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April 26 2012


Mine Markers Threaten Birds Out West

A cooperative effort is under way to remove PVC pipes that claim the lives of millions of birds each year in the western United States.

January 27 2012


Is Spent Nuclear Fuel Really Waste?

A special commission on nuclear waste is not bullish on the near-term prospects for reprocessing it so that the uranium and plutonium it contains can be reused..
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September 19 2011


In Ancient Pines, a Startling Shift in Tree Rings

Scientists say that accelerated growth in the tree rings of bristlecone pines appears to be linked to climate change.

September 12 2011


How Dead Is Yucca Mountain?

Does a vote taken on Friday by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission seal the waste repository's fate or keep it alive? Or is everything up in the air, legally speaking?

July 15 2011


Solar Power for Darker Times

The Spanish government has chosen SolarReserve to build a plant in Alcázar de San Juan, southeast of Madrid, that relies on a field of mirrors.

June 14 2011


Political Volleys Over Nuclear Waste

At a subcommittee hearing, House members assert that the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission blocked a waste depository at Yucca Mountain for political reasons. Others counter that the House's long-ago choice of Yucca was political to begin with.

April 20 2011


Radiation: A Literary Analysis

An English professor has written a book with a new take on how and why Nevada was selected as home to the largest nuclear bomb test site, and the proposed host for a nuclear waste repository.

April 05 2011


Republicans Open Inquiry on Yucca Mountain Shutdown

Two congressmen say there was "no scientific or technical basis" for the Obama administration's move to withdraw a construction application for the nuclear-waste storage site.

December 16 2010


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September 14 2010


Of Mussels, Repo Men and the Law

Boaters who spread pipe-clogging, pump-destroying shellfish can be found on the "Wanted" posters of law enforcement agencies around the West.

August 16 2010


June 01 2010


A Bullish View of Wind Power Out West

A study has found that the power grid for five western states - Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming - could operate on as much as 30 percent wind and 5 percent solar without the construction of extensive new infrastructure.
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