PRESS RELEASE: MOST EXELON IL REACTORS ON LIST OF “NEAR MISSES,” REPORT INDICATES

NRC regulators cited for “major misses,” lack of safety culture

CHICAGO—All but three of Exelon’s 11 operating reactors in Illinois are reported as having “near misses” events – events that qualify a

Greenpeace Safety Study Reports US is "Nuclear Tightrope" Walking
Greenpeace Safety Study Reports US is “Nuclear Tightrope” Walking

precursors to potential meltdowns, according to both a Greenpeace Report released today, and the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) documents on which the report is based.

“As legislators and the Governor move to decide Illinois energy future and whether to bailout three of Exelon’s aging and financially failing reactors, they should well consider the potential safety risks of Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: MOST EXELON IL REACTORS ON LIST OF “NEAR MISSES,” REPORT INDICATES

PRESS RELEASE-EXELON BILL IS CORPORATE WELFARE BAILOUT, NEIS CONTENDS

 

Exelon bill designed to bailout failing nuclear plants, transfer wealth, kill renewables, NEIS testifies

SPRINGFIELD, May 16, 2016— Nuclear Energy Information Service of Chicago testified today before the Illinois State Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee that the new Exelon legislation amounted to a “corporate welfare bailout” designed to kill renewable energy and “transfer wealth from Illinois ratepayers to Exelon shareholders.”

Photo courtesy of US NRC
Clinton nucear plant. Photo courtesy of US NRC

Speaking at a Subject Matter hearing, NEIS Director David Kraft urged legislators to reject the flawed Exelon legislation – Amendment 3 to SB.1585, the so-called “Next Generation Energy Plan” – and fix the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) as soon as possible, and before considering any Exelon reactor bailout schemes. Continue reading PRESS RELEASE-EXELON BILL IS CORPORATE WELFARE BAILOUT, NEIS CONTENDS

FUKUSHIMA AT 5, CHORNOBYL AT 30: OPPORTUNITIES MISSED, LESSONS NOT LEARNED

 

 The 5th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster seems an apt time to recall the advice of philosopher and essayist George Santayana, who warned: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  Regrettably, the Orwellian truth is that the history of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster is not only being “forgotten;” it is being radically altered by what the late Jeff Patterson, past President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, called “nuclear industry SCUM: Secrecy, Cover-Up, and Rising Sun Flag RadioactiveMinimization,” that nuclear industry advocates and their supporters in governments proliferate.  This inevitably results in opportunities being missed, and lessons going unlearned.

Continue reading FUKUSHIMA AT 5, CHORNOBYL AT 30: OPPORTUNITIES MISSED, LESSONS NOT LEARNED

RADIATION MONITORING PROJECT HOLDS FIRST TRAINING

Radiation expert Lucas Hixson at Chicago RMP training
Radiation expert Lucas Hixson at Chicago RMP training

NEIS hosted the first training session of the newly formed Radiation Monitoring Project (RMP) in Chicago on October 30th.  Nuclear researcher Lucas Hixson of Enformable Environmental Services of Michigan conducted an intensive training for 10 eager trainees on the topics of radiation and the field use of monitors.

The Chicago event was the first of what will be a series of trainings Continue reading RADIATION MONITORING PROJECT HOLDS FIRST TRAINING

Stop Fukushima Freeways Campaign Kicks Off

Stop Fukushima Freeways Campaign Kicks Off

New Map shows Illinois would be a Corridor for Thousands of

Extremely Dangerous and Radioactive Nuclear Waste Shipments

CHICAGO – Thousands of nuclear waste shipments would cross cask_dome2through Illinois, if Congressional plans for the country’s first nuclear waste repository in Nevada move forward. Today, Nuclear Energy Information Service, along with dozens of environmental and clean energy groups nationwide, released maps of the likely routes radioactive shipments would use.  The groups want state residents to tell Congress: Yucca Mt. is Continue reading Stop Fukushima Freeways Campaign Kicks Off

PRESS RELEASE: WASHINGTON D.C. PSC REJECTS EXELON’S PROPOSED MERGER WITH PEPCO

Rejection a huge defeat for Exelon, and loss of a regulated market to abuse

CHICAGO—Exelon Corporation was handed a stunning defeat today when the Washington, D.C. Public Services Commission (PSC) rejected Exelon’s merger bid with East Coast utility PEPCO.

