The draft evaluation shows that the melter meets the criteria for “waste incidental to reprocessing” and may be managed and disposed of as low-level radioactive waste.
United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard issued a statement concerning the workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan.
The aftermath of Japan's multiple nuclear reactor leaks that were caused by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, combined with the heightened fear of an unstoppable wind-borne spread of radiation into other countries has some Americans asking, "Would death from radiation poisoning be covered by my life insurance policy?"
More than half of U.S. adults now back moratorium on new reactors.
While exposed spent fuel rods at the failing nuclear reactors in Japan pose new threats, the worst-case scenario would still be unlikely to expose the public to catastrophic amounts of radiation, says a nuclear engineering professor and expert on this particular kind of reactor.
Three other states already have filed against the Nuclear Regulatory Agency for its 60-year storage standard.
As the unfolding crisis in Japan raises debates about the future for nuclear power and as Middle Eastern political unrest destabilises petroleum markets, the energy industry faces many considerable challenges as it heads to a flagship industry gathering.
EPA does not expect to see radiation at harmful levels reaching the U.S. from damaged Japanese nuclear power plants.
Prices on Europe's largest power market spiked violently on Tuesday morning in response to 25 percent of Germany's nuclear capacity coming off line.
The NRC has sent 11 additional experts to Tokyo to provide assistance as requested by the Japanese government.
NRC analysts overnight continued their review of radiation data related to the damaged Japanese nuclear reactors.
Over the last three years, the federal laboratory has been developing a program to ensure that local professionals in the United Arab Emirates will be trained in safety and security concepts related to nuclear energy programs.
Failure to pursue a program for recycling spent nuclear fuel has put the United States far behind other countries and represents a missed opportunity to enhance the nation's energy security and influence other countries.
The attorney general is suing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for authorizing nuclear power plants to dispose of radioactive wastes at Indian Point for 60 Years after closure, without a mandated review.