Tag Archives: U.S. Dept. of Energy

Western governors: States not consulted on nuclear waste 

Western governors are disappointed that the U.S. Department of Energy didn’t consult their states’ nuclear waste experts before releasing a five-year plan for a nuclear waste facility in New Mexico, the governors say. The Western Governors’ Association in a Sept. 30 letter to the Energy Department said the plan released in August for the Waste […]
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Solar Manufactured Homes Concept Wins National Award For Portland Firm 

An idea to build solar panels into manufactured homes has given a Portland-based company a big win in a year-long national competition. The U.S. Department of Energy and Renewable Energy announced Phase3 Photovoltaics along with another team won the first round of the American-Made Solar Prize. The competition aims to to revitalize U.S. solar manufacturing by helping  […]
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Trump Administration Reverses Energy-Efficiency Standards For Lightbulbs 

The standards were set to go into effect in January and gradually phase out incandescent and halogen bulbs used for items such as bathroom vanities, recessed lighting and candle-shape lights. The Trump administration is rolling back requirements for new, energy-efficient lightbulbs. The Energy Department announced the move on Wednesday, withdrawing standards that were to be […]
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Hanford nuclear waste report comes up short, say experts

Not enough is known to decide on the best and most economical way to treat much of the low-activity radioactive waste in Hanford’s underground tanks, said a committee of the National Academies of Sciences. Still, a decision may need to be made soon to be ready to treat the waste on schedule, it said. Source: […]
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Hanford Nuclear Site Cleanup Contracts Extended

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to extend two major environmental cleanup contracts for up to a year at a contaminated nuclear site in Washington state. The Tri-City Herald reported Tuesday that the extensions were granted at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation rather than establishing new contracts that might have caused delays. Source: Hanford Nuclear Site Cleanup Contracts […]
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Feds Say Hanford’s PUREX Plant Is Degrading, Needs Stabilizing Soon

A new federal report says that a massive building at the Hanford Nuclear Site is worse off than managers thought. The so-called PUREX — Plutonium Uranium Extraction — plant isn’t clean. Starting in 1956 the plant processed loads of plutonium. Its walls are up to 6 feet thick, and it’s as long as three football fields. Source: […]
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Washington Sets Deadlines To Clean Up Hanford Nuclear Wastes

Washington is setting new deadlines to clean up radioactive waste in underground storage tanks on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The state of Washington is setting new deadlines to clean up a former plutonium production site that contains a massive quantity of radioactive waste. Such deadlines are usually set through negotiations among the Washington Department of […]
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DOE Says No Changes Planned For Handling Of High-Level Hanford Nuclear Waste

A U.S. Department of Energy official says there is no change proposed for waste designated as high level at the Hanford nuclear complex. The News Tribune reported Wednesday that DOE undersecretary for science Paul Dabbar says the department currently does not “have any plans to propose anything in Washington state.” Source: DOE Says No Changes Planned For […]
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To Drive Eagles Away From Deadly Wind Turbines, Researchers Turn To Sound

When a wind turbine blade strikes a bird, the bird usually doesn’t survive. Now, researchers are working on new ways to keep birds — particularly eagles – away from wind farms using audio and visual signals. Two similar projects, funded through the U.S. Department of Energy, are developing systems that could one day be used to […]
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Walden stresses need to improve progress of Hanford cleanup 

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden stressed the need to improve progress of nuclear waste cleanup at the Hanford Site during a hearing Wednesday before the Energy and Commerce Committee. Source: Walden stresses need to improve progress of Hanford cleanup | Local News | eastoregonian.com