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NRC Denies Modest Post-Fukushima Emergency Response Recommendations

As a courtesy to our colleagues at NIRS in Washington, D.C., we forward a press release that reports the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s denial of a request to improve evacuation plans around U.S. nuclear reactors, based on the real-life information and evidence provided by the Fukushima and Chornobyl nuclear disasters.  With Illinois having 14 reactors – four of which are of Fukushima design and vintage — and 9,000+ tons of high-level radioactive waste in the form of spent fuel in spent fuel pools and dry casks, this is no inconsequential matter. Continue reading NRC Denies Modest Post-Fukushima Emergency Response Recommendations

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER

JAPAN ON NUKES — SIMPLY “ABE-NORMAL”!

What have we learned in the three years since the onset of the continuing nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi?  Many things — most of which are not good.

Hydrogen Explosion at Fukushima. March, 2011.
Hydrogen Explosion at Fukushima. March, 2011.

We learned that safe-energy and anti-nuclear activists were correct in their initial analyses of what was happening in the early days of the disaster; and unlike TEPCO, the Japanese government, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), we were telling the public straight out.

We’ve learned that TEPCO cannot be trusted to tell the truth about much of anything.  And worse – that the Continue reading PRESS STATEMENT ON THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER

ILLINOIS NUCLEAR “HOSTAGE” CRISIS — EXELON TO CLOSE BYRON NUKE, AX 2,300 JOB WITHOUT STATE “HELP”

EXELON NUCLEAR – HOLDING ILLINOIS HOSTAGE YET AGAIN?

byron closeThe 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 ILLINOIS NUCLEAR “HOSTAGE” CRISIS — EXELON TO CLOSE BYRON NUKE, AX 2,300 JOB WITHOUT STATE “HELP”

NEIS EVENTS: YOU’RE INVITED – AND NEEDED!

1.)  SAVE THE DATE – INDIAN DOCUMENTARIAN BRINGS FILM TO CHICAGO:

NEIS kicks off its 2014 “KNOw-Nukes!” film series with a showing of the new documentary, “High Power,” by Indian documentarian Pradeep Indulkar.  The film will be shown along with a panel discussion with the filmmaker on Thursday, March 6th, 6:30 p.m. at DePaul University’s Schmitt Academic Center, Room 154, 2320 N. Kenmore Ave., in Lincoln Park, Chicago.  The showing is being done in cooperation Continue reading NEIS EVENTS: YOU’RE INVITED – AND NEEDED!

ACTION ALERT! — ATTEMPT TO REPEAL IL NUKE MORATORIUM, EVENTS, MORE…

Well, the holiday is over.  The pro-nuke tribe is at the gates yet again.  Time to get back into the trenches, and fight for safe energy once more.  Please take action on as many of these as you can.  Thanks in advance!

–Dave Kraft, Driector—

Have you become a member, or made a contribution to NEIS lately?  Please do so today!

1.)  THEY’RE BACK!  SEN. MIKE JACOBS INTRODUCES S.3417, TO REPEAL THE ILLINOIS NUCLEAR MORATORIUM:   Just like rust or a bad case of herpes, the pro-nuclear lobby is back again.  This time Sen. Mike Jacobs  (D., 36th, Moline; Chair of the Senate Energy Committee) has introduced S.3417, calling for the repeal of the section Continue reading ACTION ALERT! — ATTEMPT TO REPEAL IL NUKE MORATORIUM, EVENTS, MORE…

NEIS “Community Forum” show on Fracking to Air

CAN TV  FrackingNEIS recently hosted a CAN-TV “Community Forum” segment on the Illinois fracking issues.  Titled “To Frack or Not to Frack? – THAT is Illinois’ Question,” it is scheduled to air on Chicago Cable Access on:

PSR PRESIDENT JEFF PATTERSON DIES SUDDENLY

Jeff Patterson photo
Jeff Patterson presenting at Mt. of Waste Conference in Chicago, 2012.

It is with great sadness that we report the death of our friend and colleague Jeff Patterson of Physicians for Responsibility.  We received the following announcement just this morning.

 Dear family of PSR.

 I’m sorry to inform you that Jeff Patterson died last night.  He had a heart attack at the hotel and an arrhythmia in the ambulance.  Mary called John Rachow this am to inform PSR and his friends.

 Our thoughts and well wishes for support are with Mary, who will be heading back to WI cancelling their vacation.

The world has lost a generous and kind man, who did so much for so many!

 We will all miss him!

 Catherine Thomasson, MD

 Executive Director,   Physicians for Social Responsibility Continue reading PSR PRESIDENT JEFF PATTERSON DIES SUDDENLY

PRESS RELEASE — Groups oppose top climate scientists’ call to embrace nuclear power

CHICAGO– Wednesday, January 8, 2014

As a courtesy to our hundreds of colleague organizations nationally, we forward this press release to you.

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“Solar eclipse” of the D.C. Cook nuke, at 1999 Nuclear Free Great Lakes Action Camp

NEIS is one of the signatory groups on this letter.

Much ado was made several months back of Dr. James Hanson’s joint letter, calling on environmental groups to embrace new nuclear reactors.  While a brilliant climate scientist, his credentials in energy analysis leave something to be desired.  Just as one would not go to a dentist for an oil change (no matter how painless s/he promised the treatment), one has to be more than skeptical of a climate scientist promoting nuclear power. Continue reading PRESS RELEASE — Groups oppose top climate scientists’ call to embrace nuclear power

NEIS, Scores of Groups Nationwide Tell NRC: “NO Confidence in Your Waste Confidence!”

CHICAGO- Scores or national safe-energy and anti-nuclear organizations delivered blistering comments against the NRC’s “waste confidence” rule today, the last day public comments were accepted by NRC.  atommuell190px

NEIS submitted supplemental comments to the ones it already delivered to NRC at the public meeting held in Oak Brook IL on Nov. 12th.  NEIS also signed on to a joint filing spearheaded by attorney Diane Curran and others.  The 68-page filing was accompanied by four additional supportive documents Continue reading NEIS, Scores of Groups Nationwide Tell NRC: “NO Confidence in Your Waste Confidence!”

ACTION ALERT Nuclear Waste, back by unpopular demand; fracking; more…

Rust never sleeps, and neither do the NRC and nuclear industry.  In their annual effort to sabotage public participation, NRC scheduled its 12 “waste confidence” hearings before the holidays, as did the Illinois State IDNR on fracking issues.  Now, it seems Congress wants to get in the act by moving the disastrous nuclear waste legislation, S. 1240 – the “Nuclear Waste Administration Act,” currently in Sen. Wyden’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee – for a December vote.

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NEIS Board member Linda Lewison at NRC Washington DC “waste-con” meeting, Nov. 14.

Don’t let our bureaucratic rulers get away with this sabotage – take action one more time to stop irresponsible radioactive waste policy.

And finally – realize that it takes money to bring these Alerts to you.  Please consider renewing your membership or making Continue reading ACTION ALERT Nuclear Waste, back by unpopular demand; fracking; more…