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waste management

Interactive map of bioenergy potential across the United States

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.

Users can filter the map according to:

What is biomining?

Biomining is mineral processing with microbes.

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.

Proposal to construct a waste pipeline near Siccar Point, Berwickshire

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.

Implementing Geological Disposal: A Framework for the Long-term Management of Higher Activity Radioactive Waste

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.

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