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The Horinko Group's Newsletter: Sustainabulletin

Third Quarter 2016 — In this quarter's bulletin...

leafNew Report: Nuclear Power and the Clean Energy Future

Last Chance to Register for The Horinko Group’s 2016 Summit

Featured Column: Observations on U.S. Waterway Modernization: Making the Case and Demonstrating the Way Forward


spacerNew Report: Nuclear Power and the Clean Energy Future

Description: Nuclear Report

The Horinko Group is pleased to highlight the release of its latest report, Nuclear Power and the Clean Energy Future. On behalf of Nuclear Matters, THG has developed a comprehensive study to demonstrate and reinforce the critical role of existing nuclear power in avoiding carbon emissions and meeting clean energy goals.

“As this report demonstrates, we should not underestimate the critical role of nuclear power in providing carbon-free energy in the United States,” said Emily Hammond, Senior Advisor at The Horinko Group, Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School, and lead author of the report. “At a time when the market fails to value the relative carbon impacts of electricity sources, policymakers would do well to recognize the great service provided by these steady producers of non-emitting baseload power.”

Description: State Fact Sheet

The report provides an in-depth, data-driven analysis and results in two major contributions to public policy and lawmaking discussions. First, it quantifies the carbon value of U.S. nuclear power, which provides nearly 20% of the country’s electricity supply, while accounting for roughly 63% of carbon-free electricity. The report finds that nuclear power avoids over 531 million tons of CO2 emissions per year, which amounts to a social cost of over $85 billion by 2020. A collection of state-specific fact sheets accompanies the report, demonstrating the critical role of existing nuclear within each nuclear generating state.

Second, the report analyzes how states can best value nuclear power when formulating their compliance pathways under the CPP. Importantly, the report emphasizes that the adoption of a mass-based approach that accounts for new sources of emissions best values existing nuclear power to meet climate change goals.

Description: Hammond

Photo: Bloomberg BNA

Lead author Emily Hammond discussed the report's findings in a keynote interview with Chris Godamski, Head of Research, Nuclear, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, at Bloomberg BNA's September 23, 2016 event, Achieving Clean Energy: The Critical Role of Nuclear Power. Following the interview, Ms. Hammond was joined by Carol M. Browner, Leadership Council, Nuclear Matters and former Administrator, EPA and Rich Powell, Managing Director, Policy and Strategy, ClearPath for a panel discussion on preserving nuclear to meet CO2 goals. Video of the event is available at this link.

Description: Hammond

Photo: Bloomberg BNA

To read the Nuclear Matters press release about the report, visit

To read the full report, visit

To view the state fact sheets, visit

spacerLast Chance to Register for The Horinko Group’s 2016 Summit:
The Future of RCRA – Making the Business Case

October 26, 2016 | 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | Register

Space is limited — register before October 7, 2016 to secure your spot!

Description: Summit

The Horinko Group, in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) and the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC), will be hosting its next Summit, The Future of RCRA – Making the Business Case, on October 26, 2016.

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s (RCRA) regulatory and enforcement programs have accomplished a great deal over the past forty years. At its 40th anniversary, the RCRA statute stands to achieve much more. Looking forward, real progress will be made through collaboration with states, local governments, industry, academia, and communities. How can we capture the accomplishments of the past and leverage these results into a new, innovative, and productive enterprise? As U.S. EPA fashions its approach to RCRA 2040, we gather a community of experienced practitioners to exchange ideas and shape the debate about the future of this important program.

Description: Summit

Thanks in advance to our Summit partners, ASTSWMO and ITRC, and to our Summit sponsors, Booz Allen Hamilton, Sustainable Remediation Forum, Republic Services, HSW Engineering, Cement Kiln Recycling Coalition, and Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries.

Online registration will close on October 7, 2016.

To view the Summit agenda, visit

To see more information and to register, visit

spacerTHG Welcomes New Senior Advisor to Extended Team

Description: Yaroschak

The Horinko Group is pleased to welcome Paul Yaroschak, P.E., President of Sustainable Methods, LLC, to its extended team as Senior Advisor for sustainability, contaminated site cleanup, and chemical risk management.

Mr. Yaroschak has over 35 years of experience managing Department of Defense environmental programs. From 1991 to 2006, Mr. Yaroschak served as the Director of Environmental Compliance and Restoration Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Environment). From 2006 to 2016, Mr. Yaroschak served as the Deputy for Chemical & Material Risk Management in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In this position, he was instrumental in developing an award-winning program to identify, assess risks, and develop risk management actions for emerging contaminants.

To read Mr. Yaroschak’s full bio, visit


Observations on U.S. Waterway Modernization: Making the Case and Demonstrating the Way Forward (EXCERPT)

By: Patrick McGinnis, Senior Advisor for Water Policy and Practice, The Horinko Group

Description: McGinnis

America’s inland waterways, built, operated, and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps or USACE), are at a crossroads. Going forward, two paths emerge. The first path, a continuation of current financing mechanisms, funding levels, operating practices, and governance arrangements, points to continued deterioration of waterway serviceability. A crisis exists with respect to Corps locks and dams. Insufficient funding, extensive deferred maintenance, and a forced fix-as-fail repair strategy have led to unscheduled lock closures and accompanying delays. Shippers and producers are confronted with a system whose reliability is being questioned. Lock unavailability reduces efficiency, increases costs for carriers (and ultimately shippers and commodity consumers), and threatens system reliance.

A second path, involving a shift toward greater private investment, risk transfer, and innovative financing and funding arrangements including public-private partnerships (P3s), if demonstrated in one or two successful pilot proof-of-concept projects, could serve as an alternative resourcing and delivery approach to guide the system’s renewal.