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PNS Daily Newscast - May 13, 2021 


President Biden taps Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of Bureau of Land Management; and Colorado schools get new tools to help students distinguish between news, commentary and disinformation.


2021Talks - May 13, 2021 


Republicans oust Liz Cheney from her leadership role, Dr. Anthony Fauci urges more vaccinations, NAACP leaders voice support for voting rights legislation, and Nancy Pelosi is optimistic about the infrastructure bill.

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A plan to replace electricity generated by four lower Snake River dams includes $10 billion for renewable sources like wind and solar. (Oleg Kovtun/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho -- Nuclear energy could be part of the mix to replace power from four lower Snake River dams if they're removed. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, has an extensive plan, which calls for removing the four dams to aid the ailing salmon populations of the Northwest. Small, modular reactors to

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BOISE, Idaho -- The public can weigh in this week on an experimental nuclear reactor which could be coming to the Idaho National Laboratory. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a new design known as a "versatile nuclear reactor." The DO

The Idaho National Laboratory will be home to NuScale's small, modular reactor project. (Sam Beebe/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho - Questions are being raised about the future of NuScale Power's Idaho project to bring nuclear energy to cities in the Mountain West. NuScale's small, modular reactor design is the first of its kind to be approved in the United States. The new, compact concept is made up of 12 small

Fallout from nuclear tests in Nevada in the 1950s and '60s affected the health of many southern Idahoans. (National Nuclear Security Administration/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho -- Restarting discussion about nuclear-weapons testing is on the table in Washington, D.C., even as Idaho still is waiting for recognition of the harms from testing in the 20th century. Senior White House officials say it could bring China and Russia to negotiations over nuclear arms,

A federal rule change could allow waste disposal at locations other than radioactive-storage facilities. (Scanrail/Adobe Stock)

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BOISE, Idaho -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission may change its rules to allow the nuclear industry to dump some of its waste in landfills. Opponents say the change poses a public health risk and would allow waste to go unmonitored. The proposal would enable the NRC to reinterpret the meaning o

Nuclear waste from the Three Mile Island meltdown in 1979 made its way to Idaho for storage. (Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Flickr)

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BOISE, Idaho - Saturday is the 41st anniversary of the partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. Experts say there are lessons in the incident, including for Idaho, where waste from the plant eventually ended up. Associate Professor of English and Sustainability at Stony Brook

Dr. Heidi Hutner's documentary follows four mothers who experienced the Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown. (Martijn Hart)

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – A documentary explores the lives of women affected by the Three Mile Island accident – the waste from which eventually ended up in Idaho. This year marks 40 years since the partial meltdown at the nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania. Accidents Can Happen: The Wom

San Antonio law enforcement still hasn't found nuclear material stolen from the car of Idaho National Laboratory contractors. (Idaho National Laboratory/Flickr)

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – In 2017, security experts from the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory had a small amount of nuclear material stolen from their rental car while retrieving it in Texas. The plutonium and cesium, materials used to make a nuclear bomb, were taken while the two

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