CHICAGO– A more serious incident occurred at the Honeywell Uranium conversion facility in Metropolis, Illinois than was originally reported by the plant operators to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The NRC Event Report states,
“DISCOVERY OF AFTER-THE-FACT EMERGENCY CONDITION – ALERT DECLARATION NOT MADE DURING EVENT INVOLVING URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE LEAK After review of additional observations and other evidence not directly involved with the response, Honeywell has determined that the event should have been upgraded at 1942 [CDT] on 10/26/14, to an ‘Alert’ classification per our classification criteria.” Continue reading →
CHICAGO– The Honeywell Metropolis Works facility in Metropolis, Illinois has reported another leak of Uranium Hexafluoride (UF6), a radioactive and toxic chemical compound, produced at the facility which converts uranium ore into uranium hexafluoride for the production of nuclear fuel for nuclear power facilities. The incident occurred on Sunday, Oct. 26th at about 8 p.m., and lasted through the night
While company spokes people report no Uranium Hexafluoride was released outside the facility residents in the area have reported detecting an unusual odor and taste. Reports of a vapor plume over the facility were explained as water vapor from the suppression system but on a radio interview, John Paul Smith, United Steel Workers Local 7-669 Media Secretary and Health and Safety Chair, claims a vapor release of 6 minutes was observed before the suppression system’s mitigation towers were turned on. [NOTE: see video clip, link at end of article]. Continue reading →
CHICAGO— A study released Thursday (Oct. 2, 2014) by the nuclear power trade group alleging dire economic consequences
for Illinois should currently unprofitable nuclear reactors be closed by Exelon Corporation leaves safe-energy advocacy groups wondering – was this report designed to deliberately mislead the Illinois Legislature?
2,500 at NYC Climate March Send Message: Nuclear Power? – NO Thanks!
At least 15 NEIS members went to New York City to march in the historic Climate March on Sept. 20th, marching with over 2,500
others from around the country in the event’s “No Nukes!” Nuclear Free/Carbon Free contingent. A lot of our friends from Frack Free Illinois were also there. Over 1,000 bright yellow flags and signs made an unmistakably clear point to New York and the world: “Nuclear Power? – No Thanks!” Continue reading →
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 forward 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 →
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. Continue reading →
Resolution prelude to “bailout” for unprofitable nukes, national anti-renewables campaign
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 →
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 nuclear 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:
The 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 →