September 22nd, 2016
Flooding all over southern Minnesota, well, from north of the Metro down to the border, Iowa’s a mess too.
The DOT’s road closure site is overwhelmed…
In Wisconsin, a BNSF train derailed and diesel fuel is leaking into the river:
The Cannon River is roaring, this VIDEO from Tracy Davis.
Street flooding in Fridley Wednesday evening (Photo: Jeremy King via Facebook)
September 18th, 2016
Here’s to preservation, download quick to have this bit of history:
|WRAO Report on Transmission System Reinforcement in Wisconsin||File Size||Document|
|Letter of Transmittal to PSCW||22.8KB||PDF: 1 page|
|Report (without attachments)||256KB||PDF: 33 pages|
|Attachment A1 – WIREs Phase II Study Report||391KB||PDF: 79 pages|
|Attachment A2 – WIREs Phase II Study Report (AppendixB)||2,181KB||PDF: 100 pages|
|Attachment B – Environmental Review of Phase II WIRE Study for the WRAO
Study area map (summary_map.jpg)
|Attachment C – Wisconsin’s Electric Transmission Interconnection Capacity Requirements||120KB||PDF: 15 pages|
|Attachment D – White Paper on the Requirement for Geographic Diversity in Transmission Line Route Selection for System Reliability||5,910KB||PDF: 41 pages|
|Attachement E – Stakeholder Comments||188KB||PDF: 70 pages|
September 17th, 2016
There’s a NRC meeting on Tuesday about the “License Termination Plan” coming up:
6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2016
La Crosse Downtown/Mississippi Riverfront
500 Front St. South, La Crosse, WI
Now think about it… why tear down what’s left of the Genoa plant? So asks George Nygaard! Shouldn’t this be a historical site?
My father worked on the conventional side of the Elk River Allis nuclear plant, a demonstration project way back when. That was decommissioned back in the early 70s and is now a garbage burner. When the demonstration project was completed, and they tried to sell it, no local utility wanted it! Good call! Genoa was another matter, and Dairyland bought it for $1. Still not a great deal, because here we are now spending millions on decommissioning. How much? See below… they’re not telling.
Here’s the NRC page, with zero links:
Where’s the info on this? Here’s the press release, does it say why are we having a meeting?
Well, it looks like it’s to discuss the “License Termination Plan” according to their notice. But what’s to comment on? Why is there no link? After much digging, FOUND IT! From the NRC’s page:
La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor, License Amendment Request for the License Termination Plan.
Accession Number: ML16200A095
Date Released: Wednesday, July 27, 2016
- ML16200A083 – La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor, License Amendment Request for the License Termination Plan. (39 page(s), 7/27/2016)
- ML16200A085 – La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor License Termination Plan – Chapter 1 – General Information, Rev 0. (19 page(s), 6/27/2016)
- ML16200A086 – La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor License Termination Plan – Chapter 2 – Site Characterization, Rev. 0. (83 page(s), 6/27/2016)
- ML16200A087 – La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor License Termination Plan – Chapter 3 – Identification Of Remaining Site Dismantlement Activities, Rev. 0. (24 page(s), 6/27/2016)
- ML16200A088 – La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor License Termination Plan – Chapter 4 – Remediation Plan, Rev. 0. (31 page(s), 6/27/2016)
- ML16200A089 – La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor License Termination Plan – Chapter 5 – Final Radiation Survey Plan, Rev. 0. (74 page(s), 6/27/2016)
- ML16200A093 – La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor License Termination Plan – Chapter 6 – Compliance With The Radiological Criteria For License Termination, Rev. 0. (114 page(s), 6/27/2016)
- ML16200A091 – La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor License Termination Plan – Chapter 8, – Supplement To The Environmental Report, Rev 0. (37 page(s), 6/27/2016)
- ML16200A090 – La Crosse Boiling Water Reactor License Termination Plan – Chapter 7, Redacted – Update Of The Site-Specific Decommissioning Costs, Rev. 0. (14 page(s), 6/27/2016)
Look at this — how do we comment on redactions?
Some other docs:
September 16th, 2016
Gas leaking in Alabama…
Here’s where to find updates from the pipeline company:
It’s a long, long pipeline:
Note the focus here in the STrib report, on price, not the mess:
But that’s how it is everywhere:
Even though admittedly the pipeline is not “fixed” as of this writing:
It’s owned by Colonial Pipeline, which is owned by ???
And it’s the BIGGEST gas pipeline?
Here’s an interesting post about Alabama natural gas pipeline explosions and permitting adventures:
September 14th, 2016
From the “Circular Logic” department, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency responded to my rulemaking Petition, looking for them to set wind turbine noise standards, specifically infrasound standards:
And here’s the response:
The bottom line… the full letter:
After consulting with colleagues at the Minnesota Departments of Health and Commerce, I have concluded that the current understanding of wind turbine noise and its potential effects is insufficient to support rulemaking at this time. Discussions will continue among the agencies listed above, and we will monitor the science (as resources allow) to inform our decision about rulemaking in the future.
Right… And note there was no consultation with the Environmental Quality Board.
On to the next step. It never ends.
For more info, check the video of testimony of Rick James, INCE, at the Goodhue Wind Project public hearing:
And prefiled testimony:
testimony of Richard R. James, INCE, for Wednesday’s hearing over in Goodhue:
A must read:
And this was published earlier this month: