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New Government Report: Commercial Nuclear Waste

Commercial Nuclear Waste: Effects of a Termination of the Yucca Mountain Repository Program and Lessons Learned

by Mark E. Gaffigan
Paperback, 80 pages, 2011, $25.00
ISBN: 1437985629

Spent nuclear fuel — considered very hazardous — is accumulating at commercial reactor sites in 33 states. The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 directs the Dept. of Energy (DoE) to dispose of this waste in a repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. In June 2008, DoE submitted a license application for the repository, but in March 2010 moved to withdraw it. However, the NRC or the courts could compel DoE to resume the licensing process. This report examines: (1) the basis for DoE’s decision to terminate the Yucca Mountain program; (2) the termination steps DoE has taken and their effects; (3) the major impacts if the repository were terminated; and (4) the principal lessons learned. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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May 31, 2011 at 12:03 pm Leave a comment

New Government Report: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Incentives

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Incentives: A Summary of Federal Programs

by Lynn J. Cunningham, Beth A. Roberts
Paperback, 53 pages, 2011, $25.00
ISBN: 1437984533

Recently, there have been growing concerns about the availability and cost of energy and about environmental impacts of fossil energy use, especially global climate change. Those combined concerns have rekindled interest in energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the development and commercialization of renewable energy technologies. This report describes federal programs that provide grants, loans, loan guarantees, and other direct or indirect regulatory incentives for energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy. For each program, the report provides the administering agency, authorizing statute(s), annual funding, and the program expiration date. Charts and tables.

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April 26, 2011 at 7:58 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Energy Use in the U.S. Food System

Energy Use in the U.S. Food System
by Pattrick Canning
Paperback, 39 pages, 2010, $25.00
ISBN: 1437930336

“Energy is an important input in growing, processing, packaging, distributing, storing, preparing, serving, and disposing of food. In the U.S., use of energy along the food chain for food purchases by or for U.S. households increased between 1997 and 2002 at more than six times the rate of increase in total domestic energy use. This increase in food-related energy flows is over 80% of energy flow increases nationwide over the period. The use of more energy-intensive technologies throughout the U.S. food system accounted for half of this increase, with the remainder attributed to population growth and higher real per capita food expenditures. Food-related energy use as a share of the national energy budget grew from 14.4% in 2002 to 15.7% in 2007.”

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October 12, 2010 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

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