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February 18, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
The head of nuclear safety for the cleanup of the former nuclear weapons site at Hanford, Wash., was fired Tuesday after allegations she made over several years that the construction project was ignoring serious safety problems. Donna Busche, an employee of San Francisco-based URS Corp., said executives at the company told her she was being fired for “unprofessional conduct” before she was escorted out of the company's offices at the site in central Washington. The company denied that her dismissal was punitive or connected to her criticism of the project.
April 17, 2011 | By Alan Zarembo and Ben Welsh
The U.S. nuclear industry is turning up the power on old reactors, spurring quiet debate over the safety of pushing aging equipment beyond its original specifications. The little-publicized practice, known as uprating, has expanded the country's nuclear capacity without the financial risks, public anxiety and political obstacles that have halted the construction of new plants for the last 15 years. The power boosts come from more potent fuel rods in the reactor core and, sometimes, more highly enriched uranium.
December 4, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY - After a frantic search across a wide section of central Mexico, authorities said Wednesday that they had found a stolen truck that was transporting a large amount of dangerous radioactive material, a substance that can be used in making dirty bombs. The truck and its contents were found in the state of Mexico, about 20 miles north of the capital, not far from where they were stolen Monday. But the metal container with the radioactive material had been opened by the thieves, who then chucked it about half a mile from where they abandoned the truck, an official with the Mexican nuclear safety commission told The Times.
May 2, 1986 | United Press International
Japan, West Germany and Italy vowed today to raise the issue of nuclear safety at the Tokyo summit despite concerns by the United States that the Soviet atomic disaster will overshadow terrorism at the meetings. The annual summits began in 1975 as an economic forum, but this year's session is taking place during a time of intense worldwide concern over terrorism and the Soviet nuclear plant disaster.
September 7, 1991 | From Associated Press
The Soviet Union will allow international atomic energy experts to inspect its Chernobyl-type nuclear reactors for safety, a top Soviet nuclear expert said Friday. The Chernobyl-type reactors account for about half the nuclear power in the Soviet Union. The Soviets announced their decision to open their RBMK graphite-moderated, water-cooled reactors for a safety review at a weeklong international conference here on nuclear safety.
October 23, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sought to strengthen their countries' fragile relationship with a two-hour Oval Office meeting Wednesday that touched on sensitive subjects, including U.S. drone strikes, Afghanistan's future and the security of Islamabad's growing nuclear arsenal. In their first face-to-face meeting, the leaders said they emphasized mutual efforts to stabilize Pakistan's economy and deal with terrorism and other security threats.
February 26, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Bush Administration has no effective safety policy for dismantling thousands of warheads and shrinking the U.S. atomic weapons complex, two top nuclear safety experts told the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman John Ahearne and Harold Lewis, a California physics professor and a member of the NRC Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards since 1979, said the department has "shown no movement" toward adopting many safety recommendations.
March 21, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
The head of the U.N.'s atomic agency said Monday that the brewing crisis at Japan's reactors in the wake of the country's devastating earthquake and tsunami should lead officials around the world to reassess the international nuclear framework. "The agency's role in nuclear safety may need to be reexamined, along with the role of our safety standards," Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in a briefing to the agency's governing board. "It is already clear that arrangements for putting international nuclear experts in touch with each other quickly during a crisis need to be improved.
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