The U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework provides an interactive map of biomass production potential across the United States (at the time of writing, maps do not cover Alaska and Hawaii). The aim is to show how much biomass may be available for bioenergy production from the present day through to the year 2040.
Biomining is the process of using microorganisms (microbes) to extract metals of economic interest from rock ores or mine waste. Biomining techniques may also be used to clean up sites that have been polluted with metals.
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing on April 26 to examine a discussion draft of a bill that would amend certain provisions of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (NWPA) to streamline management and licensing processes for nuclear waste disposal.
The National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) Public Viewer from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration allows users to view pipelines and related information by individual county for the entire United States. The map includes:
The Geological Society’s attention has been drawn to a planning application by Drysdales to the Scottish Borders Council, for permission to construct a pipeline to carry solid and liquid waste from its vegetable processing plant at Old Cambus, Berwickshire. The route of the proposed pipeline crosses the foreshore 150m to the east of Siccar Point. Concerns have been raised regarding this application. Siccar Point is a globally significant geoheritage site, as recognised by its designation as an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). It is famous as the location of ‘Hutton’s Unconformity’, which as early as 1788 provided crucial evidence for the emerging uniformitarian theory of geology and about the age of the Earth. Near-vertical Silurian greywackes are overlain by gently dipping Devonian strata (Old Red Sandstone). Read more in this position statement.
The UK government has today published a White Paper setting out a revised process for siting and implementing a geological disposal facility (GDF) for radioactive waste. Over the past 18 months, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been reviewing the previous siting process, and has consulted widely. During this review, the Geological Society has provided evidence to two consultations, and has taken part in workshops and meetings with other stakeholders, to help ensure that geoscience is used and communicated as effectively as possible in the new siting and implementation process. Read more in this position statement.