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  1. Coal News: Thai leader says impact of coal plant to be studied again

      BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister said Tuesday the government will ensure that environmental and health impact studies for a coal power plant approved by its energy policy planning committee will be reconsidered, but made clear he expects the project to proceed. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said that plans for the 800-megawatt coal power plant in the southern province of Krabi would be reevaluated, as sought by protesters from the province, a popular seaside tourist destination. They said the existing assessments did not take into consideration their views about potential pollution and damage to the tourism industry. Prayuth chaired the National Energy Policy Committee, which announced Friday the go-ahead for the long-stalled project. He said Tuesday the plant originally was expected to begin operating by 2022, but redoing the Environmental Impact Assessment and the Environmental Health Impact Assessment would push the opening back by a year or two. He said the government would look at how to deal with such issues and then conduct the new assessments. "So don't worry if you think the government is backing off, because this process has been in place since 2007, so don't raise it as an issue," he said. Prayuth acknowledged the possibility that the project might not be carried out in its planned form — there have been suggestions of using mixed fuel sources — but warned that failure to go ahead could be costly, with no certainty that alternatives would be cheaper. The Energy Ministry says southern Thailand's power grid falls hundreds of megawatts short during peak demand, requiring electrical backup from Malaysia or provinces further north. But environmentalists argued in a report submitted to the ministry last year that biomass, wind, or other renewable energy sources could make up the shortfall. Protesters against the plant traveled from Krabi to demonstrate outside the prime minister's office when Friday's decision was announced, and their leaders and almost a dozen other people were detained when they continued their protest on Saturday. They were released on Sunday and said they believed their view had prevailed because officials told them that new assessments would be made. However, it was not immediately clear whether they were satisfied with Tuesday's announcement.

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    Wed, 22 Feb 2017

  2. Oil and Gas: US sees no adverse impact from Alberta Clipper pipeline

    After a four-year review, the U.S. State Department on Friday said it does not believe there would be significant negative environmental impact from a Canadian company's plan to boost the capacity of an oil pipeline that crosses the U.S. border in northeastern North Dakota.

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    Tue, 14 Feb 2017

  3. DOE Releases Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Hawaii

    DOE released a final programmatic environmental impact statement for Hawaii to provide federal, state and county governments as well as the public and developers with a reference document for project-specific environmental reviews.

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    Mon, 21 Sep 2015

  4. Duke Energy's Patriot Project receives draft environmental impact statement from FERC

    Duke Energy's Patriot natural gas pipeline project has achieved another regulatory milestone with the receipt of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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    Wed, 1 May 2002

  1. NRC issues final environmental impact statement for South Texas Project new reactors application

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    Wed, 2 Mar 2011

  2. Proposed uranium enrichment plant receives environmental impact statement

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Feb. 29 issued its final technical Safety Evaluation Report (SER) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a laser-based uranium enrichment facility proposed to be built in Wilmington, N.C.

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    Thu, 1 Mar 2012

  3. MMS schedules Public Meetings on Atlantic Geological & Geophysical Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

    The Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) has scheduled 13 public scoping meetings in seven locations to solicit comments for the development of a programmatic environmental impact statement for future geological and geophysical exploration in the Mid- and South-Atlantic ...

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    Mon, 5 Apr 2010

  4. NRC to hold public meetings on updating generic environmental impact statement for license renewal

    The NRC will hold four public meetings in July concerning an update of its "Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants," NUREG-1437, originally published in 1996.

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    Tue, 10 Jun 2003

  5. Final Environmental Impact Statement Issued for Potential Nuclear Reactor

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Army Corps of Engineers concluded that environmental impacts would not prevent issuing a Combined License (COL) for a reactor at the Bell Bend site in Pennsylvania.

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    Tue, 26 Apr 2016

  6. US DoI releases supplemental Chukchi Sea environmental impact statement

    The Department of the Interior has released a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for Chukchi Sea Lease Sale 193.

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    Fri, 13 Feb 2015

  7. TVA seeks public comment on draft environmental impact statement

    TVA is seeking public comment on a draft supplemental environmental impact statement that examines environmental impacts of a proposal to extend the operation of Units 2 and 3 and, potentially, of Unit 1 at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant.

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    Fri, 11 Jan 2002

  8. Natural Gas Pipeline: PennEast proposed gas pipeline gets water quality approval

    A natural gas pipeline project proposed to run from northeastern Pennsylvania to central New Jersey has gotten a key permit from Pennsylvania.

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    Wed, 15 Feb 2017

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