PRESS CONFERENCE – NUKE INDUSTRY ‘GAMING’ EPA CARBON RULES TO BAIL OUT OLD NUKE PLANTS, KILL RENEWABLES

WASHINGTON—The Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) held a press conference on September 11th with five safe-nirsenergy advocates to announce the release of an important study.  “Killing the Competition The Nuclear Power Agenda to Block Climate Action, Stop Renewable Energy, and Subsidize Old Reactors,” exposes the activities of nuclear utilities, especially Exelon Corporation, designed to use the EPA’s newly released draft carbon rules as a means to subsidize unprofitable old nuclear reactors, and stifle renewable energy and energy efficiency growth. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: NRC’s “waste confidence” ruling earns “no confidence” with the public

NRC COMMISSIONERS TOW NUCLEAR INDUSTRY LINE ONCE AGAIN, CONDUCT TAINTED VOTE ON RADIOACTIVE WASTE STORAGE, ALLOW CONTINUED REACTOR LICENSING

As a courtesy to our colleagues at NIRS near Washington, D.C., we atommuell190pxforward the attached press release concerning the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) decision released today that, “adopts the findings of the GEIS regarding the environmental impacts of storing spent fuel at any reactor site after the reactor’s licensed period of operations.”  In a separate ruling the NRC lifted its moratorium on new reactor Continue reading

PRESS STATEMENT: Legislature Should Oppose Exelon Bailout

Company seeks to scam EPA carbon rules to subsidize nuclear power in Illinois and nation

Exelon’s scheming to garner subsidies for unprofitable nuclear plants in Illinois uses the recent EPA carbon standards rule as a fig leaf for the enormous rip off it represents.  It should be opposed by the Legislature.

Exelon’s nuclear plants have been paid for numerous times over by ratepayers:  through the rate hikes that built them; through the estimated $6-$11 billion in “stranded costs” awarded them when Illinois went from a regulated to a market-based system; and in the $21 billion CUB reports these plants have earned Exelon in the last decade alone[1].    Continue reading

Speaker Madigan, Exelon Declare “Nuclear War” on  Renewables, Pass HR1146

Resolution prelude to “bailout” for unprofitable nukes, national anti-renewables campaign

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Board Member Linda Lewison in discussion with ELPC’s Barry Matchett in Springfield

CHICAGO— By voice vote the Illinois House approved a resolution introduced by House Speaker Michael Madigan with extensive cooperation from Exelon Corporation that would create massive subsidization of unprofitable Exelon nuclear plants in Illinois, and do serious damage to the growth of the renewable energy sector.

HR1146, the Nuclear Power Plant Closure resolution was introduced by Speaker Madigan only last Friday, May 23rd, largely at the behest of Exelon Continue reading

Your Action Needed TODAY!  Exelon, Mike Madigan Gut Renewables, Suggest “Nukes Forever” for Illinois

EMERGENCY ALERT!  IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!

In cooperation with Exelon Corporation,  Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has introduced a RESOLUTION, HR 1146, NUCLEAR POWER PLANT CLOSURES,  (http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/default.asp )  which if passed would essentially “nuke” renewable energy in Illinois, and guarantee that byron closenuclear and coal would be the mainstay of Illinois electricity production for the foreseeable future.  We attach a highlighted version of the Resolution with this Alert on our Literature page and available here:

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ILLINOIS NUCLEAR “HOSTAGE” CRISIS — EXELON TO CLOSE BYRON NUKE, AX 2,300 JOB WITHOUT STATE “HELP”

EXELON NUCLEAR – HOLDING ILLINOIS HOSTAGE YET AGAIN?

byron closeThe business press has announced that Exelon Corporation now considers the two Byron nuclear reactors south of Rockford as candidates for closure, joining a list that included the two old Quad Cities reactors, and the single Clinton reactor in central Illinois.

CEO Chris Crane and other Exelon executives state that these reactors are losing money, or simply not profitable enough to operate in a current energy Continue reading

NEIS EVENTS: YOU’RE INVITED – AND NEEDED!

1.)  SAVE THE DATE – INDIAN DOCUMENTARIAN BRINGS FILM TO CHICAGO:

NEIS kicks off its 2014 “KNOw-Nukes!” film series with a showing of the new documentary, “High Power,” by Indian documentarian Pradeep Indulkar.  The film will be shown along with a panel discussion with the filmmaker on Thursday, March 6th, 6:30 p.m. at DePaul University’s Schmitt Academic Center, Room 154, 2320 N. Kenmore Ave., in Lincoln Park, Chicago.  The showing is being done in cooperation Continue reading

ACTION ALERT! — ATTEMPT TO REPEAL IL NUKE MORATORIUM, EVENTS, MORE…

Well, the holiday is over.  The pro-nuke tribe is at the gates yet again.  Time to get back into the trenches, and fight for safe energy once more.  Please take action on as many of these as you can.  Thanks in advance!

–Dave Kraft, Driector—

Have you become a member, or made a contribution to NEIS lately?  Please do so today!

1.)  THEY’RE BACK!  SEN. MIKE JACOBS INTRODUCES S.3417, TO REPEAL THE ILLINOIS NUCLEAR MORATORIUM:   Just like rust or a bad case of herpes, the pro-nuclear lobby is back again.  This time Sen. Mike Jacobs  (D., 36th, Moline; Chair of the Senate Energy Committee) has introduced S.3417, calling for the repeal of the section Continue reading

PSR PRESIDENT JEFF PATTERSON DIES SUDDENLY

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Jeff Patterson presenting at Mt. of Waste Conference in Chicago, 2012.

It is with great sadness that we report the death of our friend and colleague Jeff Patterson of Physicians for Responsibility.  We received the following announcement just this morning.

 Dear family of PSR.

 I’m sorry to inform you that Jeff Patterson died last night.  He had a heart attack at the hotel and an arrhythmia in the ambulance.  Mary called John Rachow this am to inform PSR and his friends.

 Our thoughts and well wishes for support are with Mary, who will be heading back to WI cancelling their vacation.

The world has lost a generous and kind man, who did so much for so many!

 We will all miss him!

 Catherine Thomasson, MD

 Executive Director,   Physicians for Social Responsibility Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE — Groups oppose top climate scientists’ call to embrace nuclear power

CHICAGO– Wednesday, January 8, 2014

As a courtesy to our hundreds of colleague organizations nationally, we forward this press release to you.

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“Solar eclipse” of the D.C. Cook nuke, at 1999 Nuclear Free Great Lakes Action Camp

NEIS is one of the signatory groups on this letter.

Much ado was made several months back of Dr. James Hanson’s joint letter, calling on environmental groups to embrace new nuclear reactors.  While a brilliant climate scientist, his credentials in energy analysis leave something to be desired.  Just as one would not go to a dentist for an oil change (no matter how painless s/he promised the treatment), one has to be more than skeptical of a climate scientist promoting nuclear power. Continue reading

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