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Power industry moves to block N.Y. nuclear subsidies via Environment & Energy Publishing

The power industry has launched its first legal challenge against New York’s ambitious renewable-energy program.

NRG Energy Inc. and a group representing competitive power generators filed suit yesterday in federal court to block a key part of the state’s Clean Energy Standard: its subsidies to nuclear power plants.

They said the subsidies give nuclear an unfair leg up against other competitive generators and, in so doing, violate federal jurisdiction over wholesale power markets.

In a complaint filed in the Southern District of New York, the companies asked the court to invalidate the nuclear part of the program.

Audrey Zibelman, who chairs the state’s Public Service Commission, said she’s confident New York will win in court.

“The frivolous lawsuit is right out of [the] fossil fuel industry’s playbook to deny and thwart actions to combat climate change,” she said in a statement. “The Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld the rights of states to protect their environment for the welfare [of] citizens.”

“To call it frivolous is to make light of it, which is unfortunate because it’s a serious matter,” said John Shelk, president and CEO of the Electric Power Supply Association, which is a plaintiff. “I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes to the Supreme Court.”

A critical, and controversial, part of that plan was to give subsidies to three nuclear power facilities to keep them open. Most imminently, the James A. FitzPatrick plant was slated to close by next year.

Without these subsidies, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said, the plants would shut down and the state would lose ground on its greenhouse gas goals.

Keeping the nuclear and adding renewables would add less than $2 per month to the average residential power bill, officials said.

But critics, including environmental groups, said it amounted to a massive handout to Exelon Corp., which owns two of the state’s nuclear facilities and is trying to buy FitzPatrick (EnergyWire, Sept. 6).


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First new US nuclear reactor in 20 years goes live via CNN

(CNN)The Tennessee Valley Authority is celebrating an event 43 years in the making: the completion of the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.

In 1973, the TVA, one of the nation’s largest public power providers, began building two reactors that combined promised to generate enough power to light up 1.3 million homes.
The first reactor, delayed by design flaws, eventually went live in 1996. Now, after billions of dollars in budget overruns, the second reactor has finally started sending power to homes and businesses.
Standing in front of both reactors Wednesday, TVA President Bill Johnson said Watts Bar 2, the first US reactor to enter commercial operation in 20 years, would offer clean, cheap and reliable energy to residents of several southern states for at least another generation.
In the 2000s, some American power companies, faced with growing environmental regulations, eyed nuclear power again as a top alternative to fossil fuels such as coal and oil. A handful of companies, taking advantage of federal loan guarantees from the Bush administration, revived nuclear reactor proposals in a period now known as the so-called “nuclear renaissance.”
Eventually, nuclear regulators started to green light new reactors, including ones in Georgia and South Carolina. In 2007, the TVA resumed construction on Watts Bar 2, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The TVA originally said it would take five years to complete.
In the face of new momentum, though, some environmental groups including the Sierra Club have continued to oppose the reactor’s construction following the 2011 Fukushima meltdown.
The TVA, which today serves seven different southern states, relies on nuclear power to light up approximately 4.5 million homes.
Watts Bar 2, the company’s seventh operating reactor, reaffirms its commitment to nukes for at least four more decades, Johnson said Wednesday.
In the end, TVA required more than five years to build the project. The final cost, far exceeding its initial budget, stood at $4.7 billion.

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志賀原発に雨水6トン流入 「安全機能、失う恐れも」via 朝日新聞





続きは志賀原発に雨水6トン流入 「安全機能、失う恐れも」

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Olympic events could be moved from Tokyo to help disaster-hit Fukushima, say IOC via Irish Examiner

The International Olympic Committee has suggested moving some events at the 2020 Games from Tokyo to Fukushima, the area affected by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear disaster.

IOC president Thomas Bach discussed the idea with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, saying it would “contribute to the regeneration of the area” and “send a message of hope”.

According to an IOC press release, Abe said he welcomed “the idea of offering some sports and events to the devastated areas to help with reconstruction”.


Last month, Tokyo’s new governor Yuriko Koike threatened to rip up Tokyo 2020’s the venue plan when a panel of experts told her the final cost of the Games could top £24billion, four times the original estimate.

The organisers of the Games have already made some concessions to their plans to stage a “compact” Games based around Tokyo Bay but Koike’s refusal to saddle tax-payers with “white elephants” has threatened to see more sports sent to different cities.

The proposed new venue for canoeing and rowing is one of those in Koike’s cross hairs and Japanese reports have suggested the sports could be moved to the facilities used for the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea.

This would be deeply humiliating for Tokyo 2020’s organisers and with them and the IOC desperate to avoid any further changes the pair have agreed to four-party talks with Koike’s metropolitan government and Abe’s national government.

Bach told reporters he was “fully committed” to a “sustainable and feasible” Games and was sure “significant savings” could be found on top of the £1.5bn already saved by moving basketball, taekwondo and track cycling to existing venues.

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民進と連合に亀裂 問われる原発問題へのスタンス via 朝日新聞






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原発ゼロ 「なぜしない」小泉元首相が松本で講演 via 毎日新聞



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屋内退避に「課題」5割 九州の原発30キロ圏自治体調査 via 西日本新聞







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Hanford workers contaminated in highly unusual accident via NNCN

A team of workers at the Hanford Site was contaminated with radioactive nuclear waste on Tuesday morning. The group was working within one of the facility’s tank farms, areas where highly lethal liquid nuclear waste is stored in massive underground tanks.

Approximately 15 workers were scrubbed in specialized showers as per decontamination protocol after radioactive waste accidentally came into contact with them. Workers report waste was on ears, clothing, hands, and respiratory protective gear. The employees were also put through tests to see if they had been contaminated internally.

The workers are employees of Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), the private contractor that manages millions of gallons of nuclear waste at Hanford.


No one who the KING 5 Investigators spoke with could remember a spill of this magnitude in recent memory.

“This is the biggest contamination event involving the Hanford tank farms in decades. Ten workers got radioactive contamination on their skin, their hair, their clothes, they had to give up their clothes. This was a preventable accident,” said Tom Carpenter, Executive Director of  the public interest worker advocacy group, Hanford Challenge. “Workers should not have to endure such working conditions in 2016. Something is really wrong.”

WRPS issued the following statement about Tuesday’s event:

“Several workers were found to have skin contamination today while performing work at Hanford’s AX Tank Farm. The workers, who were wearing protective clothing at the time, were sent to decontamination stations where external contamination was removed. While carrying out the job, low levels of radioactivity were discovered in the work area and workers left the tank farm. No contamination was identified outside the immediate work area. Access to the tank farm is restricted,” wrote Rob Roxburgh of WRPS.

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原発再稼働で余る電力 九電、オール電化CM再開へ via 東京新聞

九州電力が家庭向けのオール電化商品の売り込みの強化のため、今月にもテレビCMを再開する。東京電力福島第一原発事故を機に自粛していたが、川内(せんだい)原発(鹿児島県)1、2号機が再稼働し、来春には玄海原発3、4号機(佐賀県)の再稼働も目指す中、電力供給がだぶつくことが予想されるためだ。オール電化で電力消費を増やそうとの思惑があるが、世の中に定着しつつある節電志向とは逆行する。 (荒井六貴)






全文は原発再稼働で余る電力 九電、オール電化CM再開へ

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