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Saturday, November 10, 2012

NRC in the news 11/09


NRC: Palisades Plant "addressed" Safety Problems; Extra Inspections Still Needed
NASDAQ
(RTTNews.com) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission or NRC said Friday it has concluded that the Palisades nuclear plant has "adequately addressed" last year's safety problems. The plant is owned by Entergy Nuclear Operations and is located in Covert, ...

Regulators keeping close tabs on Mich. nuke plant

CBS News -
COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday it will continue extra inspections of the Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan despite concluding the plant has been taking care of safety problems plaguing ...

Palisades gets upgrade, but NRC wants to keep monitoring operations

WTVB -
COVERT (WKZO) -- The Palisades Nuclear plant is being upgraded from a #3 ranking to a #1 after beefed up Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspections, repairs and a lot of extra work to improve the quality of the performance of the staff and their training at ...

NRC: Palisades Plant "addressed" Safety Problems; Extra Inspections Still Needed

RTT News -
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission or NRC said Friday it has concluded that the Palisades nuclear plant has "adequately addressed" last year's safety problems. The plant is owned by Entergy Nuclear Operations and is located in Covert, Michigan, ...

US NRC panel does not support mandatory filters at nuclear units
Platts
An advisory panel to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday it does not support requirements that 31 nuclear units install expensive external filters, saying a more general requirement that the plants improve protection from radiation release ...
Regulators keeping close tabs on Mich. nuke plant
Ventura County Star
(AP) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday it will continue extra inspections of the Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan despite concluding the plant has been taking care of safety problems plaguing the facility. Regulators ...
Quad Cities Nuclear Power Station Exercise Process To Be Discussed At Public ...
Equities.com
The Quad Cities Nuclear Power Station on-site performance will be observed and evaluated by officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). On Friday, December 7, 2012, a public meeting will be held at 11:00 a.m. (CST) in the Scott County ...
Official backs studying quake risks at nuke plants
The Reporter
ATLANTA — The new chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says she supports an ongoing study of the earthquake risks at nuclear power plants. NRC Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane said this week that a spate of natural events shows the industry ...

NRC chair brings seismic focus to job

CBS News - ‎Nov 9, 2012‎
ATLANTA — Recent earthquakes show the nation's nuclear industry needs to re-evaluate the geologic hazards facing power plants, a process that has already started, the new chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said this week. President Barack ...

Grenade causes police evacuation
Detroit Free Press
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it will continue extra inspections of the Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan despite concluding the plant has taken care of safety problems. Regulators said in a report Friday that the plant in ...

In the Gulf's Rising Tide, Hurricane Sandy Strikes a Familiar Chord


Posted: 10 Nov 2012 07:00 AM PST
Hurricanes aren’t new to the Gulf coast, but the weather of the past decade has been particularly harsh for people in the bayou. In 2005, a record-breaking 28 tropical storms formed in the Atlantic, led by the mother of all recent cyclones, Katrina, one of the most destructive hurricanes to hit the U.S.http://theenergycollective.com/rockykistner/141551/gulfs-rising-tide-hurricane-sandy-strikes-familiar-chord?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Building a Cadre of New Nuclear Professionals

