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SAFE-ENERGY ADVOCATES TELL NRC: “WE HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN YOUR WASTE CONFIDENCE!”

SAFE-ENERGY ADVOCATES TELL NRC:  “WE HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN YOUR WASTE CONFIDENCE!”  (updated Nov. 15th)

[available now on YouTube thanks to Chicago Independent Television and MultiKulti Center, Chicago:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Wphl93sTZA ]

CHICAGO–  Over 140 people attended the NRC’s public meeting on its controversial “waste confidence” rule in Oak Brook, Illinois on Tuesday.  The message was very clear to NRC:  “We have NO confidence in NRC’s ‘waste confidence’ rule!”  Of the 56 registered speakers, 38 spoke out against the NRC’s proposed draft generic environmental impact statement (DGEIS) and proposed rule.  Of the 18 who spoke in favor, the overwhelming majority were Exelon employees (5) from nuclear power plants, or representatives from corporations, associations or government entities which financially benefit directly from nuclear power operation.  Some of those who spoke against the waste confidence rule came from as far away as St. Louis, MO, and Michigan.

NEIS info table at event
NEIS Board member Carol Kurz staffing info table at NRC meeting

NRC had not originally intended to hold a waste confidence meeting in the Chicago area.  They claimed that historically people in Illinois did not turn out to such meetings.  They instead scheduled one for Orlando, FL.  NEIS intervened, and asked both Illinois Senators Durbin and Kirk to request that Illinois be added to the list of sites.  Sen. Durbin’s office did in fact send a request.  Shortly after NRC Chair Allison Macfarlane sent a letter informing us that Illinois would indeed get a meeting.  It is interesting to note that the Orlando hearing which preceded the Chicago session had 21 people total who spoke at the Florida meeting. Continue reading SAFE-ENERGY ADVOCATES TELL NRC: “WE HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN YOUR WASTE CONFIDENCE!”

COME TO NRC’S WASTE CONFIDENCE MEETING, TUESDAY NOV.12TH!

If you go to one safe-energy, anti-nuclear event  this year, MAKE IT THIS ONE!

Nuclear Waste - Stop Making It!NRC Waste Confidence Meeting

November 12, 2013,  Tuesday, 6-10 p.m. 

Chicago Marriott, Oak Brook

1401 West 22nd Street

Oak Brook, IL 60523

Visit the NEIS “NRC Waste Confidence” webpage for details.  Plan to make a 3-minute comment.  Bring people.  Offer rides.  Limited car pooling available.  BE THERE!

CNN TO BROADCAST PRO-NUCLEAR ‘PANDORA’S PROMISE’ or Does Robert Stone Understand Greek Mythology?

 [“Pandora’s Promise” will be broadcast on CNN Thursday, Nov. 7, 9:00pm to 11:00pm, with encores from 11:00pm to 1:00am and 2:00am to 4:00am.  All times Eastern.]

 There are times when a lone brave voice — bucking both public opinion and sometimes seemingly even reality — is called for, for the good of a nation, society, or planetary survival.

CNN’s decision to broadcast the commercially disastrous pro-nuclear docu-mercial ‘Pandora’s Promise’ is not one of those times.

Pandora 3The 2013 documentary by Robert Stone purports to present the narrative of several self-described formerly anti-nuclear environmentalists who supposedly have “seen the light,” and now support nuclear power in the future.  Despite an aggressive ad campaign, the $1 million-plus documentary grossed $66,643 over its 7 week run in the summer of 2013 – roughly translating into a total national viewing audience of about 6,664.  It did garner a decent 61% on Rotten Tomatoes.com, however.   Continue reading CNN TO BROADCAST PRO-NUCLEAR ‘PANDORA’S PROMISE’ or Does Robert Stone Understand Greek Mythology?

“The sky is blue. Water is wet. ‘Illinois Biggest Atomic Dump’” – says Bloomberg Press

PRESS STATEMENT 

“The sky is blue.  Water is wet. ‘Illinois Biggest Atomic Dump’”

 – says Bloomberg Press

Article on radioactive waste buildup captures public attention.  Finally.

