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

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 Illinois Would Survive Closure of 5 Exelon Reactors, Report Indicates