1.) SAVE THE DATE – INDIAN DOCUMENTARIAN BRINGS FILM TO CHICAGO:
NEIS kicks off its 2014 “KNOw-Nukes!” film series with a showing of the new documentary, “High Power,” by Indian documentarian Pradeep Indulkar. The film will be shown along with a panel discussion with the filmmaker on Thursday, March 6th, 6:30 p.m. at DePaul University’s Schmitt Academic Center, Room 154, 2320 N. Kenmore Ave., in Lincoln Park, Chicago. The showing is being done in cooperation Continue reading →
Well, the holiday is over. The pro-nuke tribe is at the gates yet again. Time to get back into the trenches, and fight for safe energy once more. Please take action on as many of these as you can. Thanks in advance!
–Dave Kraft, Driector—
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1.) THEY’RE BACK! SEN. MIKE JACOBS INTRODUCES S.3417, TO REPEAL THE ILLINOIS NUCLEAR MORATORIUM: Just like rust or a bad case of herpes, the pro-nuclear lobby is back again. This time Sen. Mike Jacobs (D., 36th, Moline; Chair of the Senate Energy Committee) has introduced S.3417, calling for the repeal of the section Continue reading →
As a courtesy to our hundreds of colleague organizations nationally, we forward this press release to you.
NEIS is one of the signatory groups on this letter.
Much ado was made several months back of Dr. James Hanson’s joint letter, calling on environmental groups to embrace new nuclear reactors. While a brilliant climate scientist, his credentials in energy analysis leave something to be desired. Just as one would not go to a dentist for an oil change (no matter how painless s/he promised the treatment), one has to be more than skeptical of a climate scientist promoting nuclear power. Continue reading →
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.
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 →
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.
Don’t let our bureaucratic rulers get away with this sabotage – take action one more time to stop irresponsible radioactive waste policy.
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.
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 →
[“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.
The 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 →
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 (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 →