June 21, 1989
The Energy Department has decided to make a closer study of environmental risks posed by a plutonium refinery being built at the department's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory near San Francisco, a House panel chairman said. The project is a prototype for a permanent refinery, called the Special Isotope Separation plant, that the department wants to build at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, near Idaho Falls. The Livermore study is expected to delay the start of construction in Idaho for at least two years.
May 25, 1989 |
The Energy Department gave Congress "improper and unrealistic" estimates of the cost of building new military reactors in South Carolina and Idaho, federal auditors told House panel members Wednesday. Officials of the General Accounting Office also said the department had understated the time it would take to complete the reactors, which the Bush Administration says can be in operation within 10 years for $6.8 billion. In testimony before a special panel of the House Armed Services Committee, J. Dexter Peach, the GAO's assistant comptroller general, raised doubts about other key aspects of the Administration's plan, which was announced last August.
February 2, 1989
The Energy Department has agreed to spend $456 million in the next five years to clean up hundreds of thousands of barrels of buried nuclear waste at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Gov. Cecil D. Andrus said. The federal agency more than tripled its budget request for clean-up money at the laboratory for fiscal year 1989 since Andrus imposed a ban in October on the further shipment of nuclear waste to the site near Idaho Falls.
December 16, 1986 |
A third shipment of radioactive debris from the damaged Three Mile Island nuclear reactor has left the power plant for a laboratory in Idaho, a project spokesman said Monday. The two containers of rubble, weighing about 19,500 pounds, are being shipped by rail to the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, where Department of Energy officials will study the debris, Terry Smith of the Three Mile Island fuel shipping program said.