August 1, 1990 |
Concerned over the potential for chemical explosions in tanks of liquid nuclear waste, scientists have laid plans to take crucial samples from a million-gallon container of radioactive brew buried at the Hanford, Wash., nuclear weapons complex. The operation comes in the wake of new warnings that the buildup of gas in steel waste tanks could cause explosions powerful enough to rupture them and cause disastrous releases of high-level radioactivity.
December 30, 1988 |
The nation's nuclear power plants reported nearly 3,000 mishaps and at least 430 emergency shutdowns in 1987, according to a report issued Thursday by Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy Project. Federal and nuclear industry officials said the numbers simply reflect the effectiveness of safety monitoring.
September 26, 1986 |
Soviet authorities have agreed to supply the United States with technical data on the safety of two nuclear reactors that Cuba is building with Soviet help, U.S. Secretary of Energy John S. Herrington said Thursday. Herrington said he met for an hour Thursday morning with Soviet Deputy Premier Boris Y.
October 4, 1991 |
Two government committees have criticized plans to resume operations in a laboratory at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, saying workers could be exposed to plutonium contamination. The laboratory, known as Building 559, was to have been the model for restarting plutonium operations at the rest of the plant 15 miles northwest of Denver. The lab analyzes radioactive and hazardous waste for disposal, and performs quality control tests on plutonium samples from bomb production lines.
April 25, 1999 |
President Clinton departed the NATO summit in such haste Saturday that he left behind perhaps the most important piece of luggage in the world--the "nuclear football." The president's military aide, who constantly shadows Clinton and carries the briefcase containing U.S. nuclear launch codes, was mistakenly left at the International Trade Center when Clinton's motorcade sped off 45 minutes early and without notice. The aide walked the 4 1/2 blocks back to the White House without incident.
August 9, 1988 |
The Senate voted Monday to abolish the five-member Nuclear Regulatory Commission and create a new Nuclear Safety Agency with a single administrator to make regulation of commercial atomic power plants more effective.
March 26, 1992 |
Western nuclear safety experts are concentrating on programs to improve the operating procedures, training and management techniques that they hope will prevent or at least delay catastrophic accidents at the dangerously antiquated atomic power stations stretched across Eastern Europe in the wreckage of communism. But progress has been painfully slow, and U.S.
December 30, 1999 |
Kunio Murai was a struggling farmer from the wrong side of the tracks when he was recruited to work as a day laborer in a nuclear power plant near this farm town. The pay was triple what he could make anywhere else, and he was told that the work would be janitorial. One day in 1970, he and a co-worker were ordered into a room to mop up a leak of radioactive cooling water. They wore ordinary rubber gloves, but no masks or additional protection.
September 25, 1986 |
Five months after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, it is still not clear whether the steps the Soviet Union has taken to prevent a similar reactor explosion are sufficient, according to a report made public Wednesday by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
December 5, 1987 |
Three more fatal accidents have occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear plant this year, and radiation continues to be a problem there, according to a report Friday by a Communist Party official. The surprising report was made by an official identified only as V. Lukyanenko, head of the party in the new town of Slavutich.