POWERnews [Feb. 6, 2014]

EPA Mulls Revising Nuclear Plant Radiation Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is calling for public comment and information on approaches to updating radiation protection standards for nuclear power operations. The standards have not been updated since…

NRC Commissioners Grilled on Nuclear Rules, Security, and Efficiency

“It’s as if the government—the [Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)] and the [Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)]—is trying to regulate the nuclear energy industry out of business, just like it’s been trying…

European Parliament Backs Binding Targets for Climate, Energy, Shuns Commission's Proposal

Legally binding targets to slash the European Union's (EU) carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 40%, increase the bloc's renewables' share to 30%, and improve energy efficiency by 40%—all by 2030—were…

Obama Nominates Norman Bay to Head FERC

President Obama has nominated current Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Director of Enforcement Norman Bay to head the agency, upon confirmation, replacing Jon Wellinghoff, who left his post in November…

Duke’s Dan River Station Suffers Coal Ash Spill [UPDATED]

[Update Feb. 10] Duke Energy workers have succeeded in permanently stopping the leak from its coal ash pond at the Dan River Steam Station, the company reported on Feb. 8.…

EPA to Hand Over GHG Permitting Authority to Texas

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week proposed to approve revisions to a Texas state plan to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the state. If finalized, likely later this…

EPA Reports Toxic Air Releases Down Due in Part to Coal Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported on Feb. 4 that total releases of toxic chemicals decreased 12%, while toxic air releases were down 8% in its annual Toxics Release Inventory…

West Coast Floating Offshore Wind Project Gets DOI Green Light to Advance

The first offshore wind project proposed in federal waters off the West Coast garnered approval from the Department of Interior (DOI) on Wednesday to submit a formal construction plan. The…