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    PNS Daily News - June 30, 20160 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; holiday travelers brace for stepped up security at airports; Vermont's new GMO law changes labels in California and around the nation; and Yellowstone Park Rangers have some long holiday weekend advice.

Nuclear Waste

Nuclear Watch New Mexico has sued the operators of the Los Alamos National Laboratory for failing to meet deadlines under a court order to clean up nuclear waste. (Dept. of Energy)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A nuclear energy watchdog group has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Energy and a federal contractor for failing to clean up nuclear and toxic waste at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The suit claims waste stored at a lab site known as "Area G" hasn't been removed des ...Read More

The company behind a planned frack wastewater recycling plant says low-level radioactive waste that would come from it will be properly disposed of. (Sierra Club)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The sludge that would come from an Antero frack wastewater recycling plant would be low-level radioactive material, but Antero says it will be properly disposed of. Some people in Doddrige County and the gas fields are worried about what will happen to the somewhat radioactive ...Read More

About 17 million people live within 50 miles of Indian Point. (Peretz Partensky/Flickr)

NEW YORK - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ruled that its own staff analysis of the cost of a serious accident at the Indian Point nuclear plant is inaccurate. According to the commission's unanimous decision, the analysis by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board contains factual errors that ...Read More

In part because of drill cuttings such as these, once you take the salt and water out of fracking waste, the remaining sludge is hot enough to be considered low-level radioactive waste. (Bill Hughes)

CHARLESTON, W.Va - Recycling of fracking waste can reduce water use and pollution from the wells, but only by creating low-level nuclear waste too hot for landfills. One fracking-waste recycler is operating near Fairmont and another is planned for Doddridge County. They take the brine, mud and drill ...Read More

The Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant will shut down in January. (energy.gov/Wikimedia Commons)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - It's final: The FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego will permanently shut down next January. Entergy, the plant's owner, has sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission confirming the date. The GE boiling-water reactor, the same design as the reactors at Fukushima, Jap ...Read More

Marriage equality is one of many issues funded by California philanthropic foundations honored this year with N.C.R.P. Impact Awards from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. (Ted Eytan)

Three California philanthropic foundations have won Impact Awards this year from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. The award honors foundations that make grants to encourage diversity and empowerment of marginalized communities. One of the winners, the Sandler Foundation, has give ...Read More

There are 38 active and 12 closed nuclear power plants in the Great Lakes Basin, and environmental groups are concerned about their impact on water quality. (CELA)

NEW YORK - Environmental groups on both sides of the Great Lakes want the U.S. and Canadian governments to monitor radioactive material in the water. The Great Lakes Basin is home to dozens of nuclear sites including power stations, fuel-processing facilities and uranium mines. But despite repeated ...Read More

A federal lawsuit filed by environmental organizations says the EPA is not doing its job to protect public health from toxic air pollution. (Clean WI)

MADISON, Wis. - The Environmental Protection Agency has a legal obligation to update toxic air pollution standards every eight years, yet in many cases for certain industries in Wisconsin, the agency has not done so since 2002. The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to regularly review the health and ...Read More

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