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Feds OK $73M settlement in WIPP leak

In a landmark settlement, the Department of Energy has agreed to fund infrastructure projects in New Mexico worth $73.25 million to resolve fines connected with last year’s radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. The New Mexico Environment Department levied the largest-ever fines against the federal government in December — $54 million — over permit violations at the WIPP ...

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Report: Nuke dump radiation leak could have been prevented

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A radiation leak that forced the indefinite closure of the federal government’s only underground nuclear waste repository could have been prevented, a team of investigators said Thursday. A combination of poor management, lapses in safety and a lack of proper procedures were outlined in a final report released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Accident Investigation Board. ...

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NMSU researcher creates material to help slow climate change

A New Mexico State University researcher has invented a new material he says can effectively capture and remove carbon dioxide from the air, a critical step in slowing climate change. Carbon dioxide is a major greenhouse gas, along with methane, that climate scientists blame for a global warming trend. Removing carbon dioxide generated by burning fossil fuels, especially in power ...

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Scientists outline research wish list for nuclear energy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Engineers and researchers from national laboratories and universities around the country are trying to narrow the list of critical research problems the nation needs to address when it comes to nuclear energy. The group gathered at the University of New Mexico is expected to detail its findings Thursday. Participants include representatives from UNM, Colorado State University, Texas ...

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UQM Technologies receives patent for new magnetic motor design

While motor designs in most electric and hybrid vehicles rely on rare-earth magnets, UQM Technologies was recently granted a U.S. patent for a motor design that utilizes magnets that are more readily available. The Longmont-based company announced Tuesday that it received a patent Jan. 6, covering the motor’s “unique magnet geometry and method of manufacturing the motor.” The company said ...

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The LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act is here

Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending. Credit: Oversight and Reform

On Wednesday, Representative Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) introduced the H.R. 351, also known as the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act. The H.R. 351 would accelerate the authorization process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export permits.  Up until now, the Department of Energy has only announced a final decision on five of the 37 Non- Free Trade Agreements (FTA) applications it ...

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Groups urging administration to block exports bill

Over 100 groups are calling on Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to reject proposals in favor of increasing the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG), according to a report by The Hill. On Monday, Moniz received a letter from environmental and health groups which said he should not support proposed legislation by a Senate Republican that would hasten the approval of ...

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This ‘major breakthrough’ will soon be energizing the energy sector

The state of California is leading the way in the use and development of energy storage, a relatively new technology that the Department of Energy (DOE) is calling a potential “major breakthrough” within the energy sector. Recently, California-based electrical supply company Southern California Edison decided to retire its San Onofre nuclear reactors (pictured) and also plan to retire its natural ...

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