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Wildfire Prompted Evacuations from Idaho Nuclear Energy Lab

Some employees were evacuated from the Idaho National Laboratory in southeastern Idaho while crews fight a wildfire burning near the nuclear energy research site. INL officials say non-essential employees were evacuated Tuesday, mainly because of wind changes and smoke from …

Nuclear Contamination Found on Worker at New Mexico Weapons Lab

Reports from an independent safety panel show radioactive contamination was found on a worker’s hands and other places at a nuclear weapons lab in New Mexico, the latest safety lapse at the facility as it ramps up work with nuclear …

Safety Concerns Remain at New Mexico Nuclear Waste Storage Site

A federal nuclear review panel still has some safety concerns about Los Alamos National Laboratory’s new multimillion-dollar storage facility for radioactive waste. The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board said in a recent report that more reviews will be needed as …

52 Workers at Washington Nuke Facility Checked for Vapor Exposure

Two more workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have received medical evaluations for possible vapor exposure at the former nuclear weapons production site. The Tri-City Herald reported that the workers said they had symptoms after smelling suspicious odors near the …

India Joins Nuclear Liability Pact, Opening Door to Foreign Reactor Investments

India’s decision to join a global treaty on nuclear accident liability may help it woo reactor suppliers, including Westinghouse Electric Co. and General Electric Co., that have been reluctant to sell technology to the nation. The country ratified the Convention …

Judge: Sailors Can Sue California Company Over Fukushima Exposure

U.S. Navy personnel who were exposed to radiation from Japan’s wrecked Fukushima plant during earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in 2011 can sue the power station’s operator in California, a court ruled. U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino in San …

No Fukushima Radiation Found in Oregon, Says Group

A group testing West Coast waters for radiation from a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant says no evidence of contamination has been found in Oregon. Massive amounts of contaminated water were released from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan …

Washington Nuclear Site Workers Test Thousands Of Air Samples

About 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem, Hanford officials said Wednesday. But …

Oversight Chair Questions Safety At New Mexico Nuke Dump

The recent truck fire and radiation release from the government’s troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico were “near misses” at a facility whose workers proved unprepared to respond to the emergencies, the head of an independent oversight agency …

Nuclear Down-Winder Hopes For Settlement

Jacklyn “Jackie” O’Neil grew up in Washington’s Spokane Valley drinking milk from her family’s backyard cow. Decades later while working in Yakima, O’Neil learned she had thyroid cancer that could have been caused by clouds of radioactive iodine 131 released …