A Trump administration plan to subsidize coal and nuclear energy would cost US taxpayers about $10.6bn a year and prop up some of the oldest and dirtiest power plants in the country, a new analysis has found. The Department of Energy has proposed that coal and nuclear plants be compensated not only for the electricity they produce but also for the reliability they provide to the grid. The new rule would provide payments to facilities that store fuel on-site for 90 days or more because they are “indispensable for our economic and national security”.
Guardian 27th Oct 2017 read more »
Atomic power has not been generated in Maine since 1996, but an end to the public health risk posed by nuclear waste stored here remains at least a decade away. And the impacts of climate change add a new sense of urgency to the hunt for a solution. The nuclear waste — 60 concrete-encased, steel canisters holding 1,400 spent nuclear fuel rods and four containers of irradiated steel removed from the Maine Yankee plant’s reactor vessel during decommissioning — will pose a threat to humans and the environment for at least 10,000 years. That’s why federal regulators and politicians for decades have sought a place to safely store the radioactive materials left behind by nuclear reactors.
Bangor Daily 26th Oct 2017 read more »