Berkeley Energia has been granted a land-use permit by authorities in Castilla y Leon, Spain, for development of its Salamanca uranium project and mine west of Madrid. The plan, which requires further approval, includes a centralized uranium concentrate processing plant to be located at the site.
Fortum has begun an environmental impact assessment for the potential operation extension of the Finnish Loviisa nuclear power plant, compared with decommissioning the plant and building a low- and intermediate-level waste disposal facility. The plant's reactor operating licenses expire at the end of 2027 and 2030.
An 81-square-kilometer portion of the roughly 4,000-year-old Milne Ice Shelf -- the last remaining intact ice shelf in Canada -- broke off from Ellesmere Island's northwestern coast in Nunavut at the end of last month and started drifting north, according to the Water and Ice Research Laboratory at Carleton University in Ontario. Above-normal temperatures, offshore winds and open water in front of the shelf contributed to the detachment, researchers say.
South Africa's platinum mining industry faces further decline as it struggles with power and water shortages, government policies, spending cuts and the pandemic, analysts and industry representatives say. Platinum production in the western limb region has become more difficult, and companies have delayed construction in the northern limb.
A 2016 earthquake under the Atlantic Ocean at the South American and African tectonic plates started heading in a northeast direction along the fault, then turned and traveled west, a study says. Researchers are unsure whether this type of "boomerang" earthquake could occur on land faults, but if it did, tremors could be stronger than those from one-direction quakes, says lead researcher Stephen Hicks.
Appalachia has "abundant resources" and "tremendous potential for natural gas production, the petrochemicals industry, and manufacturing," said Deputy Energy Secretary Mark Menezes while visiting the site of PTT Global Chemicals America's proposed ethane cracker in Belmont County, Ohio, this week. "We are here because advancing Appalachia's energy infrastructure and economic growth potential is a priority," he said.
Sens. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., have introduced a bill that, if approved, could impede the Environmental Protection Agency's new methane rules. The bill would penalize natural gas producers for uncontrolled methane leaks and require major leaks to be reported to the EPA within 72 hours.
The Environmental Protection Agency has reopened the nomination period for the Science Advisory Board, after the initial round ended in May. The agency will accept nominations for the SAB and four related committees for 15 days beginning today.
Nouryon Chemicals plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Wisconsin that will produce its Expancel-brand expandable microsphere material. "This [U.S.] investment is an important step to meet the fast-growing demand for this product," says executive Sylvia Winkel Pettersson.
The world's personal protective equipment market was valued at $50 billion in 2019, but is expected to be worth more than $80 billion by 2026 due to increased demand for products amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to Global Market Insights. The pandemic has also reinforced the societal benefits of single-use plastics, writes Pankaj Singh of Global Market Insights.