The Gage County Planning and Zoning Commission in Nebraska has already approved fair rules for wind development, eliminating the need for the Gage County Board of Supervisors to revisit the issue, writes Vern Jantzen. Wind energy is a proven technology that generates millions of dollars in landowner payments and tax revenue while creating jobs, and the county's existing rules strike a balance between those who want to participate in the industry and residents who don't, he writes.
Waste Control Specialists, a firm proposing to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel in its West Texas facility, has joined environmental groups and state regulators in opposing a Nuclear Regulatory Commission plan to change the definition of "very low-level" nuclear waste. The change would allow local landfills to accept radioactive waste that such sites would not normally be licensed to handle.
Eighty-four acres at the southern end of Dead Horse Bay, a national park in Brooklyn, New York, have been closed to the public while officials investigate the source of radiation detected at the former landfill. A survey last year found excessive gamma radiation at 31 locations in the park.
Workers lowered the last of 73 spent radioactive fuel canisters from wet storage pools into a dry storage facility at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in Southern California. "The safe completion of this storage campaign ... ends the largest canister loading campaign ever in the US," said Vince Bilovsky, the deputy decommissioning officer for Southern California Edison.
National Radioactive Waste Disposal Institute scientist Tebogo Motlhabane has been elected president of the professional organization Women in Nuclear South Africa. South African Nuclear Energy Corp.'s Mologadi Kekane will serve as WINSA's deputy president.
Officials in the Canadian city of Cambridge want the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to share details about a nuclear waste processing application submitted by Aecon Nuclear, which city officials say they learned about from media reports. The commission said in a statement that it would "welcome an invitation to host an information session with the community and elected officials."
Russia's Scientific Research And Design Institute of Energy Technology has been selected to supply and install refueling machines at Units 1-4 of Turkey's Akkuyu nuclear power plant. The first of the four Russian-made Generation III+ VVER-1200 reactors is expected to come online in 2023.
North Carolina's strongest earthquake since 1926 shook the area around Sparta, N.C., Sunday morning and caused damage to buildings, authorities said. There were no immediate reports of injuries from the quake, which the US Geological Survey said was centered about 3.2 kilometers from the Alleghany County town near the border with Virginia and occurred at a depth of about 9 kilometers.
Zimbabwe is revitalizing its mining industry, which could contribute about $12 billion to the country's economy in less than three years, President Emmerson Mnangagwa says. Mnangagwa spoke during Saturday's restart of a diamond mining venture in Manicaland Province.
Glaciers in New Zealand's Southern Alps have lost more than 77% of their ice over the last 400 years, researchers say. The rate of ice loss doubled during that period and may get worse as the climate warms, debris accumulates on glacial surfaces and lakes expand under the ice, scientists say.