EFAB CCS Work Group
Our project is timely; President Obama recently
"I think to the extent that Canada and the United States can collaborate on
ways that we can sequester carbon, capture greenhouse gases before they're
emitted into the atmosphere, that's going to be good for everybody".
Our work on the carbon sequestration program
will take place within a highly populated environment with no shortage of
recommendations on how to proceed.
EFAB has become a highly respected
advisory body; accordingly it is imperative that our resultant work product not
only be technically sound but also be the result of a very deliberative
To this end we will document our deliberations in considerable
detail; the EFAB Library: Carbon Sequestration" available at http://www.fedfocus.org/EFAB_Library_Carbon-Sequestration.html will be the repository of such
The library has four e-reading rooms:
l. EFAB Network
The Work Group consists of ten members who will be
turning out several dozen papers. The paper flow for the production of the
papers coupled with the numerous drafts sent to work group members will result
in a very substantial flow of documents. The flow could easily overwhelm the
. Accordingly, the EFAB Network has been
established. It uses state of the art technology which links the CCS work
group electronically. Consequently, once you enter the network, all members of
the EFAB Network are automatically linked which allows any member of the group
to send emails and attachments to others by merely clicking on
"send". The EFAB Network links all members electronically,
archives all comments , has a search engine and
allows members of the network to send emails and large
It is important that EPA not only be advised
of the Work Group recommendations but of the thought process and the
alternatives considered by the Work Group. The EFAB Network will
allow EPA to perform sensitivity analyses on the Network
Equally importantly, the EFAB Network creates
a searchable archive of all comments written by every member of the
network. Consequently any member of the EFAB Network will have available
at an instant notice all of the emails, research and work product produced by
the work group. The network is also equipped with a powerful search engine
which will allow members of the network to perform key word searches through all
emails and documents in the achieves.
The EFAB Network is somewhat larger than the CCS
Workgroup; the network consists of the board members who constitute the CCS Work
Group; EFAB Staff, DFO, EFAB Chair and select EPA staff involved in the CCS
review. No other individual will be permitted to post on Network. Those
individuals not in the network can refer source material to members of the CCS
Network group for posting.
The data on the Network is encrypted.
Access to the Network is password
protected: Username and pass code
2. EFAB Working
Effective discharge of the responsibilities of the
Work Group will require that a number of issues be investigated and reports
prepared for consideration by the Work Group.
Each major draft will be
included in the record; included is the first working paper dealing
with the Price Anderson Act. The purpose of this paper is to explore the use of
Price Anderson Act as a metric for assessing alternative liability proposals for
CCS. It is the first of a number of papers.
The Working Paper is
available at http://www.fedfocus.org/pdf/20090226_CSS.pdf
Discussion Papers To Be
Prepared and Page Editors
1. Preparation of RCRA-like actions for closure/post
Rachel Deming/Mary Francoeur
2. Although the agency asked that EFAB
examine RCRA-like options for closure/post closure, are there other strategies
that should be
3.. Extract the seeds of operating
principals to guide the development of a long-term stewardship liability program
from Working Paper #1
4. What type of public outreach program
should the work group use to vent some of its working
6. Preparation of a paper on CCS actions
of a paper on CCS actions taken by foreign
8. Discuss and prepare a report on the views
of EPA staff on Work Group
Any Work Group member can prepare a
paper on any of the aforementioned topics or can prepare papers on topics not
mentioned. All members are encouraged to express their views on topics of
interest in the aforementioned papers to the page editors. In
particular, the Reference section has a number of outstanding CCS studies; work
group members are encouraged to perform a Price Anderson type of analysis on
some or all of these studies and to add additional studies for review. In
addition, any Work Group member interested in working on any of the following
papers should so inform the Chair.
The entries in this room consist of some of the most relevant
works on the subject at hand. The reference works herein will be augmented
continually. Please feel free to submit additional items to be included. I call
your particular attention to the encyclopedic entry: EFAB EPA
Library --prepared by EPA for EFAB's
This section documents recent regulatory developments
involving CCS and also contains exchanges to date among and between EFAB
staff and EFAB members.
Actions To Date
- Work has been completed on the first round
RCRA-like options for closure/post closure.
- Working Paper #1 completed on Stewardship;
- e-library established
- web page dedicated for Work Group activities
- EFAB electronic network established
- Comments are requested on Working Paper #1.
Hopefully, by placing all work material on one web page will facilitate
comments. To the extent members are comfortable with using the blog, they
should do so since it will make it easier for others to comment on their
- Please address topics in the Discussion
Topics section above.
- Our Work Group will be to produce possibly three
- First, a set of principles to guide the
establishment of liability scheme for CCS.
- Second, standards to implement one or more of
the aforementioned principles.
- Third, we will examine the liability issues
associated with some immediate actions which can be taken on CCS in the
absence of a new regulatory or statute based liability program for