NNSA Releases Instructions For Virtual Public Scoping Meeting On New Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Sitewide EIS

first_imgWritten comments on the scope of the SWEIS and comments or questions on the scoping process should be sent by Sept. 21 to:Email: LLNLSWEIS@nnsa.doe.gov (preferred) and use the subject line: Draft LLNL SWEIS.U.S. mail:Ms. Fana Gebeyehu-Houston, NEPA Document ManagerNational Nuclear Security AdministrationLivermore Field Office7000 East Avenue, L-293Livermore, CA 94550 Audio: A phone will allow participants to hear the presentation but not see it:Call +1.408.418.9388Enter the Conference ID:  132 816 4460 # NNSA News:LIVERMORE, Calif. — The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) will hold a virtual public scoping meeting for a new Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Operation of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL SWEIS). The meeting 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2. Pacific Time. Participants can join by computer, telephone or other device.The LLNL SWEIS will analyze the potential environmental impacts of the reasonable alternatives for continuing LLNL operations for approximately the next 15 years. The continued operation of LLNL is critical to NNSA’s Stockpile Stewardship Program, preventing the spread and use of nuclear weapons worldwide, and many other areas that may impact national security and global stability.The goal of the virtual public scoping meeting is to invite public participation in the process and to encourage public involvement on the scope and alternatives that should be considered. The publication of the Notice of Intent in the Federal Register Aug. 5 began a 45-day public scoping comment period. NNSA will accept comments from all interested agencies (federal, state, and local), public interest groups, Native American tribes, businesses, and members of the public to assist in identifying environmental issues and determining the appropriate scope of the LLNL SWEIS. The comment period ends Sept. 21. NNSA will then prepare a Draft SWEIS and allow further public comment on that document before preparing a Final SWEIS and Record of Decision.In light of recent public health concerns, NNSA will be hosting an internet-based public scoping meeting in place of in-person meetings. The online public scoping meeting is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 2. The information and details on how to participate in the public scoping meeting and submit comments will be posted on the NNSA National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Reading Room web page and will also be published in local newspapers at least 15 days prior to the meeting. Any necessary changes will be announced in the local media.Those interested in participating can do so in two ways, both of which will provide opportunities to register to make a public comment:Video: A computer or a device like a smartphone will allow participants to both see and hear the presentation. They may wish to test the connection prior to the event to ensure best results.For computer users, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox gives the best results.Users of other devices will likely need to download the free Webex Meet app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.Go to the link for the virtual public meeting.last_img read more

Coffee & Art

first_imgjessica@indyeastend.com@hamptondaze Share On Friday, I ventured out to Montauk to visit Coffee + Flowers, a stand that serves — you guessed it — coffee and flowers. Located on the side of Cynthia Rowley, this adorable stop is perfect for a cup of joe and a fresh bouquet.Claire Chan, owner of The Elk and Bar Beau in Brooklyn, has partnered with Kelsie Hayes, founder of Popup Florist, and Cynthia Rowley to open the location.Enjoy coffee as well as a selection of plants, local flowers, and dried flowers sourced from local farms, as well as local pastries, snacks, lifestyle items, and other beach essentials.Lizzie Gill. Photo by Wil WeissAfter a coffee fix, we headed over to the Montauk Beach House for an early dinner (look for my dining write-up in the coming weeks). Following dinner, we stayed for Roman Fine Art’s pop-up exhibit “Summer Solstice,” with work by artist Lizzie Gill. The show is retro-yet-futuristic and exhibits the artist’s mixed-media pieces, created with vintage-style imagery. You can see photos on our website from the opening and visit the show through July 1.Independent/Jan MackinOn Saturday, June 22, The Independent hosted a book signing and presentation at Southampton Inn for Rachel Nuwer’s book “Poached,” as part of our IndyLit series. Nuwer, a journalist for The New York Times and National Geographic, among others, has visited 72 countries to learn about illegal poaching of animals. An informative discussion on the topic was led by The Independent’s managing editor Bridget LeRoy. Southampton Books was also on hand for the book signing that followed.The opening party for Holiday House Hamptons was held on Saturday, June 22. The house, located at 90 Wild Goose Lane in Water Mill, boasts nine bedrooms, a free-floating staircase, cathedral ceilings, and an oversized eat-in kitchen, all within 12,500 square feet.Hosted by interior designer and breast cancer survivor Iris Dankner, the designer showhouse features over 20 top interior designers. The house is open to the public through August 4 and proceeds from ticket sales benefit BCRF, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.On Sunday, I stopped by the opening of Hamptons Standard in Hampton Bays, brought to you by the team behind Centro Trattoria & Bar. The new market/restaurant/bar/coffee shop is located in the previous Friendly’s location, and it’s beautiful. The restaurant offers a variety of snacks, salads, flatbreads, and entrees. Being the part-time Hampton Bays resident that I am, I can’t even describe you how excited I am to have a year-round coffee spot that lives up to this coffee snob’s expectations. (I usually drive to Southampton to go to Golden Pear, Hampton Coffee, or Sant Ambroeus.) For Five Coffee Roasters, which also has locations in Manhattan, Chicago, Los Angeles, Manhasset, and Astoria has opened within Hamptons Standard for all of your espresso and cappuccino needs. And yes, they have oat milk — I checked!last_img read more