Building a Cadre of New Nuclear Professionals

Building a Cadre of New Nuclear Professionals

Fifth Nuclear Energy Management School Opens in Trieste, Italy


The 5th Nuclear Energy Management School opened Monday, 5 November 2012 at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy.
The 5th Nuclear Energy Management School (NEM) opened on Monday, 5 November 2012 in Trieste, Italy. Convened jointly by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and the IAEA, it brings together 42 promising young professionals from developing countries, particularly newcomer countries that seek to develop nuclear power or other nuclear technology applications.
Lectures during the three-week NEM School cover areas related to nuclear power policies; the nuclear fuel cycle and innovation; nuclear safety in a global world; nuclear security; and physical protection. Additionally, a particular focus is given to the areas of designing a nuclear power programme; nuclear legislation; launching and managing nuclear projects; capacity building; and practical sessions on difficulties envisaged when managing a nuclear enterprise.
In his opening address, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy, Mr. Alexander Bychkov, stressed how all nuclear technology applications are based on nuclear knowledge.
“Assisting Member States – especially those considering or starting national nuclear power programmes – to obtain and manage this knowledge is an essential responsibility of the IAEA,” he said. “The NEM School plays an important role in meeting this IAEA responsibility. It aims to broaden the understanding of current issues which need to be tackled by young professionals. It provides training in new developments in technology and international perspectives on the safe use of nuclear energy.”
Many countries today are concerned that they will not have enough skilled nuclear professionals in the coming decades.
“When you return to your countries after this School, you will be better prepared to contribute to building and managing nuclear power programmes responsibly, safely and sustainably,” Mr. Bychkov told the participants.
In a video address played to participants of the NEM, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said the Agency is keen to help Member States address the issue of manpower and training shortage in the nuclear industry.
“The Nuclear Energy Management School is one of the ways the IAEA is doing this, along with its partners at the ICTP,” Amano stated. (View video)
Background
The NEM School enables transfer of IAEA-specific knowledge to Member States, furthering  their capacity building efforts. The projected steady worldwide growth in the use of nuclear technology � in various areas from the generation of electricity to   uses in medicine, agriculture, and industry – points to the need for a greatly expanded global cadre of nuclear professionals. The NEM school focuses mainly on training young professionals with managerial potential from developing countries on the different aspects of the industry. During this training programme, the participants gain awareness of the most recent developments in nuclear energy and the specific knowledge and broad international perspective on issues related to the peaceful use of nuclear technology.
Candidates to participate in  the school are young professionals from Member States of the United Nations, UNESCO or the IAEA that either have  a new nuclear programme or  that plan on establishing one in the near future. Applicants must possess a degree in science, engineering, business or law, have knowledge of nuclear fundamentals and experience in government or the nuclear industry. Registration is free of charge for all attendees and on-line application for 2013 NEM School can be accessed  here.
Source – IAEA

DOE’s SEAB SMR subcommittee

DOE’s SEAB SMR subcommittee


http://www.nuclear.gov/smrsubcommittee/documents/Charge%20memo%20to%20the%20SMR%20Subcommittee.pdf

Small reactor work at SRS put on hold aikenstandard.com

The Department of Energy has put all work on small modular reactors at Savannah River Site on hold.

More Nuclear Supporters than Opponents at Public Service Board Hearing

More Nuclear Supporters than Opponents at Public Service Board Hearing


Vermont Yankee requires a Certificate of Public Good from the state Public Service Board (PSB). The PSB announced it would hold only one in-person hearing to gather public input about this certificate.  More nuclear supporters than opponents came to the public hearing, held on November 7. The hearing was very civil, perhaps because the opponents were outnumbered three to one by plant supporters.

Hurricanes and Nuclear Plants in the Main Stream Media


Hurricanes and Nuclear Plants in the Main Stream Media


Meredith Angwin reviews how the main stream media reacted to the "nuclear plant in the path of hurricane" and it "almost triggered a disaster" stories of anti-nuclear activists.  The media noted that the nuclear plants had come through Sandy all right.  The media devoted themselves to covering Sandy, not speculation.

Coolant, record-keeping troubles at San Onofre

Coolant, record-keeping troubles at San Onofre
OCRegister
Coolant, record-keeping troubles at San Onofre. New problems came to light late this week at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant, including coolant found in the oil system of a backup generator and a record-keeping error stretching back to 1985 ...http://www.ocregister.com/news/plant-377360-edison-record.html

