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NEIS DIRECTOR RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD

NEIS Director Receives National Award for Lifetime Dedication and Visionary Work for a Nuclear-Free World

NEIS Director Dave Kraft (l.) receives award from Beyond Nuclear’s Kevin Kamps at ANA Days in Washington.

CHICAGO– Local nuclear expert David A. Kraft, Director of Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS) headquartered in Chicago, received a national award from the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) and Beyond Nuclear on May 23, 2017 on Capitol Hill. The ANA hosted a reception to honor leaders in the movement to stop unnecessary nuclear weapons research and production, clean up radioactive wastes and address the needs of those contaminated by nuclear facilities. Continue reading NEIS DIRECTOR RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD

EXELON CLOSING TMI- NUCLEAR AGE ENDING

Exelon Announces TMI Closure – As the Nuclear Age Draws to an End

It’s not nearly as much ironic as it is emphatic that on the same day Exelon Corporation announced that it might close the economically unviable Three Mile Island 1 reactor in Pennsylvania, SCANA is reported to have suggested that it might only complete one of two “next-generation” reactors it had proposed for South Carolina.  Add to that the recent Westinghouse (and by extension, Toshiba) bankruptcy and the message is clear: nuclear of the past can’t compete in the present, and apparently has no future either.  In short – the Nuclear Age is over. Continue reading EXELON CLOSING TMI- NUCLEAR AGE ENDING

…AND NEIS WAS THERE – PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH, CHICAGO

“Carbon-Free/Nuclear-Free by 2040!” – or, we’re toast.

On a cold, wet, windy Saturday in April, 17 NEIS supporters marched

NEIS’ message at People’s Climate March, April 29, 2017

in the People’s Climate March in Chicago to convey a simple message:  “You Can’t ‘Nuke’ Global Warming!”

What started out as a 40⁰ drizzly gray day turned into a colder, windier incessant downpour by the time the march from Federal Plaza in Chicago’s south downtown area to Trump Tower at the north end kicked off. Continue reading …AND NEIS WAS THERE – PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH, CHICAGO

PRESS STATEMENT   Alleged Zion-ISIS Terrorists a Nuclear Wake Up Call  — We Hope

 

Today’s Chicagoland press accounts of the arrest of two alleged ISIS supporters — Yusuf Abdulhaqq and Schimento – aka Abdul Wali – show the pair holding the ISIS flag while standing in front of the “Welcome” sign for Illinois Beach State Park in Zion.

What is perhaps most disturbing is what is NOT being reported about this incident:  that those dramatic photos were taken a ten minute walk south of the 1000+ tons of high-level radioactive wastes (HLRW) being stored at Exelon’s Zion Nuclear Power Station, currently undergoing decommissioning.  [See:  Google Maps] Continue reading PRESS STATEMENT   Alleged Zion-ISIS Terrorists a Nuclear Wake Up Call  — We Hope

On the 6th Anniversary of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Water IS Life:  Stop Polluting the Pacific Ocean!

Today, we observe the 6th anniversary of the ongoing nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan.  Six years after what is arguably the world’s worst nuclear disaster, one which

IMG_1979was avoidable even under the extraordinary conditions of the massive earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, Japan’s destroyed reactors continue to dump between 300-400 tons of water contaminated with radionuclides daily into the Pacific Ocean.  Continue reading On the 6th Anniversary of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Water IS Life:  Stop Polluting the Pacific Ocean!

BEWARE THE NUCLEAR BAILOUTS – AND HUCKSTERS

An old Mark Twain adage states that a falsehood gets half-way around the world before Truth gets its boots on.  Its wisdom and accuracy is thoroughly proven – by the fact that Mark Twain was probably not the one who said this.marc twain

The wisdom of the adage has again been amply demonstrated by recent articles written by pro-nuclear advocates calling for the bailout of money-losing nuclear plants based on the dubious contention that they are needed to combat climate change.  Continue reading BEWARE THE NUCLEAR BAILOUTS – AND HUCKSTERS

OP-ED: END THE “NUCLEAR HOSTAGE CRISES” NOW!

 

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The Clinton Nuclear Power Plant. NRC photo.

Letter to the Editors     

The “nuclear hostage crisis” is finally over.  Governor Rauner and the Illinois Legislature has ordered all Illinois ratepayers to pay the $2.35 billion ransom to Exelon Corporation over the next ten years, ostensibly to save the ~1,500 jobs at the Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear reactors.  That amounts to $1.57 million for each job “saved.”  Heckuva job, Raunie! Continue reading OP-ED: END THE “NUCLEAR HOSTAGE CRISES” NOW!

GOVERNOR SIGNS EXELON NUCLEAR BAILOUT BILL – INSURES CONTINUED NUCLEAR RISKS, RADIOACTIVE WASTE GENERATION 

PRESS RELEASE

 

CHICAGO–  Governor Bruce Rauner signed the Exelon nuclear bailout bill into law today, insuring over the next 10 years a legislatively mandated  $2.35 billion rate hike, and the production of nearly 900 tons of additional high-level radioactive wastes and the other risks that nuclear power poses for Illinois.

“What a terrific Christmas gift for the children and future of Illinois,” quips David Kraft, director of Chicago-based Nuclear Energy Information Service. Continue reading GOVERNOR SIGNS EXELON NUCLEAR BAILOUT BILL – INSURES CONTINUED NUCLEAR RISKS, RADIOACTIVE WASTE GENERATION 

PRESS RELEASE: “NO RATIONAL BASIS FOR EXELON NUCLEAR BAILOUT” NEIS CONTENDS

“NO RATIONAL BASIS FOR EXELON NUCLEAR BAILOUT” ENVIRO GROUP CONTENDS

35-year old environmental, safe-energy group sends strongly worded letter to legislators advising rejection of corporate “wealth transfer”

 CHICAGO–  In a strongly worded letter to state officials warning of “no rational basis for the Exelon nuclear bailout,” a 35-year old Illinois environmental organization today urged legislators to reject the proposed bailout.

Calling it “a ‘wealth transfer’ of billions of dollars from [Illinois] ratepayers to Exelon’s shareholders,” Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS) stated that, “this nuclear bailout is not defensible from an environmental, jobs, business or any other rational standard,” Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: “NO RATIONAL BASIS FOR EXELON NUCLEAR BAILOUT” NEIS CONTENDS

PRESS RELEASE: MOST EXELON IL REACTORS ON LIST OF “NEAR MISSES,” REPORT INDICATES

NRC regulators cited for “major misses,” lack of safety culture

CHICAGO—All but three of Exelon’s 11 operating reactors in Illinois are reported as having “near misses” events – events that qualify a

Greenpeace Safety Study Reports US is "Nuclear Tightrope" Walking
Greenpeace Safety Study Reports US is “Nuclear Tightrope” Walking

precursors to potential meltdowns, according to both a Greenpeace Report released today, and the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) documents on which the report is based.

“As legislators and the Governor move to decide Illinois energy future and whether to bailout three of Exelon’s aging and financially failing reactors, they should well consider the potential safety risks of Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: MOST EXELON IL REACTORS ON LIST OF “NEAR MISSES,” REPORT INDICATES