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One new case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, was reported at the Savannah River Site on Thursday morning, a day after officials and contractors at the nuclear reserve began a shift back to so-called normal operations.

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President Donald Trump and his administration have no plans to use Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository, according to Mark Menezes, the current under secretary of energy and the president's pick to be the next No. 2 at the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Another case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has been confirmed at the Savannah River Site, the sprawling nuclear-waste-and-weapons reserve south of Aiken.

President Donald Trump's pick to be the next deputy secretary of energy cruised through a nomination hearing Wednesday afternoon, facing little resistance while fielding questions largely focused on energy production, research and development and the novel coronavirus.

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A bloc of local governments and nuclear industry, labor and community groups are pressing Congress to provide a one-time multibillion-dollar boost to the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management, the remediation-focused Savannah River Site landlord.

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A COVID-19 scare last month halted construction for two weeks at the Savannah River Site's Surplus Plutonium Disposition project, an incident that highlights how the coronavirus pandemic has flustered the broader nuclear and national defense landscapes.

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All 13 Savannah River Site employees who tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, have made a "full" recovery as of Wednesday evening, according to an online update from site officials.

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Four massive battery banks were removed from the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River Site weeks ahead of schedule in March, another step forward in the process of shuttering and reworking the failed nuclear-fuel project.

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The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday said it intends to extend Savannah River Remediation's contract for one year, an announcement made as the department readies and works through another Savannah River Site liquid waste-related procurement.

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Oral arguments in a case concerning $200 million of plutonium fines sought by South Carolina were heard by a panel of federal judges Tuesday, another step forward in an escalating legal battle entangling the Palmetto State, the U.S. Department of Energy and its Savannah River Site.

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Warm support for a proposed nuclear weapons mission at the Savannah River Site clashed sharply with dissent and pointed criticism during a Thursday public hearing hosted by the National Nuclear Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy's weapons-and-nonproliferation arm.

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The Savannah River Site liquid-waste contractor earlier this month suspended construction of Saltstone Disposal Unit 7, as the site dialed down work and shifted exclusively to essential mission-critical activities amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Planning is underway to step-by-step return operations at the Savannah River Site to normal, news that roughly coincides with President Donald Trump's Opening Up America Again agenda and the easing of some coronavirus-related restrictions in South Carolina and Georgia.

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The Savannah River Site's lead contractor has donated $10,000 to the Red Cross to bolster the independent nonprofit's disaster response to recent severe storms and tornadoes.

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There is "no indication" Russia has breached the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement, an accord between Washington and Moscow that gave rise to the failed Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, according to a new report prepared by the U.S. Department of State.

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Five cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the highly contagious novel coronavirus, have been reported at the Savannah River Site.

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The federal government, namely the U.S. Department of Energy, and the state of Nevada are close to settling a protracted lawsuit concerning the covert shipment of plutonium from the Savannah River Site to the Nevada National Security Site roughly two years ago.

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Citing a notable decline in potential funding, U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee leadership recently asked a federal watchdog to examine the Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management's science and technology development efforts as well as how new remediation me…

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