PRESS RELEASE: Exelon (faux-)fun(d)raiser ‘total failure,’ groups say

CHICAGO--  An organization conducting an “alms for Exelon” street fun(d)raiser for the impoverished utility admits that the event was “a total failure.”image (4)

“To try to prevent Illinois ratepayers from having to fork over $580 million to bailout Exelon’s unprofitable reactors in Illinois, we had hoped to raise funds from individuals who ideologically support nuclear power,” says David Kraft, director of Nuclear Energy Information Service, referring to a Chicago City Club Luncheon featuring three pro-nuclear speakers from Exelon-funded front Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: “Polar-vortex resistant nuclear” not so “resistant” after all

“Polar-vortex resistant nuclear” not so “resistant” after all

 CHICAGO—Nuclear proponents like Exelon Corporation are quick to claim that nuclear power was “reliable energy” during last year’s “polar vortex” days compared to its fossil fuel rivals.snowflake2

It seems that crowing may have been premature.

The Pilgrim-1 nuclear reactor near Plymouth, MA, was closed today by the heavy snow storm buffeting the Northeast.

The reactor had already been reduced to 20% output as a “precaution” prior to the storm’s arrival when transmission lines connecting the reactor to the power grid failed.  This caused the Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: NRC Nuclear agency rejects effort to close dangerous U.S. “Fukushima” reactors; 4 in Illinois

As a courtesy to our friends and colleagues at Beyond Nuclear, we forward the attached press release.  It announces a decision by the

A GE Mark-I reactor containament schematic
A GE Mark-I reactor containment schematic

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the federal agency charged with protecting the public from the radiation threat from nuclear power plants, to ignore its staff advice and NOT install safety filters on reactors similar in design to those that blew up and melted down at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan in 2011. Continue reading

Illinois Would Survive Closure of 5 Exelon Reactors, Report Indicates

CHICAGO—Despite some notable flaws, a report assembled by 4 state agencies to study the effects of closing five uneconomic Exelon nuclear reactors in Illinois came to a reassuring conclusion:  Illinois will survive, and WITHOUT having to bail out Exelon’s reactors with $580 million.

The Report, “POTENTIAL NUCLEAR POWER PLANT CLOSINGS IN

Exelon's unprofitable Byron nuclear reactors, threatened with closure if the Illinois Legislature does not "appreciate" them more with a bailout.
Exelon’s unprofitable Byron nuclear reactors, threatened with closure if the Illinois Legislature does not “appreciate” them more with a bailout.

ILLINOIS: Impacts and Market-Based Solutions,” was mandated by HR1146 in May of 2014 to study the effects on the Illinois economy and electric power reliability should Exelon decide to close 5 unprofitable nuclear reactors it operates in Illinois. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE UPDATE: Dangerous Uranium Hexafluoride Leak Worse Than Initially Reported, Regulator Says

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.”
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Metropolis Radiation Site Emergency — Leak of Toxic Uranium Hexafluoride

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

PRESS RELEASE: NUCLEAR INDUSTRY REPORT: DELIBERATELY DESIGNED TO MISLEAD LEGISLATURE? —  WATCHDOG WONDERS

CHICAGO—  A study released Thursday (Oct. 2, 2014) by the nuclear power trade group alleging dire economic consequences

Exelon's unprofitable Byron nuclear reactors, threatened with closure if the Illinois Legislature does not "appreciate" them more with a bailout.
Exelon’s unprofitable Byron nuclear reactors, threatened with closure if the Illinois Legislature does not “appreciate” them more with a bailout.

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?

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…and NEIS Was There!

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

NEIS members with banner. L to R: Carol Kurz, Jan Boudart, Linda Lewison. Gloria Fallon out of picture to R.
NEIS members with banner. L to R: Carol Kurz, Jan Boudart, Linda Lewison. Gloria Fallon out of picture to R.

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

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

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