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Hanford boss warns of potential delays ahead in starting to make glass
The timeline to start converting low-level radioactive waste into glass at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site in Washington state has already been slowed by technical and workforce issues and more challenges could arise, a DOE manager told the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board. The Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant is a complex project and if officials think of commissioning as merely turning a key “we are fooling ourselves,” Tom Fletcher, DOE’s assistant manager for the project said Wednesday. While DOE’s Office of Environmental Management targeted the end of 2023 for starting vitrification at the plant’s Direct Feed Low-Activity Waste facilities, an agency budget official said in early December, the…
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NMED, DOE tell judge they are close to revamping LANL cleanup rules
New Mexico and the Department of Energy are close to resolving the state’s lawsuit about cleanup rules for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and a federal judge Thursday granted the parties another 90 days to negotiate. Lawyers for the state…
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Startup of Integrated Waste Treatment Unit hits a snag
The Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management last month suspended heat up of a long-anticipated waste treatment facility at the Idaho National Laboratory after a small leak of “non-radioactive, non-hazardous solids,” was discovered, DOE said Tuesday. The suspension came…
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‘Not clear’ how private interim storage will fit into DOE effort, official says
A Department of Energy official this week sought to distance the agency’s efforts to site a federal interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel from two similar projects proposed by private companies. DOE was “directed by Congress to establish a…
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NNSA has no reliable schedule, cost estimates for pits, GAO says
The National Nuclear Security Administration planned to have a detailed cost and schedule estimate for producing new nuclear weapon cores for the first time since the Cold War by Sept. 30, 2025, according to a Government Accountability Office report released…
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