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  • Subsea robot dives into nuclear clean-up

    A robotic arm used in underwater environments in the oil and gas industry will be helping Dounreay workers clean out radioactive cells. The manipulator will segregate and package up low and intermediate level waste removed from inside concrete cells as the clean-up of the materials test reactor reprocessing plant gathers pace. The cells contained tanks and pipework which became contaminated ...

  • Nuclear dump leak raises questions about cleanup

    For 15 years the trucks have barreled past southeastern New Mexico's potash mines and seemingly endless fields of oil rigs, hauling decades worth of plutonium-contaminated waste to what is supposed to be a safe and final resting place a half mile underground in the salt beds of the Permian Basin. But back-to-back accidents and a never-supposed-to-happen above-ground radiation release have ...


    By Associated Press

  • Washington nuke waste tanks flawed?

    While one of the newer double-walled nuclear waste storage tanks at a Washington state complex has leaked, six others have "significant construction flaws" that could lead to additional leaks, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The 28 double-walled tanks at Hanford nuclear waste complex hold some of the worst radioactive waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear ...


    By Associated Press

  • Nuclear Industry Leader Joins WTP to Advance Project`s Safety Culture

    Bechtel Corporation announced today that Edward "Ward" Sproat is leading a comprehensive effort to advance the nuclear safety and quality culture at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant (WTP), also known as the "Vit Plant." Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI), a member of the Bechtel group of companies, is designing and constructing the Vit Plant. A recognized expert in the nuclear industry, Sproat served ...


    By Bechtel Corporation

  • Westinghouse Signs Agreement for Local Nuclear Fuel Development in South Africa

    Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation Ltd (Necsa) to investigate and cooperate in the development of local fabrication ...


    By PRWeb

  • `Daunting` clean-up project completes on time

    A seven year project to clean up the dirtiest area of Dounreay’s uranium conversion plant has been successfully completed on time. When the plant was operating, the ‘amber’ area housed equipment to dissolve uranium in acid to recover the reusable material and remove the waste products. The nature of the work caused high levels of contamination and workers were forced to don cumbersome air-fed ...

  • Japan Nuke Plant Releases Tested Groundwater

    Japan's crippled nuclear power plant has begun releasing groundwater from the least contaminated areas of the facility into the ocean so it does not run into contaminated areas and create more toxic water amid storage space limitations. Wednesday's release of 560 tons involves ground water pumped from 12 wells dug upstream of the damaged reactors ...


    By Associated Press

  • Agreement on new commitments for hanford tank waste cleanup sent to federal judge

    The U.S. Department of Energy and Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) jointly filed a motion today in U.S. District Court asking the court to approve and enter a judicial consent decree that imposes a new, enforceable, and achievable schedule for cleaning up waste from Hanford's underground tanks. The settlement also includes new milestones in the Tri-Party Agreement (TPA), an ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Hydrogen-generating technology shows advances in development of clean energy source

    (AXcess News) W. Lafayette, IN - Ongoing research at Purdue is showing advances in hydrogen-generating technology with a recent breakthrough aluminum and gallium alloy that contains more of the aluminum which breaks water molecules down, releasing the hydrogen gas for power generation. The technology produces hydrogen by adding water to an alloy of aluminum and gallium. When water is added to the ...


    By Axcess News

  • Manitoba, Canada, City upgrades wastewater treatment plant with GE advanced technology

    A need for an increased level of treatment and growing demand for water used by both residents and industry has led the city of Brandon to decide to expand its existing wastewater treatment plant. The upgraded facility will feature GE’s (NYSE: GE) membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology and will be the largest MBR plant in Canada when it enters service in 2012. The membrane plant was first ...

  • Energy Department announces new technical review to assess black cells at Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has assembled a group of independent technical experts to assess the Hanford Site’s Waste Treatment Plant (WTP), specifically as it relates to the facility’s “black cells.” The review involves the plant’s capability, as designed, to detect equipment failure and to repair failed ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • GE Technology Reduces Energy Use, Increases Productivity of Marco Island, Fla., Wastewater Treatment Plant

    GE (NYSE: GE) and Marco Island, Fla., officials today announced that data from an ongoing, nearly two-year demonstration project in Marco Island proves the capability of GE’s new ...


    By General Electric

  • Japanese agency labels radioactive leak `serious`

    Japan's nuclear regulator on Wednesday upgraded the rating of a leak of radiation-contaminated water at its tsunami-wrecked nuclear plant to a "serious incident" on an international scale. The Nuclear Regulation Authority originally gave a Level 1 rating - an "anomaly," to the Aug. 19 leak of 300 tons (300,000 liters, 80,000 gallons) of water ...


    By Associated Press

  • Japan audit: Millions of dollars wasted in Fukushima cleanup

    Japanese government auditors say the operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has wasted about a fifth of the 350 billion yen ($3 billion) it has spent to clean up the plant after it was destroyed by a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. A Board of Audit report described various expensive machines and untested measures that ended in failure. It also said the cleanup work has been dominated ...


    By Associated Press

  • US energy chief offers Japan aid with nuke cleanup

    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said he expects deepening cooperation with Japan over the high-stakes cleaning up and decommissioning of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The Fukushima plant has had a series of mishaps in recent months, including radioactive water leaks from storage tanks. The incidents have added to concerns about the ability of operator Tokyo Electric Power Co., or ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA Endorses “Way Ahead” Plan for West Valley Demonstration Project; Agency on hand to recognize shipment of nearly 20,000 low-level radioactive waste drums

    (Ashford, N.Y.) The people of West Valley, New York and Cattaraugus County celebrated an important milestone today at the West Valley Demonstration Project as they marked the safe shipment, in just over one year, of nearly 20,000 drums filled with low-level radioactive waste for off-site disposal. Alan J. Steinberg, EPA Regional Administrator joined James Rispoli, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) ...

  • Message from DOE on the Hanford Consent Decree

    One of the Department of Energy’s most important tasks is to clean up the legacy of nuclear materials production during World War II and the Cold War. At the Hanford site in Washington State, the Department is responsible for treating 56 million gallons of chemical ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • New Mexico radiation leak raises concerns

    The radiation exposure of at least 13 workers at a nuclear dump in a New Mexico salt bed more than 2,000 feet below the ground has brought new attention to the nation's long struggle to find places to dispose of tons of Cold War-era waste. The above-ground radiation release that exposed the workers during a night shift two weeks ago shut down the facility as authorities investigate the cause and ...


    By Associated Press

  • Washington state proposes nuke cleanup deadlines

    Frustrated by federal government delays, the state of Washington on Monday issued its own plan for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated nuclear weapons site. Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee said his plan seeks to keep the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation on schedule. For decades, Hanford made plutonium for nuclear weapons and is now engaged in cleaning up the radioactive waste left ...


    By Associated Press

  • SCHOTT Completes Delivery for Bokpoort CSP Project in South Africa

    The SCHOTT group has supplied a major order of approximately 26,000 of its award-winning SCHOTT PTR® 70 receivers to the Bokpoort CSP project in South Africa. The consortium UTE Solafrica, a compound of Acciona, Sener, TSK and Crowie, has commissioned SCHOTT to deliver the receivers, which were manufactured in Spain and Germany during the last months. SCHOTT’s high-tech products ...

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