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Review of the Draft Analysis of Supplemental Treatment Approaches of Low-Activity Waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation: Review #2 (2018)

In 1943, as part of the Manhattan Project, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was established with the mission to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons. During 45 years of operations, the Hanford Site produced about 67 metric tonnes of plutonium -- approximately two-thirds of the nation's stockpile. Production processes generated radioactive and other hazardous wastes and resulted in airborne, surface, subsurface, and groundwater contamination... More >>

Negative Emissions Technologies and Reliable Sequestration: A Research Agenda (2018)

To achieve goals for climate and economic growth, "negative emissions technologies" (NETs) that remove and sequester carbon dioxide from the air will need to play a significant role in mitigating climate change. Unlike carbon capture and storage technologies that remove carbon dioxide emissions directly from large point sources such as coal power plants, NETs remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or enhance natural carbon sinks.... More >>

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Gaseous Carbon Waste Streams Utilization: Status and Research Needs (2018)

In the quest to mitigate the buildup of greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere, researchers and policymakers have increasingly turned their attention to techniques for capturing greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, either from the locations where they are emitted or directly from the atmosphere. Once captured, these gases can be stored or put to use. While both carbon storage and carbon utilization have costs, utilization offer... More >>

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Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades: The Seventh Biennial Review - 2018 (2018)

Over the past two years, impressive progress has been made in planning new Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects, and the vision for CERP water storage is now becoming clear. Construction and completion of authorized CERP projects will likely take several decades, and at this pace of restoration, it is even more imperative that agencies anticipate and design for the Everglades of the future. CERP agencies should conduct ... More >>

Review of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan: Report 3 (2018)

The Edwards Aquifer in south-central Texas is the primary source of drinking water for over 2.3 million people in the San Antonio area, and it supplies irrigation water to thousands of farms in the watershed. The aquifer also feeds the two largest springs in Texas, Comal Springs and San Marcos Springs, which house several plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) and four other local entitie... More >>

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