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OR Landfill Charged with Dumping Radioactive Waste

A hazardous waste facility is facing a violation for accepting more than 2 million pounds of radioactive materials east of the Columbia River Gorge, said officials at the Oregon Department of Energy (ODoE). Chemical Waste Management, a subsidiary of Wa …

ND OKs Pipeline Pump Station

Energy Transfer can now build a new pump station near Linton, North Dakota, which will allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to transport significantly more oil on a daily basis. The three-member North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) unanimously appr …

Atlantic Richfield Must Clean MT Mining Contamination

A consent decree signed Thursday provides the framework for the continued cleanup of mining-related contamination to protect public health and the environment in Butte and Walkerville, Montana. The Butte Priority Soils Operable Unit (BPSOU) consent dec …

New GA Nuke Plans to Load Fuel

Southern Nuclear Operating Company plans to load nuclear fuel into the Vogtle Unit 3 reactor in Waynesboro, GA, beginning in late November 2020. The company has also submitted notifications describing the completion of inspections and other actions req …

Feds Sued for Chemical Safety Rule Rollback

Fourteen states sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) late last month over its rollback of a rule on the storage and control of dangerous chemicals, saying the change will increase the risk of explosions and threaten public safety. The st …

Wildfire Sensor Technologies Face Evaluation

In the wake of the wildfires affecting various regions, four new industry partners will participate in a new wildfire sensors workstream of the Smart Cities Internet of Things Innovation (SCITI) Labs, federal officials said. The SCITI Labs Initiative b …

App Tool for Emergency Communications

A plan is in the works to develop, pilot, and launch a single page web application called the Social Media for Emergency Managers (SMEM) Guidance Tool, federal officials said. The SMEM Guidance Tool will increase first responder and emergency managers’ …

Fatal Mining Incidents Decline in ‘19

In an industry that has been fraught with injuries and fatalities over the years, 2019 was the fewest annual fatalities ever recorded in mining, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). With 24 fatalities recorded in …

NRC Issues Final EIS for PA Nuke Renewal

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff members issued the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Exelon Generation Company’s application for an additional 20 years of operation for Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 …

Looking to Boost Info Sharing, Safeguarding Public Comms

Atlanta-based Georgia Tech Applied Research Center (GTARC) ended up awarded $704,000 to address a crucial gap in the trustmark framework for the public safety community’s information sharing and safeguarding (IS&S) capabilities. The GTARC R&D project w …

No New ND Measures on Pipeline Expansion

North Dakota would not impose conditions beyond those required by the federal government on a proposal to double the capacity of the Dakota Access Pipeline, regulators said Thursday. Requiring additional measures could be considered “outside our lane” …

NRC Eyes NY Nuke License Transfer

Entergy Nuclear Operations applied to transfer the licenses for Indian Point Units 1, 2, and 3, and also for the associated independent spent fuel storage installation, to Holtec Decommissioning International. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) ac …

CO Oil Firm Settles Emissions Suit

Denver-based K.P. Kauffman Company Inc. (KPK) reached a settlement Tuesday with the feds resolving violations of the federal Clean Air Act and Colorado air quality regulations. The settlement, reached in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colo …

MD Firm Gains Funding for Emergency Communicators

SecuLore Solutions, an Odenton, MD-based cybersecurity company, earned a $750,000 grant to improve and increase the resiliency of the nation’s emergency communications infrastructure, including Next Generation 911 (NG911) technologies. “Our nation’s em …

Offline Digital Credentials Plan Earns DHS Funding

Cambridge, MA-based Stranger Labs, Inc. earned a $197,020.95 grant to develop a digital credential solution that mitigates compromising the usability and convenience of paper-based credentials by making digital credentials verifiable offline. Stranger …

DHS, Israel Award Security Grants

The Israel – U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation awarded collaborative projects totaling $2.3 million to develop advanced technologies for the homeland security mission. The BIRD Homeland Security (HLS) program is a jo …

Silt Clogs Safety Water Flow at NE Nuke

A special inspection will end up conducted at the Cooper nuclear power plant in Brownville, Nebraska, to review the circumstances that contributed to a problem with one of the plant’s two service water systems. The plant is operated by the Nebraska Pub …

FBI Issues Warning on Ransomware Strain

U.S. companies are facing a type ransomware assault where the attacker poses as a government agency, then steals data and then encrypts it to further extort victims, FBI officials said. The FBI is calling for vigilance to combat the Maze ransomware, wh …

MT Mining Op Faces NRC Fines

Stillwater Mining Co., of Nye, MT, is facing a $7,500 fine for failing to have a named individual perform the duties and responsibilities of a radiation safety officer, said officials at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The violation of NRC req …

CO Uranium Site Faces Fine

Golden, CO-based Western Nuclear, Inc. is facing a $14,500 civil penalty for providing incomplete and inaccurate information regarding groundwater flow at the company’s Split Rock uranium mill tailings site near Jeffrey City, WY, said officials at the …

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