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Oct. 12, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Feds permit Idaho uranium enrichment plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission signed off today on a proposal to build a uranium enrichment plant near Idaho Falls. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Areva, Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility, Nuclear energy, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson

May 24, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Oregon lawmakers: Please don't send more radioactive waste to Hanford

Seventeen Oregon lawmakers are politely asking the U.S. Department of Energy not to choose Hanford as a permanent storage site for radioactive waste around the country. The DOE is considering Hanford for storage of waste that is "Greater than Class C" – not spent nuclear fuel but other kinds of waste like contaminated metal from decommissioned nuclear plants with radioactivity can last more than 10,000 years. Here's the letter Oregon lawmakers sent to Energy Secretary Steven Chu: Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Hanford Site, Nuclear energy

March 30, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

What Oregonians think about nuclear energy now

Some interesting findings came out of a poll conducted last week for OPB and Fox 12 news. The survey found Oregonians are still evenly split in their support for nuclear energy – just as they were last June. But the opposition is stronger now than it was in a similar poll taken last year. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Japan's tsunami, Nuclear energy

March 17, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Fukushima: A “triumph” of nuclear engineering?

This is a guest post by OPB reporter Rob Manning Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Water, Japan's tsunami, Nuclear energy, Reed College

March 16, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Wasting $24 billion for U.S. nuclear waste storage?

If I'm reading this news correctly, it appears the U.S. has a $24 billion fund for nuclear waste management that's sitting unused in the U.S. Treasury with little prospect of being spent on a permanent nuclear waste storage site. In the absence of a permanent storage site, 104 commercial nuclear plants in the U.S. are storing spent fuel on site in pools of water or in dry casks. This is one of the lows of nuclear power. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Nuclear energy

March 16, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Radiation levels at Fukushima "extremely high"

The New York Times reports on new comments from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman on the radiation threats from failing nuclear power plants in Japan. The radiation levels are "extremely high" at Fukushima No. 4 reactor's spent fuel pool, he said. The NRC is now recommending evacuation for Americans within 50 miles of the Fukushima power plant. (Note, however, that officials today said the chances of radiation traveling 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean to Oregon are "extremely slim") Continue reading →

Filed under: Pacific Ocean, Japan's tsunami, Nuclear energy

March 15, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

The highs and lows of nuclear energy

Everyone is talking about the virtues and perils of nuclear energy in light of Japan's unfolding nuclear disaster. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Nuclear energy

March 15, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Nuclear threats boost investment in renewables

I guess this makes sense, as the world watches Japan struggle to avert a nuclear disaster in the wake of Friday's back-to-back earthquake and tsunami: Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Japan's tsunami, Nuclear energy, Solar power, Wind energy

March 14, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

"Full-scale panic" as Japan faces nuclear meltdown risk

The New York Times reports the threat of nuclear meltdown is still very real at Japanese reactors impacted by Friday's tsunami. At Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station's Reactor 2, at least parts of the fuel rods have been exposed for several hours, suggesting some of the fuel has begun to melt. The Times quotes an anonymous nuclear industry executive saying Japanese power industry managers were "basically in a full-scale panic" late Monday night after several attempts to cool the reactor failed: Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Pacific Ocean, Nuclear energy

March 14, 2011 · By Cassandra Profita

Officials: Japan's radiation not a threat to U.S.

Oregon Public Health Division Director Mel Kohn released a statement this weekend saying the state is monitoring radiation levels in Oregon following reports of a radiation release at a Japanese nuclear reactor. Given the size of the radiation release and the distance from Oregon, Kohn said he doesn't see any public health risk to Oregon. (However, several reactors are still facing the threat of meltdown after Friday's tsunami wiped out the power supply for back-up fuel-rod cooling systems.) Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Pacific Ocean, Nuclear energy

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In the Pacific Northwest, the environment is personal - it's where we live, work and play. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope will bring you news and insight on the region’s environmental issues. Site curator Cassandra Profita is an award-winning reporter with degrees in journalism and environmental studies.

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