CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2003 |
Contamination from a hazardous-waste dump on the former El Toro Marine base threatens to complicate the Navy's plan to auction off a portion of the base for new homes this summer. The closed 9-acre dump was used for discarded construction material, and in a recent environmental report, released in draft form, the Navy gave the dump site its worst possible rating for contamination. According to the Navy, that means the land in its present condition cannot be sold or leased.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2003 |
A San Diego Superior Court judge ruled that US Ecology Inc., the firm that sought unsuccessfully to build a low-level radioactive waste dump in the Mojave Desert near Needles, was not entitled to collect nearly $223 million in expenses and lost profits from the state. When the U.S. Department of the Interior declined to transfer the federally owned site for the dump to California because of unresolved safety issues, the state sued the federal government and lost in 1999. After Gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2003 |
Federal environmental officials, announcing "an important step" in efforts to clean up the Casmalia toxic waste site in northern Santa Barbara County, said Friday that 50 private companies and federal agencies have agreed to pay almost $32 million toward the overall estimated cleanup cost of $272 million.
September 23, 2002 |
Current plans for the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain do not include enough space to hold all of the liquid radioactive waste to be produced by the federal government, according to an Energy Department official.
July 23, 2002 |
A Senate subcommittee voted Monday to cut more than one-third of the money President Bush requested for work at the proposed nuclear waste burial site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. The panel, headed by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), a foe of the storage site, would provide $336 million for preliminary work at the location, which is 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The president, a supporter of the plan, proposed $525 million, the same amount a House version of the bill would provide.
July 8, 2002 |
Opponents of a plan to bury nuclear waste in Nevada rallied in Las Vegas and called on the U.S. Senate to reject the Yucca Mountain proposal during a vote that could come this week. "This is a huge public health issue for the entire country," said Deborah Huber, one of about 175 protesters. "They talk about homeland security, but transporting this across the country is a terrorists' dream come true."
June 21, 2002 |
A federal appeals court Thursday rejected Gov. Jim Hodges' last-minute attempt to stop plutonium shipments from entering South Carolina. Hodges had sought an order barring the shipments while he appeals a ruling allowing them. The federal shipments from the Rocky Flats facility in Colorado to the Savannah River Site in Aiken could begin as early as Saturday. Also Thursday, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to expedite Hodges' case, setting oral arguments for July 10.
June 15, 2002 |
Gov. Jim Hodges ordered state troopers and other authorities to South Carolina's borders to stop federal shipments of plutonium that could begin arriving from Colorado as early as this weekend. Hodges, who has vehemently opposed the shipments, read a statement in Columbia declaring a state of emergency but refused to answer any questions about specific plans for roadblocks or other barricades at the Savannah River Site, a nuclear weapon complex near Aiken.
May 17, 2002 |
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham acknowledged Thursday that a proposed Nevada waste dump will be too small to accommodate all the nation's nuclear waste and might have to be expanded. Under intense questioning from Nevada's two senators, Abraham conceded that the Yucca Mountain repository as envisioned could handle only a fraction of the waste expected to be generated by commercial power plants and the government in the coming decade.
May 12, 2002 |
Members of the Western Shoshone tribe gathered at the entrance to the Nevada Test Site Saturday to protest the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain. Nevada's Paiute and Western Shoshone tribes have staunchly opposed the government's plans to dispose of nuclear waste on their native lands. About 30 Western Shoshone members, nine of whom ran a 250-mile relay from their reservation in central Nevada to the Nevada Test Site, were joined by about 100 Yucca Mountain protesters.