It’s been evident for a while that Yucca Mountain was history after it was announced that it’s funding was eliminated by President Obama. ENR is reporting that the USDOE is officially withdrawing its Nuclear Regulatory Commission application for a waste-storage facility although it sounds like they are a little unsure about how to do that. Reportedly, more than $38 billion has been spend on research and construction at the site over the last couple decades. According to ENR, the temporary storage costs of storing spent nuclear fuel could reach $10 to $26 billion in the next 100 years if a permanent storage site is not found. It looks like we will be dealing with indefinite “temporary” storage of nuclear waste for probably our lifetime.
Apparently the French are working on their nuclear waste storage facility, they already have a research laboratory constructed about 1/2-km underground. The actual repository will come on line around 2025 and be one of the […]
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission – No. 08-106 – June 3, 2008
NRC RECEIVES DOEâ€™S LICENSE APPLICATION TO CONSTRUCT HIGH-LEVEL NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY AT YUCCA MOUNTAIN
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission received an application today from the U.S. Department of Energy for a license to construct the nationâ€™s first geologic repository for high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, Nev.
â€œWe are ready to get to work on this challenging review,â€ said NRC Chairman Dale E. Klein. â€œCongress has given the NRC a strict timetable for reviewing this application, and I want to assure the American people that we will perform an independent, rigorous and thorough examination to determine whether the repository can safely house the nationâ€™s high-level waste. The NRCâ€™s licensing decision will be based entirely on the technical merits.â€ [Editor] Read on for the rest of the press release [/Editor]
ENR’s annual top 500 design firms list for 2017 is out. These rankings are based on revenue for design services in the previous calendar year. Last year I extracted a subset of the list to see rankings of firms that are strong in geotechnical / geological related services, so I decided to do it again this year. I included firms that self-identified as geotechnical firms, as well as engineering firms that I know to have a strong geo emphasis. I’m sure there are some that I missed. I also included some of the major A&E firms that provide these types of services. Accordingly, it’s still a bit subjective on who is included. So here is the list of top Geo-Companies of 2017 (along with their change in ranking relative to 2016):
- 1 – AECOM, Los Angeles, Calif. (No change from 2016)
- 3 – CH2M, Englewood, Colo. (No change from 2016)
- 5 – TETRA TECH INC., Pasadena, Calif. (+2)
- 7 – AMEC FOSTER WHEELER, Atlanta, Ga. (-2)
- 8 – HDR, Omaha, Neb. (+1)
- 10 – STANTEC INC., Irvine, Calif. (+8)
- 13 – ARCADIS NORTH AMERICA/CALLISON RTKL, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (-1)
[Editor] Click through for the rest of the Geo list! [/Editor]