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Uranium tailings were once found at proposed Salt Lake City homeless shelter site -- though records show apparent cleanup 21.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Opponents of a proposed Sugar House homeless shelter now have the option to go nuclear. Salt Lake City has learned during the due diligence period for a $7 million land purchase that the site was once home to radioactive tailings from a long-shuttered uranium mill. Documents indicate that the property near 653 E. Simpson Ave. was part of a nationwide federal cleanup ordered by Congress in the late 1970s, but landowner records don’t reveal the precise location of the tailings or the steps taken t...
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Harry Reid exits the ring 20.2.2017 High Country News Most Recent
In an era of political gridlock, Congress loses a leader who got things done for the West.
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Are elevated Fukushima radiation levels cause for alarm? 9.2.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
TOKYO - The utility company that operated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan - the one that went into triple meltdown after the enormous 2011 earthquake and tsunami - has released some jaw-dropping figures.
Trump administration halts penalties against firms that punish nuclear whistleblowers 8.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The Department of Energy has temporarily halted an Obama administration regulation that allowed for civil penalties against federal nuclear contractors that retaliate against whistleblowers who report waste, fraud, abuse and dangerous conditions. In procedural rules published in the Federal Register, the DOE said the regulation would be frozen from Jan. 31 until March 21 in keeping with President Trump’s “plan for managing the Federal regulatory process at the outset of the new Admi...
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Noah Smith: The dream of cheap, clean nuclear power is over 1.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
For much of my life, I loved the idea of nuclear power. The science was so cool, futuristic and complicated, the power plants so vast and majestic. I devoured science-fiction novels like “Lucifer’s Hammer,” where a plucky nuclear entrepreneur restarts civilization after a comet almost wipes us out. I thought of accidents like Three Mile Island and even Chernobyl as stumbling blocks to a nuclear future. Then, in 2011, two things happened. First, a tsunami knocked out the nuclear reactor at Fukush... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Small nuclear reactor design submitted to feds 18.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Boise • An Oregon company has asked federal officials to approve its design for a small commercial nuclear reactor that a Utah energy cooperative wants to build in Idaho. NuScale Power delivered a 12,000-page application last week to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the modular reactor, starting a review process expected to take more than three years, the company said in a statement. It said it’s the first such commercial design submitted to the commission. “We are confident that we ha...
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U.S. energy boss lauds opening of nuke repository 9.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Albuquerque • It was the determination of workers over nearly three years and pure ingenuity that allowed the nation’s only underground repository for low-level nuclear waste to recover from a radiation release, the head of the U.S. Energy Department said. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told The Associated Press that resuming work at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico means the nation’s multibillion-dollar cleanup of waste from decades of bomb-making and nuclear research is on...
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Cuomo: NY can absorb closing of nuke plant 9.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Albany, N.Y. • New York will be able to make up for lost electricity generation after the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant shuts down, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, announcing a deal between state officials and plant-owner Entergy Corp. that will close the facility by 2021. Sitting along the lower Hudson River about 30 miles north of New York City, Indian Point produces 2,000 megawatts of electrical power — an amount that the company says is the equivalent of a quarter of the power used i... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Aging New York nuclear plant to close by 2021 7.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Albany, N.Y. • The aging Indian Point nuclear power plant just north of New York City will close within four years under a deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has long argued it should be shuttered to protect the millions of people living nearby. Under the arrangement plant owner Entergy Corp. will shut both reactors at the Westchester County facility by April 2021. A person familiar with the agreement but not authorized to speak publicly confirmed the agreement on the condition of anonymity to The... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Firms chosen to pursue nuke waste burial test 20.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Sioux Falls, S.D. • Federal energy officials have named the four companies that will pursue the possibility of conducting a test to determine whether nuclear waste can be buried far underground. The U.S. Department of Energy on Monday said the companies will explore potential sites for the test in South Dakota, Texas and New Mexico. Only one company will eventually carry out the field test. Andy Griffith with the department’s office of nuclear energy stressed during the announcement that the tes... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Honeywell gets $2.6B contract to run Sandia 17.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Albuquerque, N.M. • A subsidiary of Honeywell International has won a contract worth $2.6 billion to manage the sprawling New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories weapons and research laboratory that specializes in national security, nuclear weapons and other projects deemed vital for the U.S., federal officials announced Friday. The U.S. Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration identified the winning bidder as National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, a d... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Japan doubles cost of Fukushima cleanup 9.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Tokyo • The estimated cost of cleaning up Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has doubled to nearly 22 trillion yen ($190 billion), with decommissioning expenses expected to continue to increase, a government panel said Friday. The estimate raises the decommissioning part of the total costs to 8 trillion yen ($70 billion) from the current 2 trillion ($17.5 billion) because of surging labor and construction expenses. Panel officials said the numbers could still grow as experts learn more abou...
