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  1. Europe may look to centralise nuclear safety

    Nuclear safety regulators are seeking to further increase power plant safety margins following Fukushima, according to a senior European Union (EU) regulator. Its led to speculation that legislation may be drawn up to provide centralised EU nuclear regulation and enforcement. It had been felt previously that margins could be cut to boost plant efficiency, said Andrej Stritar , chair of the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group, at a European Nuclear Forum meeting organised by Marketforce & ASI. "There is a change of philosophy," he told Utility Week. He said that it was unclear if the voluntary stress tests of plants after Fukushima would lead to legislation for centralised EU nuclear regulation and enforcement. Few governments are likely to want to cede their nuclear safety sovereignty, said Mr Stritar. "We might get legally binding pieces of legislation that might be mean more than just basic principles," but it would take a long time, he said. Other possibilities included harmonised licensing of plants and activities, harmonised emergency arrangements and national regulators with more power and responsibilities. Stritar praised bottom-up changes to plants: "This is the way to improve; better than pressure from the top." Stress tests reports are now being peer reviewed and the European Commission will present conclusions in June. "There is some degree of scepticism about some of the reports," said Philip Lowe, director general of the commission's energy directorate. The varied length of the reports seemed to reflect the capacity of regulators and the rigour of risk assessment, he said. For more nuclear power news

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    Wed, 21 Mar 2012

  2. Cape Wind energy project wins construction, operations approval from BOEMRE

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement has approved a Construction and Operations Plan submitted for the Cape Wind Energy Project in the Nantucket Sound.

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    Tue, 19 Apr 2011

  3. BOEMRE's Bromwich: Offshore drilling permits won't return to pre-Deepwater Horizon levels

    Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), said Feb. 11 in Houston that the domestic offshore industry in the United States should not expect his agency to begin issuing drilling permits until fundamental questions concerning disasters ...

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    Fri, 11 Feb 2011

  4. BOEMRE gives guidance for deepwater drillers to comply with recently-issued rules

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued additional guidance regarding the steps required of operators to resume deepwater activity.

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    Mon, 13 Dec 2010

  1. BOEMRE progresses western GoM lease sale

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    Wed, 20 Apr 2011

  2. BOEMRE approves Gulf of Mexico deepwater exploration plan

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has announced the approval of an Initial Exploration Plan, submitted by BHP Billiton, Inc., for activities in deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

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    Wed, 18 May 2011

  3. BOEMRE to streamline offshore renewable energy development on Outer Continental Shelf

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement will continue to push forward with a proposed rule that will eliminate a redundant step in the noncompetitive leasing process for commercial renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf.

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    Tue, 25 Jan 2011

  4. Interior launches leasing process for commercial wind energy offshore Rhode Island, Massachusetts

    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director Michael R. Bromwich announced the initial steps to develop commercial wind energy on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts

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    Thu, 18 Aug 2011

  5. BOEMRE completes study of undersea power cables

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement completes study of potential ecological effects of electromagnetic fields emitted by sub-sea power transmission cables

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    Thu, 7 Jul 2011

  6. GoM reforms following Macondo taking shape

    As a follow to its final investigative report on the Macondo disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) is continuing to define its reforms for offshore oil and gas regulation and oversight.

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    Thu, 15 Sep 2011

  7. Bromwich: Divided BOEMRE will be more, not less, efficient

    The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation , and Enforcement has tried to clearly delineate safety and environmental responsibilities as it prepares to split into two separate agencies on Oct. 1, BOEMRE Director Michael R. Bromwich told a US House committee.

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    Fri, 15 Jul 2011

  8. Next gulf lease sale likely to be canceled, analyst suspects

    Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 216, slated for March 2011, likely will be canceled because of US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation , and Enforcement ’s commitment to preparing supplemental environmental reviews before any future lease sales, said analysts at FBR Capital Markets & Co., ...

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    Wed, 10 Nov 2010

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