Energy Storage News Update 11/09


George Osborne: make UK a world leader in energy storage
The Guardian
Chancellor George Osborne has said the UK must take a global lead in developing a series of low carbon technologies, including energy efficient computing and energy storage, in his first major speech on scientific issues. Speaking today at the Royal ...
Effective thermal energy storage system: Concrete layer in tanks will increase ...
Phys.Org
(Phys.org)—Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have developed a thermal energy storage system that will work as a viable alternative to current methods used for storing energy collected from solar panels. Incorporating the ...
Why Niska Gas Storage Partners Is a Top 10 Energy Dividend Stock (NKA)
Forbes
Niska Gas Storage Partners LLC (NYSE: NKA) has been named as a Top 10 dividend paying energy stock, according to Dividend Channel, which published its weekly ”DividendRank” report. The report noted that among energy companies, NKA shares ...
Hydrogen's Role in our Clean Energy Future
Energy Digital
Renewable energy production has the inherent flaw of the intermittency of its fuel source – the wind doesn't always blow, the sun doesn't always shine, etc. For this reason, it is critical that new methods of energy storage are invented to make up for ...
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Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Electrical Energy Storage Systems and ...
Equities.com
9 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,305,039) developed by Karthik Kadirvel, Melbourne, Fla., and John H. Carpenter Jr., Palm Bay, Fla., for an "electrical energy storage systems and methods." The abstract of the patent ...
Total Capacity of Worldwide Spinning Reserves for the Grid to Increase 40 ...
DailyFinance
"However, energy storage technologies, including pumped storage and newer forms of energy storage, are playing a larger role in this market. As markets begin to differentiate between technologies, such as with pay-for-performance regulations, energy ...
Hydrogenics Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results
NASDAQ
"This year has been one of hard work, focus, and execution, and we're pleased to see some tremendous results that validate our technology and hydrogen's role in energy storage," said Daryl Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our backlog is ...
NuStar Energy expands Eagle Ford footprint with $425 million in acquisitions ...
Corpus Christi Caller Times
Associated Press NuStar Energy has acquired crude oil pipeline, gathering and storage and natural gas liquids assets that position the San Antonio-based company for Eagle Ford Shale growth. CORPUS CHRISTI — NuStar Energy has acquired crude oil ...
7 smart grid wins on this week's list
Smart Grid News
Saft will design, produce and install a battery energy storage system for Cowessess First Nation as part of the High Wind and Storage Project near Regina, Saskatchewan. It represents the first wind power project in North America for the French company.

Smart Grid News
Research and Markets: Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage Contains ...
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
Research and Markets: Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage Contains 69 Papers Submitted To the 2012 International Workshop on Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage. Published: November 9, 2012 Updated 4 minutes ago ...
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India announces plan to build thorium reactor

India announces plan to build thorium reactor - Physics Today News ...
By Physics Today
New Scientist: Shiv Abhilash Bhardwaj, the technical director of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), said that the group hopes to break ground on an advanced heavy water reactor next year. India, with high levels of thorium ...
Physics Today News Picks



India's thorium-based nuclear dream inches closer , page 1
Thorium was once pushed in the U.S. as well and now the U.S. has a thorium problem in regards to monazite which gives China a monopoly on rare earth ...
www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread897994/pg1

Nuclear Plant Powered by Spent Fuel

Nuclear Plant Powered by Spent Fuel : Discovery News
Radioactive sites like this one deep inside the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in ...
news.discovery.com/.../nuclear-reactor-powered-spent-fuel-12...

Friday, November 9, 2012

"Challenging scientific organizations to adhere to scientific methods"



"Challenging scientific organizations to adhere to scientific methods"

The December 2009 edition of The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, a book titled Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, comes to conclusions about the effects of the accident that are in stark opposition to the conclusions reached by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation.

In short, the report published by the New York Academy of Sciences is far from a work of science.  It is the responsibility of everyone who has a professional interest in properly informing the public about their subject to challenge those who seek to portray fiction as fact.

