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Both proponents, opponents of uranium mining will voice opinions - The Denver Post - 0 views

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    "Groups on either side of proposed uranium-mining operations in Colorado this week will present their ideas about how companies should conduct themselves if they use water and chemicals to extract the ore.

    The Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board hearings begin this morning and are likely to last through Wednesday. The board will issue formal rules on in-situ mining in August.

    The in-situ process injects water and chemicals to free the uranium, pumps out the fluid and collects the ore.

    The state has been gathering information on the proposed rules since last year. The rule-making process is required under a law signed by Gov. Bill Ritter in 2008 that regulates pollution and reclamation activity for in-situ uranium mines in Colorado."
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Domenici fireworks liven up nuclear waste hearing - Carlsbad Current-Argus - 0 views

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    "At first glance, the agenda for last week's Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future looked pretty mundane.

    Who knew that former Sen. Pete Domenici - fresh from cataract surgery and sporting dark sunglasses - would bring the fireworks. The New Mexico Republican lobbed plenty of them at Ron Curry, New Mexico's secretary of environment, during a hearing to examine the Waste Isolation Pilot Project.

    First, a little background. The commission, appointed by President Obama earlier this year, met in Washington last Wednesday to consider best practices for disposing of high-level nuclear waste. Among those invited to testify were Curry; state Rep. John Heaton, a Carlsbad Democrat; and Don Hancock, director of the Albuquerque-based Southwest Research and Information Center. Domenici, a New Mexico Republican, is a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission."
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NRC: NRC Announces Opportunity to Participate in Hearing on New Reactor Application for... - 0 views

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    "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today announced the opportunity for public participation in a hearing on a Combined License (COL) application for two new reactors at the Turkey Point site near Homestead, Fla.

    Florida Power & Light submitted the COL application June 30, 2009, seeking approval to build and operate two AP1000 reactors at the site, approximately 40 miles south of Miami. The Turkey Point application, minus proprietary or security-related details, is available on the NRC Web site at: http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/new-reactors/col/turkey-point.html.

    The NRC staff has determined that the application contains sufficient information for the agency to formally "docket," or file, the application and begin its technical review. Docketing the application does not preclude additional requests for information as the review proceeds; nor does it indicate whether the Commission will issue the license. The docket numbers established for this application are 52-040 and 52-041.

    The NRC has issued in the Federal Register a notice of opportunity to intervene in the proceeding on the application, and the deadline for requesting a hearing is Aug. 17. Petitions may be filed by anyone whose interest may be affected by the proposed license, who wishes to participate as a party in the proceeding, and who meets criteria set out in the NRC's regulations. Background information regarding the hearing process was provided by NRC staff to members of the public during an April 2009 meeting in Homestead."
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Hearing on pond at Duke nuke plant turns to larger issues - Charlotte Business Journal - 0 views

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    "A public hearing on Duke Energy Carolinas' plan for a third cooling water pond at its proposed Lee Nuclear Station quickly devolved into pro- and anti-plant factions talking past each other.

    Not that the people did not have important things to say. But in the two-hour hearing Thursday night in Gaffney, S.C., only a few of the presentations involved the proposed pond and the plant's impact on the Broad River, which will provide the cooling water.

    Instead, the discussion tended to be about the pros and cons of nuclear energy.

    Supporters contended Duke has a strong nuclear safety record and the plant is needed to provide power and jobs for the Carolinas."
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Expert hearing held on forthcoming EU Nuclear Waste Directive - Bellona - 0 views

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    "An expert hearing was held at the European Parliament earlier this month regarding the forthcoming EU Directive on Nuclear Waste. Different approaches to nuclear waste management policies by EU member states were discussed in order to shed light on what a strong and comprehensive directive should contain. Veronica Webster, 15/06-2010

    The attendees heard that an all-encompassing definition of nuclear waste must be included in the forthcoming directive, as well as some of the necessary characteristics of acceptable geological repositories for nuclear waste.

