Policy & Enforcement Briefing: NRC Nuclear Waste, IATA Calls for Multilateral Emissions Plan, China Emissions

by | Jun 11, 2012

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A DC federal appeals court ruled that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission acted hastily with its decision that spent nuclear fuel can be stored safely at plants for the next century while a permanent repository is established. The court ordered that the NRC review its analysis and decision, the New York Times said.

The International Air Transport Association said that the EU must ease international tensions caused by its mandatory inclusion of global airlines to its ETS, and that all parties tended to agree that a global, multilateral agreement could be a solution. The association also said that a trade war would damage airline profits, Reuters said.

China could be off in its carbon emissions estimates by more than 20 percent. An international team of scientists from China, Britain and the United States, led by the University of Leeds, studied two sets of energy data, national and provincial, from China’s National Bureau of Statistics and found a 1.4-billion ton emission gap for 2010 data, Reuters said.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda made an appeal to the Japanese public to support the restart of the country’s idled nuclear plants, warning of blackouts and economic consequences. The majority of Japanese do not believe it is safe to turn the plants back on, the New York Times said.

The DOE has funded three lighting projects for a total of $7 million in investments at companies in California, Michigan and North that aim to lower the cost of manufacturing LEDs and OLEDs. The two-year projects are with Cree (awarded $2.3 million), KLA-Tencor (awarded $4 million, and k-Space Associates (awarded $800,000).

Conservative advocacy group American Commitment is running a $1-million TV, radio and online advertising campaign in Tennessee, West Virginia, New Hampshire and Maine that is critical of the Obama administration’s position on coal. The campaign is timed to build support for an upcoming Senate vote to overturn EPA rules that require cuts in toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants, The Hill said.

The Senate Committee on Finance meets Tuesday for a hearing to discuss “Tax Reform: Impact on U.S. Energy Policy.” Oil executive Harold Hamm, who also leads Mitt Romney’s energy advisory team, is scheduled to appear at the hearing, The Hill said.

The DOE says that 28 e-mails between the White House and other officials during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are privileged and off-limits. BP wants 21 government e- mails reviewed to determine if the company can use them to defend itself in the pollution lawsuit brought by the US, Bloomberg said.

The House rejected a proposal to block spending appropriated money on polystyrene foam packaging in its cafeterias. The amendment is one of several efforts to bring sustainable containers back to House dining areas, which resurfaced after mid-term elections, The Hill said.

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