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Cleanup Chief Pledges to Determine Cause of Rising DOE Liability
The head of the Energy Department’s nuclear cleanup office assured a congressional panel Wednesday she will get to the bottom of its mushrooming environmental liability. “We are going to find out,” Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Anne Marie White said when asked about the cause of escalating liability, by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.), during a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee convened to address the issue. As of fiscal 2018, the Energy Department’s total environmental liability stood at $494 billion, according to DOE’s latest financial report. Of that, $377 billion came from the 16 nuclear sites administered by the Office of Environmental Management (EM). The…
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MOX Services Sues for $53M Over Savannah River MOX Plant Fees
The Department of Energy’s contractor for the now-terminated plutonium recycling facility at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina is suing to recoup what it says is nearly $53 million the federal government failed to pay for its work. CB&I…
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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 April 26. “The tunnel has been filled with…
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Senators Try Again on Nuclear Waste Management Bill
A trio of U.S. senators on Tuesday took a third swing at legislation that would remove management of the federal nuclear waste program from the Department of Energy in hopes of finally driving it forward. The 2019 version of the…
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Cortez Masto Stops Blocking DOE Nominees Over Plutonium Shipment, But Nevada Lawsuit Rolls On
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) this week agreed to stop blocking nominees for high-level Department of Energy jobs after securing an in-person meeting in Nevada with Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, head of DOE’s semiautonomous National Nuclear Security…
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