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SCIENCE
March 23, 2011 | By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
When the first U.S. nuclear power plants went on line more than half a century ago, utilities built small cooling pools next to the reactors to store their radioactive waste, like the ones at Japan's Fukushima plant that overheated and probably leaked radiation into the environment. FOR THE RECORD: U.S. nuclear waste: A March 23 Section A article about U.S. nuclear waste management said a 2005 National Research Council study recommended that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission force utilities to partially unload pools of spent fuel rods at their nuclear power plants and move their oldest waste into dry casks, which are considered much safer.
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NEWS
March 28, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A heavily guarded train laden with nuclear waste from a French plant that reprocesses fuel rods from German reactors was brought to a halt in northern Germany today by activists who chained themselves to the tracks despite a massive police presence. Police had to replace sections of track damaged as they cut free the protesters so that the train could continue to its final destination, a nuclear storage site at Gorleben on the Elbe River.
WORLD
June 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A nuclear waste dump in the Russian Arctic may be in danger of exploding because of salt water corrosion in its three enormous storage tanks, the Norwegian environmental group said. The group Bellona, citing a report from the Russian nuclear authority Rosatom, said the tanks near the Norwegian border long had been believed to be dry inside, but recent studies show salt water is inside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2001 | From Associated Press
Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt has signed legislation banning high-level nuclear waste from the state, a reaction to a plan by the Goshute tribe to raise money by allowing utilities with nuclear power plants to store spent fuel on tribal lands. Although acknowledging the "extreme economic burdens" faced by the tribe, "Utah says no to high-level nuclear waste," Leavitt said. A companion bill directs state agencies to study tribal economic development needs.
NEWS
November 13, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 100 activists intent on halting a shipment of reprocessed nuclear waste have been taken into custody by German security forces who want to avoid a repetition of protests that disrupted a transport in March, police said. More than 15,000 police were deployed to protect six rail cars carrying nuclear waste being shipped from a reprocessing plant in La Hague, France, to a storage site in the northern German town of Gorleben.
OPINION
January 19, 2002
We need to applaud Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham's decision to declare Yucca Mountain fit for the storage of nuclear waste as a much-needed push toward solving the waste problem ("Nevada Site Picked for Nuclear Waste," Jan. 11). In this environment there is little objective information, with even the driest technical reports causing controversy. Yet all this rhetoric belies two facts. Leaving spent nuclear fuel scattered across the country at nuclear plant sites is poor environmental management and lousy economics.
NEWS
January 14, 1998 | Reuters
Environmental groups called on the U.S. on Tuesday to bar Britain, France and Japan from using the Panama Canal to ship nuclear waste around the world. At issue is the route of a British-flagged freighter, the Pacific Swan. It is due to leave Cherbourg, France, for Japan on Jan. 23 carrying waste encased in 60 half-ton glass logs sealed in stainless steel canisters, according to Greenpeace International and the private Nuclear Control Institute.
NATIONAL
February 19, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Work on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump, though performed by federal employees who apparently made up facts, was scientifically sound, an Energy Department report found. But the work will be redone anyway because it didn't comply with quality assurance rules. That will take months and could cost several million dollars. The Energy Department released the 144-page report nearly a year after disclosing the existence of e-mails written by U.S.
OPINION
September 10, 2006
Re "Errors, Costs Stall Nuclear Waste Project," Sept. 4 The article on nuclear waste threatening the Columbia River was well done, but it fell short in one respect. The article does not give the reader a perspective about the failed policies that led to the waste. Our nuclear weapons stockpile contains more than 6,000 strategic intercontinental weapons and more than 1,000 shorter-range tactical weapons. Such excess does not strengthen our nation's safety. The waste illustrates the power of the military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned against.
NEWS
October 7, 1995 | From a Times Staff Writer
A state court of appeals has reinstated the operating license for the proposed Ward Valley nuclear waste dump, rejecting claims by Native Americans in the Mojave Desert. In an opinion released Friday, the 2nd District Court of Appeal turned down arguments by the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe that the state Department of Health Services failed to consider evidence that long-lasting radioactive waste could leak into the ground and make its way from the dump to the Colorado River, about 20 miles away.
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