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NNSA Finishes Moving Metric Ton of Plutonium Out of South Carolina
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said this week it has shipped 1 metric ton of weapon-usable plutonium out of South Carolina as ordered by a federal court in 2017. The Department of Energy and its semiautonomous nuclear-weapon branch “have removed not less than one metric ton of defense plutonium or defense plutonium materials from the Savannah River Site in South Carolina to other states,” NNSA Administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty wrote in a declaration filed Wednesday with the U.S. District Court in South Carolina. The court ordered DOE and the NNSA to remove the metric ton of plutonium from South Carolina after the federal government failed to meet a legal deadline to…
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Hanford Contracts Delay, Reactor Closure Blunt BWXT Earnings
BWX Technologies expects to share in high-dollar contracts at the Energy Department’s Hanford Site in Washington state, but is tempering its 2019 earnings outlook due to the slower-than-expected pace of awards. The company is lowering its full-year operating income guidance for…
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The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) expects by the end of this month to receive additional U.S. Energy Department information on numerous shipments of mislabeled radioactive waste to the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). After reviewing the latest material…
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US Ecology, Feds Differ on Exact Cause of Waste-Site Explosion
By John Stang Federal and internal investigators believe the fatal November 2018 explosion at a US Ecology waste facility in Idaho was the result of an unintended chemical reaction, though they don't necessarily agree on all details of the event.…
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BWXT Halfway Through Submarine Missile Tube Fixes; Threatens Exit From Business
BWX Technologies is about halfway through repairing 12 submarine missile tubes it welded incorrectly in 2018, Rex Geveden, president and CEO of the Lynchburg, Va., nuclear-hardware and fuel provider told investors Tuesday. Under multiple subcontracts to Columbia- and Virginia-class submarine…
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