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Environmental Cleanup

May 24, 2010
Voith Hydro installed machines at the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, located about 40 miles east of Portland, Ore., that are meant to save more fish. The next-generation machines at Ice Harbor will be even more advanced. | Photo Courtesy of Voith Hydro
New Hydropower Turbines to Save Snake River Steelhead

Hydropower harnesses water power to create reliable, clean and plentiful renewable energy, but dams can have an unintended impact on wildlife — fish swimming through turbines can get caught and die -- which can be detrimental to the entire river ecosystem. The impact can be minimized, though, with new technologies being designed by engineers at Voith Hydro.

March 3, 2010
Department of Energy Files Motion to Withdraw Yucca Mountain License Application

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy today filed a motion with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to withdraw the license application for a high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain with prejudice.

March 3, 2010
Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future to Hold First Meeting

Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, March 25th and Friday, March 26th, the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, co-chaired by former Congressman Lee Hamilton and former National Security Advisor General Brent Scowcroft, will hold its first meeting in Washington, D.C.

March 2, 2010
Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future Charter

The Secretary of Energy, acting at the direction of the President, is establishing the Commission to conduct a comprehensive review of policies for managing the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle, including all alternatives for the storage, processing, and disposal of civilian and defense used nuclear fuel, high-level waste, and materials derived from nuclear activities.  Specifically, the Commission will provide advice, evaluate alternatives, and make recommendations for a new plan to address these issues, including:

November 12, 2009
Secretary Chu Announces Determination of No Adverse Material Impact for Uranium Transfer to Fund Portsmouth Cleanup

Secretary Chu announced today that the Department of Energy has issued a final determination and market impact study for the proposed uranium transfer to fund accelerated cleanup activities at the Portsmouth Site in Piketon, Ohio, which will create between 800 to 1,000 new jobs for the community.

October 15, 2009
DOE's General Counsel Announces New Policy Requiring Online Posting of NEPA Categorical Exclusion Determinations to Further Transparency

Washington, DC - Consistent with the President's commitment to "disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use," DOE announced today a new policy requiring all DOE program and field offices to document certain categorical exclusion determinations and post them online.  Categorical exclusions are classes of actions that DOE has determined by regulation do not have a significant effect on the environment, and, therefore, normally do not require detailed environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  Under the new policy, DOE program a

October 12, 2009
What's the Buzz About 350? is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the global climate crisis.

July 28, 2009
800 to 1000 New Jobs Coming to Piketon

Department of Energy to Accelerate Cleanup Work While USEC Further Develops ACP Technology

May 23, 2009
U.S. and Italy Sign Agreement to Collaborate on Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies

ROME, ITALY - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today joined with Italian Minister of Economic Development Claudio Scajola to sign a bilateral agreement to advance carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies in each country.  Working together, the U.S. and Italy will further the development of technologies needed to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired powered plants and move toward a sustainable low carbon economy that addresses the challenge of global warming.

May 15, 2009
Secretary Chu Announces $2.4 billion in Funding for Carbon Capture and Storage Projects

Funds to Advance Research, Development and Deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies and Infrastructure