The Trump administration has been plotting for many months to seize power over the electrical generation sector by executive order, and despite widespread opposition and infighting that set the effort back this week, analysts say President Trump is personally invested in the idea, and that he and Energy Secretary Perry remain committed to ordering a bailout of failing coal and nuclear plants. It wouldn’t exactly nationalize the industry or impose martial law. But the administration has invoked false national security claims and inappropriate “emergency” powers to claim the right to upend the market and force ratepayers and taxpayers to subsidize nuclear and coal plants against their will. It would commandeer their money to prop up aging, unsafe, uncompetitive plants that should, and otherwise would, shut down.
The Hill 21st Oct 2018 read more »
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is withdrawing proposed revisions to regulatory standards for tailings from in situ leach (ISL) uranium production. The proposed revisions to Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings (40 CFR 192) were submitted on 19 January 2017, the penultimate day of the administration of President Barack Obama. The proposed standards to regulate byproduct materials produced by uranium ISL activities focused on groundwater protection and restoration. The EPA cited three reasons for its decision to withdraw the proposed rule: firstly, questions over its legal authority to propose the standards under the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act, following concerns raised by stakeholders including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; secondly, its belief that existing regulatory structures are sufficient to ensure the targeted protection of public health and the environment at existing ISL facilities; and thirdly, because an anticipated “influx” of new ISL licence applications is now not likely to materialise. “Therefore, there is less need for the rule, which was intended to provide a more workable and efficient approach for addressing these expected new applications, compared to existing mechanisms,” the agency said.
World Nuclear News 22nd Oct 2018 read more »