Rod Adams seeks the support of nuclear energy and radiation professionals to join Ted Rockwell to encourage the New York Academy of Sciences to take *corrective action* regarding this seriously flawed Chernobyl report.

http://ansnuclearcafe.org/2012/11/05/challenging-scientific-organizations-to-adhere-to-scientific-method/

Nuclear News Round Up (2nd Nov – 9th Nov 2012)

Nuclear News Round Up (2nd Nov – 9th Nov 2012)

Nuclear News Round Up (2nd Nov – 9th Nov 2012)

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Op-Ed Cut the power of fossil fuel Until the world's fossil fuel companies become energy companies, their perks must go.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-mckibben-climate-change-20121109,0,7030709.story

Carbon Tax Suddenly Part of Fiscal Cliff Debate

Carbon Tax Suddenly Part of Fiscal Cliff Debate

Valerie Volcovici, Reuters
A potential tax on big polluters, a taboo subject in the United States in recent years, has come back into the spotlight as some sense potential for a revenue windfall at a time lawmakers look for ways to the so-called "fiscal cliff" of tax rises and spending cuts due in early 2013. . .http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/08/us-carbon-tax-fiscal-cliff-idUSBRE8A71IU20121108

Plant Vogtle Remains On Time, On Budget

Plant Vogtle Remains On Time, On Budget

Walter Jones, August Chronicle
Despite a $425 million lawsuit and countersuit over added costs, Georgia Power executives filed testimony Wednesday swearing that expansion of Plant Vogtle remains on schedule and on budget.http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2012-11-07/georgia-power-says-plant-vogtle-remains-schedule?v=1352329567

Could Romney Have Embraced Carbon Tax?

Could Romney Have Embraced Carbon Tax?

William Tucker, Nuclear TH
Three weeks before the election I submitted a story to my journalistic home, The American Spectator, arguing that Mitt Romney should support a carbon tax. I argued that it would solidify his support with the professional elites in Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio that were concerned about the economy but put off by the social conservatism of the Republican Party. My editor, whom I dearly love and have worked with for twenty-five years, turned it down. It was the first time this has ever happened. "It would mean Romney was committing political suicide," he argued, and...http://www.nucleartownhall.com/blog/william-tucker-where-romney-could-have-won-on-energy/

NRC Staff Say More Nuclear Plant Protections Needed After Fukushima

NRC Staff Say More Nuclear Plant Protections Needed After Fukushima

Damaged reactor structures are seen at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in February. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering requiring U.S. nuclear reactor sites to make upgrades that would curb the amount of radiation released by an act of terrorism or unintended crisis like that experienced at Fukushima in March 2011 (AP Photo/Kimimasa Mayama). By Douglas P. Guarino
Global Security Newswire
WASHINGTON -- Staff for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are recommending that their agency require aging atomic power plants in the United States to make upgrades that could reduce the amount of radioactivity released into the environment following an act of terrorism or a natural disaster.http://www.nti.org/gsn/article/nrc-staff-say-more-nuclear-plant-protections-needed-after-fukushima/

How Hazardous is Cs-137? – Part II

From the Hiroshima Syndrome...
 
How Hazardous is Cs-137? – Part II
 
In last week’s op-ed piece (November 2), the chemical and biological hazard of Cesium isotope 137 (Cs-137) was summarized. This week, we will look at how Cs-137 has been used to speculate on risk relative to the spent fuel pools at Fukushima Daiichi.
 

China's Coming Energy Crisis

China's Coming Energy Crisis

China is now the world’s largest energy producer, generating 90 percent of energy it consumes. But a white paper released by China’s State Council, which outlines the country’s energy development plans, acknowledges key issues that need to be resolved.Last year, China’s primary energy production reached 3.18 billion tons of coal, ranking first worldwide. Raw coal reached 3.52 billion tons, crude oil, 200 million tons; and refined oil products, 270 million tons.The installed electricity generating capacity achieved 1.06 billion…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Chinas-Coming-Energy-Crisis.html

