February 7, 1992 |
A senior Bush Administration official told Congress on Thursday that North Korea may be only months away from finishing a plant that can reprocess nuclear fuel, a step that would enable it to build a nuclear bomb by mid-1993. A North Korean nuclear reprocessing plant "may be nearing operational status," Undersecretary of State Arnold Kanter told a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Asia. On Jan.
July 9, 1991 |
Bowing to American threats and United Nations pressure, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has revealed reluctantly that Iraq has the equipment needed to enrich uranium so it can be used in a nuclear bomb, officials said Monday. A distrustful Bush Administration received the news warily, making clear that there would be no gloating until U.N. inspectors are shown all the equipment so it can be destroyed in accordance with the Security Council resolution that ended the Persian Gulf War.
September 14, 1990 |
An explosion and fire at a nuclear fuel production plant in the Soviet Far East injured several people and threatened to contaminate the region's air and water, the official Tass news agency said. The blast in Kazakhstan sent gas clouds over a region near the Soviet borders with Mongolia and China. Tass said an explosion ripped through the Ulba plant's cellar workshop producing beryllium, a highly toxic heavy metal used to fuel nuclear reactors.
March 31, 1990 |
Contempt of court charges were filed against the U.S. Department of Energy and the operator of the Fernald, Ohio, uranium processing plant for allegedly violating a cleanup agreement. State Atty. Gen. Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr. accused the federal government and Westinghouse Materials Co. of mishandling hazardous waste containers, failing to properly analyze some 40,000 drums of radioactive material and failing to develop a written inspection schedule.
October 1, 1989
A federal judge has approved the Energy Department's $78-million settlement offer in a class-action suit filed on behalf of 14,000 people who live near the government's Fernald uranium plant in Ohio. U.S. District Judge S. Arthur Spiegel ruled in Cincinnati that the offer made by the Energy Department, which owns the Feed Materials Processing Center, was fair and reasonable.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1989
A federal administrative judge Friday granted intervenor status to three opponents of Rockwell International's request to renew its nuclear materials license for the "hot lab" at its Santa Susana Field Laboratory west of Chatsworth. Peter Bloch, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission judge, ruled that Jerome Raskin and Estelle Lit of Northridge and Jon Scott of Bell Canyon in eastern Ventura County can be parties in the case and submit formal evidence in opposition to the license request.