State of Nevada Comments on The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management’s Draft National Transportation Plan (DOE/RW-0603)–April 21, 2009

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In response to the Notice of Availability published in the Federal Register on January 16, 2009, enclosed are the State of Nevada comments on the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management’s (OCRWM) National Transportation Plan, Revision 0 (NTP).
Nevada joins the Western Interstate Energy Board’s High-Level Radioactive Waste Committee and the other states regional groups in expressing concern over the paucity of meaningful planning reflected in the NTP. The current draft lacks specificity, continues the fragmentation and “stove-piping” of transportation system components, and hinders rather than promotes a systems approach to planning for and managing spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and high-level radioactive waste (HLW) shipments. It is neither ‘national’ in its orientation and concept nor is it in any sense a useful or meaningful ‘plan’.
Nevada is also concerned that DOE is not prepared to review or otherwise act on comments received from states, regional groups, local governments and other stakeholders in response to the Federal Register notice. Speaking to attendees at the March 25, 2009 meeting of the Western Interstate Energy Board’s High-Level Radioactive Waste Committee in Denver, OCRWM representatives indicated that no funds or staff remain in the Office of Logistics Management to review, let alone respond to, comments on the NTP. All comments, apparently, will be placed on the shelf to be dealt with at some future time, if ever at all.


Toronto Conference on the Extractive Industry, March 5-7, 2009

Toronto Conference on the Extractive Industry, March 5-7, 2009

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The Center for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC), along with the Extractive Industries Research Group (EIRG) at York University are hosting a conference next month in Toronto, titled Rethinking Extractive Industry: Regulation, Dispossession, and Emerging Claims.

Organized in response to the growing need for public debate surrounding the mining and petroleum industries in Canada and elsewhere around the world, the conference will focus on:

  • the industry’s potential contribution to long-term economic and human
  • the social and environmental impact of Extractive Industries (EIs)
  • the effectiveness of corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs
  • the benefits/drawbacks of community consultation and corporate-community agreements
  • the adequacy of existing national and international regulatory regimes
  • the appropriate role of governments in regulating EIs
  • the impact of community mobilization, social movements and international civil society networks on EI operations
  • the results of transnational lawsuits against mining and petroleum companies

Specific countries covered in the discussions include: Canada, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, and Peru, the Congo, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Guyana, Suriname, the Philippines, the United States, and Australia.

For details on the conference, including a full listing of speakers and panel discussions, as well as registration info, visit