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Contamination from a nuclear cleanup forced a shutdown. Investigators want to know who is responsible

Published: 
Tue, 04/24/2018 - 12:21pm

As crews demolished a shuttered nuclear weapons plant during 2017 in central Washington, specks of plutonium were swept up in high gusts and blown miles across a desert plateau above the Columbia River.

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PG&E to close Diablo Canyon, California's last nuclear power plant

Published: 
Thu, 06/23/2016 (All day)

One of California’s largest energy utilities took a bold step in the 21st century electricity revolution with an agreement to close its last operating nuclear plant and develop more solar, wind and other clean power technologies.

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Nuclear: Carbon Free, but Not Free of Unease

Published: 
Tue, 01/06/2015 (All day)
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Energy

Next week, if all goes as planned, the 42-year-old nuclear reactor at the Vermont Yankee generating station will be shut down for the last time. The steam turbine at the plant, which at its peak could make enough electricity for about half a million homes with virtually no greenhouse gas emissions, will grind to a halt.

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A Livelihood in Nuclear Waste, Under Threat

Published: 
Fri, 03/21/2014 - 1:08pm
Category: 
Energy

For 15 years, workers from this dusty New Mexico town have made the 26-mile drive down a series of worn two-lane highways until reaching a strange complex of alabaster buildings in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert.

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German Village Resists Plans to Strip It Away for the Coal Underneath

Published: 
Sun, 02/23/2014 - 7:07pm
Category: 
Energy

A grove of apple saplings grows on the lee side of Ulrich Schulz’s barn. He did not plant them for the fruit, he said, but as an act of rebellion against a nearby mining company that wants to raze his farm, which his family has owned since 1560, to get at the coal beneath his land.