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WASHINGTON (March 11, 2014)—On the third anniversary of the devastating nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, the Government Accountability Office today issued a report on how nuclear regulators in the U.S. and 15 other countries are responding to the lessons learned in that disaster. The GAO found that while all the countries have taken steps to improve nuclear safety systems, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has not yet decided how or whether to require upgrades to nuclear plants’ automated systems for transmitting critical data to the NRC. “By delaying its decision on upgrades to enable the system to function under emergency conditions, the system may not function when needed most—during a severe accident,” the GAO said.
AHMEDABAD (March 11, 2014) – Building off of last year’s successful launch of South Asia’s first-ever early warning system and preparedness plan for extreme heat events, the Indian city of Ahmedabad, along with the Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar and partners, is developing the 2014 Heat Action Plan to continue its pioneering efforts. Underscoring the importance of addressing intensifying heat in the region, a forthcoming peer-reviewed paper in the science journal PLOS ONE will document and analyze the extent of the severe May 2010 heat wave on public health in the city, adding to the growing body of science on the effects of extreme heat on local communities published since 2013.
SAN FRANCISCO (March 11, 2014) – More than 110,000 jobs could be created as a result of California’s goal to achieve 75 percent solid waste recycling by 2020, according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The analysis finds that the state will need to recycle an additional 23 million tons of waste in 2020 to meet its goal, presenting a significant opportunity for the state to revitalize its economy with green jobs.
WASHINGTON, DC (March 7, 2014)—Three years after hydrogen explosions wreaked havoc in the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is still not adequately protecting American nuclear reactors from the risk of similar hydrogen blasts in a severe accident, according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
WASHINGTON (March 6, 2014)—The House of Representatives Thursday approved the RAPID Act, a bill that would gut environmental safeguards on major development projects, handing the review and decision process over to developers and limiting the public’s participation on these large projects. The bill threatens to weaken property rights for those subject to eminent domain by severely limiting the time that those adversely affected by a project can weigh in and offer alternatives.
WASHINGTON (March 6, 2014) – The House today passed a destructive bill to block the first-ever national safeguards against carbon pollution, which would represent a major weakening of the Clean Air Act, the Natural Resources Defense Council said.
NEW DELHI (March 3, 2014) – India’s soaring energy demand is projected to double by 2027, adding new urgency to calls to increase the energy efficiency of buildings in cities across the country. The Planning Commission held a high-level roundtable meeting today to discuss potential solutions to address the forecasted consequences of carrying on with business as usual. Organized in Delhi with the Ministry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency, the meeting, entitled “State Leadership in Building Efficient Cities in India,” emphasized the primary role that state initiatives and mandates must play to meet energy demand in the coming decades. The ominous energy forecast was derived from a new, web-based statistical tool launched last week by the Planning Commission.
WASHINGTON (March 3, 2014) – The Environmental Protection Agency's new standards for gasoline and vehicle emissions announced today will dramatically reduce harmful air pollution such as smog-forming chemicals and dangerous soot.
WASHINGTON (February 28, 2014) - Responding to public demand to protect Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska from the proposed Pebble Mine, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said today it is taking the first step in a process under the federal Clean Water Act to protect Bristol Bay from large-scale mining in the region. Called section 404(c), the provision allows the agency to “prohibit, restrict, or withdraw” an area at risk of “unacceptable adverse effects” on water, fisheries, wildlife, or recreation resources.
WASHINGTON (February 28, 2014) – A House bill to overhaul federal oversight of the chemical industry would do more harm than good, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.