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Dems' Takeover of House Might Not Equal Big Changes on DOE Cleanup
Turnover in key committees in the upcoming Congress might not have a major impact on the Energy Department’s Office of Environmental Management (EM). When Democrats assume leadership in the House of Representatives next month, the primary question involves not the incoming chairs of each panel, but how much they might be swayed by likely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other party leaders, an industry source said this week. For example, will party leaders push House appropriators to point more dollars toward away from nuclear cleanup overseen by EM and toward areas such as DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the source…
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Energy Department Lacked Strong Case for Keeping Idaho Waste Facility Open
An Energy Department analysis made public last week finds there was not a compelling business case to continue operating the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) at the Idaho National Laboratory to process transuranic waste from other states. The agency…
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The Energy Department and its cleanup contractor for the Idaho National Laboratory confirmed Friday the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project (AMWTP) will close in 2019 once it has finished its work. “The Department of Energy analyzed the feasibility of extending…
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State Panel Green-Lights Vermont Yankee Sale
By John Stang The Vermont Public Utility Commission (VPUC) on Thursday approved the sale of the retired Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant from owner Entergy to a New York company for decommissioning. The three-person panel authorized an amendment to the…
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DOE Snub on Plutonium Concerns Spurred Nevada Lawsuit
Nevada escalated a closed-door dialogue with the Department of Energy (DOE) to the federal court system because the agency got cagey about its plans for moving 1 metric ton of nuclear weapon-usable plutonium to and from the state beginning in…
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