Dave Kraft, Director, NEIS

October 25, 2013

An article in the Bloomberg Press of Oct. 25, 2013 titled “Illinois Biggest Atomic Dump

as U.S. Fails to Pick Site,”  has received a lot of media attention today.  While it should be and is appreciated that Bloomberg writes about radioactive waste issues at all, the article in reality is a lot like one about the sky being blue, or water being wet.

With 14 reactors total, and 11 constantly producing more high-level radioactive waste Print(HLRW) in the form of irradiated or “spent” fuel, as it is called, it’s no wonder we’ve accumulated over 9,000 tons of the nation’s HLRW in Illinois.

The real “story” of the story, though, seems to be to create a perceived “need” for what the nuclear industry, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and their political allies in Congress and the Obama Administration really want next – “centralized interim storage” (CIS)  facilities for the HLRW. Continue reading “The sky is blue. Water is wet. ‘Illinois Biggest Atomic Dump’” – says Bloomberg Press

Fundraiser for documentary “Crying Earth Rise Up!

m_CERU_postcard4.21X5STOP URANIUM MINING ON NATIVE LANDS!

A Fundraiser to support the completion of the documentary

CRYING EARTH RISE UP!

http://www.cryingearthriseup.com/

Wed. October 30, 7 – 9 p.m.

NEIS, 3411 W. Diversey, Chicago

       $20 suggested donation (no one turned away, but make an offering; popcorn incl.!)

Film screening and discussion with filmmaker,

Suree Towfighnia of Prairie Dust Films, Chicago

Give on Kickstarter before Nov. 7    kickstarter page: http://kck.st/16igesA

FB: www.facebook.com/cryingearthriseup         twitter: @cryingearthfilm  #cryingearthriseup

For more information:  NEIS, (773)342-7650, neis@neis.org

Why NOT Nuclear? Watch This! THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR ACCIDENT: ONGOING LESSONS

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

You may have wondered all this time whether the Fukushima disaster is as bad as is being reported.  Or, whether nuclear power is a good way to combat climate disruption.  Or, whether nuclear critics are being too harsh on the nuclear industry and its regulator agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

If you are sincere in your questioning, then you must set aside the time to hear – from the horses’ mouths – the answers to those questions:

http://new.livestream.com/accounts/5618637/events/2441546

Continue reading Why NOT Nuclear? Watch This! THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR ACCIDENT: ONGOING LESSONS

Press Release – Study Reveals Low Local Death Rates Exceed State Rates Since Palisades Atomic Reactor Startup

As a courtesy to our colleagues in Michigan, we forward this press release concerning the radioactive releases from the Palisades nuclear power station in Covert Michigan, across Lake Michigan from Chicago.  Please contact the sources in the release directly for more information.
Clearly any public official claiming to be concerned about the quality of the Great Lakes should intervene in the Palisades situation.  A disaster there would affect the drinking water supply for 16 million people.
Stay well,
–Dave Kraft–
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   August 19, 2013

Contact:

Joseph Mangano, Executive Director, Radiation & Public Health Project, (609) 399-4343

Bette Pierman, Michigan Safe Energy Future—Shoreline Chapter, (269)369-3993

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, (240) 462–‐3216

STUDY REVEALS LOW LOCAL DEATH RATES EXCEED STATE RATES SINCE PALISADES ATOMIC REACTOR STARTUP

 Van Buren County also has highest death rate for all cancers combined  of the 34 most populated Michigan counties

Covert, MI–‐–‐The results of a detailed investigation released today reveal potential health hazards from radioactive emissions for residents near Entergy’s Palisades atomic reactor. The study, NUCLEAR CONTAMINATION AND HEALTH RISKS FROM THE ENTERGY PALISADES NUCLEAR REACTOR, was written by Joseph Mangano, MPH, MBA, Executive Director of the Radiation & Public Health Project, and  is based on state and federal government health data, as well as documented radioactivity releases and contamination levels.

