Polls show American’s opinions of nuclear energy remain largely unchanged following the Japanese disaster but agencies continue to regulate food. Also, the world’s first HVAC company to achieve LEED Gold Certification and why some coal factories have been unable to reach their hiring goals.
Polls Show American Opinion of Nuclear Energy
Recent polls in the aftermath of the Japan earthquake demonstrate that Americans have only slightly changed their opinions on nuclear power, according to Harris Interactive and HealthDay. When surveyed, 41 percent of the public supported building nuclear power plants on American soil and 39 percent were opposed. Three years ago, the numbers were 49 percent in favor and 32 percent opposed. About 29 percent of Americans believe that nuclear power plants are “very safe” and another 34 percent say they are “somewhat safe.” Another 59 percent agreed that it power plants are acceptable as long as they are far enough away from fault lines.
World’s First LEED Certified HVAC Company
Carrier Corp.’s commercial factory in Monterrey, Mexico was the first heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) factory worldwide to achieve LEED Gold certification. LEED is the premier prize awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council for energy efficiency in buildings. The factory converted their bulbs to more energy efficient light sources and implemented a night power outage plan that shuts down power in all unused circuits in the evening. The latter alone will save 160-MWh annually.
Dominion Researches Offshore Wind Facilities
Dominion Virginia Power is busy studying the steps needed to build a high-voltage underwater transmission line from Virginia Beach into the Atlantic Ocean to support multiple offshore wind facilities. The company expects to finish the study by the end of this year in order to begin offshore wind projects. An older study on behalf of the same company indicated that it would be possible to interconnect up to 4,500-MW of offshore wind power.
Coal Factories Have not Kept Job Promises
The Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies announced that jobs promised by large coal-fired plants have fallen below the amount promised before the plants were approved, according to their research. Of six plants that were created around the country in five counties, 56% of every 1,000 jobs promised actually came to fruition. Coal plant construction delivered just 27% of the jobs projected. These studies come from over the course of 2005 and 2009, and were procured by gathering public data for each plant containing employment data and labor retention rates for the periods during the course of construction.
EPA Continues Monitoring Food in Wake of Quake
The disaster in Japan has led to an awakening of monitoring and cautiousness. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has increased the level of nationwide monitoring of milk, precipitation, drinking water, and other potential paths for contaminants. THE EPA monitors milk under its RADNET program, while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration district over the safety, labeling, and identity of milk products in interstate dealings, while states have jurisdiction over facilities that are located inside their borders. The EPA urges to state and local governments to cooperate with the EPA, FDA, and CDC for further monitoring and preventative measures against radiation and illnesses derived from it.
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