US NR Blog: Honoring Veterans This Weekend - And Always

U.S. NRC Blog

Honoring Veterans This Weekend – And Always

by Moderator
We at the NRC would like to take this time to thank the men and women of the Armed Forces – past and present – for the contribution they have made to our country. We held a ceremony at our HQ building today to honor veterans and, of course, our staff will have Monday off as a federal holiday.
We are proud that at least 20 percent of the NRC’s employees are veterans, and the NRC has special hiring authority
to appoint veterans under certain circumstances. You can also learn more about the agency’s Veterans’ Employment Initiative here: http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1010/ML101090332.pdf
Please join us this weekend in remembering all our veterans, and in personally thanking the veterans in your lives.
Bill Borchardt
Executive Director for Operations
Moderator | November 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Tags: nuclear | Categories: General | URL: http://wp.me/p1fSSY-SM

Prairie Island nuclear waste concerns to be shared with regulators

Prairie Island nuclear waste concerns to be shared with regulators ...
Tribal members have a chance to tell federal regulators their concerns about nuclear waste storage at the Prairie Island power plant Thursday, Nov. 8.
www.twincities.com/.../prairie-island-nuclear-waste-concerns-b...

OP-ED: Reading Radioactive Tea Leaves: Without a Buyer for Old Kewaunee ..


OP-ED: Reading Radioactive Tea Leaves: Without a Buyer for Old Kewaunee ...
HNN Huntingtonnews.net
Calling its decision final, Dominion said it will close the pressurized water reactor permanently next spring, store tons of ferociously radioactive waste onsite indefinitely, and send its workforce of 655 to unemployment lines in “phased layoffs ...http://www.huntingtonnews.net/48816
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Baltic Ministers Express Support for Nuclear Plant in Lithuania


Baltic Ministers Express Support for Nuclear Plant in Lithuania
Businessweek
“The Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant is an important project which will increase the energy security of the region,” the Baltic Council of Ministers and the Baltic Assembly, an inter- parliamentary body, said in a statement today after a meeting in ...http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-11-09/baltic-ministers-express-support-for-nuclear-plant-in-lithuania

Floridians Take Action Opposing Nuclear Tax


Floridians Take Action Opposing Nuclear Tax
Clean Energy News (blog)
From the Florida Supreme Court to Bonnie Raitt concerts, Florida's controversial “nuclear tax” is getting a lot of attention. On October 4th I, along with my SACE colleagues and attorneys, attended the oral arguments for our high-profile challenge of ...http://blog.cleanenergy.org/2012/11/09/floridians-opposing-nuclear-tax/

PSC staff recommends $292M nuclear pass-on in Fla.

CanadianBusiness.com - 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An environmental group is criticizing a Florida Public Service Commission staff recommendation to bill utility customers $292 million in costs related to future construction, expansion or upgrades of nuclear power plants. Southern ...

PSC wants the public to pay for nuclear upgrades

Bay News 9 -
TALLAHASSEE --. The Public Service Commission recently suggested the public should pay for the costs of nuclear upgrades from Progress Energy Florida and Florida Power & Light. Costs related to construction, expansion or upgrades of power plants are ...

Cracks at South Korean nuclear plant raise safety concerns

Cracks at South Korean nuclear plant raise safety concerns
Christian Science Monitor
South Korea's ambitious nuclear energy program is under intensive scrutiny and criticism after the discovery of microscopic cracks in the structure of a nuclear power plant and forgery of quality certificates vouching for thousands of components in at ...http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2012/1109/Cracks-at-South-Korean-nuclear-plant-raise-safety-concerns

South Korea watchdog finds cracks in nuclear reactor
Channel News Asia
SEOUL: South Korea said on Friday minor cracks were found at a nuclear reactor that have not caused a leak but still mean the facility will be kept offline, prompting fears of power shortages in the coming winter. The cracks were found during ...http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1236243/1/.html
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UPDATE 1-China nuclear reactor approval process back to normal-CNNC



UPDATE 1-China nuclear reactor approval process back to normal-CNNChttp://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/09/china-congress-nuclear-idUSL3E8M91O020121109

