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Monday, October 22, 2018

Big Donor Allowed To Endanger Water Supply With Nuclear Waste

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

Our Energy secretary could ship treated nuclear waste from our nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site to a Texas nuclear dump near an aquifer supplying water from northern Texas to South Dakota. The dump was opened by one of Secretary Rick Perry’s largest campaign donors.

The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, signed by former President Ronald Reagan, was written to prevent potential disasters and mandates that the Department of Energy must send high-level waste to a network of underground tunnels and rooms where it can safely decay over millions of years.

Republicans and Trump’s new assistant secretary for environmental management, Anne Marie White, who did consulting work for the company that operates the dump, want to rewrite federal regulations to say that some high-level nuclear waste isn’t really high-level nuclear waste so it can be stored elsewhere.…

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Trump Fast-Tracks Big, Dangerous Alaska Pipeline Project

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

 

Federal energy regulators plan to rush through environmental reviews for a $45 billion liquefied natural gas project in Alaska that would sell gas to Asian utilities and could help worsen climate change.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission plans to issue an environmental impact statement for the proposed 825-mile pipeline a month early in November 2019. A decision on building the pipeline could be made in February 2020. By then the commission is likely to have a three-person Republican majority. Trump has nominated long-time fossil-fuel supporter Bernard McNamee to the five-person board.

“It’s incredibly reckless for Trump to try to fast-track the biggest natural gas project in U.S.…

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Shocker: Perry Releases Study Supporting Coal Subsidies

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

Trump’s Department of Energy put together a bogus study to justify a proposal to prop up polluting coal-fired power plants and financially failing nuclear plants.

Keeping uneconomic power plants open for two more years could cost $34 billion to offset operating shortfalls. That price tag could double if the payments also included return on invested capital as Energy Secretary Rick Perry wanted to do last year.

Robert Powelson, a former member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, called plans to prop up coal and nuclear power plants by invoking a 1950 law “the greatest federal mortal hazard we’ve seen in years.”

Perry, who claims that closing coal and nuclear power plants would threaten national security, met and literally embraced coal magnate Robert Murray, the CEO of Murray Energy Corp., in March 2017, just 28 days after he was confirmed by the Senate.…

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