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NNSA Sent Plutonium to Nevada Last Year, Before State Sued to Prevent Shipment
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) “before November 2018” moved roughly half a ton of weapon-usable plutonium to the Nevada National Security Site from the Savannah River Site, in Aiken, S.C., the agency said Wednesday in a bombshell court filing. The announcement caught Nevada's governor and congressional delegation by surprise, prompting an outpouring of online fist-shaking and quick meetings with NNSA officials in Washington. The plutonium is part of a 1-metric-ton cache a federal judge in South Carolina ordered the NNSA to move out of that state by Jan. 1, 2020. The agency plans to keep about half of that plutonium at the Nevada National Security Site’s Device Assembly Facility…
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EM Dramatically Raises Estimates for Hanford Cleanup Costs
The projected cost to clean up the Hanford Site in Washington state dramatically increased over the last three years, according to a Department of Energy report published Friday. The 2019 Hanford Lifecycle Scope, Schedule and Cost report put the remaining…
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Tab for Environmental Liability Outpacing Nuclear Cleanup Spending, GAO Says
Cleaning up the contamination left by Cold War nuclear weapons operations could cost the Energy Department’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) another $377 billion, or $109 billion more than last year's estimate, the Government Accountability Office said in a report…
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NRC Commissioner to Retire in June
After decades on staff and one term as a member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Stephen Burns plans to retire in June -- for the second time. Burns noted his decision during an all-staff meeting Monday near NRC headquarters…
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No INF-Range Nuke Systems Planned After U.S. Treaty Withdrawal, For Now
The United States will suspend its obligations under the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty on Saturday, meaning it will be free to deploy missiles with a range of 310 miles to 3,100 miles anywhere in the world by…
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