Wind farms do not affect the value of nearby properties, writes Center for Rural Affairs Policy Associate Lu Nelsen, citing a recent Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study. The report analyzed 50,000 residential properties in nine states.
The Board of Supervisors for Santa Barbara County, Calif., has contracted a firm to complete an additional environmental impact report for a wind farm proposed by Strauss Wind. If approved, the project would feature up to 30 turbines.
Florida electric utility JEA wants out of the expansion project at Plant Vogtle. Florida state Sen. Debbie Mayfield has penned a letter to the legislature's accountability office asking for research into JEA's spending and operating decisions.
Westinghouse's Bluff Road nuclear fuel factory in South Carolina is seeking a 40-year operating license extension, possibly pushing cleanup of a 2011 uranium leak until 2058. "Because the contaminated material is located beneath the ... building, the soil will not be remediated until decommissioning," reports the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Sawtooth events in tokamak reactors occur less frequently when the plasma forms a magnetic field, writes Deirdre O'Donnell. This discovery can help make nuclear fusion a reality, she adds.
New Mexican lawmakers believe they will have a say in whether Holtec International's proposed nuclear storage site will be built in the state. The state can cut off the site from water, utility and transport access, even if it's approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, state Sen. Jeff Steinborn says.
The US and South Korea held a second High Level Bilateral Commission meeting in Washington D.C. this week, showing a commitment to atomic energy and nuclear exports. A third meeting will be next year in South Korea.
Nuclearelectrica shut down its second reactor at Cernavoda in Romania after a worker for grid operator Transelectrica made a "wrong move." The reactor was expected to be reconnected later in the day.
Radiation exposure and exploitation of workers are major concerns for the cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and Japan needs to do more to protect workers, says the United Nations. "Workers hired to decontaminate Fukushima reportedly include migrant workers, asylum seekers and people who are homeless," say UN experts.