Czechs approve energy strategy that boosts nuclear reliance

Czechs approve energy strategy that boosts nuclear reliancehttp://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/08/czech-energy-policy-idAFL5E8M8H3R20121108

Nuclear regulators turn back petition by Friends of the Earth

Nuclear regulators turn back petition by Friends of the Earth http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/nov/08/nuclear-regulators-turn-back-peition-friends-earth/

PETITION TO DELAY RESTART OF NUCLEAR PLANT DENIED

U-T San Diego -
San Onofre — Nuclear safety regulators have turned away a request by Friends of the Earth to delay the proposed restart of a reactor at the idled Son Onofre nuclear plant and require a more exacting review with formal public hearings. While denying the ...http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/nov/09/tp-petition-to-delay-restart-of-nuclear-plant/

Public Service Board takes Yankee testimony in Vernon


Public Service Board takes Yankee testimony in Vernonhttp://www.reformer.com/localnews/ci_21953244/public-service-board-takes-yankee-testimony-vernon

Official Backs Studying Quake Risks at Nuke Plants

Official Backs Studying Quake Risks at Nuke Plantshttp://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/official-study-quake-risks-nuke-plants-17675037#.UJ1YGGf4KYY


NRC chair brings seismic focus to job
Businessweek
ATLANTA (AP) — Recent earthquakes show the nation's nuclear industry needs to re-evaluate the geologic hazards facing power plants, a process that has already started, the new chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said this week. President ...http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-11-09/nrc-chair-brings-seismic-focus-to-job

Top regulator supports re-evaluating earthquake risks at nuclear plants

The Province - 
ATLANTA - The new chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says she supports a push to re-evaluate the earthquake risks at nuclear power plants. NRC Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane said this week that a spate of natural events shows the industry ...http://www.theprovince.com/news/regulator+supports+reevaluating+earthquake+risks+nuclear+plants/7520412/story.html#axzz2BkuDGpfW

What Obama’s Victory Means for the Earth

What Obama’s Victory Means for the Earthhttp://theenergycollective.com/globalwarmingisreal/141186/what-obama-s-victory-means-earth?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Hoping for Change: A Post-Election Action Plan for Addressing Climate

Posted: 09 Nov 2012 05:22 AM PST
With the devastation of Superstorm Sandy still in the daily news, the re-elected U.S. President now has an opening to address our most serious threat. He must finally lead Americans to face the truth that extreme climate disruption is already underway – caused by our excessive use of coal, oil and natural gas. The $50 Billion toll and dozens of lives lost from one storm will only be the beginning if this problem is not addressed.heenergycollective.com/craig-severance/141181/hoping-change-post-election-action-plan-addressing-climate?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+(all+posts)

Storm Surges, Sea Level and Climate Change

Posted: 09 Nov 2012 08:00 AM PST
In the inevitable discussion about the relationship between climate change and Hurricane Sandy, there's been much focus on the storm surge. Hallelujah. There are a lot of ways climate change could influence tropical cyclones. In the past, most of the public discussion had focused on warmer water temperatures driving more intense storms, based largely on research by Kerry Emanuel and others. The water temperatures are, however, just one factor.http://theenergycollective.com/simondonner/141371/storm-surges-sea-level-and-climate-change?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Fukushima Updates

Here are the commentary and topic summaries of today's Fukushima updates. Please click the link for the full reports.
 
Commentary - How Hazardous is Cs-137? – Part II
In last week’s op-ed piece, the chemical and biological hazard of Cesium isotope 137 (Cs-137) was summarized. This week, we will look at how Cs-137 has been used to speculate on risk relative to the spent fuel pools at Fukushima Daiichi.
 
Todays' Fukushima updates - Senior vice industry minister Isao Matsumiya is “begging” for the restarts of idled nukes in Japan... The internal controversy surrounding the Nuclear Regulatory Authority’s (NRA) Oi-earthquake issue continues... Japan’s science ministry says that most of the radiation monitors in and around Fukushima prefecture have been reading about 10% lower than they should... The build-up of undisposed, detectably radioactive ash and sludge in Japan is becoming a serious problem.
 

