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NEIS to IL Delegation: NO to Yucca and CIS

The following letter and a supplemental packet of supportive information (see NEIS Literature page for some of these) was submitted by U.S. mail and e-mail to the entire Illinois Delegation to Congress today, urging them  to oppose the re-start of the Yucca Mt. site, and “centralized interim storage” (CIS) of reactor spent fuel.  NEIS urged instead that Congress support the use of “hardened on-site storage” (HOSS) of reactor spent fuel, and get on with a legitimately scientific investigation for a permanent deep-geologic disposal facility for the wastes.

Legislation (H.R.3053) supporting Yucca and CIS is expected to be voted on in the House in early October.  (See Action Alert of 9/21/17 below). Continue reading NEIS to IL Delegation: NO to Yucca and CIS

ACTION ALERT!! Stop pro-Yucca Mt./CIS bills

Stop H.R. 3053 – Shimkus Bill to Re-Start Yucca Mt., build CIS facilities; House vote expected next week;    also

Support H.R. 3671 – Tulsi Gabbard’s 100% Renewables Bill

Oppose H.R. 3053:

This bill would provide funds and plans to restart the faulty Yucca Mt. project in Nevada; and would also begin the process and funding of “centralized interim storage” (CIS) facilities operated by private companies.  Several sites are being targeted in West Texas and Continue reading ACTION ALERT!! Stop pro-Yucca Mt./CIS bills

Editorial:  The End of the (Nuclear) World As We Know It…and I Feel Fine! (and Bankrupt)

Who would have thought that the Nuclear Age would end, not with a bang (mercifully) or a whimper, but with the sucking sound of $9 billion being legally siphoned out of the wallets of South Carolina

For our childrens’ Future, NO More Nuclear Power. Message at the Henry Moore Sculpture to Atomic Energy, the birth site of the Nuclear Age.

ratepayers with the announced closure of the VC Summer nuclear plant project? [1]  A little further south in Georgia, estimates to complete the overbudget and 4-year late Vogtle nuclear reactor project have soared from the 2007 Georgia Power company estimateof $14 billion to a whopping $29 billion [2].  Ratepayers are on the hook in advance for those construction costs too, whether the plant gets finished or not. Continue reading Editorial:  The End of the (Nuclear) World As We Know It…and I Feel Fine! (and Bankrupt)

NEIS ACTION ALERT! Federal, state legislative actions threaten renewables, efficiency again; create new radioactive waste threats

Federal, state legislative actions threaten renewables, efficiency again; create  new radioactive waste threats

If you believe in safe energy and a less-nuclear world, we ask you to take immediate action on two urgent issues described below.

Actions in Springfield  threaten to take away some of the hard-won renewable energy gains of the last year, as the proposed Gov. Rauner budget calls for “sweeping” dedicated renewable energy funds as part of his proposed budget balancing fix.

In Washington D.C. Rep. John Shimkus’ (R. IL-15) again proposes re- Continue reading NEIS ACTION ALERT! Federal, state legislative actions threaten renewables, efficiency again; create new radioactive waste threats

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