Global Energy News Roundup: November 22

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Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chairman Introduces Nuclear Waste Storage Legislation

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, John Barrasso (R-WY), introduced legislation this week to address nuclear waste storage. According to the article “the legislation provides practical reforms to the nation’s nuclear waste management policy to ensure the federal government’s legal obligations to dispose of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste are fulfilled.” The bill was introduced in the Senate shortly after the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed similar bipartisan legislation. Barrasso said in a press release that “If we’re serious about reducing carbon emissions in a meaningful way, we need to get serious about dealing with nuclear waste…Nuclear power is America’s largest source of carbon-free energy, but it leaves leftover spent fuel. Right now, that nuclear waste and high-level radioactive material is being stored in 39 different states…My legislation will advance the safety review of the Yucca Mountain facility. It also takes important steps to strengthen the nation’s nuclear waste management program. The House of Representatives has advanced a bipartisan bill out of committee. I look forward to gaining similar bipartisan support in the Senate.”

Source: Wyoming News

Japan’s METI Works to Solve Issue of Contaminated Water at Fukushima

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) has deemed it safe to release water contaminated by the accident at Fukushima into the ocean. The ministry stressed that the water would be released on an annual basis at very low levels that equal the amount to which humans are naturally exposed. METI told a government subcommittee on the issue that “discharging the water into the Pacific Ocean over the course of a year would amount to between just one-1,600th and one-40,000th of the radiation to which humans are naturally exposed.” Water that was used to cool the melted-down cores and groundwater surrounding the damaged plant contain radioactive materials and is being stored in tanks on the plant grounds. Storage room is running short however, so the government is exploring new ways to deal with the waste water.

Source: Japan Times 

Quiz Tests Knowledge of Nuclear Energy

The Wall Street Journal published a quiz allowing users to test their knowledge of nuclear energy. The quiz notes how nuclear power remains a significant source of electricity in many countries and that climate change may influence the climate of opinion about nuclear reactors, which generate electricity while producing zero carbon emissions. To take the quiz, click here.

Source: The Wall Street Journal