Obama May Levy Carbon Tax to Cut U.S. Deficit, HSBC Says

Obama May Levy Carbon Tax to Cut U.S. Deficit, HSBC Sayshttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-07/obama-may-levy-carbon-tax-to-cut-the-u-s-deficit-hsbc-says.html

 

 


A tax starting at $20 a metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent and rising at about 6 percent a year could raise $154 billion by 2021, Nick Robins, an analyst at the bank in London, said today in an e-mailed research note, citing Congressional Research Service estimates. “Applied to the Congressional Budget Office’s 2012 baseline, this would halve the fiscal deficit by 2022,” Robins said.
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Congressional Research Service Report Released: Climate Change and Existing Law: A Survey of Legal Issues Past, Present, and Future

Congressional Research Service Report Released: Climate Change and Existing Law: A Survey of Legal Issues Past, Present, and Future

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the public policy research arm of Congress, just issued the report Climate Change and Existing Law: A Survey of Legal Issues Past, Present, and Future (Oct. 25, 2012). The 26-page report authored by Robert Meltz discusses the following:

Summary

This report surveys existing law for legal issues that have arisen, or may arise in the future, on account of climate change and government responses thereto.
At the threshold of many climate-change-related lawsuits are two barriers—whether the plaintiff has standing to sue and whether the claim being made presents a political question. Both barriers have forced courts to apply amorphous standards in a new and complex context.
Efforts to mitigate climate change—that is, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—have spawned a host of legal issues. The Supreme Court resolved a big one in 2007—the Clean Air Act (CAA), it said, does authorize EPA to regulate GHG emissions. Quite recently, a host of issues raised by EPA’s efforts to carry out that authority were resolved in the agency’s favor by the D.C. Circuit. Another issue is whether EPA’s “endangerment finding” for GHG emissions from new motor vehicles will compel EPA to move against GHG emissions under other CAA authorities. Still other mitigation issues are (1) the role of the Endangered Species Act in addressing climate change; (2) how climate change must be considered under the National Environmental Policy Act; (3) liability and other questions raised by carbon capture and sequestration; (4) constitutional constraints on land use regulation and state actions against climate change; and (5) whether the public trust doctrine applies to the atmosphere.
Liability for harms allegedly caused by climate change has raised another crop of legal issues. The Supreme Court decision that the CAA bars federal judges from imposing their own limits on GHG emissions from power plants has led observers to ask: Can plaintiffs alleging climate change harms still seek monetary damages, and are state law claims still allowed? The two rulings so far say no to the former, but split on the latter. Questions of insurance policy coverage are also likely to be litigated. Finally, the applicability of international law principles to climate change has yet to be resolved.
Water shortages thought to be induced by climate change likely will lead to litigation over the nature of water rights. Shortages have already prompted several lawsuits over whether cutbacks in water delivered from federal projects effect Fifth Amendment takings or breaches of contract.
Sea level rise and extreme precipitation linked to climate change raise questions as to (1) the effect of sea level rise on the beachfront owner’s property line; (2) whether public beach access easements migrate with the landward movement of beaches; (3) design and operation of federal levees; and (4) government failure to take preventive measures against climate change harms.
Other adaptation responses to climate change raising legal issues, often property rights related, are beach armoring (seawalls, bulkheads, etc.), beach renourishment, and “retreat” measures. Retreat measures seek to move existing development away from areas likely to be affected by floods and sea level rise, and to discourage new development there.
Natural disasters to which climate change contributes may prompt questions as to whether response actions taken in an emergency are subject to relaxed requirements and, similarly, as to the rebuilding of structures destroyed by such disasters just as they were before.
Finally, immigration and refugee law appear not to cover persons forced to relocate because of climate change impacts such as drought or sea level rise.