nuclear power

It’s an international agreement but Trump's decision to leave the nuclear deal with Iran could be felt in our region for good and for bad.

Researchers at Idaho State University said they’ve lost a small amount of weapons-grade plutonium. Federal officials aren’t pleased.

Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

U.S. Air Force Major General Don Alston was in charge of the nation’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Force at F.E. Warren Air Force base and is considered an expert on nuclear deterrence.

He’s currently a consultant on the issue and lives in Cheyenne. Major General Alston joins Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck to discuss a recent review of the nation’s nuclear system and what needs to be done to prepare the country for some new threats. Alston says a recent report indicated that the nation is facing some challenges.

A bill that would allow for the building of a nuclear waste storage facility in Wyoming received an initial go ahead in the State Senate, despite concerns that it isn’t needed yet.  The bill would get the process of permitting a storage facility started, so that if a nuclear power plant was considered for Wyoming, the storage facility would already be permitted.  But some think that the Senate is getting ahead of itself.  Sheridan Republican Bruce Burns worried that this could open the doors for something the state doesn’t want.