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DOE to delay transition to BWXT-led tank team at Hanford pending court protest
The Department of Energy will not begin transition to a new BWX Technologies-led contractor at the Hanford Site in Washington state until a legal challenge of the $45-billion liquid-waste contract is resolved in court, according to a May 12 court filing. The Department of Justice confirmed May 8 that DOE would stay performance of the potentially decade-long Integrated Tank Disposition Contract awarded last month to Hanford Tank Waste Operations & Closure. That’s according to a heavily redacted, 47-page filing by an Atkins-led team that lost the competition for the contract and sued DOE over the award. As a result of the stay, Hanford Tank Disposition Alliance, the losing contractor team…
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Senate committee joins House committee with uranium ban; seeks report on civil nuclear credits
A Senate committee unanimously voted Wednesday to ban imports of Russian uranium and to require a report from the Department of Energy about the cost of a federal bailout for struggling nuclear power plants. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources…
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NRC says its OK to move stranded Los Alamos waste to a WCS enclosure
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Thursday it found no significant environmental impact from allowing Waste Control Specialists to move containers of long-stranded Department of Energy transuranic waste to another location within the company’s Andrews County, Texas property. The move, sought…
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Combined low-level, GTCC rulemaking headed to NRC commissioners for approval in November
Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff plan to submit a proposed rulemaking about near-surface disposal of Greater Than Class C waste to the commission in November, officials told the public Wednesday. The proposed rule, years in the making, combines a 2015 inquiry…
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Tritium-rod shipment contract extended; NNSA says other companies can do the work
NAC International’s contract to transport irradiated rods containing tritium from the Tennessee Valley Authority to the Savannah River Site in South Carolina was renewed without competition in September, even though the National Nuclear Security Administration identified four companies that the…
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