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New Mexico rolls out cleanup proposal for federal lab

Los Alamos National Laboratory

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators on Wednesday unveiled a draft proposal aimed at getting the federal government to clean up tons of hazardous waste and contamination left behind by decades of nuclear research and development at one of the nation’s premier laboratories. The proposal comes after missteps by Los Alamos National Laboratory resulted in a radiation leak in ...

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US Energy Dept gives Cove Point final OK to export LNG

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Energy Department said Thursday it has given the final approval for Dominion Resources to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Cove Point, Maryland plant. The Cove Point plant is investing $3.8 billion in new infrastructure to ship up to 0.77 billion cubic feet of LNG starting late in 2017 to countries with which the United ...

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Oil declines in light trading, extending losses on weak U.S. data

NEW YORK, Dec 26 – Oil traded slightly lower on Friday, after paring gains from early in the session, as a supply glut in top consumer the United States trumped worries about falling production from Libya. The market had come under pressure from Wednesday’s DOE report, which showed a 7.3 million-barrel rise in crude inventories to their highest December level ...

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Reactions to the DOE getting fined

CARLSBAD — An abnormal odor was detected Thursday by four waste handling technicians at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, according to an update released Tuesday. The workers were performing surface temperature measurements on the transuranic waste containers when they began smelling a “cleaner-like scent,” a WIPP update said. This odor detection occurred two days before it was made public that ...

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Report finds problem with Hanford nuclear vapors


SPOKANE, Wash.— The U.S. Department of Energy does not have an adequate system to detect whether harmful vapors are sickening workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most polluted nuclear site, according to a new report issued Thursday. Dozens of workers in the past year have reported smelling vapors and then becoming ill after working around some of the ...

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Cost of reviving WIPP after leak could top $500 million


The U.S. Department of Energy aims to reopen the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, at least partially, by April 2016, according to a recovery plan unveiled Tuesday. But full resumption of operations at the underground nuclear waste repository might have to wait up to five years, federal officials said. The estimated cost of bringing WIPP back to life could ...

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Rains have minimal impact on WIPP

Carlsbad Current-Argus, N.M. CARLSBAD — The weeklong rains that drenched Eddy County only slightly impacted recovery efforts at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. WIPP came away “mostly unscathed” from the September storms according to Department of Energy officials, who also reported two brief partial power outages at the waste disposal facility that delayed entries underground last week. Since Sept. 12, ...

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