    The hearing was co-hosted by Anni Podimata, a Greek socialist and Rebecca Harms, a German green member of the European Parliament. The hearing was also held in cooperation with green NGO Friends of the Earth Europe. "
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New Times SLO | Diablo safety concerns raised at NRC hearing - 0 views

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    "Judges from the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, the independent trial-level adjudicatory body of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, heard arguments from attorneys of San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (SLOMFP) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) regarding the pros and cons of license renewal for Diablo Canyon power plant on May 26.

    SLOMFP attorney Diane Curran opened the hearing with a summary of the positions of the watchdog group, arguing that recent inspection reports show a pattern of inefficiency related to safe operation and aging of the plant. PG&E argued that many issues raised by Curran weren't relevant to relicensing issues.

    The current operating licenses for the two reactors at Diablo Canyon are set to expire in 2024 and 2025, respectively. PG&E has applied to continue operating the two reactors through 2045.

    "It doesn't take 11 years to do a license application," SLO Mothers for Peace spokeswoman Jane Swanson told New Times. "
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NRC panel to begin Vegas hearings on nuclear dump - Thursday, June 3, 2010 | 6:56 a.m. ... - 0 views

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    "A Nuclear Regulatory Commission legal panel is hearing arguments in Las Vegas about whether the federal Energy Department can withdraw its application to build a national nuclear waste dump in Nevada.

    Local officials say a decision by the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board and Construction Authorization Board will be pivotal to the fate of the Yucca Mountain project.

    A public hearing was expected to take all day Thursday at an NRC hearing facility near McCarran International Airport.

    The panel of administrative judges are also considering which petitioners can be admitted as parties in licensing proceedings, and how millions of documents generated during more than 25 years of study could be archived, maintained and preserved."
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NRC: News Release - 2010-078 - Licensing Board to Hear Oral Argument May 26 in San Luis... - 0 views

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    "The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board handling the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactor license renewal proceeding will hear oral argument May 26 on the request by the San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (SLOMFP) for an evidentiary hearing. The Board is an independent quasi-judicial arm of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that decides legal challenges to applications and proposed licensing actions by the NRC.

    The oral argument will be presented by the lawyers representing SLOMFP, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), and NRC staff. The session will begin at 8:30 a.m. PDT and may extend into the evening, if necessary, on Wednesday, May 26, in the San Luis Obispo County Board Chambers of the County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo. Although the oral argument will be limited to the lawyers for the litigants, the session is open to the public for observation. Early arrival is suggested to allow for security screening for all members of the public interested in attending. NRC policy prohibits signs, banners, posters or displays in the hearing room.

    PG&E submitted a license renewal application on Nov. 24, 2009, seeking a 20-year renewal of the operating licenses for Diablo Canyon Power Plant Units 1 and 2. The units are located approximately 12 miles southwest of San Luis Obispo. The Atomic Safety & Licensing Board is considering whether SLOMFP should be granted intervenor status in the proceeding. SLOMFP has submitted contentions challenging five aspects of PG&E's application, along with a request to waive two NRC regulations so as to allow the admission of two of the contentions. All parties have filed extensive legal briefs on these issues. On May 26th the Board will listen to the lawyers' arguments and ask them questions concerning the proposed contentions and waiver requests.
    Documents related to the Diablo Canyon license renewal application are available on the NRC Web site at: http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/licensing/renewal/applications/diabl
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SC regulators set hearings on SCE&G rate hike - BusinessWeek - 0 views

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    "State utility regulators have set three night hearings on a proposed rate increase for South Carolina Electric and Gas Co.

    The Public Service Commission said Wednesday the 6 p.m. hearings will be conducted in Summerville, Charleston and Columbia.

    SCE&G, a subsidiary of Scana Corp., is seeking 9.5 percent increase in electricity rates to pay for federally mandated environmental improvements to its plants and for its backup dam near Columbia."
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BBC NEWS | UK | England | Cumbria | Nuclear waste plan put to public - 0 views

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    People in west Cumbria have the chance to find out more about government plans to store nuclear waste underground.

    The West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) Partnership is sending leaflets to all homes in the Allerdale and Copeland council areas.

