October 17, 2005 |
The road east to this dying ranch town of 18 people passes the endless subdivisions of the swelling Denver metropolitan area. Then the interstate turns, and it's almost all rolling prairie. That empty space is what enticed various companies to buy up the land surrounding Last Chance and use it to dump Denver's sewage and hazardous waste. Now one of those dumps -- a facility that residents battled for years -- wants permission to accept radioactive waste from inside and outside the state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2005 |
A dump transformed into a 35-acre park has been closed after toxic contamination was found at a soccer field and at a off-leash dog area, city officials said. The city posted signs earlier this summer and fenced off community gardens and another soccer field after initial soil tests. Park entrances were closed Friday. The park's perimeter will be fenced within a week. Only a soccer area at the park's northern end and a community center will remain open.
August 10, 2005 |
The Environmental Protection Agency gave a boost Tuesday to plans for a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, proposing safety rules for radiation levels a million years from now that the Department of Energy said the project could meet.
August 1, 2005 |
The Energy Department will probably not submit its license application to build the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump until March at the earliest, months later than the most recent target date, according to an updated project timeline. The Energy Department plans to update a Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing board this week on the timeline concerning the Nevada proposal, a department official said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2005 |
California's tortured saga over dumping its low-level radioactive waste could take a new turn under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, thanks to his own appointees and renewed pressure from industry to act quickly. A four-state commission dominated by officials from the low-level radioactive waste business -- including two appointed by Schwarzenegger -- is considering a lawsuit against California if the governor fails to build a dump somewhere in the state.
May 25, 2005 |
The House voted Tuesday to temporarily store commercial nuclear waste at one or more federal facilities, fearing further delays in a proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. The directive was included in a $29.7-billion measure funding the Energy Department, and came over the objections of lawmakers from Washington and South Carolina, two states where the waste from commercial power reactors might be located. An attempt by Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2005 |
The state won a victory Monday in the struggle with insurance companies to help fund the cleanup of the Stringfellow hazardous waste site in Glen Avon. A Riverside County Superior Court jury found five insurers -- out of 35 that the state purchased policies from -- liable for $16 million to $28 million. The state reached a $93-million settlement with 16 additional insurers in February. After two decades of litigation, the state has so far won $121 million for the cleanup effort.
May 8, 2005 |
Members of two legislative committees have agreed to cut in half funding for the state's fight against Yucca Mountain, saying the federal plan to bring a nuclear waste dump to Nevada appears on the verge of collapse. Gov. Kenny Guinn recommended $2 million for the state's Yucca effort in his 2005-2007 budget. But the Senate Finance Committee and Assembly Ways and Means Committee voted to reduce that amount to $1 million. Republican state Sen.
May 1, 2005 |
Ghosts dwell among the living in Butte, Montana, a mining town haunted by its glory days, when the population was three times what it is now. It is haunted by the thousands of miners who died here, taking copper out of the underground tunnels with drills and dynamite. And from the viewing stand on the lip of a noxious 1,800-foot-deep mine pit that sits next to the Uptown neighborhood, it's clear that the city is also haunted by water.
April 6, 2005 |
The Department of Energy will not consider seeking a license for the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada until investigations into possible falsification of water-safety surveys are complete, officials said Tuesday.