U.S. Department of Energy

How yellowcake shaped the West
How yellowcake shaped the West
The ghosts of the uranium boom continue to haunt the land, water and people.
New Mexico eyed for major nuclear waste storage facility
New Mexico eyed for major nuclear waste storage facility
Critics say virtual meetings bypassed rural communities and raise concerns about the company behind the proposal.
Effort to lock Hanford’s radioactive waste in glass faces more delays
Effort to lock Hanford’s radioactive waste in glass faces more delays
Feds aim to push back the opening of ‘glassification’ plants, while state officials say the Department of Energy has been underfunding the cleanup of America’s most poisoned site.
The fallout of uncertainty in nuclear test communities
The fallout of uncertainty in nuclear test communities
For downwinders of bomb testing, plans for compensation to redress past harms makes for tricky politics.
There’s no easy fix for our nuclear past
There’s no easy fix for our nuclear past
At Washington’s Hanford nuclear site, failing infrastructure and make-do plans as the West prepares for a new round of radioactivity.
New EPA head has long history of ties to mining interests
New EPA head has long history of ties to mining interests
Watchdog groups worry Andrew Wheeler will advance an agenda of deregulation.
Arizona water utility chooses solar over coal
Arizona water utility chooses solar over coal
The decision tips the ailing Navajo Generating Station closer to its planned closure.
What is the Department of Energy?
In solar scuffle, big utilities meet their match
In solar scuffle, big utilities meet their match
Solar advocates win a surprising victory in Nevada.
A tour of the West’s radioactive legacy
A tour of the West’s radioactive legacy
Trump’s push for nuclear security could send ripples across the region.
Meet Jane, a climate scientist who fled Trump’s government
Meet Jane, a climate scientist who fled Trump’s government
Worries about science censorship drove her from her post at the Energy Department.
Despite what the Trump administration says, coal is out
Despite what the Trump administration says, coal is out
The energy transition is happening now and will only continue.
Is Yucca Mountain back from the dead?
Is Yucca Mountain back from the dead?
The controversial, long-dormant project rears its head in Congress.
What’s really killing King Coal?
What’s really killing King Coal?
Rick Perry wants to save coal from solar and wind, but natural gas is the real culprit.
Meet Trump’s Interior, EPA and Energy picks
Meet Trump’s Interior, EPA and Energy picks
What we know from the confirmation hearings for Ryan Zinke, Scott Pruitt and Rick Perry.
Washington state sues feds over worker safety at Hanford
Washington state sues feds over worker safety at Hanford
A watchdog group also filed, citing 'toxic roulette' for workers at the former nuclear facility.
In Idaho, new worries over nuclear shipments
In Idaho, new worries over nuclear shipments
With governor set to offer DOE waiver, nuclear waste fears return.
Conflicting forecasts for natural gas
Conflicting forecasts for natural gas
A new study suggests that estimates for U.S. supplies may be vastly overstated.
Regulators release report on viability of nuclear waste storage at Yucca
Regulators release report on viability of nuclear waste storage at Yucca
But it doesn't mean the Nevada site is safe — or even back on the docket.
A plan for California desert conservation comes online
A plan for California desert conservation comes online
Will it stop more solar and wind projects from being built in the wrong places?
The Hanford Whistleblowers
The Hanford Whistleblowers
For decades, insiders have reported problems in the cleanup of our worst nuclear mess — but is anyone listening?
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