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Oklo: NRC’s Application Denial a Temporary Setback, Not a Derailment
Last week, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission made minor waves when it denied nuclear developer Oklo Power LLC’s application for its Aurora micro-reactor, which was submitted nearly two years ago. However, Oklo told Morning Consult that it plans to promptly resubmit its application, and it does not expect too much time to be lost overall, given the advanced stage of their review at the time of the denial. And the NRC confirmed that it will provide Oklo with another review schedule after checking to make sure the updated application is complete.
All in all, Oklo anticipates that the Aurora will still be able to start operations by 2025, as planned.
For more, including on how this development fits into the broader landscape of nuclear development in the United States, read on here.
The release of multiple sets of measurements from organizations that conduct temperature analyses indicated that 2021 was the sixth-hottest year in global recorded history, with the last eight years together ranking as the hottest to date. The organizations — NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the nonprofit Berkeley Earth — found that the 2010s were by far the hottest decade on record, with 2021’s global average temperature more than 1 degree Celsius above the 1880-1900 average. (Bloomberg)
The Interior Department proposed extending its abandoned mine land reclamation program until 2034 and cutting reclamation fee rates by 20 percent, per an interim rule from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. The bipartisan infrastructure law allots $11.3 billion toward the endeavor. (The Hill)
The Energy Department launched a Clean Energy Corps and will hire 1,000 new workers focused on projects to speed the transition to clean energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions. This marks the largest growth in the DOE’s workforce since its 1977 founding, and relies upon special hiring authority included in the bipartisan infrastructure law. (The Washington Post)
Around the Lunar New Year holidays in February, China plans to release an unspecified amount of oil from its strategic reserves in line with a plan coordinated by the United States and other major oil consumers, according to sources with knowledge of the talks between the two nations. The goal is to lower global oil prices, and the amount that China releases will be contingent upon price levels at that time, the sources said. (Reuters)
The U.S. Senate on Thursday failed to pass a bill to slap sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline sponsored by Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a day after Democrats unveiled their own legislation.
The Biden administration’s push to bolster scientific integrity policies across federal agencies yielded its first report this week, but a co-chair of the report’s panel is facing her own questions from the scientific community about a recent research integrity ethics breach.
Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard, who has been tapped by President Joe Biden to serve as vice chair, said that the U.S. central bank won’t tell lenders to avoid fossil fuel companies as some progressive groups have urged.
Climate disasters in 2021 affected millions of lives, caused billions of dollars in economic loss across the world and brought into stark reality the perils of higher temperatures and climate change in general.
Maersk, the world’s second-largest shipping line, pledged on Jan. 12 to make its business carbon neutral by 2040 instead of its previously stated goal of 2050. The company also expanded its net-zero emissions pledge to include the emissions produced by its energy consumption and its supply chains, something few major corporations have proven willing to do.
Major oil companies, under pressure from investors and environmentalists, are fleeing Canada’s oil sands, the fourth-largest oil reserve in the world and by some measures one of the most environmentally unfriendly. Investment in existing projects has stalled, and banks are refusing to fund new ones.
Tesla Inc aims to start initial production of its much-anticipated Cybertruck by the end of the first quarter of 2023, pushing back its plan to begin production late this year, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.
The White House on Friday plans to announce more than $27 billion in spending over the next five years to repair dilapidated bridges across the country, including full funding for structures that aren’t part of the federal highway system.
The global surge in demand for energy could spark another three years of market volatility and record power plant pollution unless countries make major changes to how they generate electricity, the world’s energy watchdog has warned.
Wyoming Republican Sen. Cynthia Lummis has stalled confirmation of President Biden’s pick for EPA enforcement chief over concerns about the agency’s handling of coal power plants in her state. Lummis also has placed holds on Biden’s remaining EPA picks, her office confirmed to E&E News.
On Jan. 1, 2022, Eric Adams was sworn in as New York’s 110th mayor. He is now in charge of the city’s response to big, and growing, problems. One is a housing affordability crisis. Another concerns the ravages of climate change: sea level rise, flooding and storm surges.
New results from a long-running public opinion survey show that about 1 in 3 Americans is now “alarmed” by global warming. Is it any wonder, given the horrific onslaught of fires, floods, heat waves and other climate disasters we’ve experienced in the last year alone?
“Gathering pipelines” carry natural gas or hazardous liquid from wells to other pipelines or facilities. The Department of Transportation recently started collecting data on all of these pipelines—such as size and construction material—to better understand safety risks. All hazardous liquid gathering line operators started submitting data to DOT in 2021. Natural gas gathering line operators will do the same in 2023.