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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1999
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, echoing concerns raised by critics of Boeing Co.'s Rocketdyne plant near Chatsworth, urged federal regulators Tuesday to impose stringent standards for removal of radioactive waste. "The standards for this cleanup are inadequate [and] stand to increase cancer risk dramatically," the California Democrat said. At issue are the limits being used to decontaminate radioactive wastes left over from operation of atomic reactors once used at the 2,700-acre site. The U.S.
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March 12, 2000 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For five years during the 1960s, researchers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation took spent fuel from the plant's bomb-making reactors and conducted a series of radiochemistry experiments. Once the work was finished, the fuel--so radioactive it couldn't be handled except by remote control--was buried in three underground trenches. And there it remained, largely forgotten.
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NEWS
February 11, 1991 | RUDY ABRAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cleanup of massive radioactive pollution at the nation's nuclear weapons laboratories may take much longer than the 30 years projected by the Department of Energy, and some sites may never be restored sufficiently to permit public access, according to a congressional study being released today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Responding to long-held fears that people living near Rocketdyne's Santa Susana Field Laboratory are being exposed to cancer risks, a team of federal health officials will be sent to the site to investigate and perhaps recommend a full-blown public health study, it was announced Friday. A team from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is expected to arrive Sept.
NEWS
January 9, 1991 | RUDY ABRAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of being at loggerheads with Congress, the federal government has decided to clear the way administratively to put the first barrels of radioactive waste into an $800-million New Mexico repository where the Energy Department says it can be safely isolated for all time. Interior Department sources said Tuesday that the repository site on 1,400 acres of its land outside Carlsbad, N. M.
NEWS
April 28, 1987 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writer
After four years of negotiations, the Deukmejian Administration and Assembly Democrats said Monday that they have reached agreement on a pact with Arizona that would permit both states to dump low-level radioactive waste in the desert of eastern California.
NEWS
April 14, 1991 | From Associated Press
More than 120 million gallons of liquid radioactive waste was intentionally discharged into the ground at the Hanford nuclear reservation from 1946 to 1966, a new federal study says. The Energy Department report, released Friday, combines for the first time known data on radioactive releases from the huge reservation where plutonium was once produced for nuclear weapons.
NEWS
May 11, 1991 | RUDY ABRAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Department of Energy has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine levied by the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to meet timetables and formal commitments to clean up a nuclear weapons plant contaminated by uranium and toxic byproducts. Sources said that the precedent-setting agreement, expected to be announced early next week, will require the federal government to spend an additional $150,000 for environmental projects in the vicinity of Fernald, Ohio, where the plant is located.
NEWS
August 13, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Workers next month will begin a $1.2-million cleanup of radioactive sludge from a UC Davis research program that killed more than 1,000 beagles. A special task force has checked for hot spots in abandoned research buildings adjacent to the landfill where 35,000 gallons of sludge were buried. Officials hope to avoid having a part of the 6,000-acre campus labeled as one of the nation's dangerous toxic sites.
NEWS
January 9, 1991 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A boy, a retired librarian and three dozen other anti-nuclear activists urged U.S. Department of Energy officials Tuesday to clean up existing radioactive waste at nuclear weapons facilities before they produce more warheads. The department held a hearing as an initial step in an ambitious three-year study of how it should store, dispose of and clean up the deadly leftovers of nuclear weapons production.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1999
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, echoing concerns raised by critics of Boeing Co.'s Rocketdyne plant near Chatsworth, urged federal regulators Tuesday to impose stringent standards for removal of radioactive waste. "The standards for this cleanup are inadequate [and] stand to increase cancer risk dramatically," the California Democrat said. At issue are the limits being used to decontaminate radioactive wastes left over from operation of atomic reactors once used at the 2,700-acre site. The U.S.
NEWS
August 8, 1999 | From Associated Press
A pair of tugboats chugged up the Columbia River on Saturday hauling a 1,000-ton nuclear reactor to a burial site, escorted by a Coast Guard cutter keeping other boats 300 yards away from the radioactive hulk. The barge carrying the empty reactor vessel floated past Portland during the night, the first time a commercial reactor of that size and level of contamination had passed so near a major American city, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
NEWS
July 1, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
After years of vehement denials, the government admitted it dumped radioactive waste in the Irish Sea in the 1950s. The low- to intermediate-level contaminated waste was discarded in a deep depression in the sea floor six miles off the coast of Scotland. "Ministers have recently been made aware that small quantities of . . . contaminated waste were dumped in the 1950s," a spokesman for the government's Scottish Office said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1992 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just after lunchtime Thursday, Bill Prachar opened the front door at his Agoura Hills waste-disposal company to find himself facing instant executive heartburn: two dozen angry environmental activists, gripping protest signs and spoiling for a verbal fight. But the bespectacled, shirt-sleeved chairman of American Ecology Corp. did not jump back inside his office and lock the door. For more than an hour and a half, he argued nose-to-nose with members of Greenpeace, Earth First!
NEWS
August 13, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Workers next month will begin a $1.2-million cleanup of radioactive sludge from a UC Davis research program that killed more than 1,000 beagles. A special task force has checked for hot spots in abandoned research buildings adjacent to the landfill where 35,000 gallons of sludge were buried. Officials hope to avoid having a part of the 6,000-acre campus labeled as one of the nation's dangerous toxic sites.
NEWS
June 14, 1991 | RUDY ABRAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A deep underground salt chamber designated for the first U.S. tests of permanent radioactive waste disposal will probably collapse years before the tests can be completed, mining experts told Congress on Thursday. The conclusion, disclosed as the Department of Energy pushes to clear the final legal obstacles to testing its $800-million nuclear waste disposal project in the New Mexico desert, raised the specter of additional costs in a project already years behind schedule.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1992 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just after lunchtime Thursday, Bill Prachar opened the front door at his Agoura Hills waste-disposal company to find himself facing instant executive heartburn: two dozen angry environmental activists, gripping protest signs and spoiling for a verbal fight. But the bespectacled, shirt-sleeved chairman of American Ecology Corp. did not jump back inside his office and lock the door. For more than an hour and a half, he argued nose-to-nose with members of Greenpeace, Earth First!
NEWS
September 20, 1990 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Progress has yet to pay a call on this steamy little city overlooking the Colorado River. Sure, there's a batch of spiffy new townhouses going up along the golf course, but economic development remains as rare as a cool breeze in August. Born a railroad town in the late 1800s, Needles (pop. 5,777) is still struggling to figure out what it's going to be when it grows up.
NEWS
May 11, 1991 | RUDY ABRAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Department of Energy has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine levied by the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to meet timetables and formal commitments to clean up a nuclear weapons plant contaminated by uranium and toxic byproducts. Sources said that the precedent-setting agreement, expected to be announced early next week, will require the federal government to spend an additional $150,000 for environmental projects in the vicinity of Fernald, Ohio, where the plant is located.
NEWS
April 14, 1991 | From Associated Press
More than 120 million gallons of liquid radioactive waste was intentionally discharged into the ground at the Hanford nuclear reservation from 1946 to 1966, a new federal study says. The Energy Department report, released Friday, combines for the first time known data on radioactive releases from the huge reservation where plutonium was once produced for nuclear weapons.
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