The rejection denies Exelon a sorely needed new market in a regulated environment to help prop up its failing and anachronistic business model.  Exelon’s nuclear fleet – the nation’s largest — has Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: WASHINGTON D.C. PSC REJECTS EXELON’S PROPOSED MERGER WITH PEPCO

GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE $8,000.00 IN ANONYMOUS DONATION FOR “RADIATION MONITORING PROJECT”

Chicago, IL.—The “Radiation Monitoring Project”, a national initiative to establish monitoring of radioactivity in communities contaminated by the nuclear fuel chain, received over half its Fund Title$15,000 fundraising goal in a single anonymous donation earlier this week.

The Radiation Monitoring Project is a collaboration among three organizations: Diné No Nukes (DNN) of the Southwest region, Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS) located in Chicago, Illinois and Sloths Against Nuclear State (SANS) based in Brooklyn, NY. These Continue reading GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE $8,000.00 IN ANONYMOUS DONATION FOR “RADIATION MONITORING PROJECT”

THE COUNTDOWN ON ILLINOIS’ ENERGY FUTURE CONTINUES!

PART 2: “NUCLEAR: IT ISN’T CLEAN, GREEN OR RENEWABLE”

CHICAGO-[NOTE: With the Illinois Legislative session scheduled to end May 31st, and the Legislature soon to vote on the future direction of Illinois energy services, NEIS is initiating a series of releases over the next

Nuclear Illinois -- Exelon's 14 reactors  circle Chicago
Nuclear Illinois — Exelon’s 14 reactors circle Chicago

few weeks designed to address some of the myths, misconceptions, and ignored aspects of the debate.]

In a recent exchange in the Illinois Senate Energy Committee on Wednesday, May 13, Sen. Chris Nybo  attempted to get Sen. Don Harmon, sponsor of the Illinois Clean Jobs Act, to describe nuclear power as clean and renewable.  Sen Harmon steadfastly resisted this attempt to linguistically detoxify nuclear power. Continue reading THE COUNTDOWN ON ILLINOIS’ ENERGY FUTURE CONTINUES!

PRESS RELEASE: THE 20-DAY COUNTDOWN ON ILLINOIS’ ENERGY FUTURE BEGINS! PART 1: “IS IT REALLY THE JOBS, STUPID?”

THE 20-DAY COUNTDOWN ON ILLINOIS’ ENERGY FUTURE BEGINS!

PART 1: “IS IT REALLY THE JOBS, STUPID?”

CHICAGO-–  [NOTE:  With 20 days left for the Illinois Legislature to decide the future direction of Illinois energy services, NEIS is initiating a series of releases over the next three weeks designed to

The NEIS "Bake Sale against Exelon Bailouts! team. (l. to r.): Dave Kraft, Gail Snyder, Carol Kurz, Linda Lewison, Dennis Nelson.  Jan Boudart photographer.
The NEIS “Bake Sale against Exelon Bailouts! team. (l. to r.): Dave Kraft, Gail Snyder, Carol Kurz, Linda Lewison, Dennis Nelson. Jan Boudart photographer.

address some of the myths, misconceptions, and ignored aspects of the debate.]

Three separate and distinct pieces of legislation (three in each legislative chamber for a total of six) have been submitted.  Two Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: THE 20-DAY COUNTDOWN ON ILLINOIS’ ENERGY FUTURE BEGINS! PART 1: “IS IT REALLY THE JOBS, STUPID?”

PRESS RELEASE — THE END OF NUCLEAR POWER? — TESLA REVOLUTIONARY NEW BATTERY SINKS EXELON’S BOGUS ARGUMENTS, FORCES LEGISLATURE TO CHOOSE THE FUTURE OVER THE PAST

THE END OF NUCLEAR POWER? — TESLA REVOLUTIONARY NEW BATTERY SINKS EXELON’S BOGUS ARGUMENTS, FORCES LEGISLATURE TO CHOOSE THE FUTURE OVER THE PAST

CHICAGO-–  One Thursday April 30, Elon Musk of the TESLA Corporation announced the development of home and utility scale batteries that will revolutionize energy storage – and could effectively put an end to the specious argument nuclear industry

Arnie Gundersen speaking to an audience at Illinois Sierra Club, April 30, 2015
Arnie Gundersen speaking to an audience at Illinois Sierra Club, April 30, 2015

promoters use to justify their product: “what are we going to do when the sun doesn’t shine and wind doesn’t blow?”

The answer – nothing.  The energy WILL be stored safely and effectively. Continue reading PRESS RELEASE — THE END OF NUCLEAR POWER? — TESLA REVOLUTIONARY NEW BATTERY SINKS EXELON’S BOGUS ARGUMENTS, FORCES LEGISLATURE TO CHOOSE THE FUTURE OVER THE PAST

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