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Energy firm to close Michigan nuke plant in '18 8.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Covert Township, Mich. • An energy company announced plans Thursday to permanently close the Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan in 2018, which could mean hundreds of job cuts for a major employer in the region if regulators approve the closure. New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. and Michigan-based utility, Consumers Energy, said they’ve agreed to end a power purchase agreement for the plant that year. They said it will save Consumers’ customers as much as $172 million from 2018 ...
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Illinois governor signs bill sparing nuke plants 8.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Springfield, Ill. • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner approved a plan Wednesday that will provide billions of dollars in subsidies to Exelon Corp. to keep two unprofitable nuclear plants from closing prematurely. The Republican appeared at Riverdale High School in Port Byron to sign legislation he said will save thousands of jobs by rewarding Exelon for producing carbon-free energy. In addition to $235 million a year for Exelon to prop up nuclear plants in the Quad Cities and Clinton, the plan provides...
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German court paves way for nuclear compensation 6.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Berlin • Germany’s highest court opened the way on Tuesday for potentially costly compensation claims from electricity companies over the government’s abrupt decision in 2011 to shut down several nuclear reactors and accelerate the closure of the rest. Three big power companies went to the Federal Constitutional Court to argue that the decision following Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, which came months after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government had agreed to extend the reacto...
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U.S. to build $1.6B nuclear waste facility in Idaho 6.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Boise • The Navy and U.S. Department of Energy have announced that they’ll build a $1.65 billion facility at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho that will handle fuel waste from the nation’s fleet of nuclear-powered warships. Officials on Tuesday said the new facility is needed at keeping nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines deployed. The facility will be built at the Energy Department’s 890-square-mile site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory, considered the nation’s primary lab...
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Senate trade-off: More Obama judges, Trump gets nominees 23.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Republicans are gleeful over Democratic-engineered rule changes that will make it easier for President-elect Donald Trump to get his Cabinet nominees through the Senate. Yet Democrats see a lasting upside from what they did: allowing President Barack Obama to shape the federal judiciary for years to come. Democrats in 2013 scaled back the power of the Senate minority to throw roadblocks in front of a president’s nominees. In the years that followed, the Senate confirmed almost 100 f...
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Nuke proponents seeking new deal with two Utah water districts 21.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
One selling point for the proposed Green River nuclear power plant has been the project’s promise to inject a hearty revenue stream into two cash-strapped southern Utah water districts and help defray costs associated with another grand proposal, the Lake Powell Pipeline. Yet two months after “pre-operational” payments were due to the San Juan and Kane county water conservancy districts, Blue Castle Holdings has yet to hand over the money and now is renegotiating its financial obligations, which...
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In New Mexico, a way out of the boom-bust cycle? 15.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Lea County tries a different formula for rural success.
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TVA sells unfinished nuclear power plant for $111M 15.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Hollywood, Ala. • The Tennessee Valley Authority has sold an unfinished nuclear power plant in northeast Alabama for $111 million. Nuclear Holdings LLC purchased the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant at auction Monday. The sale price was more than three times the minimum bid of $36.4 million. The company plans to finish the twin-reactor as a nuclear power plant and bring it online. Such a project could mean billions of dollars in spending and hundreds of jobs in the Tennessee Valley. Work began at the Be... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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