The Energy Department confirmed Monday that there is a slow leak in the oldest double-shell waste tank at the Hanford, Washington nuclear reservation that's allowing highly radioactive and hazardous waste to leak into the space between the inner and outer shells, The Associated Press reports.
The Energy Department's inspector general found that the department failed to cut back the travel expenses incurred by its contractors after the White House called for a 30 percent reduction, The Hill reports.
The U.S. Department of Energy says it needs more time to consider an environmental group's objections to a Texas company's plans to build an export terminal for liquefied natural gas in southwest Louisiana, The Associated Press reports.
The Energy Department delayed its approval of a liquefied natural gas export license for Cheniere Energy, stating that it needs time to assess a Sierra Club complaint that the environmental assessment used in the review process was too lax, The Hill reports.
The Energy Department's controversial loan guarantee program has been beset by delays caused by technical questions, companies' own failures to meet contractual milestones and a sense of caution in financing high-risk ventures after the embarrassment caused by Solyndra's bankruptcy, Reuters reports.
Critics are closely watching SoloPower, a solar panel start-up that shares many similarities with Solyndra, as it prepares to receive a loan from the Energy Deparment's controversial loan guarantee program, Reuters reports.
The National Nuclear Security Administration needs better oversight of its contractors to ensure safety at sites around the country, said a report by the Government Accountability Office.
"As work carried out at NNSA’s sites involves dangerous nuclear materials such as plutonium and highly enriched uranium, stringent safety procedures and security requirements must be observed," the report said.