The radioactive material is being stored at nuclear power plants around the country, awaiting either temporary or permanent storage. The temporary storage proposed for West Texas would probably last for decades.Earlier this month, Waste Control Specialists announced a joint venture with the U.S. subsidiary of French company Orano. That company is involved in decommissioning nuclear power plants and storing spent fuel at existing facilities.The companies said they intended to resume the temporary storage application process. The financially stabilized Waste Control Specialists is already licensed to store low-level radioactive waste at its Andrew County site. In January, private equity firm J.F. Lehman & Co. announced it was buying privately-owned Waste Control Specialists. The new owner also controls NorthStar Group Services, which decommissions nuclear power plants in addition to being a major wrecking, demolition and asbestos abatement firm.An earlier Waste Control … [Read more...] about This Dallas company wants the feds to bury nuclear waste in West Texas
The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook's privacy practices following a week of privacy scandals including whether the company engaged in "unfair acts" that cause "substantial injury" to consumers. Facebook's stock, which already took a big hit last week, plunged as a result. Facebook said in a statement on Monday that the company remains "strongly committed" to protecting people's information and that it welcomes the opportunity to answer the FTC's questions. News outlets have reported on the FTC investigation last week, but the FTC hadn't confirmed it until Monday. Facebook reached a settlement with the FTC in 2011 offering privacy assurances. … [Read more...] about Federal Trade Commission confirms investigation of Facebook, company shares plunge
A Coastal Environment Group sign hangs Wednesday, March 21, 2018, on the front of a building registered as the offices of SWF Constructors in Omaha, Neb. F(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)A Coastal Environment Group sign hangs Wednesday, March 21, 2018, on the front of a building registered as the offices of SWF Constructors in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)A Coastal Environment Group sign hangs Wednesday, March 21, 2018, on the front of a building registered as the offices of SWF Constructors in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) OMAHA, Neb. — Federal officials are saying little about how they chose a Nebraska startup to build an $11 million section of border wall in California, including whether they knew of the company’s connections to a construction firm flagged in a government audit for “many potential fraud indicators.” The top Democrat on the House Committee on National Security is seeking answers from the Department of Homeland Security on what vetting was … [Read more...] about Feds scrutinized over picking company for building border wall
The tritium discovered last month in groundwater in Genoa was not the first radioactive material released in the decommissioning of the former Dairyland Power nuclear plant.LaCrosseSolutions, the company in charge of the $85 million project, accidentally spilled 400 gallons of radioactive water into the Mississippi River last year, though the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there was little risk to public health.The NRC last month determined that the spill was a violation of federal regulations, one of three low-level violations identified in the annual inspection of the decommissioning operations at the La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor. None of the violations resulted in a citation.On Feb. 23, 2017, a radiation protection technician discovered that a garden hose attached to a sump pump had been left overnight in a 20,000-gallon tank of waste water collected in the course of dismantling the reactor containment building, according to reports filed with state and federal regulators.The … [Read more...] about NRC: Company dismantling Genoa nuclear plant spilled tainted water into Mississippi River
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Are unpaid internships good for students, companies? New rules for internships and pressure from colleges to graduate with them, likely mean more college students will be working this summer without pay. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 a.m. ET March 24, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE In her junior year at Michigan State, Haylee Podrasky applied for an unpaid summer internship with the United Shore Professional Baseball League. "As it was getting closer to the summer, my professors were always presenting opportunities to us and … [Read more...] about Are unpaid internships good for students, companies?