Secretary Abraham’s responses to questions from Célia Sampol, DCBureau.org
1. Who introduced you to Areva?
A1: When I became Secretary of Energy Areva was already a contractor of the Department and
working on the MOX program at Savannah River. As with all of our major contractors I met
with Areva during my tenure as Secretary.
Continue reading An interview with Spencer Abraham, former head of DOE and current Chairman of the Board of Areva Inc.
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The threat of a fission explosion at the Fukushima power facility emerged today when the roof of the number three reactor exploded and fears that a spent fuel pool, located over the reactor, has been compromised. The pool, designed to allow reactor fuel to cool off for several years, was constructed on top of the Fukushima reactors instead of underground. As of 2010, there were 3450 fuel assemblies in the pool at the number three reactor. The destruction of the number three reactor building has experts concerned about whether the spent fuel storage pool, which sits just below the roof, could have survived intact the hydrogen explosion. The explosion was much more severe than Saturday’s blast at the number one reactor.
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A Salt Cavern Underground Natural Gas Storage Reservoir Configuration. Photo: PB Energy Storage Services Inc.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Public alarm over plans to store liquefied petroleum gas in salt caverns near here has spiked in recent weeks after the state ruled in November that the project’s developer would need to produce a full environmental impact statement.
Continue reading New York State to Require Environmental Impact Statement for Large Scale LPG Storage in NY Watershed
The Guardian reports that not everyone in Europe is thrilled about closing the nuclear circle. Three thousand protestors delayed a train carrying high-level nuclear waste to a temporary storage site in Germany.
The train, nicknamed “Chernobyl on wheels,” because it carried 123 tons of nuclear waste, arrived today at a railway depot in northern Germany after a three-day trip from France marred by repeated clashes between police and protesters trying to halt the delivery.
The train arrived in the town of Dannenberg where it will be loaded onto trucks for the final 12-mile leg to a storage site at Gorleben. The loading is expected to last most of the day.
The train completed the latest leg of its journey after about 3,000 protesters were removed from the tracks by police using pepper spray and water cannons.
Read more at http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/nov/08/nuclear-waste-shipment-protest-germany
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