 479+ views
    NetRight Nation ^ | February 18, 2010 | William Warren
  • Ex-navy chief denies Russia dumped nuclear waste in Baltic Sea

    02/07/2010 12:39:24 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 37 replies · 810+ views
    Nuclear Power Daily ^ | 1/05/2010 | AFB
    The former commander of the Russian navy's Baltic fleet on Friday denied Swedish media reports that Russia dumped radioactive and chemical waste into Swedish waters in the Baltic Sea in the early 1990s. "This is complete nonsense and a clear provocation, propagated at an international level," Admiral Vladimir Yegorov, who commanded the Baltic fleet from 1991 to 2000, told the Interfax news agency. Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Thursday called for the previous governments to explain a television report that Russia dumped chemical weapons and radioactive waste off the shores of a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea. According...
  • New synthetic material traps nuclear waste

    01/28/2010 11:31:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 441+ views
    Nuclear Power Daily ^ | 1/27/2010 | AFB via Nuclear Power Daily
    Northwestern University scientists say they've created a material that can trap the radioactive ion cesium while ignoring harmless ions such as sodium. Researchers led by Professor Mercouri Kanatzidis said their synthetic material is made from layers of a gallium, sulfur and antimony compound. They said it has been extremely successful in removing cesium -- found in nuclear waste, but very difficult to clean up -- from a sodium-heavy solution that consisted of concentrations similar to those found in real liquid nuclear waste. The scientists said the new material sequestered 100 percent of the cesium ions from the solution, while simultaneously...
  • White House Moves To Restrict DoE Nuclear Research

    01/15/2010 11:24:34 AM PST · by haole · 23 replies · 1,282+ views
    deense daily ^ | January 15, 2010 | George Lobsenz
    http://www.defensedaily.com/publications/dd/White-House-Moves-To-Restrict-DoE-Nuclear-Research_9090.html The White House has proposed barring Energy Department research on fast reactor recycling of nuclear waste and technical support for licensing of small, modular light-water reactors, drawing protests from Energy Secretary Steven Chu that such prohibitions will have broad adverse effects, including hurting the U.S. nuclear industry's renaissance; crimping U.S. ability to influence other countries' fast reactor designs to address proliferation concerns; and taking away nuclear waste disposal options that might be considered by the administration's planned blue-ribbon panel on alternatives to the Yucca Mountain repository. The policy dispute inside the Obama administration was revealed in a Dec. 22...
  • Reid On The Rocks

    09/11/2009 5:53:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 3,563+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 11, 2009
    Politics: The senator who called the president a liar and never apologized may have worn out his welcome in his home state. Harry Reid may be riding the liberal agenda into political oblivion.In 2004, Republicans defeated Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle largely on the theme that he neglected his home state in favor of national party interests. The GOP is hoping that in 2010 lightning will strike a second time, and Nevada polls indicate it may be more than wishful thinking. In 1998, Reid beat John Ensign by a hair-thin 428 votes. Ensign would go on to win Nevada's other...
  • Capping Jobs

    08/13/2009 5:27:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 892+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 13, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Cap-And-Trade: The administration likes to defend bad policies with analogies to the post office. New studies from a business group and the administration itself confirm that cap-and-trade belongs in the dead-letter bin.Along with Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Rep. Ed Markey likens the cost of the Waxman-Markey cap-and trade bill to "about a postage stamp a day," based on estimates made by the Congressional Budget Office and the EPA. But as we and others have shown, they arrive at this magical number in part by ignoring the hit on gross domestic product and employment that will occur. As Garret Vaughan, economist...
  • Ramirez, IBD On Senate Spike Of Yucca Mountain

    08/04/2009 8:00:00 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 3 replies · 674+ views
    HotAir.com ^ | August 4, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    One can measure the dedication of the climate-change crowd in how they approach the zero-emissions technology of nuclear power. Some have realized that the only practical way to replace coal as a source for electricity is to invest heavily in nuclear power. Others, such as Harry Reid and his allies in the Senate, have done their best to shut the door on that path away from coal, which calls into question their motives in forcing cap-and-trade schemes onto the US. Investors Business Daily rips Reid and the administration for blocking the use of Yucca Mountain for safe fuel reprocessing, which...
  • Death Knell For Nuclear Power?

