Nuclear Power

Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET

The Department of Energy has declared an emergency at a nuclear-contaminated site in Washington state, after soil caved in over a portion of a tunnel containing rail cars contaminated with nuclear waste.

"All personnel in the immediate area have been accounted for — they are safe — and there is no evidence of a radiological release," Destry Henderson, spokesperson for the Hanford site's emergency operations center, said in a brief statement on Facebook.

via TVA Facebook Page

  The Tennessee Valley Authority reported a gain in net income in the last fiscal year citing efforts to operate more efficiently. Despite a slow winter due to warmer temperatures and less rainfall, the TVA reported $313 million for the first half of fiscal year for 2017 - $32 million more than the same period last year.

U.S. Department of Energy, energy.gov

With the passage of a bill lifting the ‘nuclear moratorium’ in Kentucky, now that Senate Bill 11 also known as the 'Robert J. Leeper Act' has been signed into law, there is a renewed attention on the past, present and future of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. 

U.S. Department of Energy, energy.gov

Kentucky lawmakers have voted to open the door to nuclear power. The Kentucky House passed the bill 65 to 28 Wednesday, sending it to Governor Matt Bevin.

U.S. Department of Energy, energy.gov

  Governor Matt Bevin says he will not veto a bill that would lift Kentucky’s decades-old ban on nuclear power.

LRC Public Information

A bill that would lift the moratorium on nuclear power plants in Kentucky passed a legislative committee Tuesday and awaits final passage by the state House of Representatives.

lrc.state.ky.us

Proponents of nuclear power are hoping the seventh time is a charm at Kentucky's capitol. The state Senate Wednesday voted to lift a moratorium preventing the storage of nuclear waste in the Commonwealth.

Nuclear power plants are typically hulking structures made using billions of dollars of concrete and steel. But one company thinks that by going smaller, they could actually make nuclear power more affordable.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Honeywell is reducing production capacity and cutting 22 jobs at their Metropolis plant due to ongoing challenges in the nuclear industry. 

TVA

Within the next five months, President-elect Donald Trump could appoint a majority of the board for the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest government-owned utility. 

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