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National Guard holds off on training in grasslands amid uranium concerns

February 14, 2013 in The Daily Republic

A key official told the media there’s no indication based on previous air samples that radiation samples at the proposed training area would be above safety standards, but the state will take the necessary precautions. Continue Reading

Avera fined for causing radiation burns in cancer patient

October 4, 2012 in The Daily Republic

SIOUX FALLS (AP) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans to fine a Sioux Falls hospital $11,200 for incidents in which a breast cancer patient suffered skin burns during treatment. Continue Reading

NRC Officials: Water tubes at California nuclear plant have unusual wear

February 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Unusual wear has been found on hundreds of tubes that carry radioactive water at Southern California’s San Onofre Unit 2 nuclear plant, raising questions about the integrity of equipment the company installed in a multimillion-dollar makeover in 2009. Continue Reading

Authorities investigating power failure at northern Illinois nuclear reactor

January 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

After the shut down Monday morning at Exelon Nuclear’s Byron Generating Station, operators began releasing steam to cool the reactor from the part of the plant where turbines are producing electricity, not from within the nuclear reactor itself, officials said. The steam contains low levels of tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, but federal and plant officials insisted the levels were safe for workers and the public. Continue Reading

Product used in oil recovery, stacked in Minot, checked for radioactivity

January 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

State health officials this week are running radioactivity tests on bags filled with an oil field material that are stacked in downtown Minot. Continue Reading

Janklow begins radiation treatment for brain cancer

November 22, 2011 in The Daily Republic

SIOUX FALLS (AP) Former South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow has completed his first day of cancer treatment. Continue Reading

Radioactive waste disposal presents growing crisis for Japan

November 4, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Goshi Hosono, the country’s nuclear crisis minister, said today that Japan has yet to come up with a comprehensive plan for how to dispose of the irradiated waste that has been accumulating since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that killed nearly 20,000 people. Cleaning up the area and compensating residents is expected to cost trillions of yen — tens of billions of U.S. dollars. Continue Reading

Atomic worker claims advocates aghast at ‘Freddie,’ ‘Hannibal,’ other fictional names in fed manual

September 27, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Advocates for U.S. atomic workers sickened by radiation exposure say they’re stunned that a federal claims training manual uses fictional characters’ names, including an apparent reference to the disfigured villain of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” horror movies. Continue Reading

Quake severe accident risk to U.S. reactors up to 24 times greater than thought

September 2, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

One in four U.S. reactors may need safety modificationsThe risk that an earthquake would cause a severe accident at a U.S. nuclear plant is greater than previously thought, 24 times as high in one case, according to an AP analysis of preliminary government data. Continue Reading

Airplane deployed to monitor air over New Mexico fire

June 29, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The government sent a plane equipped with radiation monitors over the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory Wednesday as a 110-square-mile wildfire burned at its doorstep, putting thousands of scientific experiments on hold for days. Continue Reading

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