    08/03/2009 10:23:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies · 1,460+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | August 03, 2009
    Death Knell For Nuclear Power? August 03, 2009 Energy: A Senate vote to kill funding for the spent fuel repository in Nevada shows the Democratic Party and this administration aren't serious about energy independence, economic growth or environmental Killing the storage facility for the spent fuel rods produced by the nation's nuclear power industry has long been a dream of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama. Last week, the Senate granted their wish, voting to deny the resources needed to complete a review necessary for Yucca Mountain to open. "This is a major victory for Nevada," said Reid,...
  • Death Knell For Nuclear Power?

    08/03/2009 5:02:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 752+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 3, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy: A Senate vote to kill funding for the spent fuel repository in Nevada shows the Democratic Party and this administration aren't serious about energy independence, economic growth or environmental protection.Killing the storage facility for the spent fuel rods produced by the nation's nuclear power industry has long been a dream of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama. Last week, the Senate granted their wish, voting to deny the resources needed to complete a review necessary for Yucca Mountain to open. "This is a major victory for Nevada," said Reid, who is up for re-election next year. "I...
  • Not So Fast With Those Electric Cars

    07/08/2009 6:11:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 1,224+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2009
    Alternative Energy: A government report says reliance on electric cars will do little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and may merely shift our dependence on foreign sources from one set of dictators to another.It's a beautiful theory — highways full of electric cars emitting no greenhouse gases or pollutants after being plugged into an outlet in our garages overnight. The problem, according to a new Government Accountability Office report, is that the effort may only shift the problem somewhere else. "If you are using coal-fired power plants, and half the country's electricity comes from coal-powered plants, are you just trading...
  • The 'screw Nevada bill' and how it stymied U.S. nuclear waste policy

    05/11/2009 12:04:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies · 1,136+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 11, 2009 | John J. Fialka
    YUCCA MOUNTAIN, Nev. -- From the top of this brown, loaf-shaped ridge about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, there is little sign that this 5,000-foot desert outcropping remains a major battleground in U.S. energy and climate policy. Twenty-five years of government work and research has been sunk into the parched, sandy soil here, along with at least $9 billion of taxpayers' money spent to carry out Congress' 1987 law requiring that this be the final repository for the nation's nuclear wastes. The goal was to have it up and running in 1998. Eleven years after that, there is little...
  • Utah takes nuclear waste from states with own dump

    05/05/2009 6:37:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 355+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/5/09 | Brock Vergakis - ap
    SALT LAKE CITY – Despite having their own radioactive waste dump, three states have shipped millions of cubic feet of waste across the country this decade to a private Utah facility that is the only one available to 36 other states, according to an Associated Press analysis of U.S. Department of Energy records. The shipments are stoking concerns that waste from Connecticut, New Jersey and South Carolina is taking up needed space in Utah, unnecessarily creating potential shipping hazards and undermining the government's intent for states to dispose of their own waste on a regional basis.
  • LEHMAN HAS TONS OF NUKE 'WA$TE' (Lehman Bros.)

    04/15/2009 6:12:25 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 4 replies · 550+ views
    NY Post ^ | Apr 15, 2009 | KAJA WHITEHOUSE
    <p>It turns out we were looking in the wrong place for weapons of mass destruction.</p> <p>They weren't in Iraq.</p> <p>They were in Lehman Brothers' portfolio.</p> <p>The bankrupt investment bank holds as much as 500,000 pounds of uranium yellowcake -- enough to make a nuclear bomb -- it was learned yesterday.</p>
  • Sources: Obama cuts funds for Nev. nuclear dump (Yucca Mountain)

    02/25/2009 7:43:37 PM PST · by CedarDave · 20 replies · 642+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 25, 2009 | H. JOSEF HEBERT
    President Barack Obama is taking the first step toward blocking a nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain by slashing money for the program in his first budget, according to congressional sources. Obama's budget to be announced Thursday will eliminate virtually all funding for the Yucca project with the exception of money needed for license applications submitted last year to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. "The Yucca Mountain program will be scaled back to those costs necessary to answer inquiries from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission while the administration devises a new strategy toward nuclear-waste disposal," the Energy Department will say as...
  • one way to get rid of nuclear waste

