USW Atomic Sector
Welcome to the atomic energy web page where news and information about the USW's nuclear sector is featured. Learn what is happening in the nuclear industry and the issues atomic locals are confronting in their dealings with contractors, corporations, the Department of Energy, other government agencies and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
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- December 09, 2013 Senate may consider WIPP extension Congressman Steve Pearce's proposal to expand the mission of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant has a date with the Senate.
- December 09, 2013 Energy Communities Alliance Bulletin News and information about the activities of the Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency. November 2013 issue
- December 05, 2013 Ebb in Uranium Enrichment in U.S. Raises Questions About Nuclear Policy The United States does not need enrichment to make any new nuclear weapons, because it already has thousands of them. But the United States could lose the ability to maintain its nuclear arsenal, many experts say, because its nuclear infrastructure is withering. The last American factory for enriching uranium that used American technology closed in May. It was a victim, after 60 years, of changing technologies and economics — some of it resulting from the Megatons to Megawatts program, which provided the enrichment needs for half of the civilian nuclear industry.
- December 03, 2013 South Carolina Threatens Washington Over Cleanup Energy Department officials counter that the cleanup slowdown is a temporary effect of budget stringency in Washington and that Congress has tied their hands. A combination of the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration and a 2011 cap on military spending — of which the environmental cleanup is technically part — do not leave them with enough money to meet their commitments, they say.
- December 03, 2013 GE Hitachi, Energy Department in talks over Kentucky uranium The U.S. Department of Energy said Wednesday that it is entering negotiations with General Electric's nuclear division on a proposal to replace an aging uranium enrichment plant in Kentucky with a new facility.
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- September 26, 2013 Department of Energy 9.20.13 Memo on its Commitment to Health and Safety DOE gave the USW a copy of a memo on "Personal Commitment to Health and Safety through Leadership, Employee Engagement, and Organizational Learning. The memo was sent to heads of departmental elements.
- April 22, 2013 Department of Energy 4.11.13 letter on sequestration to USW Intl. VP At Large Carol Landry The Dept. of Energy (DOE) responds to a letter from USW International Vice President At Large Carol Landry about the impact of sequestration spending reductions on employment at DOE facilities.
- June 26, 2012 Dept. of Energy Secretary Chu 6-26-12 letter to USW VP Carol Landry Letter from DOE Secretary Steven Chu to USW Vice President Carol Landry.
- June 15, 2012 President Gerard's 6-15-12 Letter in Response to Deputy Secretary Poneman 5-14-12 Letter President Gerard responds to Dept. of Energy Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman's 5-14-12 letter.
- May 14, 2012 Department of Energy 5-14-12 Response to President Gerard's 3-9-12 Letter Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel B. Poneman responds to President Gerard’s concerns about DOE policies.
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- November 26, 2013 Securing the Right to a Safe and Healthy Workplace The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), passed in 1970, recognizes that workers play a critical role in ensuring their workplaces are healthy and safe. Unfortunately, the weak guarantees written into the federal OSH Act leave workers with few protections against retaliation by an employer after reporting dangerous working conditions. To ensure that workers have the ability to report dangerous workplaces and be protected from discharge and other punitive actions, states must act to improve their labor laws to protect workers from retaliation.
- November 26, 2013 It's Not Safe Out There Anthony Tenny told Clearwater Paper several times that he was concerned about working in excessive red cedar dust at its Lewiston, Idaho, sawmill. But nothing changed. So he reported his fears to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- November 26, 2013 OSHA plans to make workplace safety reports public Federal safety regulators on Thursday proposed major changes in workplace reporting rules that would require large companies to file injury and illness reports electronically so they can be posted online and made available to the public.
- August 27, 2013 USW Hazard Alert - Fatal Accidents Mobile Equipment and Foot Traffic Hazards
- February 21, 2013 Hazard Alert--Workplace Chemical Exposures and Increased Breast Cancer Risk A new ground-breaking study correlates increased breast cancer risk among premenopausal women and workplace exposure to carcinogens and endocrine disrupting chemicals.
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- February 15, 2013 Office of Nuclear Energy Launches New Website The Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) is pleased to introduce our new, updated public website: energy.gov/ne.
- December 10, 2012 Useful Web Resources for Nuclear Workers Check out these websites for information about health and safety and the nuclear sector. This is a work-in-progress, and we will be adding more sites in the coming weeks.
- December 03, 2012 Fifteen Things Every Union Leader Should Know About Safety And Health This list from the USW Safety, Health & Environment Department summarizes the basics of what you need to know about safety and health.
- November 27, 2012 Brief Summary of USW Representation in the U.S. Nuclear Materials Sector This document lists the nuclear facilities where there is USW representation.
- November 27, 2012 History of the U.S. Nuclear Sector and USW A brief history about the USW's involvement in the nuclear sector.
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