NEIS, Scores of Groups Nationwide Tell NRC: “NO Confidence in Your Waste Confidence!”

CHICAGO- Scores or national safe-energy and anti-nuclear organizations delivered blistering comments against the NRC’s “waste confidence” rule today, the last day public comments were accepted by NRC.  atommuell190px

NEIS submitted supplemental comments to the ones it already delivered to NRC at the public meeting held in Oak Brook IL on Nov. 12th.  NEIS also signed on to a joint filing spearheaded by attorney Diane Curran and others.  The 68-page filing was accompanied by four additional supportive documents Continue reading

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.

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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


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, however.   Continue reading

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


“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

Fundraiser for documentary “Crying Earth Rise Up!


A Fundraiser to support the completion of the documentary


Wed. October 30, 7 – 9 p.m.

NEIS, 3411 W. Diversey, Chicago

       $20 suggested donation (no one turned away, but make an offering; popcorn incl.!)

Film screening and discussion with filmmaker,

Suree Towfighnia of Prairie Dust Films, Chicago

Give on Kickstarter before Nov. 7    kickstarter page:

FB:         twitter: @cryingearthfilm  #cryingearthriseup

For more information:  NEIS, (773)342-7650,


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:

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Press Release – Study Reveals Low Local Death Rates Exceed State Rates Since Palisades Atomic Reactor Startup

As a courtesy to our colleagues in Michigan, we forward this press release concerning the radioactive releases from the Palisades nuclear power station in Covert Michigan, across Lake Michigan from Chicago.  Please contact the sources in the release directly for more information.
Clearly any public official claiming to be concerned about the quality of the Great Lakes should intervene in the Palisades situation.  A disaster there would affect the drinking water supply for 16 million people.
Stay well,
–Dave Kraft–
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   August 19, 2013


Joseph Mangano, Executive Director, Radiation & Public Health Project, (609) 399-4343

Bette Pierman, Michigan Safe Energy Future—Shoreline Chapter, (269)369-3993

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, (240) 462–‐3216


 Van Buren County also has highest death rate for all cancers combined  of the 34 most populated Michigan counties

Covert, MI–‐–‐The results of a detailed investigation released today reveal potential health hazards from radioactive emissions for residents near Entergy’s Palisades atomic reactor. The study, NUCLEAR CONTAMINATION AND HEALTH RISKS FROM THE ENTERGY PALISADES NUCLEAR REACTOR, was written by Joseph Mangano, MPH, MBA, Executive Director of the Radiation & Public Health Project, and  is based on state and federal government health data, as well as documented radioactivity releases and contamination levels.

Mangano’s main findings include that the Van Buren County death rate from all causes was 3 to 6  percent below the state in the 1970s and early 1980s, but has risen since, to a level 12.5% greater than Michigan (2003–‐2010). This change suggests that  1,330 “excess” deaths have occurred in the county since the Palisades atomic reactor started operating in 1971. Elevated levels were observed for all age groups (especially children/young adults), both genders, and all major causes of death. Continue reading

Release: Proposed Nuke Waste Legislation Could Make Illinois National Dumpsite

Flawed High-Level Radioactive Waste Legislation Introduced - Could put Illinois in crosshairs to become de facto national dumpsite

 For immediate release – June 27, 2013
Contact:  Dave Kraft, NEIS,,  (773)342-7650

CHICAGO—Controversial radioactive waste legislation was introduced into the U.S. Senate today that could result in Illinois becoming a de facto national high-level radioactive waste dumpsite until at least 2048.

The ‘‘Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2013’’ (S. 1240) was introduced by a bi-partisan group of Senators consisting of Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. – the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development – and Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. Continue reading

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