A county judge in New York has dismissed a lawsuit that claimed state officials issued an expansion permit for the Hakes C&D Disposal landfill without consideration of radioactivity already present there. The state Department of Environmental Conservation told the court the landfill's detectors adequately test for any radiation that may enter the site.
Uranium ore samples from TNT Mines' East Canyon uranium project in Utah were sent to an assay lab in Reno, Nev., but were rejected because they were too radioactive and sent to a Canadian lab instead. Uranium prices are climbing amid a surge in reactor building, with over 50 projects now underway around the world and more in development.
The UK is looking to study ways to safely entomb high-level radioactive waste in geological formations and its Radioactive Waste Management is working with the University of Manchester's Dalton Nuclear Institute and the University of Sheffield to launch a Research Support Office. Lucy Bailey, head of the RWM Research Support Office, says the research will "build the knowledge and understanding required to underpin the safety case to deliver a [geological disposal facility] that deals permanently with the UK's higher-activity waste."
Department of Energy Undersecretary Mark Menezes has been confirmed by the Senate to become the next deputy secretary of energy under Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette. In his new role, Menezes will oversee a number of nuclear issues, including how the government plans to store nuclear waste.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission not to rule on the transfer of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant's Unit 2 to EnergySolutions for decommissioning until after Aug. 10. The department says it is still working on a settlement agreement with EnergySolutions on the decommissioning plans, and expects a decision soon.
The National Nuclear Security Administration plans to open bids this month for the contract to manage the Pantex plant in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., after deciding not to renew the current contract with Consolidated Nuclear Security. The $28 billion Department of Energy contract is for 10 years and the NNSA plans to post a draft Request for Proposal soon.
The Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico said a seventh worker has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The person is a Nuclear Waste Partnership employee who was working at the site.
When Hurricane Isaias struck North Carolina's coast, Unit 1 of Duke Energy's Brunswick nuclear power plant experienced a loss of offsite power, triggering safety systems that took the reactor offline. Duke Energy says Unit 2 was not affected by the outage and there was "no impact to the health and safety of the public or plant personnel."
Western officials say China has helped Saudi Arabia build a uranium yellowcake processing facility, although the Saudis deny the facility exists. Saudi Arabia and China signed a nuclear energy cooperation agreement in 2012 and a uranium development agreement in 2017.
Russia plans to extract two nuclear submarines, four reactor compartments and some spent nuclear fuel from the Barents Sea and Kara Sea floors over the next eight years. Russia's state-owned Rosatom says the six objects account for 90% of the radioactive material dumped in the Russian Arctic waters.