The U.S. Senate today confirmed Jennifer Granholm as U.S. Secretary of Energy. Secretary Granholm is the former Attorney General and Governor of Michigan.
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INL News ReleaseFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFeb. 24, 2021
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New webinar series explores carbon-free choices
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – What does it mean to be carbon-free? This central question will be explored in a new Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) webinar series, “Shaping our Carbon-Free Future,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. MST on March 2, 2021.
The webinar will examine the magnitude of the carbon-free challenge, what it means, and potential pathways to reducing both individuals’ and the nation’s carbon footprint.
This event will unveil the GAIN Energy Calculator, an interactive tool that lets users create their own energy pathway, revealing the trade-offs of their choices when making energy-wise decisions.
“We are bringing together the best and brightest minds behind achieving clean energy goals from a variety of perspectives,” said Christine King, director of GAIN.
The keynote speaker is Zeke Hausfather of The Breakthrough Institute. Andy Worrall, deputy director of GAIN, will introduce the GAIN Energy Calculator, with technical presentations from leading experts in the field.
Shaping our Carbon-Free Future11 a.m. to 2 p.m. MST; 1 to 4 p.m. EST, March 2, 2021Register Here
Shaping our Carbon-Free Future
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. MST; 1 to 4 p.m. EST, March 2, 2021
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has extended the public review and comment period for the Draft Versatile Test Reactor Environmental Impact Statement (DOE/EIS-0542) through March 2, 2021.
DOE issued the Draft Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) EIS for public review and comment on December 21, 2020. The Draft document identifies Idaho National Laboratory (INL) as DOE’s preferred location for the VTR. DOE’s VTR is a proposed sodium-cooled fast-neutron-spectrum test reactor that will enhance and accelerate research, development, and demonstration of innovative nuclear energy technologies.
The public is encouraged to review and comment on the Draft VTR EIS. Written comments on the Draft VTR EIS should be sent by email to VTR.EIS@nuclear.energy.gov, or by mail to Mr. James Lovejoy, Document Manager, at: U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, 1955 Fremont Avenue, MS 1235, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83415. The Draft VTR EIS is available for review at the DOE Nuclear Energy website or the DOE National Environmental Policy Act website.
The Department will make a final decision regarding the VTR following the completion and publication of a Final EIS and a Record of Decision.
Currently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) stores ~90 million gallons of radioactive and hazardous waste in ~230 underground tanks at Hanford and Savannah River. At Hanford, approximately 20 million gallons of that waste is in a liquid form (supematant), approximately 10 million gallons is in the form of insoluble sludge materials and the remainder is in a partially soluble solid fform referred to as saltcake. Treatment and immobilization of the tank waste into a glass waste is planned with the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) being the principal plant where this will be accomplished. This webinar focuses on the integrated flowsheet that encompasses storage, retrieval, pretreatment, immobilization, and disposal. The major emphasis or focal point will be the vitrification with respect to: 1) Troublesome waste componenets and their impact on glass formulation/operations; 2) Critical process and products performance properties (why and how they are measured); 3) Process control strategies and use/impact of glass models/algorithms; 4) Relationship between acceptable glass compositional regions and operation flexibility; 5) Significant advancements in glass formulation and the impact on the flowsheet/operations; 6) Operational lessons learned.