    01/16/2009 4:27:48 PM PST · by franksolich · 2 replies · 469+ views
    real-life book ^ | 1986 | Richard Miller
    This was undoubtedly a free-lance enterprise, and despite the success of such individual initiative in protecting national security, one supposes it couldn’t happen today, what with so many “managers,” “planners,” “controllers,” “manipulators” in the mix of things. Having an army that had always relied heavily on artillery, [the Soviets] were also particularly interested in the small shells similar to the one fired during the 1953 “GRABLE” shot. Thus, some time later, the Russians were delighted when a U.S. Army major walked into the Soviet residency in West Germany offering to rent them the latest model of a nuclear artillery shell....
  • Whatever happened to...

    11/28/2008 4:50:20 PM PST · by mapmaker77 · 5 replies · 720+ views
    Just a Question. | 28NOV08 | mapmaker77
    I've been searching the news lately for information regarding that Iranian cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates several months ago. Those of us paying attention to this stuff will remember that the pirates that attempted to plunder the cargo expired shortly thereafter due to mysterious illnesses which appear to be similar to radiation poisoning. Does anyone have any new info on this?
  • Deep sea submarine pioneer dies

    11/01/2008 9:05:16 PM PDT · by Prunetacos · 19 replies · 743+ views
    Swiss-based marine explorer and inventor Jacques Piccard, who was part of the deepest submarine dive in history, has died at his home aged 86. In 1960, Piccard and US co-pilot Don Walsh took a submersible developed by his father to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific. They went 11km (seven miles) beneath the surface of the sea. Their discovery of living organisms at that depth led to a ban on the dumping of nuclear waste in ocean trenches. "By far the most interesting find was the fish that came floating by our porthole," Piccard said afterwards...."
  • An alternative nuclear-energy solution ( Design addresses Nuclear waste as fuel )

    09/25/2008 11:26:42 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies · 383+ views
    Long Beach Press-Telegram ^ | 09/24/2008 06:59:45 PM PDT | Thomas D. Elias
    here may be a workable way to solve most of America's energy problems, end dependence on foreign oil and dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions with little pain. Remarkably, while proposals for renewed offshore oil drilling, new atomic power plants, expanded carbon trading and other proposed tactics abound in this year's presidential campaign, no one mentions the single most promising technique.This may be because its name contains the word "reactor." Combined with the fact that it depends on a sophisticated form of nuclear technology, that appears to make the notion of power plants using the Integral Fast Reactor anathema to today's...
  • Yucca Mountain Project clears another big hurdle

    09/08/2008 12:15:20 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 59 replies · 545+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 9/8/2008 | STEVE TETREAULT
    WASHINGTON -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced this morning it will conduct an in-depth review of the government plans for Yucca Mountain, another step forward for the controversial nuclear waste storage project. The decision by the nuclear safety agency to place a Department of Energy license application on its docket represents a milestone for the project over the objections of Nevada's elected leaders. The NRC concluded following an initial 90-day screening by its technical staff that an application that DOE filed on June 3 "is sufficiently complete" for the agency to move forward, according to its announcement. The move opens...
  • Nuclear Utilities Win Appeal Over Radioactive-Waste Facility

    08/08/2008 4:34:17 PM PDT · by kellynla · 8 replies · 307+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 7, 2008 | LAUREN POLLOCK
    In the latest development of a longstanding contract dispute, a federal appeals court reversed and remanded a trio of cases concerning damages owed to nuclear utilities as a result of the government's failure to build a nuclear-waste facility. The appeals court said the damages awarded weren't calculated properly by the court of Federal Claims. As such it voided $42.8 million in damages awarded to PG&E Corp.'s Pacific Gas & Electric utility, $39.8 million to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and $142.8 million to three former New England nuclear-plant operators. The companies originally sought compensation for having to store spent nuclear...
  • Western states rebuff plan for Italian nuclear waste in Utah