    There will also be a series of public meetings over the next three months.
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    People in west Cumbria have the chance to find out more about government plans to store nuclear waste underground.

    The West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) Partnership is sending leaflets to all homes in the Allerdale and Copeland council areas.

    There will also be a series of public meetings over the next three months.
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House panel weighs ban on imported nuke waste | tennessean.com | The Tennessean - 0 views

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    A ban on importing foreign radio active waste is needed to ensure there's enough room to store waste generated in the U.S., including at Tennessee research facilities and Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear plants, Rep. Bart Gordon said Friday.
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    Gordon, D-Murfreesboro, participated in a hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy and Environment subcommittee on legislation he co-sponsored to enforce a ban.

    The legislation was prompted by an application from EnergySolutions Inc. to bring in up to 20,000 tons of low-level radioactive waste from Italian nuclear power facilities to the U.S., where it would be processed at a company plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The remaining material would be shipped to a company storage facility in Clive, Utah.
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    A ban on importing foreign radio active waste is needed to ensure there's enough room to store waste generated in the U.S., including at Tennessee research facilities and Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear plants, Rep. Bart Gordon said Friday.
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    Gordon, D-Murfreesboro, participated in a hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy and Environment subcommittee on legislation he co-sponsored to enforce a ban.

    The legislation was prompted by an application from EnergySolutions Inc. to bring in up to 20,000 tons of low-level radioactive waste from Italian nuclear power facilities to the U.S., where it would be processed at a company plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The remaining material would be shipped to a company storage facility in Clive, Utah.
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Nuke waste: Congressman presses EnergySolutions on its 'contracts' - Salt Lake Tribune - 0 views

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    Washington » EnergySolutions told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it would suffer "substantial economic harm" if a license is not granted to import 20,000 tons of Italian low-level radioactive waste because the Salt Lake City-based company had contracts it must fill.

    But EnergySolutions President Val Christensen acknowledged under questioning by a congressional committee Friday that there were no signed contracts with Italy or the waste holders.

    "Help me here," Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., asked Christensen. "You wrote to the NRC, a federal agency" that you would suffer harm because of existing contracts.

    "Because contract negotiations were under way," Christensen
    To see the EnergySolutions brief, filed to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, click on the icon (pdf)
    responded.
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    Washington » EnergySolutions told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it would suffer "substantial economic harm" if a license is not granted to import 20,000 tons of Italian low-level radioactive waste because the Salt Lake City-based company had contracts it must fill.

    But EnergySolutions President Val Christensen acknowledged under questioning by a congressional committee Friday that there were no signed contracts with Italy or the waste holders.

    "Help me here," Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., asked Christensen. "You wrote to the NRC, a federal agency" that you would suffer harm because of existing contracts.

    "Because contract negotiations were under way," Christensen
    To see the EnergySolutions brief, filed to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, click on the icon (pdf)
    responded.
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timestranscript.com - Input sought on nuclear waste | By Nick Moore - Breaking News, Ne... - 0 views

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    Regardless of whether Canada's nuclear waste gets sent to New Brunswick for long-term storage, the radioactive material would never-the-less be transported through the province by way of truck, train or boat to such a facility, says the group responsible for finding a storage site.

    The Nuclear Waste Management Organization says the issue of transporting used nuclear fuel from reactors across the country to one main underground storage facility is a major part of their site selection process, and they want to hear from the public about their methods and procedure.

    The organization held a public information meeting yesterday in Fredericton, the first in a series of provincial meetings about the process of selecting a site. Similar public meetings will take place today in Edmundston and Saint John, with another scheduled June 18 in Bathurst.
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Concerns raised about nuclear consultations in Sask. - 0 views

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    Public meetings on the future of uranium in Saskatchewan are leaving too many questions unanswered, the NDP charged Tuesday.

    No experts were available at the first of 10 community sessions, which focus on the findings of the Saskatchewan Party government-appointed Uranium Development Partnership (UDP), to field queries from people in the audience on issues such as nuclear power, said Sandra Morin, the Opposition's environment critic.

