The Canadian province of New Brunswick has chosen Point Lepreau for the location of ARC Nuclear Canada's proposed demonstration small modular reactor.
The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has signed off on a safety report for decommissioning the country's first nuclear power reactor, though details of the dismantling and demolition must still be reported. The nuclear fuel and heavy water of the 10-MW Agesta nuclear power plant have already been removed.
Shipping company Norden and Kvasir Technologies, a Technical University of Denmark spinout focused on converting lignin to biofuel, have reached a partnership to develop and test plant-based biofuel as part of the Danish joint industry initiative ShippingLab. The three-and-a-half-year collaboration aims to gather knowledge on biofuel and prove that it is suitable for future shipping use.
Algae and cyanobacteria have a strong potential for synthetic biology applications --- they can survive nearly any ecosystem, can provide food and can become carbon fiber --- but knowledge and expertise about them are lacking, making their use limited, writes Kostas Vavitsas, senior research associate at the University of Athens. "The successful use of photosynthetic microbes needs different business models and unique niche areas," writes Vavitsas.
Promotion by the US Department of Agriculture, Asian immigration and Henry Ford's "soybean suit" all feature in the story of how soybeans became a ubiquitous crop in the US. "It is the second-most valuable crop in the US, not far behind corn and way ahead of everything else, as well as the country's most important agricultural export," writes Justin Fox.
The UK will formally adopt European food safety standards to ensure that the rules stay in place even if the country follows through on plans to leave the EU. The rules fall into two categories: the Official Controls Regulation for animal products and the Plant Health Regulation for plant products.
Water in the Detroit River appears to be free of radioactive contamination after part of a site that produced uranium bomb components during World War II collapsed into the Michigan side of the river, according to state test results. The Great Lakes Water Authority is testing downstream water for contaminants such as metals and PCBs and expects to receive the results in three to six weeks.
Trade show company The Expo Group espouses servant leadership in all it does, which helps connect employees to a mission and gives them purpose, says Randy Pekowski, president and chief operating officer. "Our focus on a higher purpose has led to unprecedented growth for the company, fed by satisfied employees who want to be here and want to provide higher levels of service to customers," Pekowski says.
Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners has partnered with Canada's Enbridge to jointly build a crude oil export facility capable of handling very large crude carriers in the US Gulf of Mexico off Brazoria County, Texas. "This collaboration leverages our jointly owned and highly competitive Seaway system and capitalizes on each of our capabilities to drive out highly capital efficient export infrastructure for our customers," said Enbridge CEO Al Monaco.
The developers of the Jordan Cove LNG export facility and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline disapprove of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's proposed pipeline route change because it would require crossing more private land. In its environmental impact statement, the FERC said the alternative route would have a reduced impact on late-stage old growth forest and the habitat of certain species.