At the Hanford site in southeastern Washington, along the Columbia River, millions of gallons of radioactive sludge are cradled in aging underground tanks. Nearly 2,000 capsules filled with cesium and strontium rest unquietly in an old, glowing-blue pool of water. Two reactors along the Columbia still need to be sealed up and cocooned. And those are just some of the bigger waste sites out of hundreds at the 580-square-mile cleanup site. It’s a lot to ponder and a steep learning curve for freshly hired David Bowen. He started his new job Dec. 16 as the Nuclear Waste Program lead for Washington’s Department of Ecology in Richland. Bowen has owned his own bar in Cle Elum, been a Kittitas County commissioner and managed groundwater nitrate cleanup in the Yakima Valley. Now, he’ll hold the U.S. Department of Energy accountable for its cleanup at the site using the Tri-Party Agreement. That’s a 1989 document struck between Ecology, the federal Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
OPB 29th Dec 2020 read more »
The Ohio Supreme Court on Monday issued a temporary stay to stop collection of a fee from nearly every electric customer in the state starting Jan. 1 to subsidize two nuclear power plants, a provision included in a scandal-tainted bill approved by the state Legislature in July 2019. The order signed by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor comes a week after a judge in Franklin County issued a preliminary injunction to stop collection of the fees. Common Pleas Judge Chris Brown in his ruling from the bench last Monday said, “To not impose an injunction would be to allow certain parties to prevail. It would give the OK that bribery is allowed in the state of Ohio and that any ill-gotten gains can be received.
SF Chronicle 28th Dec 2020 read more »
Joe Biden ‘is eyeing cuts to America’s $1.2trillion nuclear modernization program and could reverse Trump administration’s efforts to develop a new warhead’.
Daily Mail 29th Dec 2020 read more »
New solar panel installations in the US are forecast to have increased by 43% throughout 2020. That’s according to a new report by the US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the research firm Wood McKenzie, which estimates a record 19GW of new solar capacity has been installed this year. The findings of the report show the utility-scale market was the primary driver of the installations in the third quarter with 2.7GW of new capacity.
Energy Live News 30th Dec 2020 read more »