Radioactive contamination

FILE - This March 6, 2014 file photo shows the idled Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository, near Carlsbad, N.M. Officials at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository are flipping the switch on an interim ventilation system this week, allowing mining to resume for the first time since a 2014 radiation release contaminated part of the facility.(AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)
December 11, 2017 - 6:47 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository are flipping the switch on an interim ventilation system this week, allowing mining to resume for the first time since a 2014 radiation release contaminated part of the facility. Still, they caution it will...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2017 file photo, a sign welcomes drivers to Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Wash. After almost two decades of work, the government has nearly finished removing radioactive wastes from a first group of underground storage tanks in eastern Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes, file)
November 30, 2017 - 4:44 pm
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Workers on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state have finished cleaning up one of the nation's most contaminated radioactive waste sites, the U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday. The dangerous wastes at the site known as the 618-10 Burial Ground stem from the...
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Rashid Alimov, a senior nuclear campaigner for Greenpeace in Russia speaks to the Media in his office in St.Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. Environmental pressure group Greenpeace said in a statement on Tuesday that it would petition the Russian Prosecutor General's office to investigate "a possible concealment of a radiation accident" and check whether public health was sufficiently protected, while the Russian Meteorological Service said Tuesday that it recorded "extremely high contamination" in the southern Urals. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
November 21, 2017 - 12:58 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities on Tuesday confirmed reports of a spike in radioactivity in the air over the Ural Mountains while the suspected culprit, a nuclear fuel processing plant, denied it was the source of contamination. The Russian Meteorological Service said in a statement Tuesday that...
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FILE - This Feb. 22, 2005 photo shows the North Rim of Grand Canyon in Arizona. Federal officials are proposing to lift the Obama administration's ban on issuing new mining leases for mining uranium from public land outside Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. The Forest Service's announcement Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, of the proposed change responds to President Donald Trump's executive order for federal agencies to eliminate numerous restrictions on energy production. (AP Photo/Rick Hossman,File)
November 01, 2017 - 7:45 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. officials said Wednesday they have proposed ending the Obama administration's ban on new uranium mining leases on public land outside Grand Canyon National Park. The Forest Service proposed the change in response to President Donald Trump's executive order for federal agencies...
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This undated photo provided by the U.S. Department of Energy show a continuous miner performing mining activities in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M. The U.S. Energy Department announced Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, that the work to carve out more disposal space from the ancient salt formation where the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is located will begin later this fall. The work should be done in 2020. (David X. Tejada/U.S. Department of Energy via AP)
October 17, 2017 - 3:34 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Workers are expected to begin mining operations at the U.S. nuclear waste dump in New Mexico for the first time in three years following a radiation release that contaminated part of the underground repository, the Energy Department said Tuesday. The work to carve out more...
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FILE - In this July 25, 1946 file photo, a huge mushroom cloud rises above Bikini atoll in the Marshall Islands following an atomic test blast, part of the U.S. military's "Operation Crossroads." Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands remains contaminated by radiation, part of a troubling nuclear testing legacy that continues to affect islands and people across the Pacific long after the U.S., Britain and France stopped their testing programs there. (AP Photo, File)
October 06, 2017 - 10:31 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — As a young boy growing up on Bikini Atoll, Alson Kelen spent idyllic days playing on the beach and fishing. His grandfather built canoes and his father tended the land. With fewer than 150 people on the remote Pacific island it was a close community, he says, with few...
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September 29, 2017 - 6:48 am
TOKYO (AP) — Contaminated water might have leaked from the damaged Fukushima nuclear reactors after erroneous settings on water gauges lowered groundwater levels nearby, the plant operator said Friday. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the settings on six of the dozens of wells around the reactors were...
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September 27, 2017 - 2:15 pm
GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has begun a special inspection at a facility in suburban Maryland following a worker's potential exposure to radioactive contamination. A five-member NRC team began the inspection Tuesday after an incident last month when a glass ampule...
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FILE - This undated file photo distributed by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the test launch of an intermediate range Hwasong-12 in North Korea. The world is wondering if North Korea’s next nuclear test will involve a nuclear missile screaming over Japan after the North said it may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
September 23, 2017 - 10:38 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Will North Korea's next nuclear test involve a thermonuclear missile screaming over Japan? That's a question being asked after North Korea's foreign minister said his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean. The world hasn't seen an above-ground, atmospheric...
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In this photo taken July 11, 2016, a sign warns of radioactive material stored underground on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash. The U.S. Energy Department’s top official at Washington state’s severely contaminated nuclear reservation says future accidental nuclear radiation releases are likely because of aging site infrastructure and inadequate cleanup funding. Hundreds were evacuated May 9, 2017 when the roof of a 1950s rail tunnel storing a lethal mix of waste from plutonium production collapsed. Tests show no radiation was released. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
June 15, 2017 - 12:37 pm
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June because aging infrastructure is breaking down, the top Energy Department official at the...
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