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Fukushima nuclear disaster turns 4; the accident continues

CHICAGO—The nuclear disaster at Fukushima enters its fourth year today, and the more things change, the more they remain the same, a local nuclear watchdog organization observes.

“We’re entering year four of a global disaster which will

NEIS demonstrators outside the Japanese Consulate in Chicago on 4th anniversary of Fukushima disaster
NEIS demonstrators outside the Japanese Consulate in Chicago on 4th anniversary of Fukushima disaster

continue to go on for at least three more decades, and cost Japan hundreds of  billions of dollars,” notes Gail Snyder, Board President of Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS), a Chicago-based safe-energy/nuclear watchdog organization. Continue reading Fukushima nuclear disaster turns 4; the accident continues

PRESS RELEASE UPDATE: Dangerous Uranium Hexafluoride Leak Worse Than Initially Reported, Regulator Says

CHICAGO– A more serious incident occurred at the Honeywell Uranium conversion facility in Metropolis, Illinois than was originally reported by the plant operators to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The NRC Event Report states,

“DISCOVERY OF AFTER-THE-FACT EMERGENCY CONDITION – ALERT DECLARATION NOT MADE DURING EVENT INVOLVING URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE LEAK After review of additional observations and other evidence not directly involved with the response, Honeywell has determined that the event should have been upgraded at 1942 [CDT] on 10/26/14, to an ‘Alert’ classification per our classification criteria.”
Continue reading PRESS RELEASE UPDATE: Dangerous Uranium Hexafluoride Leak Worse Than Initially Reported, Regulator Says

PRESS STATEMENT: Legislature Should Oppose Exelon Bailout

Company seeks to scam EPA carbon rules to subsidize nuclear power in Illinois and nation

Exelon’s scheming to garner subsidies for unprofitable nuclear plants in Illinois uses the recent EPA carbon standards rule as a fig leaf for the enormous rip off it represents.  It should be opposed by the Legislature.

Exelon’s nuclear plants have been paid for numerous times over by ratepayers:  through the rate hikes that built them; through the estimated $6-$11 billion in “stranded costs” awarded them when Illinois went from a regulated to a market-based system; and in the $21 billion CUB reports these plants have earned Exelon in the last decade alone[1].    Continue reading PRESS STATEMENT: Legislature Should Oppose Exelon Bailout

Speaker Madigan, Exelon Declare “Nuclear War” on  Renewables, Pass HR1146

Resolution prelude to “bailout” for unprofitable nukes, national anti-renewables campaign

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Board Member Linda Lewison in discussion with ELPC’s Barry Matchett in Springfield

CHICAGO— By voice vote the Illinois House approved a resolution introduced by House Speaker Michael Madigan with extensive cooperation from Exelon Corporation that would create massive subsidization of unprofitable Exelon nuclear plants in Illinois, and do serious damage to the growth of the renewable energy sector.

HR1146, the Nuclear Power Plant Closure resolution was introduced by Speaker Madigan only last Friday, May 23rd, largely at the behest of Exelon Continue reading Speaker Madigan, Exelon Declare “Nuclear War” on  Renewables, Pass HR1146

Your Action Needed TODAY!  Exelon, Mike Madigan Gut Renewables, Suggest “Nukes Forever” for Illinois

EMERGENCY ALERT!  IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!

In cooperation with Exelon Corporation,  Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has introduced a RESOLUTION, HR 1146, NUCLEAR POWER PLANT CLOSURES,  (http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/default.asp )  which if passed would essentially “nuke” renewable energy in Illinois, and guarantee that byron closenuclear and coal would be the mainstay of Illinois electricity production for the foreseeable future.  We attach a highlighted version of the Resolution with this Alert on our Literature page and available here:

Continue reading Your Action Needed TODAY!  Exelon, Mike Madigan Gut Renewables, Suggest “Nukes Forever” for Illinois

ACTION ALERT Nuclear Waste, back by unpopular demand; fracking; more…

Rust never sleeps, and neither do the NRC and nuclear industry.  In their annual effort to sabotage public participation, NRC scheduled its 12 “waste confidence” hearings before the holidays, as did the Illinois State IDNR on fracking issues.  Now, it seems Congress wants to get in the act by moving the disastrous nuclear waste legislation, S. 1240 – the “Nuclear Waste Administration Act,” currently in Sen. Wyden’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee – for a December vote.

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NEIS Board member Linda Lewison at NRC Washington DC “waste-con” meeting, Nov. 14.

Don’t let our bureaucratic rulers get away with this sabotage – take action one more time to stop irresponsible radioactive waste policy.

And finally – realize that it takes money to bring these Alerts to you.  Please consider renewing your membership or making Continue reading ACTION ALERT Nuclear Waste, back by unpopular demand; fracking; more…

SAFE-ENERGY ADVOCATES TELL NRC: “WE HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN YOUR WASTE CONFIDENCE!”

