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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 PRESS RELEASE: NRC’s “waste confidence” ruling earns “no confidence” with the public

PRESS STATEMENT: Legislature Should Oppose Exelon Bailout

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[1].    Continue reading PRESS STATEMENT: Legislature Should Oppose Exelon Bailout

Speaker Madigan, Exelon Declare “Nuclear War” on  Renewables, Pass HR1146

Resolution prelude to “bailout” for unprofitable nukes, national anti-renewables campaign

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Board Member Linda Lewison in discussion with ELPC’s Barry Matchett in Springfield

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 Speaker Madigan, Exelon Declare “Nuclear War” on  Renewables, Pass HR1146

Your Action Needed TODAY!  Exelon, Mike Madigan Gut Renewables, Suggest “Nukes Forever” for Illinois

EMERGENCY ALERT!  IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!

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 byron closenuclear 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:

Continue reading Your Action Needed TODAY!  Exelon, Mike Madigan Gut Renewables, Suggest “Nukes Forever” for Illinois

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: