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Trump DOE to reclassify nuclear waste for easier disposal

Washington - The U.S. government is reclassifying some high-level radioactive waste to lower threat levels in order to make cleanup faster and cheaper at some of the nation's most toxic former nuclear weapons production sites.

Nevada tries to halt DOE making state nation’s radioactive dump

Reno - Nevada’s latest bid to block incoming shipments of weapons-grade plutonium points to the U.S. Energy Department’s own scientific warnings about the dangers of prematurely moving the highly radioactive material out of South Carolina.

Op-Ed: Government deception — Plutonium secretly shipped to Nevada

The Department of Energy (DOE) secretly shipped about a half-ton of weapons-grade radioactive plutonium to Nevada from South Carolina months ago - despite the state’s opposition.

Workers' radiation exposure halts U.S. nuke plant demolition

At least 42 workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state are being exposed to radiation as they tear down buildings that helped create the nation's nuclear arsenal.

U.S. budget bill doubles funding for ITER nuclear fusion project

The $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that President Donald Trump signed into law on March 23 ended up preserving many of the scientific initiatives the White House wanted to kill, including funding for the ITER nuclear fusion project.

Trump asking for 72 percent cut to clean energy research

President Trump’s administration is reportedly seeking a 72 percent cut to the budget of Department of Energy programs related to energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as asking for staff reductions.

Coal industry may mine rare earth elements for Silicon Valley

Washington - The Department of Energy handed out $17.4 million on Wednesday for research into the recovery of rare earth elements (REE) from coal and coal byproducts, possibly leading to a revival of the dying coal industry.

DOE awards $46 million for solar tech-to-market research projects

Washington - While facing the possibility of dealing with massive budget cuts, the Department of Energy is still awarding research grants in support of solar energy technologies that would reduce energy costs to three cents per kilowatt-hour by 2030.

Trump turns his big guns on Energy Department with huge cuts

Trump campaigned in coal country, promising jobs if he was elected. Well, that was a lie, especially now that his proposed budget cuts to the DOE have been announced. And forget renewable energy because he's cutting that budget to the bone.

New Mexico nuclear waste dump back in operation after three years

Carlsbad - Work resumed on Wednesday at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository after a nearly three-year hiatus caused by a radiation leak on Valentine's Day in 2014.

Feds seeking trains to haul nuclear waste, but where to take it?

The federal government is looking for a few good trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. There is just one problem with this. The trains wouldn't have anyplace to go.

Pennsylvania planning to extinguish long-burning coal fire

Pittsburgh - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has finally decided to set aside funding in an effort extinguish a several-year-old fire burning near the Pittsburgh International Airport.

Op-Ed: Hanford — The most contaminated nuclear waste site in America

Located in central Washington state, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is the largest nuclear waste dump in the Western Hemisphere. It has also become a major environmental issue for the United States, yet little is known about what is happening there.

Report: US Dept of Energy lab missing cocaine, amphetamines

Washington - The Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California has maintained shoddy records of controlled substances including cocaine, opium, black tar heroin and amphetamines, a new Inspector General report reveals.
 

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