nuclear energy

Education
5:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Why are kids in Federal Way playing with a nuclear reactor?

High school senior Raymond Maung poors liquid nitrogen into the reactor.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

In a quiet Federal Way garage, a group of students is getting the chance to do something they’d never get away with at school – build and run a thermonuclear reactor. 

The project aims to reimagine what science class might look like, and nudge dozens of kids into careers in science and technology.

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Environment
10:31 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Wash. nuclear plant a step closer to new license

RICHLAND, Wash. — The only commercial nuclear power plant in the Northwest is one step closer to a new, 20-year license.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday issued its final supplemental environmental impact statement for renewing the operating license for Columbia Generating Station.

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Nuclear Power Plant
8:00 am
Wed September 28, 2011

NW nuclear plant back on grid just as its future is debated

Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station near Richland, Wash., is shown in this 2003 file photo.
Associated Press

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant is back on line. A six-month outage ended Tuesday, the same day that critics and supporters of the plant debated its future in Richland, Wash.

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Nuclear Power Plant
11:33 am
Mon September 26, 2011

NRC begins inspection at Washington nuclear plant

RICHLAND, Wash. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has begun a special inspection at the Northwest's only commercial nuclear power plant.

The inspection centers on three events in which plant operators inadvertently drained reactor coolant from the plant's reactor vessel during a recent refueling outage. The outage began April 2.

The inspection also will look at two other incidents that occurred while the reactor was shut down.

Columbia Generating Station
11:26 am
Wed August 24, 2011

NRC seeks comments on nuclear plant relicensing

RICHLAND, Wash. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comments on a plan to relicense the Pacific Northwest's only commercial nuclear power plant for another 20 years.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
2:27 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

Hanford watchdog sues for more plutonium fuel documents

The nuclear reactor crisis in Japan is prompting more scrutiny of the nuclear power plant near Richland in southeast Washington. Thursday a Seattle-based Hanford watchdog sued Energy Northwest. The group is demanding the power supplier turn over more documents on the possibility of the plant using plutonium for reactor fuel.

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