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Grout use at Hanford intertwined with outcome of ‘holistic talks,’ officials say
Washington state regulators probably will not allow the Department of Energy to solidify the Hanford Site’s liquid tank waste with grout-like cement until and unless the parties agree to permit disposal methods for liquid waste other than immobilization in glass, officials told a National Academies of Sciences panel Thursday. “Ecology considers on-site grout disposal to be out of the question,” said Jay Decker, an engineer with Washington Ecology. There is, according to Decker, insufficient study into public environmental health and safety standards, when it comes to grouting — one of the methods DOE might choose to deal with liquid waste at Hanford that cannot be solidified by the planned Waste…
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Entergy unmoved by Michigan gov’s quest for Palisades nuke credits; shutdown proceeding
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NNSA makes early call to lock in Honeywell subsidiary to manage Sandia for five more years
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