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Concern Over Old Design of New TVA Nuclear Plant

 A Tennessee nuclear reactor more than 40 years in the making now has its operating license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and will soon begin producing electricity for Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) customers.  But environmental advocates say the Watts Bar 2 Reactor 50 miles northeast of Chattanooga is without modern safety features that would protect residents and the environment in the event of a natural disaster.A Tennessee nuclear reactor more than 40 years in the making now has its operating license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and will soon begin producing electricity for Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) customers.

But environmental advocates say the Watts Bar 2 Reactor 50 miles northeast of Chattanooga is without modern safety features that would protect residents and the environment in the event of a natural disaster.

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Evergreen Packaging® Announces Winners of Student Sustainability Leadership Scholarships

Program honors students who demonstrate superior community engagement & commitment to sustainability

Evergreen Packaging, a global leader in beverage paperboard carton manufacturing, announced the winners of its inaugural Evergreen Packaging Student Sustainability Leadership Scholarship Program. The program was open to high school and college students whose parent or guardian is a US-based Evergreen Packaging employee and who demonstrate sustainability leadership in their school or community. Each of the six nation-wide winners will receive a scholarship, with Evergreen awarding $4,000in grants to winners.

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New Analysis from TVA Confirms Solar Has Value, But Shortchanges the Amount

TVA released its “Distributed Generation- Integrated Value” report, the result of a year-long stakeholder process intended to calculate the economic value that solar power provides to the TVA grid. The report confirms that by encouraging distributed solar, TVA avoids a range of costs associated with burning coal or natural gas for electricity. While the stakeholder group lacked consensus on what that range of costs should include, the process is a necessary and positive first step towards building a more robust solar market in the Tennessee Valley.

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Energy Department Announces the Results of a National Evaluation of the Weatherization Assistance Program

The Energy Department announced the release of a major national evaluation of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Led by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the purpose of the peer-reviewed evaluation was to conduct detailed analysis of the WAP's Program Year 2008 (Retrospective Evaluation) and operations during the 2010 year of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act Evaluation). The results demonstrate that weatherization provides cost-effective energy savings and health and safety benefits to American families. 

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Energy Department Announces Two New Actions to Spur Clean Energy Manufacturing Growth and Innovation

The Energy Department announced new research and development (R&D) efforts as part of the Department's Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI). These two efforts—a national laboratory-industry collaboration pilot and a competitive solicitation to leverage national labs' high-performance computing capabilities—will contribute to CEMI's work to strengthen U.S. clean energy manufacturing competitiveness. 

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