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Nuclear Industry Calls Clean Power Plan Unfair

States and energy utilities say the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan – designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions – would penalize nuclear energy, a sector that produces no greenhouse gases, according to the Washington Examiner. The Clean Power Plan is intended to produce a 30 percent cut in power-sector emissions … 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 »

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: Shell, BP in Price Probe; Feds ‘Shielded’ Wind Firms

European Commission antitrust regulators are investigating Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Statoil and price reporting company Platts – a subsidiary of McGraw Hill Financial – over potential oil price manipulation. The probe is examining how price reporting companies help determine the cost of raw materials, Bloomberg says. The federal government is … Read more »

Consumer Support for Green Energy Drops

Consumer support for clean energy declined significantly between 2009 and 2011, according to a report by Pike Research. The cleantech market intelligence firm’s annual Energy & Environment Consumer Survey found that the average percentage of consumers with an “extremely” or “very” favorable view of 13 clean energy concepts, ranging from renewable … Read more »

Cleantech Innovations Continue to Thrive

Cleantech innovations continue to thrive, a sign that viability for eco-friendly energy technologies is continuing.  With increasing opportunity to innovate in this sector, many wonder which technologies areas are most likely to prevail.  A recent analysis of the cleantech patent landscape trends illustrates the hot cleantech categories, the up-and-coming technology … Read more »

Compliance & Standards Briefing: Ultra-Low Sulfur Coal, Water and LEED, PV and WEEE

Ameren Missouri, an electric and gas provider, said that it will comply with the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule by entering into a long-term contract with Peabody Energy for the purchase of 91 million tons of ultra-low sulfur coal through 2017. Warner Baxter, company president and CEO, said this strategy will … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Massive Shell Spill, Online Violation Tracking, EPA Easing Carbon Capture

The EPA on Thursday proposed a rule that would exclude carbon dioxide streams that are injected for geologic sequestration, in wells designated for this purpose, from hazardous waste regulations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the agency said. The exclusion is part of an effort to lower barriers to … Read more »

1E Expands into Germany; Carbon Impact of Nuclear Ban ‘Startling’

Efficiency software company 1E has announced its expansion into Germany, citing the country’s axing of its nuclear program as a major driver. “The recent cancellation of Germany’s nuclear program calls for immediate action,” 1E CEO Sumir Karayi said. “Put this into a carbon emissions context and the ramifications are startling. … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: EU Target Defeated, Yucca Mtn., Shell in Alaska

The European Parliament has today voted against raising the continent’s emissions reduction target, from the current goal of a 20 per cent cut against 1990 levels by 2020, to a 30 per cent cut by the same date. MEPs voted 347-258 against the proposal, with 62 abstentions, Business Green reports. A … Read more »

Policy & Regulatory Briefing: Obama’s Cree Visit, Renewable Funding Cuts

President Obama is scheduled to meet today with his Jobs and Competitiveness Council, composed mostly of business executives, at the Durham, N.C., headquarters of LED manufacturer Cree. The council will deliver recommendations on speeding up growth in sectors including clean energy, manufacturing, construction and health care. According to the (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) … Read more »