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Veolia Buys Kurion for $350M, Expands Nuclear Waste Cleanup Biz

Veolia, the Paris-based waste and water giant, has bought Kurion, a nuclear waste cleanup firm based in California, for $350 million. Kurion was involved in stabilizing Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which failed after the 2011 tsunami. Veolia says the acquisition rounds out its nuclear cleanup services and it … Read more »

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Kurion Mobile Processing System Exceeds Fukushima Decontamination Targets

Nuclear and hazardous waste management company Kurion has been awarded a contract by Tokyo Electric Power Company for a second Kurion Mobile Processing System for deployment at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant site. The first system started operating at the site in early October 2014 and has exceeded its … Read more »

Groundwater Remediation Market to Exceed $14bn in 2015

More than $14 billion will be spent in 2015 to remove metals, VOCs and other contaminants from groundwater, according to Site Remediation World Markets published by the McIlvaine Company. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are present at more than two-thirds of the Superfund, EPA Resource and Recovery Act and Department of … Read more »

Tepco Likely to Miss Fukushima Water Cleanup Deadline

Tokyo Electric Power will likely miss its deadline to stop cancer-causing radiation from contaminating groundwater at its wrecked nuclear plant in Fukushima, Bloomberg News reports. When shown calculations by the news agency that put the utility past its March 31, 2015 deadline for filtering the isotope strontium out of stored … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Soot Ruling, Chemical Hearing, Quake Stops Fracking

The US Court of Appeals in Washington ruled in favor of the EPA yesterday, finding that the agency didn’t violate rule-making procedures when it set standards for particulate matter emissions from new steam-generating power plants. The state of Texas and power company body the Utilities Air Regulatory Group had challenged the … Read more »

Tepco Delayed Information Release

Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) knew about record-high levels of a dangerous isotope in groundwater near the doomed Fukushima nuclear plant for five months before reporting the information to authorities, Reuters reports. Tepco said it detected 5 million becquerels per liter of radioactive strontium-90 in a sample from a groundwater well … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Fracking Diesel, GM Corn, Fukushima

The EPA yesterday released revised underground injection control permitting guidance, along with an interpretative memorandum, for fracking wells that use diesel fuels. EPA developed the guidance to clarify how companies can comply with a law passed by Congress in 2005, which exempted hydraulic fracturing operations from the requirement to obtain a … Read more »

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GeoMelt Plant to Provide Nuclear, Hazardous Waste Disposal

The UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) has launched a joint project with US waste treatment company Kurion to deploy a full-scale In-Container Vitrification (ICV) plant based on Kurion’s GeoMelt technology at NNL’s flagship Central Laboratory on the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site. Kurion says the plant can serve as a model … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Colo. Methane Limits, Tesla Fires, Yucca Mountain

Colorado governor John Hickenlooper has proposed tough limits – stronger than federal standards – on leaks of methane and other gases from oil and gas wells and storage tanks, the New York Times reports. He developed the rules in negotiation with three major oil and gas developers: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Encana Corporation … Read more »

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Vegetable Farm Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant in the Works

A Japanese fast-food chain plans to grow food about 60 miles from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Reuters reports. Yoshinoya Holdings, which sells stewed beef over rice called gyudon, has formed a joint-venture with local farmers to grow onions, cabbage and rice for use in outlets across Japan, according to … Read more »

Policy and Enforcement: Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

The Environmental Defense Fund, the American Lung Association and others have filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to revive the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. The groups are saying that to uphold a lower court’s nullification of the major 2011 pollution rule would prevent regulators from ever tackling unhealthy … Read more »