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

PRESS RELEASE: “Alms for Exelon” (faux-)fun(d)raiser Part 2: ‘Bake Sale against Bailouts’ at Exelon HQ  

CHICAGO--  An organization conducting “Alms for Exelon” street fun(d)raisers for the self-proclaimed impoverished nuclear utility Exelon Corporation conducted the second of a series of street events in Chicago today: “Bake Sale against Bailouts.”

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NEIS supporters Linda Lewison (l) and Dr. Lora Chamberlain outside Exelon HQ during “Bake Sale against Exelon Bailouts!”

The purpose of the event, held outside Exelon’s Chicago   headquarters, is to call attention to Exelon’s demands for a financial bailout of unprofitable nuclear reactors in Illinois.  Radiation suit-clad volunteers ‘encouraged’ members of the public to make $25,000 donations to Exelon to ‘help keep the cost of Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: “Alms for Exelon” (faux-)fun(d)raiser Part 2: ‘Bake Sale against Bailouts’ at Exelon HQ  

Fukushima nuclear disaster turns 4; the accident continues

CHICAGO—The nuclear disaster at Fukushima enters its fourth year today, and the more things change, the more they remain the same, a local nuclear watchdog organization observes.

“We’re entering year four of a global disaster which will

NEIS demonstrators outside the Japanese Consulate in Chicago on 4th anniversary of Fukushima disaster
NEIS demonstrators outside the Japanese Consulate in Chicago on 4th anniversary of Fukushima disaster

continue to go on for at least three more decades, and cost Japan hundreds of  billions of dollars,” notes Gail Snyder, Board President of Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS), a Chicago-based safe-energy/nuclear watchdog organization. Continue reading Fukushima nuclear disaster turns 4; the accident continues

EXELON LEGISLATION, FERC COMMENTS A “DECLARATION OF WAR” ON RENEWABLES AND EFFICIENCY, GROUP ASSERTS

CHICAGO—The release of its long-awaited bailout legislation, coupled with presentations made before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last week add up to a declaration of war against renewables and energy efficiency by Exelon Corporation, a Chicago nuclear watchdog organization asserts.

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The Byron nuclear reactor station, threatened with closure according to Exelon.

“If it looks like a bailout, walks like a bailout, and quacks like a bailout – it’s a BAILOUT,” asserts David Kraft, Director of Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS) of Chicago.

“While maintaining a seemingly benign verbal patina in their legislation (SB 1585; HB 3293), the practical and functional implementation of both Exelon’s proposed legislation and its intentions presented to FERC last week would relegate renewable energy and energy efficiency to being bit players in Illinois’ energy mix,” states Kraft. Continue reading EXELON LEGISLATION, FERC COMMENTS A “DECLARATION OF WAR” ON RENEWABLES AND EFFICIENCY, GROUP ASSERTS

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

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

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

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