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.
ENR’s annual top 500 design firms list is out. These rankings are based on revenue for design services in the previous calendar year. I was curious how the various firms that are strong in geotechnical / geological related services rank. 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. I even included a few environmental firms. So in summary, it’s still a bit subjective on who is included. Without further ado, here is the list (along with their change in ranking relative to 2015):
- 1 – AECOM, Los Angeles, Calif. (No change from 2015)
- 3 – CH2M, Englewood, Colo. (+1)
- 5 – AMEC FOSTER WHEELER, Tucker, Ga. (+1)
- 7 – TETRA TECH INC., Pasadena, Calif. (No change from 2015)
- 9 – HDR, Omaha, Neb. (No change from 2015)
- 11 – WSP | PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF, New York, N.Y. (+5)
- 12 – ARCADIS NORTH AMERICA/CALLISONRTKL, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (+1)
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More problems for the US Department of Energy related to the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository. The New York Times is reporting that the DOE is already 10 years behind in a commitment made to Power Companies to store their nuclear waste, and according to the DOE, it will likely be at least another 10 years before they are able to begin accepting waste for permanent storage. Who cares you ask? Well, the US has already payed out $342 million in 60 lawsuits filed by utility companies, and that total could reach $11 billion according to government estimates or $35 billion according to industry estimates before Yucca Mountain finaly opens and begins accepting waste. Source: New York Times by way of Ontario-geofish.