SAFE-ENERGY ADVOCATES TELL NRC:  “WE HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN YOUR WASTE CONFIDENCE!”  (updated Nov. 15th)

[available now on YouTube thanks to Chicago Independent Television and MultiKulti Center, Chicago:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Wphl93sTZA ]

CHICAGO–  Over 140 people attended the NRC’s public meeting on its controversial “waste confidence” rule in Oak Brook, Illinois on Tuesday.  The message was very clear to NRC:  “We have NO confidence in NRC’s ‘waste confidence’ rule!”  Of the 56 registered speakers, 38 spoke out against the NRC’s proposed draft generic environmental impact statement (DGEIS) and proposed rule.  Of the 18 who spoke in favor, the overwhelming majority were Exelon employees (5) from nuclear power plants, or representatives from corporations, associations or government entities which financially benefit directly from nuclear power operation.  Some of those who spoke against the waste confidence rule came from as far away as St. Louis, MO, and Michigan.

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NEIS Board member Carol Kurz staffing info table at NRC meeting

NRC had not originally intended to hold a waste confidence meeting in the Chicago area.  They claimed that historically people in Illinois did not turn out to such meetings.  They instead scheduled one for Orlando, FL.  NEIS intervened, and asked both Illinois Senators Durbin and Kirk to request that Illinois be added to the list of sites.  Sen. Durbin’s office did in fact send a request.  Shortly after NRC Chair Allison Macfarlane sent a letter informing us that Illinois would indeed get a meeting.  It is interesting to note that the Orlando hearing which preceded the Chicago session had 21 people total who spoke at the Florida meeting. Continue reading SAFE-ENERGY ADVOCATES TELL NRC: “WE HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN YOUR WASTE CONFIDENCE!”

COME TO NRC’S WASTE CONFIDENCE MEETING, TUESDAY NOV.12TH!

If you go to one safe-energy, anti-nuclear event  this year, MAKE IT THIS ONE!

Nuclear Waste - Stop Making It!NRC Waste Confidence Meeting

November 12, 2013,  Tuesday, 6-10 p.m. 

Chicago Marriott, Oak Brook

1401 West 22nd Street

Oak Brook, IL 60523

Visit the NEIS “NRC Waste Confidence” webpage for details.  Plan to make a 3-minute comment.  Bring people.  Offer rides.  Limited car pooling available.  BE THERE!

CNN TO BROADCAST PRO-NUCLEAR ‘PANDORA’S PROMISE’ or Does Robert Stone Understand Greek Mythology?

 [“Pandora’s Promise” will be broadcast on CNN Thursday, Nov. 7, 9:00pm to 11:00pm, with encores from 11:00pm to 1:00am and 2:00am to 4:00am.  All times Eastern.]

 There are times when a lone brave voice — bucking both public opinion and sometimes seemingly even reality — is called for, for the good of a nation, society, or planetary survival.

CNN’s decision to broadcast the commercially disastrous pro-nuclear docu-mercial ‘Pandora’s Promise’ is not one of those times.

Pandora 3The 2013 documentary by Robert Stone purports to present the narrative of several self-described formerly anti-nuclear environmentalists who supposedly have “seen the light,” and now support nuclear power in the future.  Despite an aggressive ad campaign, the $1 million-plus documentary grossed $66,643 over its 7 week run in the summer of 2013 – roughly translating into a total national viewing audience of about 6,664.  It did garner a decent 61% on Rotten Tomatoes.com, however.   Continue reading CNN TO BROADCAST PRO-NUCLEAR ‘PANDORA’S PROMISE’ or Does Robert Stone Understand Greek Mythology?

“The sky is blue. Water is wet. ‘Illinois Biggest Atomic Dump’” – says Bloomberg Press

PRESS STATEMENT 

“The sky is blue.  Water is wet. ‘Illinois Biggest Atomic Dump’”

 – says Bloomberg Press

Article on radioactive waste buildup captures public attention.  Finally.

Dave Kraft, Director, NEIS

October 25, 2013

An article in the Bloomberg Press of Oct. 25, 2013 titled “Illinois Biggest Atomic Dump

as U.S. Fails to Pick Site,”  has received a lot of media attention today.  While it should be and is appreciated that Bloomberg writes about radioactive waste issues at all, the article in reality is a lot like one about the sky being blue, or water being wet.

With 14 reactors total, and 11 constantly producing more high-level radioactive waste Print(HLRW) in the form of irradiated or “spent” fuel, as it is called, it’s no wonder we’ve accumulated over 9,000 tons of the nation’s HLRW in Illinois.

The real “story” of the story, though, seems to be to create a perceived “need” for what the nuclear industry, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and their political allies in Congress and the Obama Administration really want next – “centralized interim storage” (CIS)  facilities for the HLRW. Continue reading “The sky is blue. Water is wet. ‘Illinois Biggest Atomic Dump’” – says Bloomberg Press