Last Week Tonight host John Oliver tackled nuclear waste on Sunday. “All over the country,” he noted, nuclear plants have been tasked with storing large amounts of waste because national a consensus still hasn’t been reached to determine where to store it.
By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times A 55-gallon drum of nuclear waste, buried in a salt shaft 2,150 feet under the New Mexico desert, violently erupted late on Feb. 14 and spewed mounds of radioactive white foam. The flowing mass, looking like whipped cream and laced with plutonium, went airborne, traveled up a ventilation duct […]
By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES—A charge for electricity that millions of Americans didn’t even know they pay will suddenly disappear Friday, after the Energy Department this week quietly notified utilities across the country that it was suspending its fees for a future nuclear waste dump. The Energy Department has been collecting $750 million […]
By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times Washington state accused the federal government Monday of missing crucial legal deadlines to clean up 56 million gallons of highly radioactive waste at the former Hanford nuclear weapons site in southeastern Washington, demanding a new set of schedules by April 15. Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson […]
By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times The Energy Department suspended normal operations for a fourth day at its New Mexico burial site for defense nuclear waste after a radiation leak inside salt tunnels where the material is buried. Officials at the site, known as the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, or WIPP, activated air filters as […]