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Release: Nuclear Power Plants Pose Risks to Drinking Water for Illinois

PRESS RELEASE

10:00 AM January 24, 2011

CONTACT:
Brian Imus, Illinois PIRG
312-544-4433 x210
brian@illinois.org.org

David Kraft, NEIS
773-342-7650

Nuclear Power Plants Pose Risks to Drinking Water for Illinois

Chicago, IL – The drinking water for 652,000 people in Illinois could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a local nuclear power plant, says a new study released today by the Illinois Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (Illinois PIRG).

“The danger of nuclear power is too close to home. Nuclear power plants in Illinois pose a risk to drinking water for more than 600,000 Illinoisans,” said Brian Imus, Illinois PIRG state Director.  “An accident like the one in Fukushima, Japan or a leak could spew cancer-causing radioactive waste into our drinking water.” Continue reading Release: Nuclear Power Plants Pose Risks to Drinking Water for Illinois

Release: Petitioners And Fukushima Reality Force Nuclear Regulators To Finally ‘Regulate’

NRC safety panel “accepts” publicly requested actions to review dangerous vents on US Fukushima-style reactors and lack of emergency power for cooling in rooftop nuclear waste pools and more.

Takoma Park, MD – A December 13, 2011 decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that accepts several key publicly requested actions regarding safety at US Fukushima-style reactors was publicly noticed in today’s Federal Register.

Read more (download the Press Release) here.

Release (UPDATE): East-Coast Earthquake Causes Emergency Shutdown of North Anna Power Station

North Anna Nuclear Plant Loses Offsite Power During Emergency Power

North Anna Nuclear Power Plant, VA

CHICAGOThe two North Anna nuclear reactors automatically “SCRAMMED” as a result of the 5.9 magnitude earthquake experienced in Virginia today. The epi-center of the quake was near the town of Mineral, just 13 miles from the reactors.

Read the updated release here.

Release: NRC accepts petition calling for emergency enforcement actions

Read full release here.

In a surprise decision the NRC Preliminary Review Board has accepted a number of contentions in the April 2011 “2.206 Petition” filed in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster by Beyond Nuclear. The petition would result in the temporary if not permanent closure of the 23 U.S. Fukushima-type GE Mark-I containment reactors — including Dresden 2&3 and Quad Cities 1&2 in Illinois — if further review supports the petition contentions. NEIS is a co-signer of the Petition. These petitions are normally just tossed. Evidently, Fukushima is just too big to ignore. Dozens of organizations and over 5,000 individuals have signed on to this petition already. YOU CAN TOO AT:

In a surprise decision the NRC Preliminary Review Board has accepted a number of contentions in the April 2011 "2.206 Petition" filed in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster by Beyond Nuclear. The petition would result in the temporary if not permanent closure of the 23 U.S. Fukushima-type GE Mark-I containment reactors — including Dresden 2&3 and Quad Cities 1&2 in Illinois — if further review supports the petition contentions. NEIS is a co-signer of the Petition. These petitions are normally just tossed. Evidently, Fukushima is just too big to ignore. Dozens of organizations and over 5,000 individuals have signed on to this petition already. YOU CAN TOO AT: http://www.beyondnuclear.org/home/2011/6/11/support-the-beyond-nuclear-petition-to-nrc-to-suspend-operat.html

NEIS Statement on the NRC Report on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Download .pdf here.

Complying with the order from President Obama to review the safety of America’s 104 operating nuclear reactors and their spent fuel pools, the NRC today finally released its findings of the preliminary lessons learned from the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.

We are pleased that the Agency kept its word and conducted the review. At the same time we are both heartened and dismayed at their findings. Heartened, because much of what they found and recommend is exactly what many in the safe energy and environmental community have been telling them for decades. Seek, and ye shall find – finally. Dismayed, because it took what may become a $200 billion disaster just to get their attention to “find” these problems which they have voluntarily chosen to ignore previously:

AP: US Nuke Regulators Weaken Safety Rules

by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY JUNE 20; Map shows the locations for the 65 U.S. nuclear plants and their licensing status' for week 1. Graphic will run with the Aging Nukes package. 

Associated Press; Map shows the locations for the 65 U.S. nuclear plants and their licensing status’ for week 1. Graphic will run with the Aging Nukes package. 

In this Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 picture, William de Camp, at podium at background left, speaks in a crowded room in Lacey Township, N.J. during a public hearing on a state proposal to force the Oyster Creek nuclear plant to build cooling towers to protect Barnegat Bay from its hot water discharges. Called "Oyster Creak" by some critics because of its aging problems, this boiling  water reactor ...

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. June 20, 2011, 03:38 am ET

Federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation’s aging reactors operating within safety standards by repeatedly weakening those standards, or simply failing to enforce them, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.

Time after time, officials at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission have decided that original regulations were too strict, arguing that safety margins could be eased without peril, according to records and interviews.

The result? Rising fears that these accommodations by the NRC are significantly undermining safety — and inching the reactors closer to an accident that could harm the public and jeopardize the future of nuclear power in the United States.

Examples abound. When valves leaked, more leakage was allowed — up to 20 times the original limit. When rampant cracking caused radioactive leaks from steam generator tubing, an easier test of the tubes was devised, so plants could meet standards. Continue reading AP: US Nuke Regulators Weaken Safety Rules

Nuclear Disaster in Japan – NEIS Continuing Coverage

Posted March 13, 2011

NEIS has been offering local analysis and background to the nuclear disaster in Japan and the dangers of Illinois’ reliance on nuclear energy:

Local News Coverage

See NEIS’s new YouTube channel (thank you Ahern!)

March 12, 2011

NBC-Chicago, Channel 5: Video | Story
WGN-News, Channel 9: Video

March 11, 2011

ABC-WLS, Channel 7: Video
Fox-News, Channel 32: Video

Trusted Resources

Download this sheet for a full list of resources on this issue.

» Green Action Blog (Translated articles and documents by long time safe-energy activist Aileen Mioko Smith)
» Citizens Nuclear Information Center (Tokyo) News Service (Japan’s largest and best-known anti-nuclear organization is an important source of information and analysis on the disaster)

News Service Photos

March 12 2011 Japan Nuclear Disaster: Police in Protective Clothing March 12 2011 Japan Nuclear Disaster: Residents scanned for exposure
March 12 2011 Japan Nuclear
Disaster: Police in Protective Clothing
(CNN)
March 12 2011 Japan Nuclear
Disaster: Residents scanned for exposure
(BBC)

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