Radioactive Contamination News

  • Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

    A leak of radioactive material into the groundwater below a nuclear power station in New York City's suburbs highlights a chronic problem with the nation's atomic plants, some watchdogs said. New testing has shown that the amount of tritium in the groundwater below the Indian Point power plant in Buchanan, New York, is about 740 times the amount allowed in drinking water, though officials said ...


    By Associated Press

  • Radioactive material found in groundwater below nuke plant

    An apparent overflow at a nuclear power plant north of New York City spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well, but nuclear regulators said the public isn't at risk. Officials at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, 40 miles north of Manhattan, reported on Friday that water contaminated by tritium leaked into ...


    By Associated Press

  • State to investigate radioactive waste site fire in Nevada

    Nevada state officials said Tuesday they don't know what sparked an apparent explosion and fire at a closed commercial radioactive waste dump in a predominantly rural county, but they vowed that the state will handle the investigation and cleanup. "We have the jurisdiction. We have the assets, and that's the course of action," James Wright, state Department of Public Safety chief, said after ...


    By Associated Press

  • Monitors arrive after radioactive waste site fire in Nevada

    Radiation wasn't immediately detected during fly-overs of a burned trench containing long-buried radioactive waste at a commercial disposal site in rural southern Nevada, state and federal officials said Monday. Ground testing was scheduled next, headed by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency radiological emergency team sent to the site about ...


    By Associated Press

  • Geovariances involved in international working groups to promote geostatistics

    Geovariances has been participating for many years in international working groups from EOCD, IAEA, the European NICOLE or the French Cetama, which deal with both radiological and chemical characterization. As a result, several organizations now recommend geostatistics as a solution in the characterization of contaminated sites. From EOCD, Geovariances ...


    By Geovariances

  • Disaster plan developed in case fire reaches nuclear waste

    Beneath the surface of a St. Louis-area landfill lurk two things that should never meet: a slow-burning fire and a cache of Cold War-era nuclear waste, separated by no more than 1,200 feet. Government officials have quietly adopted an emergency plan in case the smoldering embers ever reach the waste, a potentially "catastrophic event" that could send up a plume of radioactive smoke over a densely ...


    By Associated Press

  • Debate resumes in Las Vegas about Nevada nuclear dump idea

    The debate resumed Tuesday in Nevada about the possibility of radioactive contamination of the underground water supply from a proposed national nuclear waste repository in the desert near where nuclear weapons tests were conducted for decades. Familiar faces and arguments in the decades-long long battle over the Yucca Mountain repository ...


    By Associated Press

  • Idaho aquifer decline could hinder radioactive monitoring

    A continued drop in underground water levels could make it more difficult to monitor the movement of radioactive contamination in an aquifer below an eastern Idaho nuclear facility, scientists say. Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey in a 36-page report released Monday said the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer level has dropped below ...


    By Associated Press

  • Sampling Considerations for Characterization of Radioactive Contamination Using Geostatistics Presentation

    We invite you to attend Olivier Bertoli's presentation: Sampling considerations for characterization of radioactive contamination using geostatistics You will learn that collecting more data is not always necessary to gain confidence in waste volume estimation and that geostatistics enables the optimization of sampling effort. Looking forward to welcome ...


    By Geovariances

  • Storage Bunkers sealed off at Nuclear Dump closed by Leak

    Hundreds of containers of waste have been entombed at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico now that workers have closed off storage areas affected by a radiation leak, officials said Tuesday. After months of work, crews finished sealing the last of two bunkers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant ...


    By Associated Press

  • Report: Mix of cat litter, salts caused nuclear-dump mishap

    An incompatible combination of nitrate salts and organic cat litter is to blame for a mishap that forced the closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository, according to findings released Thursday by an independent team of experts from national laboratories around the country. The technical team was charged by the U.S. ...


    By Associated Press

  • Radioactive particles from Chernobyl disaster may be re-released by wildfires

    Fires in forests contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear accident could lead to areas of Europe and Russia being exposed to further radioactive fallout, new research has found. The study examined the spread of the fallout and the health effects on people and animals under three different scenarios: 10, 50 and 100% of the forests being burnt. The forests and fields around the site of the Chernobyl ...

  • Innovation and the UK`s nuclear legacy

    Sellafield is responsible for safely delivering nuclear decommissioning, waste management and commercial operations. In order to fulfil this role, Sellafield is constantly seeking innovative means to progress decommissioning and clean-up, deliver high hazard reduction and encourage high standards in health, safety, security and environmental performance. Drums of intermediate-level nuclear ...

  • Japan`s nuclear cleanup stymied by water woes

    More than three years into Japan's massive cleanup of the tsunami-damaged nuclear plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on the key tasks of dismantling the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel rods. Instead, nearly all the workers are devoted to a single, enormously distracting problem: coping with the vast amount of water that becomes contaminated after it is pumped ...


    By Associated Press

  • Texas regulators OK expanding nuclear waste site

    Depleted uranium from federal energy facilities can be buried at a nuclear-waste dumping site in West Texas, state regulators decided Wednesday. The 3-0 vote by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality also will triple the Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists facility's capacity of storing low-level radioactive waste from the majority of U.S. states - going from 2.3 million cubic feet to 9 ...


    By Associated Press

  • Five-Year Technology Development Strategic Plan Targets EM’s Decommissioning Challenges

    Leaders from EM headquarters and field offices and the UK’s Sellafield nuclear site gathered recently to discuss developing technologies needed to address decommissioning challenges across the Cold War cleanup program. Staff from EM’s ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Oak Ridge completes field work on Recovery Act-projects

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (EM) has finished field work on the last Recovery Act-funded environmental cleanup project. Since 2009, EM has used the $751 million in Recovery Act funds to accomplish 27 projects, many of which included multiple subcomponents and extensive scopes. “This is a landmark milestone for our program ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Nuclear waste from New Mexico lab may go to Texas

    With the government's only permanent nuclear waste dump shuttered indefinitely by back-to-back accidents, officials are making plans to ship radioactive waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory to rural West Texas. The Department of Energy and the operator of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad in southeastern New Mexico say they have signed an agreement with Waste Control Specialists ...


    By Associated Press

  • Contaminated water still troubles Japan nuke plant

    The radioactive water that has accumulated at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant remains the biggest problem hampering the cleanup process three years after the disaster. The Fukushima Dai-ichi plant has stabilized substantially since the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami destroyed its power and cooling system, triggering meltdowns. Massive amounts of water are being used to cool the ...


    By Associated Press

  • No health risks for nuke dump workers, New Mexico

    Thirteen employees who were exposed to radiation during a leak at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump aren't likely to experience any health effects, federal officials said Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Energy confirmed last week that 13 workers were exposed when radiation leaked from the Waste Isolation Pilot ...


    By Associated Press

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