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Barrasso Revives Nuclear Waste Legislation
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy.) is reviving legislation aimed at moving the federal government closer to resolving the decades-long impasse over disposal of the nation’s nuclear waste. Barrasso on Wednesday unveiled the discussion draft of the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2019, which is largely identical to the same-named bill introduced in 2017 by Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.). That legislation garnered strong support as it advanced through the House, but never received a hearing or a vote in the Senate before the 115th Congress expired on Jan. 3 of this year. The draft bill contains a set of amendments to the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act intended to strengthen the…
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Second Hanford Waste Storage Tunnel Stabilized
The second of two storage tunnels for radioactive waste from the PUREX Plant at the Hanford Site in Washington state has been stabilized. Contractor CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. completed work on Friday. "The tunnel has been filled with grout,…
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Cantwell Wants More Info on DOE Cleanup End-State Contracting
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) said Wednesday she will ask for a briefing on the Department of Energy's new end-state contracting model for nuclear cleanup projects, which will be used for the first time at the Hanford Site in Washington state.…
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FirstEnergy Solutions Readying to Transfer Nuclear Licenses to Creditors
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Two Plutonium Pit Plants Better Than One, Pentagon Says
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon danced around questions this week about whether the National Nuclear Security Administration can support the planned deployment of next-generation, nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles if Congress allows the civilian agency to build only a single plutonium pit-production…
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