Tuesday, May 8, 2007

DOE Posts GNEP Siting Studies on Website

GNEP Siting Studies on DOE Web Site

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) Site Characterization Reports have been completed and received. These reports conducted by eleven commercial and public consortia are the product of the $10,458,242 million in grant awards made on January 30, 2007. Recipients had 90-days to complete these studies and submitted the reports to DOE on May 1, 2007.

Information generated from these Site Characterization Reports, coupled with existing site information, provide a variety of data relating to both DOE and non-DOE sites, including site and nearby land uses; demographics; ecological and habitat assessment; threatened or endangered species; historical, archaeological and cultural resources; geology and seismology; weather and climate; and regulatory and permitting requirements.

These Site Characterization Reports are being made available to the public and will be used by DOE in preparing the draft programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) which will evaluate the potential environmental impacts from each proposed GNEP facility and are currently being reviewed as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.

GNEP is a part of President Bush's Advanced Energy Initiative, which seeks to reduce our reliance in imported oil by changing the way we power our cars, homes and business. Additional information on the DOE’s nuclear energy program may be found on the program's home page

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Craig aide to serve on NRC

Update 03/14/08

Ms. Svinicki was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. See NRC statement by Dale Klein, Commission Chairman.

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A former policy adviser to Idaho Senator Larry Craig has been nominated by the White House to serve as a Commissioner on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Kristine Svinicki worked for Craig from 1997-2005. She is currently on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee. If her nomination is approved by the US Senate, she would serve a term at the NRC that runs to 2012.

Svinicki is a nuclear engineer who previously worked for the Department of Energy. Some of her work involved the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. As a private citizen she supported President's Bush's election in 2004.

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and started her career with the State of Wisconsin Public Service Commission. Her work has been honored by the American Nuclear Society.

Reaction in Nevada about the nomination was cautious. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who usually exerts influence on all things dealing with Yucca Mountain in Congress, "intends to watch her confirmation hearing process closely," spokesman Jon Summers said. Bob Loux, executive director of the Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects, said Svinicki's past involvement with the Yucca project could be troubling. "We would rather see someone who hadn't had ties to Yucca Mountain but we would like to know more about her," Loux said.