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Hitachi Targets Nuclear Waste Technology

Hitachi Targets Nuclear Waste Technology

Hitachi has begun joint research with three American universities aimed at reducing the time required for decay in the radioactivity of nuclear waste materials and using radioactive waste as fuel. The research, conducted with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, and the University of California, Berkeley will … Read more »

Kurion

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 »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: GHG Ruling, Exxon Fined $105m, Natgas Blowout

The US Court of Appeals on Friday rejected a legal challenge by Texas, Wyoming and several industry groups, who objected to the EPA forcing states to set greenhouse gas limits on industrial facilities. In a 2-1 ruling, the court said the parties did not have standing to sue because they could … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: DOE ‘Mishandled Waste,’ Energy Trust on Ice

The Department of Energy mishandled dangerous waste, placing it in a landfill before treating it – rather than after, as required –  and operating several waste storage units without proper permit authorization, according to a settlement with the EPA. An agency statement referred to a dangerous mix of hazardous and … Read more »

car exhaust

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Car Deal on Ice, China Tariffs, Pipeline Penalties

German lobbying has frozen an EU deal imposing stricter carbon emissions limits on new cars from 2020, Reuters reports. Various sources said Germany is trying either to delay the deal or to kill it completely. Earlier reports said that the EU had managed to reach a compromise deal, despite German … Read more »

CB&I

Contract Wins: CB&I, Southwest Engineers, Calysta Energy, Linde

CB&I: The air quality control system company has been awarded two contracts with a combined value of more than $40 million for an air quality control program for five existing coal-fired units. The units represent more than 4,000 MW of electric generating capacity. CB&I will provide turnkey engineering, procurement and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: GMO Bill, Ozone Agreement, Coal Slurry Danger

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced a bill Wednesday to require labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms, Reuters reported. The bill has 31 co-sponsors. But executives from Monsanto, Dow Chemical and DuPont said they are planning a campaign to turn public opinion … Read more »