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Hanford Becomes Latest DOE Site Targeted in Vax Order Litigation
Management and contractors at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site in Washington state were targeted in a lawsuit filed this week by a group of about 290 employees resisting a federal order to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Security guards and various other employees at the site filed suit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington seeking an injunction against the vaccine mandate at the nuclear cleanup property that produced plutonium for the U.S. military during the Cold War. The plaintiffs, represented by a law firm associated with the Washington state-based Silent Majority Foundation, want the federal court to step in and prevent their “imminent and wrongful termination.” A…
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Australia Doesn’t Want ‘Domestic Nuclear Industry’ With Nuke Submarines, Ambassador Says
Australia is not planning to create a domestic nuclear industry to support the highly enriched uranium-powered submarines the country hopes to build using U.S. and U.K. technology, Canberra’s ambassador said this week. “The subs will be using HEU [highly enriched…
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Emissions Delay IWTU Test Run; Roughly 70% of Fluor Idaho Workers Vaccinated
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Texas AG Argues Federal Overreach in Suit Against Recently Licensed ISP Interim Storage Facility
Fighting to keep its lawsuit over a proposed interim storage site alive, Texas’ attorney general said this week that the Lonestar State deserves its day in federal court because the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has effectively licensed a permanent nuclear repository…
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B61-12 First Production Unit ‘Nearing Completion,’ NNSA Says
The National Nuclear Security Administration is almost finished with a proof-of-concept unit that will kick off mass production of the homogenized version of the B61 nuclear gravity bomb, an agency spokesperson said this week. “The B61-12 program is nearing the…
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