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COVID case continue climb; most DOE nuclear cleanup sites have high local rates
Anyone visiting indoor facilities at Department of Energy nuclear cleanup sites in coming days should probably take along an approved face mask as COVID-19 community transmission rates are high in most locations. The Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management requires masks be worn indoors when local community rates are high as measured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. Most cleanup sites fell into this category as of Thursday, the most recent day for which CDC data were available at deadline.   These included big properties like the Hanford Site in Washington state, Savannah River Site in South Carolina and the Oak Ridge Site in Tennessee. Here…
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SCOTUS ruling does not apply to interim storage lawsuit, licensee says
Despite assertions made by an anti-nuclear group suing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a recent Supreme Court decision doesn’t affect NRC’s authority to license a proposed interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in West Texas, the company in charge of…
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Federal judge approves extensions to Hanford cleanup deadlines; DOE cites COVID
A federal district judge in Eastern Washington this week approved an unopposed request allowing the Department of Energy another year-and-a-half to start solidifying certain radioactive tank waste into glass and other work for the Hanford Site’s Waste Treatment Plant. The…
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House passes DOE budget with interim storage spending shuffle intact
The full House this week approved a multi-billion dollar Department of Energy appropriations bill for fiscal year 2023 that would reorganize the book-keeping for the federal interim storage budget. The House version of the 2023 Energy and Water Appropriations Act,…
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House passes DOE appropriations bills; NNSA gets roughly requested funding and B83
The full House this week passed a bundle of six appropriations bills that would provide roughly the request funding for Department of Energy nuclear weapons programs and, contrary to the will of House authorizers and President Joe Biden, keep the…
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