U.S. Department of Energy Announces First Awards under Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program

LCG, October 16, 2020--The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week announced it has selected two U.S.-based teams to receive $160 million in initial funding under the new Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP).

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PSEG Files Application to Extend Zero Emission Certificates (ZECs) for New Jersey's Carbon-Free Nuclear Power Facilities

LCG, October 2, 2020--PSEG yesterday filed applications to extend Zero Emission Certificates (ZECs) for the Salem and Hope Creek nuclear power plants in Salem County in order to preserve New Jersey's largest carbon-free source of electricity and to help New Jersey achieve its clean energy goal of 100 percent carbon-free energy supply by 2050.

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Ozone Group Forces Clean Air Compliance in U.S. Northeast

LCG, Nov. 14, 2000--The U.S. Northeast, where motorists are unencumbered by onerous vehicle smog checks and homeowners rely on fuel oil for heat, will have to clean up its own air instead of blaming its polluted skies on power plants in the Midwest and Southeast.

A consent decree entered by the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., obligates the Environmental Protection Agency to begin issuing proposed federal implementation plans (FIPs) to Northeast states as early as tomorrow, the Midwest Ozone Group said yesterday.

The Ozone Group and the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce had gone to court to force the EPA to enforce Clean Air Act requirements in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island. The consent decree obligates EPA to issue FIPs for attainment demonstrations and vehicle inspection and maintenance programs in the six states.

"The consent decree provides deadlines by which EPA is required to propose and finalize FIPs for ozone nonattainment areas in the Northeast states if the conditions specified in the consent decree are not met," said David M. Flannery, counsel for the two petitioners.

In Connecticut and Massachusetts, the EPA is obligated to propose a full attainment demonstration by tomorrow and will have until next May 15 to finalize the plan. In an area including parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the EPA must propose a full attainment demonstration by October 15 of next year and finalize the plan by June 14, 2002.

The people who notice the consent decree the most will be those living in the ozone planning areas of Boston-Lawrence-Worcester, Mass., Portsmouth- Dover-Rochester, N.H., Portland, Maine, and Providence, Rhode Island. The EPA must propose an enhanced vehicle inspection and maintenance state plan for those areas by January 31 of next year and finalize it by Oct. 1, 2001.

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