Injustice At Sea: the Irradiated Sailors of the USS Reagan

“Coverage of the USS Ronald Reagan has been astoundingly limited,” wrote Der Spiegel in a February 2015 story. Since then, nothing much has changed. The German magazine was referring to the saga of the American Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier whose crew pitched in to help victims of the March 11, 2011 Tsunami and earthquake in Japan, then […]

Experts, advocates weigh ‘huge industrial cleanup’ to come for Indian Point

An age of nuclear power may be winding down, but the age of nuclear waste has just begun. That was the opening message, from Gordon Edwards, at a conference in Garrison on June 9 to discuss the decommissioning of Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan. The nuclear plant is expected to close by 2021 as […]

Tunnel caves in at Hanford nuclear site, thousands of workers take cover

Hanford, located in southcentral Washington state, has about 9,000 employees and a lot of them were told to stay home Wednesday, Henderson said. The U.S. Department of Energy said it has activated its emergency operations protocol in Hanford, a small agricultural community in south-central Washington, about 200 miles from Seattle. The tunnels in question were […]

Nuclear power plants

According to the CBS news on Wednesday, a tunnel at the Hanford Nuclear Waste Repository in Hanford, Washington, is storing liquid nuclear waste from the Manhattan Project from World War II in railroad tank cars. These cars are “living” in an underground tunnel, enclosed with concrete and wooden structures and covered reportedly with 8 feet […]

Highlights from experts at Indian Point forum

Nuclear energy experts from the U.S. and abroad gathered in Garrison Friday for a wide-ranging discussion of the planned shutdown of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in 2021. The forum, titled “When nuclear plants close: A regional forum on Nuclear Waste Storage and Decommissioning,” is being sponsored by The Journal News/, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater […]

85 percent of the top science jobs in Trump’s government don’t even have a nominee

Presidents invariably encounter key moments where they need to rely on scientific expertise. George W. Bush faced an anthrax attack after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. Barack Obama faced the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the Ebola outbreak. Now President Trump has made a momentous decision about climate change. “When the crisis occurs, whether it’s […]

Nuclear material doled out ‘like it was candy’ 50 years ago

Maybe the only way to know the whereabouts of 200 pounds of bomb-grade uranium allegedly missing from an Apollo processing plant since the 1960s is to dig up the skeletons in the backyard — a 50-year-old nuclear waste dump. The Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp. (NUMEC) of Apollo came up short on highly enriched uranium […]

Tunnel collapses at Hanford nuclear waste site in Washington state

Hundreds of workers at the Department of Energy’s Hanford nuclear site in Washington state had to “take cover” Tuesday morning after the collapse of 20-foot-long portion of a tunnel used to store contaminated radioactive materials. The Energy Department said it activated its emergency operations protocol after reports of a “cave-in” at the 200 East Area in […]

Hanford nuclear site accident puts focus on aging U.S. facilities leftright 4/4leftright

The collapse of a tunnel used to store radioactive waste at one of the most contaminated U.S. nuclear sites has raised concerns among watchdog groups and others who study the country’s nuclear facilities because many are aging and fraught with problems. “They’re fighting a losing battle to keep these plants from falling apart,” said Robert […]

“It’s a Cover-Up, Not a Clean-Up”: Nuclear Waste Smolders in Sites Across the US

Renowned wartime journalist Wilfred Burchett described the damage from the atomic bomb that flattened Hiroshima as “far greater than photographs can show.” When it comes to the enduring legacy of the Manhattan Project on home soil, the damage to the environment and human health is proving similarly hard to grasp. The covert project to create […]

Why the EPA Is Allowing Contaminated Groundwater to Go Untreated

The remains of the George Air Force Base on the edge of California’s Mojave Desert are little more than a dusty sprawl of squat buildings, their roofs riddled with holes, their hinged windows flapping open and shut in the dry wind. The George H.W. Bush administration decommissioned the base in 1992, but this crumbling ghost town […]

Novel Strategy for Dealing with Toxic Contamination: Do Nothing

At toxic cleanup sites across the country, environmental agencies have allowed groundwater contamination to go untreated and slowly diminish over time—a strategy that saves money for polluters but could cost taxpayers dearly and jeopardize drinking water supplies. The strategy is called monitored natural attenuation, or MNA. With little public awareness or debate, it has come […]

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