Category Archives: Policy

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

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!

Illinois Would Survive Closure of 5 Exelon Reactors, Report Indicates

CHICAGO—Despite some notable flaws, a report assembled by 4 state agencies to study the effects of closing five uneconomic Exelon nuclear reactors in Illinois came to a reassuring conclusion:  Illinois will survive, and WITHOUT having to bail out Exelon’s reactors with $580 million.

The Report, “POTENTIAL NUCLEAR POWER PLANT CLOSINGS IN

Exelon's unprofitable Byron nuclear reactors, threatened with closure if the Illinois Legislature does not "appreciate" them more with a bailout.
Exelon’s unprofitable Byron nuclear reactors, threatened with closure if the Illinois Legislature does not “appreciate” them more with a bailout.

ILLINOIS: Impacts and Market-Based Solutions,” was mandated by HR1146 in May of 2014 to study the effects on the Illinois economy and electric power reliability should Exelon decide to close 5 unprofitable nuclear reactors it operates in Illinois. Continue reading Illinois Would Survive Closure of 5 Exelon Reactors, Report Indicates

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

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:

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

Damning Fukushima Report Released

FUKUSHIMA: “…a profoundly man-made disaster – that could and should have been foreseen and prevented,” says Kiyoshi Kurokawa, chair of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission.

A scathing report released today in Japan labels the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster as “man-made” in its root causes, laying out a pattern of “errors and willful negligence” as well as collusion that exists among the government, the regulatory bodies and the nuclear industry to ignore safety concerns. If this sounds a little too familiar, it should (Are you listening, NRC?) .

It further states that the earthquake — not just the tsunami — must be considered to have done some of the damage leading to the subsequent meltdowns and explosions at the reactors. This is a MAJOR change of narrative for the causes of the Fukushima disaster.

More information and commentary to follow. Download the report here.

Release: Groups, Public Petition NRC to Learn the Lessons of Fukushima

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michael Mariotte or Dominique French  301-270-6477
Local:  Dave Kraft, NEIS, 773-342-7650

CLEAN ENERGY GROUPS SUBMIT FORMAL PETITION TO NRC TO INCORPORATE LESSONS OF FUKUSHIMA: EXPAND EVACUATION ZONES, IMPROVE EMERGENCY PLANNING AROUND U.S. NUCLEAR REACTORS

Washington D.C./Chicago— Thirty-seven clean energy groups – including the Chicago-based Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS) — today submitted a formal petition for rulemaking to the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeking adoption of new regulations to expand emergency evacuation zones and improve emergency response planning around U.S. nuclear reactors. Continue reading Release: Groups, Public Petition NRC to Learn the Lessons of Fukushima

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:

IL Nuclear Moratorium Safe — For Now

…but now is the time to prepare for the next round)

Greetings All —
We finally have something to celebrate!

We wanted to be absolutely sure before we wrote this note, but we have now confirmed from several sources that the legislation that would have repealed the IL nuclear construction moratorium did not move in this last legislative session in the Capitol. For the time being, the moratorium is safe.

We at NEIS thank all of you who helped keep the pressure on our officials to keep the moratorium and the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) intact.

The House chose not to move on Rep. JoAnn Osmond’s HB875; it was never voted on. In the Senate political machinations resulted in the transfer of control of Sen. Michael Clayborne’s SB2162 to Sen. Michael Bond. Sen. Bond attempted to attach an amendment to the legislation after the amendment deadline, and this was not allowed or acted upon, preventing the bill from moving. Since no action was taken, the moratorium stands.

We are warned however that there are always ways to resurrect things in a future session — like the one ending this Spring, and even the Fall veto session. So like the undead, this legislation could return, perhaps unexpectedly (yet again). Another possibility is that the same moratorium-repeal language was used by Sen. Clayborne in a different piece of legislation, which IS eligible for action in the remaining Spring session, and which has already passed the House as a shell bill. We and our allies on Springfield will watch out for this back-door possibility.

What you can do:

1. Send thank-yous:
Thank your legislators if they opposed the bills, and House Speaker Madigan for not calling the bill in the House. The latter may be the single most effective barrier we have to preventing the bill from passing in some sneaky back-door way.
2. Keep up the pressure:
Over the Spring and Summer, NEIS will continue getting groups to sign on to our Position Statement.
We were able to get over 20 organizations and more individuals to sign this the final week before the session ended.
We will be spending the summer getting hundreds of Illinois groups to sign this Statement — to have them ready for the inevitable next round. Please get organizations you know to sign on to this Statement, and return them to NEIS. They do not have to be environmental groups. Business and community groups, congregations, etc. are fine as well. If you know of prestigious individuals who would support this Statement, please ask them to sign as individuals.

Thank you all for your efforts! We won this one! That’s how democracy works — one vote at a time.
Stay well, keep doing great things!
–Dave Kraft, Director–

About the Moratorium

See our moratorium page about why Illinois should keep the moratorium in place.