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WCS Designation as Site for Mercury Long-term Storage Withdrawn by Energy Dept.
The Department of Energy said in a Tuesday Federal Register notice that it is withdrawing its designation of Waste Control Specialists in West Texas as its long-term storage site for elemental mercury. The DOE and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality previously granted the necessary approvals for the Waste Control Specialists (WCS) site in Andrews County to provide the long-term storage under the Mercury Export Ban Act of 2008. But that was before Nevada Gold Mines and other generators of this material filed suit in December 2019 over the fee they would be assessed by DOE for the management and storage of mercury at the private company’s site. On Aug.…
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Citizens of Eastham, Massachusetts, site of the decommissioned Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, will vote today on whether to ask Gov. Charlie Baker to amp up security at the plant.  The plant was shut down by Entergy, its former owner, in…
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Deputy Richland Manager Leaving for WIPP Prime
Joe Franco, the Department of Energy’s deputy manager at the Hanford Site’s Richland Operations Office in Washington state, is leaving the agency to become a special adviser to the prime contractor for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Amentum-led Nuclear Waste…
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Locals, Public Grumble About Rail Trips in Public Meeting for Interim Storage Site; NRC Won't Extend Comment Period
By John Stang Transportation, potential terrorism and environmental justice were among the concerns voiced Thrusday at web-based public hearing on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s draft environmental impact statement on Interim Storage Partners’ proposal to build a spent nuclear fuel storage…
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More Big DOE Contractors, Another University Hopeful, Looking at NNSA’s Joint Y-12/Pantex Contract
A pair of university systems plus just about every major contractor to run the sites in the last decade-plus were among the 49 entities whose representatives toured the Y-12 National Security Site and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, last…
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