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No slippage of glass-making timelines in ‘holistic’ agreement for Hanford
A long-awaited settlement agreement rolled out Monday by state and federal agencies says the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site in Washington state still intends to start turning low-level radioactive tank waste into glass starting next year, with high-level waste vitrification to follow in the 2030s. DOE, the Washington state Department of Ecology (Ecology), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also said the direct-feed approach planned next year for low-level waste, will also be employed for immobilizing high-level waste in glass. The agreement resulting from the so-called “holistic” negotiations, proposes a “ realistic and achievable path forward for Hanford’s tank waste mission,” said Brian Vance, DOE manager at the site said in…
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The Senate Environment and Public Works committee on Wednesday morning approved Christopher Hanson’s nomination for five more years on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The committee voted 18-1 to approve Hanson, the current chairman of the NRC, and send his nomination…
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Hanford settlement agreement lays out path for grouting some low-level waste
A settlement agreement for cleaning up underground tank waste at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site in Washington state, still subject to public comment and submission to a federal court, lays out a path for using grout to stabilize some…
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Court will let Diablo Canyon relicensing continue at NRC, thwarting enviros
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission can let the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant operate past the expiration of its federal license while the plant owner applies for a license renewal, a federal court ruled Monday. Pending a rehearing of the full…
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NNSA watching Sentinel testflight schedule as Air Force Nunn-McCurdy review grinds on
The schedule for one of Sentinel’s nuclear warheads will not change until at least the end of the Air Force’s review of the budget-busting missile, the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration said Tuesday. The civilian agency will stick…
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