Symbio integrates fuel cell into electric vehicles

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BOEM Authorizes 2.4 Million CY of Sand for Florida Beaches (USA)

first_imgThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced that it has executed an agreement to use up to 2.4 million cubic yards of sand from the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to restore nearly 14 miles of shoreline for Brevard County, Fla. damaged by Hurricane Sandy.The restoration work will take place along two separate stretches of the county’s coast – the northern section covering 9.8 miles from the City of Cape Canaveral to Cocoa Beach (North Reach); the southern section covering 3.8 miles from Melbourne Beach to Indialantic (South Reach). Dredging is expected to begin in October 2013, with the sediment coming from a borrow site at Canaveral Shoals II in federal waters.“BOEM understands the tremendous impact that storms such as Hurricane Sandy have upon both the ecology and coastal communities,” said BOEM Director Tommy P. Beaudreau. “As we move ahead with coastal restoration projects related to Hurricane Sandy, our Marine Minerals Program is forging stronger partnerships with federal, state and local agencies not only to restore but also to improve the resiliency of these areas,” Beaudreau said.Under BOEM’s agreement with Brevard County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the beach nourishment project will provide storm damage protection to structures that would otherwise be threatened by chronic shoreline retreat and storm-induced erosion. The project will also maintain an area suitable for recreation and wildlife habitat in developed beach areas. This project will restore important sea turtle nesting habitat. In 2012 sea turtle nesting surveys counted a total of 3,104 loggerhead turtle nests, or 477 per half-mile in the South Reach project area. Green and leatherback sea turtles also utilize these beaches for nesting habitat.BOEM manages non-energy minerals obtained from the OCS, including sand, gravel and shell resources for coastal restoration and protection, in addition to overseeing and regulating conventional and renewable energy development on the OCS. BOEM has the authority to convey, on a noncompetitive basis, the rights to these resources for shore, beach or wetland restoration projects, or for use in construction projects funded in whole or part, or authorized by the federal government. In exercising this authority, BOEM may issue a negotiated non-competitive lease agreement for the use of OCS sand to a qualifying entity.The bureau has spent more than $30 million since 1992 on world-class scientific research that informs environmental assessment and leasing decisions concerning the use of OCS sand resources in beach nourishment and coastal restoration.[mappress]Press Release, July 28, 2013last_img read more

Offsite housing? There’s an app for that

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Martin Bencher upgrades in China

first_imgThrough the new company set-up, Martin Bencher International Transport (Shanghai) Ltd. is now able to invoice customers in China in the local currency Renminbi (RMB). “An increasing number of our regular customers have requested that we must receive payment in RMB in China and we can now meet their requirements,” said Peter Thorsoe Jensen, CEO of Martin Bencher Group. “With this strategic change we can also offer our services to Chinese companies who are unable to pay outside China – and most importantly, this is a further step forward for our domestic transport services in China, our fastest growing business area.”last_img read more

ABC takes delivery of third B747-8F

first_imgThe B747-8F will be used on ABC’s existing route network linking Europe, Asia and the USA with Moscow. The new freighter is a part of ABC’s fleet renewal strategy; the average age of its fleet now stands at 4.1 years old.The ABC fleet now consists of 11 B747 aircraft – five B747-400ERFs three B747-400Fs and three B747-8F.s www.airbridgecargo.comwww.boeing.comlast_img

Law Society hosts EU chief

first_imgLaw Society president Jonathan Smithers welcomed EU commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality Vera Jourová to Chancery Lane last week.She attended a meeting on the impact of technology on justice and consumers, the importance of protecting lawyer-client communications, and equality and diversity within the profession.Smithers said: ‘We raised the issue of legal professional privilege, which is vital to the administration of justice and our concerns about unlawful surveillance. Commissioner Jourová also showed a lot of interest in equality and diversity in our legal profession and we touched on a number of initiatives at EU level to improve work-life balance.’last_img read more

Arms sales to Saudi Arabia ruled unlawful

first_imgUK arms sales to Saudi Arabia have been ruled unlawful by the Court of Appeal following a challenge by pressure group Campaign Against Arms Trade.Giving judgment this morning, the court ruled that ‘the process of decision-making by the government was wrong in law in one significant respect’ connected to the ongoing conflict in Yemen.Part of the legal test for the granting of arms sales licences obliges the exporting state to consider ‘the recipient country’s attitudes’ towards the principles of ‘international humanitarian rights instruments’ and international human rights law. EU member states must refuse an export licence ‘if there is a clear risk that the … equipment might be used in the commission of serious violations of international humanitarian law’.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Saudi arms protestsSource: PA ImagesOverturning a High Court ruling , the appeal court determined that the error of law concerned that ’clear risk … of serious violations’. Master of the rolls Sir Terence Etherton, sitting with Lord Justice Irwin and Lord Justice Singh, said the government had ‘made no concluded assessments of whether the Saudi-led coalition had committed violations of international humanitarian law in the past, during the Yemen conflict, and made no attempt to do so’.The appeal court stressed that its decision does not mean that licences to export arms to Saudi Arabia must immediately be suspended. But the government must ’reconsider the matter, must make the necessary assessments about past episodes of concern, allowing for the fact that, in some cases, it will not be possible to reach a conclusion. The government must then estimate the future risks in light of their conclusions about the past.’A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Theresa May told the BBC that the government was ’disappointed’ and would be seeking permission to appeal. Trade secretary Liam Fox is expected to make an emergency statement this afternoon.Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade said: ’We welcome this verdict but it should never have taken a court case brought by campaigners to force the government to follow its own rules.’The Saudi Arabian regime is one of the most brutal and repressive in the world, yet, for decades, it has been the largest buyer of UK-made arms. No matter what atrocities it has inflicted, the Saudi regime has been able to count on the uncritical political and military support of the UK.’The bombing has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. UK arms companies have profited every step of the way. The arms sales must stop immediately.’last_img read more