    05/08/2008 9:04:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 220+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/8/08 | John Miller - ap
    BOISE, Idaho - Eight Western states on Thursday rejected a company's plan to ship tons of radioactive waste from Italy for disposal in Utah, saying importing foreign loads would violate the group's rules. EnergySolutions Inc. is applying for a federal license to import 20,000 tons of waste from four Italian nuclear reactors, with a portion of it to be buried at its private disposal site in Clive, Utah. But members of the Northwest Interstate Compact on Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management said their rules would need to be changed to allow roughly five or six rail cars of waste a year...
  • China Admits to Nuclear Waste on Tibetan Plateau (1993 Report)

    04/11/2008 12:48:03 PM PDT · by mnehring · 3 replies · 41+ views
    Tibetan Government-in-exile denounced China's dumping of nuclear waste in Tibet way back in 1980s. In 1987 His Holiness the Dalai Lama released the Five Point Peace Plan for Tibet, the fourth point in this plan called for: Restoration and protection of Tibet's natural environment and the abandonment of China's use of Tibet for the production of nuclear weapons and dumping of nuclear waste. Tibetan government-in-exile's consistent condemnation of China's storing of nuclear waste in Tibet was reckoned with skepticism by the international media. The existence of nuclear waste was denounced by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at a press conference...
  • Nuclear official's stark farewell: Scrap Yucca

    02/07/2007 7:31:07 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies · 768+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | February 07, 2007 at 7:20:32 PST | Lisa Mascaro Las Vegas Sun
    WASHINGTON - The longest serving member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is stepping down, and, on his way out, saying something about Yucca Mountain that few in government dare to suggest out loud: "It may be time to stop digging." The reason Commissioner Edward McGaffigan Jr. gives for his conclusion, however, is not that the mountain is a bad site or the science of storing radioactive fuel is unsound, two of the major arguments critics have mounted. Rather, Yucca Mountain is unlikely to ever open as a storage site for nuclear waste largely because the politics were flawed at the...
  • UK: Science backs nuclear burial plan ~ now where to do it is the question...

    02/06/2007 8:48:34 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 379+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 7 February 2007, 02:34 GMT | BBC Staff
    Science backs nuclear burial plan The facility would be deep underground Scientists have backed the government's plan to store the UK's nuclear waste deep underground.The report, from experts working across science and technology, concluded there were "no insurmountable scientific or technological barriers" to the scheme. It urged the government to maintain momentum in implementing the policy, but recommended key areas where more research was needed to move forward. These included finding suitable sites and addressing skills shortages. See how radioactive waste might be buried The report resulted from a meeting of geologists, engineers, nuclear experts and chemists that took...
  • Canned nuclear waste cooks its container

    01/11/2007 9:40:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 81 replies · 1,784+ views
    news@nature.com ^ | 10 January 2007 | Philip Ball
    Close window Published online: 10 January 2007; | doi:10.1038/news070108-6 Canned nuclear waste cooks its containerEstimates of radiation damage to materials have been too low.Philip Ball The atomic order of a ceramic is muddled into a glassy mess by radiation. Storing high-level nuclear waste without any leakage over thousands of years may be harder than experts have thought, research published in Nature today shows. Ian Farnan of Cambridge University, UK, and his co-workers have found that the radiation emitted from such waste could transform one candidate storage material into less durable glass after just 1,400 years — much more quickly...
  • Nevada seeks to nix govt nuclear waste storage plan

    12/22/2006 10:38:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 79 replies · 964+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/22/06 | Tom Doggett
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The state of Nevada on Friday asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to reject the U.S. government's plan to store thousands of tons of nuclear waste temporarily above ground at a mountain located about 90 miles from Las Vegas. The Energy Department is set to file an application with the NRC in mid 2008 for a license to operate the Yucca Mountain permanent nuclear storage repository in Nevada, which would hold radioactive waste underground from more than 100 nuclear power plants, along with the tons of leftovers from the U.S. nuclear weapons program. The permanent storage site is...