    "It unfortunately confirmed my worst fears in terms of what we thought might happen versus what we had been told by (former minister of Enterprise and Innovation) Lyle Stewart," said Morin, who attended the Yorkton forum Monday night.
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The Canadian Press: Public meetings on uranium future in Saskatchewan raise questions, ... - 0 views

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    Public consultations on uranium development in Saskatchewan just started, but the man overseeing them says there are already a lot of questions.

    Two of 10 community meetings have been held so far to get public input for a uranium development report.

    Dan Perrins says most questions have been about the safety and health effects of nuclear power plants and the storage of nuclear waste.

    Perrins also admits concerns have been raised to which people haven't received answers because there were no experts available at the meetings.
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NRC: NRC TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS MAY 19 IN WILMINGTON, N.C., ON ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW FO... - 0 views

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    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold two public meetings May 19 in Wilmington, N.C., to seek comments about specific issues that should be addressed in its environmental review of a proposed uranium enrichment facility.

    The meetings will be held at the Warwick Center, Ballroom 1, at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, from 1 to 4 p.m., and 7 to 10 p.m. NRC staff members will be available for an hour prior to each meeting to speak informally to members of the public.

    General Electric-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment, LLC, (GLE) submitted the environmental report Jan. 30, as one part of an application for a 40-year license to construct and operate a laser-based uranium enrichment facility at the existing General Electric/Global Nuclear Fuels-Americas site near Wilmington. GLE has indicated it intends to file the rest of its application - pertaining to safety aspects of the facility - by the end of June.
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Feds start discussion on more nuclear facilities in South Miami-Dade - Pinecrest / Bays... - 0 views

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    While two more nuclear reactors at Turkey Point would generate clean energy and create at least 800 permanent new jobs in the area, federal regulators Thursday night said the proposed facilities were not a done deal.

    ''If approved,'' stressed Stephanie Coffin, branch chief for the division of new reactor licensing at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ``This is not an automatic process.''

    She and her colleagues from the Rockville, Md.-based federal agency, which regulates the construction and operation of nuclear reactors nationwide, spoke to more than 200 people at the Keys Gate Golf and Country Club, 2300 Southeast Palm Dr.

    Florida Power & Light has proposed building two more nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point site within the next 12 years.
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NRC plans two hearings on VY safety assessment - Brattleboro Reformer - 0 views

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    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be in Brattleboro on April 16 to hold two public hearings to discuss the annual assessment of the 2008 safety performance of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.

    Both meetings are scheduled for the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, at 1380 Putney Road.

    The first meeting will take place between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and will consist of a discussion between representatives from Entergy, which owns and operates Yankee, and NRC staff.

    Following the discussion there will be time for questions and comments from the general public.

    The second meeting, which starts at 7 p.m., will be a town hall-style meeting dedicated to answering questions from the public with respect to the plant's performance.
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ST-US: Uranium committee holds hearing - 0 views

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    More than 400 people attended a public hearing on a study of uranium mining Tuesday night at Chatham High School, about six miles from what is believed to be the largest uranium deposit in the United States.

    The Virginia Coal and Energy Commission's Uranium Mining Subcommittee held the hearing so residents could offer ideas on the scope of the study, said Del. Lee Ware Jr. of Powhatan.
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Recycling nuclear fuel topic of Bolingbrook hearing: Bolingbrook Sun - 0 views

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    Just two years ago, Morris was in the running to become a nuclear fuel recycling site.

    But a backlash - in evidence at a Bolingbrook hearing Dec. 4 - has the Department of Energy asking Americans if the U.S. should recycle fuel and how it should happen.

    The department wanted three facilities: a research lab, a recycling center and a recycling reactor. The reactor would make electricity while destroying the long-lasting radioactive fuel leftovers.

    The plan was part of President Bush's Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) to increase nuclear energy use.


    Missed the hearing?

    To submit comments to the Department of Energy on whether we should recycle spent nuclear fuel:

    n Write to: Mr. Frank Schwartz, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy - NE-5, 1000 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20585. n Fax: 866-645-7807

    n Visit: www.regulations.gov
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