Mangano’s main findings include that the Van Buren County death rate from all causes was 3 to 6  percent below the state in the 1970s and early 1980s, but has risen since, to a level 12.5% greater than Michigan (2003–‐2010). This change suggests that  1,330 “excess” deaths have occurred in the county since the Palisades atomic reactor started operating in 1971. Elevated levels were observed for all age groups (especially children/young adults), both genders, and all major causes of death. Continue reading Press Release – Study Reveals Low Local Death Rates Exceed State Rates Since Palisades Atomic Reactor Startup

NEIS EVENTS — YOU’RE INVITED!

Greetings All —

We hope you will be able to participate in the many upcoming events and activities currently in the works.  Please visit the NEIS Calendar on the NEIS webpage for more details and events:

1.)  COMMENTS DUE ON THE CENTRALIZED INTERIM STORAGE DRAFT LEGISLATION,  Friday, May 24:
Sen. Wyden’s Energy Committee just released a draft of the legislation  for public review and comment.  The comments from the public are due on Friday, May 24th online, and in hard copy. The webpage and instructions on how to submit comments on the draft bill can be found on the committee’s website here. The discussion draft, a one-page summary, section-by-section analysis, list of questions, and alternative policy options offered by Senators Alexander and Feinstein can be found here.  Documents from Oak Ridge National Laboratory indicate that Illinois near the top of the list of candidate sites.

NEIS opposes the CIS plans in the draft legislation.  If you would like background information on the CIS, contact NEIS, or visit the Beyond Nuclear webpage.

2.)  THURSDAY June 6, 7-9 p.m., NEIS office :  “NIGHT WITH THE EXPERTS #3” – Dr. Arjun Makhijani of IEER, speaking on Small Modular Reactors and Thorium Reactors:

IEER’s President Dr. Arjun Makhijani will join us for the third installment of the new “Night with the Experts” program NEIS has initiated. He will speak on the issue of Small Modular Reactors, Integral Fast Reactors and Thorium Reactors.  It would be helpful to submit questions in advance by e-mail to NEIS before June 4th, so we can submit them to Dr. Makhijani for preparation.

NWTE is a program set up to provide the latest information and training on nuclear issues, and sound environmental alternatives to the business as usual from the nuclear industry and the regulators.  Sessions are the first Thursday of each month and held at NEIS, 3411 W. Diversey #16, Chicago.

Please RSVP your intentions to come by Wednesday, June 5th, 6 p.m.

3.)  IL FRACKING LEGISLATION COMING CLOSE TO A VOTE IN SPRINGFIELD:  The Chicago Tribune reports that a “compromise” has been reached on the controversial “regulatory” fracking bill.  This means the IL Legislature may soon vote on the issue.  Please contact your Reps and Senator, and the Governor with your opinions about fracking.

 

ACTION ALERT — National Anti-Nuclear Action Days

National Days of Anti-Nuclear Action

Greetings All —
For the first time in years, organizations from around the US are coordinating a national day of action to protest against the abuses of nuclear power.
The “tolerance” for what has happened at Fukushima by the people entrusted with protecting the health and safety of the public and the environment, and their willingness to continue the failed nuclear experiment no matter the cost the the Planet is no longer tolerable.  It is time to take concerted, coordinated action against this energy source and its backers.  And the time to begin this is — NOW.
While the main event will take place in New York City on Saturday, October 1, NEIS is conducting TWO actions, Friday and Saturday of this week.  We hope you will be able to come to one or both:

Friday,  Sept. 30,  11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Meet at State of Illinois Bldg.  plaza, Chicago for lunchtime leafleting and march

Saturday, Oct. 1, 1-4 p.m., movie/talk

“Into Eternity”
A documentary about radioactive wastes — like you’ve never seen or thought about before.
DePaul Univ.  Levan room 506,  2322 N. Kenmore,  Lincoln Park Campus,  free,  open to the public
Discussion to follow film
(shown in cooperation with Dept. of Religious Studies)

Download the flyer here.