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  • Top secret flights carrying nuclear waste from Scotland to USA to continue until late 2019

    04/16/2018 9:09:31 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 37 replies
    Scottish Express ^ | 04/16/2018 | JIM LAWSON
    So far there have been four US Air Force flights carrying highly enriched uranium bound for South Carolina, taking off from Wick John O’Groats Airport, in Caithness, at weekends as the base is closed to civilian aircrafts on Saturdays. Dounreay, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Police Scotland, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and the airport have all refused to comment. The deal was trumpeted by former prime minister David Cameron and ex-US president Barack Obama, arranging for highly enriched uranium – the basic building block for a nuclear bomb – to be flown from Wick to the US in return for “medical...
  • Fukushima’s tritiated water to be dumped into sea, Tepco chief says

    07/18/2017 12:17:05 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 24 replies
    japantimes.co.jp ^ | JUL 14, 2017 | no byline
    Despite the objections of local fishermen, the tritium-tainted water stored at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant will be dumped into the sea, a top official at Tokyo Electric says. “The decision has already been made,” Takashi Kawamura, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., said in a recent interview with the media. Tritium typically poses little risk to human health unless ingested in high amounts, and ocean discharges of diluted volumes of tritium-tainted water are a routine part of nuclear power plant operations. This is because it is a byproduct of nuclear operations but cannot be filtered out...
  • House panel votes to advance Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project

    06/28/2017 11:16:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 28, 2017 | Timothy Cama
    A House committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to advance a bill meant to move along the stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. The legislation would set a time limit for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to approve the project and makes a necessary land transfer for the project. It also allows the Department of Energy (DOE) to permit an interim nuclear waste storage site before Yucca has its licensing process completed. If the legislation becomes law, it would bring Yucca closer to reality, 30 years after Congress decided — over the objections of the state of Nevada — to...
  • Congress Tries To Solve Obama’s Nuclear Waste Problem

    04/27/2017 1:46:47 AM PDT · by blueplum · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 26 April 2017 | Andrew Follett
    Lawmakers faced off in a Wednesday hearing on proposed legislation to approve a nuclear waste storage facility in Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Many lawmakers at the hearing were concerned about the federal government defaulting on its legal obligations to dispose of used nuclear fuel. Even House Democrats acknowledged the sheer scale of this problem. “Courts have determined that DOE has breached contractual obligations under this statute,” New York Democrat Paul Tonko, ranking member of the subcommittee, said in the hearing. “DOE estimated that if it could begin to accept waste in the next 10 years, liabilities would total $29 billion dollars.”...
  • Chicago Paper Implores Trump to Clean Up Yucca Mountain Mess Left by Obama

    04/13/2017 1:33:37 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4-13-17 | Andrew Follett
    The Chicago Tribune’s editorial board implored President Donald Trump Tuesday to clean up the nuclear waste storage debacle left by former President Barack Obama. Obama helped former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid to derail plans to store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Without Yucca, nuclear power plants don’t have a permanent location to store spent fuel and left the federal government with $50 billion in legal liabilities. “Many people in Nevada didn’t want the waste, no matter how safe or isolated the storage facility may be,” the editorial board wrote. “It was the ultimate NIMBY [Not In My Backyard]...
  • Nevada lawmakers vow to fight White House’s revival of Yucca Mountain plan

    03/20/2017 3:48:21 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 20, 2017 | Ben Wolfgang
    Opponents of the newly revived federal plan to store nuclear waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain are preparing for battle with the Trump administration as the political winds seem to be shifting in favor of the project. Powerful figures in Nevada — led by Republican Sen. Dean Heller and including freshman Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat, and Gov. Brian Sandoval — have vowed to fight the White House at every turn as it tries to breathe new life into Yucca Mountain with the first injection of federal funds into what surely would be a multi-billion dollar undertaking. But none of...
  • Perry, make Yucca Mountain great again

    12/15/2016 7:56:56 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    The Obama White House made an unfortunate and ungracious choice in launching a preemptive attack on Rick Perry's nomination this week. Spokesman Josh Earnest did his best deadpan as he disparaged the choice as one based on politics and not merit. But what about President Obama's appointments of Ken Salazar, Kathleen Sebelius, Tom Vilsack and Janet Napolitano? They were all lawyers without specific expertise in the issue areas of the departments they led. But each, having experience as elected Democratic statewide officials, knew enough about their respective issue areas that their status as non-experts never really mattered. Perry spent 14...
  • U.S. to build $1.6B Idaho facility for warships' nuclear waste

    12/07/2016 7:58:43 AM PST · by ameribbean expat · 18 replies
    The facility will be built at the Energy Department's 890-square-mile site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory, considered the nation's primary lab for nuclear research.
  • Nuclear Waste Flight at Wick (First UK to US Weapons grade Uranium air transfer)

    09/18/2016 2:02:11 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 16 replies
    FighterControlUK ^ | 09/18/2016 | FighterControlUK
    Nuclear Waste Flight at Wick (First UK to US Weapons grade Uranium air transfer) http://www.fightercontrol.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=73&p=846604 Nuclear Waste Flight at Wick - Sat 17/9 Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:49 am As reported in the "Sunday post" a military aircraft loaded up yesterday the first cargo of nuclear waste from the UK to the USA. The aircraft reported to have flown to South Carolina. Having now seen another Sunday paper the aircraft in question used was a USAF C-17
  • Sudan investigates claims on burial of radioactive wastes (from China)

    02/26/2016 10:13:42 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    Sudan Tribune ^ | February 25, 2016
    February 25, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan's Justice Minister, on Thursday, formed a fact-finding committee on the alleged burial of radioactive waste in northern Sudan desert during the construction of Merowe Dam. The decision comes after claims by the former director of the Sudan Atomic Energy Commission (SAEC), Mohamed Sidig, who said that 60 containers with toxic waste were brought from China with construction materials and machinery for the building of the Merowe dam. Sidiq claimed that 40 containers were buried in the desert near the dam construction site while another 20 containers have been left out in the open. The...
  • Polluted nuclear weapons site to become tourist destination

    12/22/2015 12:50:19 PM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 20, 2015 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site is now its newest national park. Thousands of people are expected next year to tour the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, home of the world's first full-sized nuclear reactor, near Richland, about 200 miles east of Seattle in south-central Washington. They won't be allowed anywhere near the nation's largest collection of toxic radioactive waste.
  • Underground fire 300 meters from nuclear waste causes St. Louis to hatch contingency plan

    10/08/2015 10:34:34 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 08 October 2015
    ST. LOUIS – Beneath the surface of a St. Louis-area landfill lurk two things that should never meet: a slow-burning fire and a cache of Cold War-era nuclear waste, separated by just 300 meters. Government officials have quietly adopted an emergency plan in case the smoldering embers ever reach the waste, a potentially “catastrophic event” that could send up a plume of radioactive smoke over a densely populated area near the city’s main airport. Although the fire at Bridgeton Landfill has been burning since at least 2010, the plan for a worst-case scenario was developed only a year ago and...
  • Canadian Company Buys Iraq's Uranium (Iraqi cabinet just approves sale)

    02/17/2009 4:21:34 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 7 replies · 485+ views
    PressTV Iran ^ | Tue, 17 Feb 2009 | staff
    A Canadian company has purchased 550 tons of Iraqi uranium concentrate worth $90 milllion. Sakatoon-based uranium producer Cameco Corp., the world's largest producer of uranium, won the contract last year. But although the Iraqi cabinet only approved the sale on Tuesday, the last remains of the country's uranium concentrate or "yellow cake" had already been secretly transported to a Canadian port in July 2008 with US support. Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told AFP on Tuesday that since the country has signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it no longer needs this material accrued by former dictator Saddam Hussein, and the...
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Yucca Mountain Safe to Store Nuclear Waste

    01/30/2015 1:37:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 30, 2015 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Yucca Mountain, located about 90 miles north of Las Vegas, Nev. (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) (CNSNews.com) – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has released the final two volumes of a five-volume safety report that concludes that Nevada’s Yucca Mountain meets all of its technical and safety requirements for the disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste. “With reasonable assurance, subject to proposed conditions, DOE’s [Department of Energy] application meets the NRC’s regulatory requirements” for the disposal of “high-level nuclear waste,” the regulatory agency announced Thursday. However, “completion of the safety evaluation report does not represent an agency decision on whether to...
  • GOP Should Revive Yucca Mountain And Nuclear Energy

    12/09/2014 2:07:45 PM PST · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 9, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Nuclear Waste: While Keystone XL remains a focus, the long-stalled repository for spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain, Nev., deemed safe in a recent report, is also good for the environment and for our energy future. The ghosts of Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima continue to haunt and hinder the nuclear energy industry. Yet a report released Oct. 16 may revive both the spent fuel repository and the nuclear energy industry with it. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) report, mostly finished in 2010 but delayed by Yucca Mountain foes such as the Obama administration and soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader...
  • If GOP wins, Reid could lose nuclear waste fight

    10/27/2014 10:29:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 10-27-14 | Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s eight-year effort to keep a nuclear waste dump out of his home state of Nevada could soon become much more difficult. Since 2007, Reid has used his powerful Senate position to block the federal government from moving more than 70,000 tons of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel to Yucca Mountain, a federally designated nuclear waste repository located about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. But polls indicate Republicans are poised to win control of the Senate in the November election. If the GOP prevails, Reid will lose not only his gavel but much...
  • 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...