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The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday allowed the US Department of Energy (DOE) to halt construction on a mixed oxide fuel (MOX) fabrication facility project in South Carolina. The appeals court granted a motion to stay an injunction granted by the US District Court of South Carolina that had prevented the DOE and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) from ending construction on the plant.

Jurist 11th Oct 2018 read more »

The Trump administration this week killed a contract for a project to convert plutonium from Cold War-era bombs into power, which it has said would cost tens of billions of dollars, after its supporters lost a legal battle.

Reuters 12th Oct 2018 read more »

The United States produces 2,200 tons of nuclear waste each year…and no one knows what to do with it. The federal government has long promised, but never delivered, a safe place for nuclear power plants to store their spent fuel. This means that radioactive waste is piling up all over the country. We visited one of the worst places where the waste is stuck: a beachside power plant uncomfortably close to both San Diego and Los Angeles. And we asked the people in charge of the waste there: what happens now?

Verge Science 28th Sept 2018 read more »

Workers at the Westinghouse nuclear fuel factory for years walked across a plastic liner that was supposed to keep toxic uranium acid from leaking out of the Lower Richland plant. All that foot traffic eventually weakened the liner, which covered the plant’s concrete floor. And this summer, Westinghouse discovered that a uranium solution had seeped through the liner, eaten a hole in the plant’s floor and trickled into the earth. That problem is among concerns cited in a federal report that takes Westinghouse to task for not properly maintaining key equipment designed to keep safe the Bluff Road plant.

The State 11th Oct 2018 read more »

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Published: 13 October 2018