Category Archives: Press Release

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

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

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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

Press Release: Senators Kirk and Durbin “Grill” Regulators

Study to “know”? or, dog-and-pony show?

CHICAGO—As Illinois’ two Senators prepare to question federal and state regulators about conditions at Illinois reactors and our preparedness to meet emergencies, Illinois’ nuclear watchdog organization remains skeptical, and asks – is this an earnest attempt to enact meaningful changes? Or a political grandstanding event to assuage the growing alarm and recent negative turn un public opinion against nuclear power?
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