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EXELON CLOSING TMI- NUCLEAR AGE ENDING

Exelon Announces TMI Closure – As the Nuclear Age Draws to an End

It’s not nearly as much ironic as it is emphatic that on the same day Exelon Corporation announced that it might close the economically unviable Three Mile Island 1 reactor in Pennsylvania, SCANA is reported to have suggested that it might only complete one of two “next-generation” reactors it had proposed for South Carolina.  Add to that the recent Westinghouse (and by extension, Toshiba) bankruptcy and the message is clear: nuclear of the past can’t compete in the present, and apparently has no future either.  In short – the Nuclear Age is over. Continue reading EXELON CLOSING TMI- NUCLEAR AGE ENDING

PRESS STATEMENT   Alleged Zion-ISIS Terrorists a Nuclear Wake Up Call  — We Hope

 

Today’s Chicagoland press accounts of the arrest of two alleged ISIS supporters — Yusuf Abdulhaqq and Schimento – aka Abdul Wali – show the pair holding the ISIS flag while standing in front of the “Welcome” sign for Illinois Beach State Park in Zion.

What is perhaps most disturbing is what is NOT being reported about this incident:  that those dramatic photos were taken a ten minute walk south of the 1000+ tons of high-level radioactive wastes (HLRW) being stored at Exelon’s Zion Nuclear Power Station, currently undergoing decommissioning.  [See:  Google Maps] Continue reading PRESS STATEMENT   Alleged Zion-ISIS Terrorists a Nuclear Wake Up Call  — We Hope

BEWARE THE NUCLEAR BAILOUTS – AND HUCKSTERS

An old Mark Twain adage states that a falsehood gets half-way around the world before Truth gets its boots on.  Its wisdom and accuracy is thoroughly proven – by the fact that Mark Twain was probably not the one who said this.marc twain

The wisdom of the adage has again been amply demonstrated by recent articles written by pro-nuclear advocates calling for the bailout of money-losing nuclear plants based on the dubious contention that they are needed to combat climate change.  Continue reading BEWARE THE NUCLEAR BAILOUTS – AND HUCKSTERS

PRESS RELEASE: “NO RATIONAL BASIS FOR EXELON NUCLEAR BAILOUT” NEIS CONTENDS

“NO RATIONAL BASIS FOR EXELON NUCLEAR BAILOUT” ENVIRO GROUP CONTENDS

35-year old environmental, safe-energy group sends strongly worded letter to legislators advising rejection of corporate “wealth transfer”

 CHICAGO–  In a strongly worded letter to state officials warning of “no rational basis for the Exelon nuclear bailout,” a 35-year old Illinois environmental organization today urged legislators to reject the proposed bailout.

Calling it “a ‘wealth transfer’ of billions of dollars from [Illinois] ratepayers to Exelon’s shareholders,” Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS) stated that, “this nuclear bailout is not defensible from an environmental, jobs, business or any other rational standard,” Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: “NO RATIONAL BASIS FOR EXELON NUCLEAR BAILOUT” NEIS CONTENDS

PRESS RELEASE: MOST EXELON IL REACTORS ON LIST OF “NEAR MISSES,” REPORT INDICATES

NRC regulators cited for “major misses,” lack of safety culture

CHICAGO—All but three of Exelon’s 11 operating reactors in Illinois are reported as having “near misses” events – events that qualify a

Greenpeace Safety Study Reports US is "Nuclear Tightrope" Walking
Greenpeace Safety Study Reports US is “Nuclear Tightrope” Walking

precursors to potential meltdowns, according to both a Greenpeace Report released today, and the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) documents on which the report is based.

“As legislators and the Governor move to decide Illinois energy future and whether to bailout three of Exelon’s aging and financially failing reactors, they should well consider the potential safety risks of Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: MOST EXELON IL REACTORS ON LIST OF “NEAR MISSES,” REPORT INDICATES

PRESS RELEASE-EXELON BILL IS CORPORATE WELFARE BAILOUT, NEIS CONTENDS

 

Exelon bill designed to bailout failing nuclear plants, transfer wealth, kill renewables, NEIS testifies

SPRINGFIELD, May 16, 2016— Nuclear Energy Information Service of Chicago testified today before the Illinois State Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee that the new Exelon legislation amounted to a “corporate welfare bailout” designed to kill renewable energy and “transfer wealth from Illinois ratepayers to Exelon shareholders.”

Photo courtesy of US NRC
Clinton nucear plant. Photo courtesy of US NRC

Speaking at a Subject Matter hearing, NEIS Director David Kraft urged legislators to reject the flawed Exelon legislation – Amendment 3 to SB.1585, the so-called “Next Generation Energy Plan” – and fix the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) as soon as possible, and before considering any Exelon reactor bailout schemes. Continue reading PRESS RELEASE-EXELON BILL IS CORPORATE WELFARE BAILOUT, NEIS CONTENDS

PRESS RELEASE: WASHINGTON D.C. PSC REJECTS EXELON’S PROPOSED MERGER WITH PEPCO

Rejection a huge defeat for Exelon, and loss of a regulated market to abuse

CHICAGO—Exelon Corporation was handed a stunning defeat today when the Washington, D.C. Public Services Commission (PSC) rejected Exelon’s merger bid with East Coast utility PEPCO.

The rejection denies Exelon a sorely needed new market in a regulated environment to help prop up its failing and anachronistic business model.  Exelon’s nuclear fleet – the nation’s largest — has Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: WASHINGTON D.C. PSC REJECTS EXELON’S PROPOSED MERGER WITH PEPCO

PRESS RELEASE: THE 20-DAY COUNTDOWN ON ILLINOIS’ ENERGY FUTURE BEGINS! PART 1: “IS IT REALLY THE JOBS, STUPID?”

THE 20-DAY COUNTDOWN ON ILLINOIS’ ENERGY FUTURE BEGINS!

PART 1: “IS IT REALLY THE JOBS, STUPID?”

CHICAGO-–  [NOTE:  With 20 days left for the Illinois Legislature to decide the future direction of Illinois energy services, NEIS is initiating a series of releases over the next three weeks designed to

The NEIS "Bake Sale against Exelon Bailouts! team. (l. to r.): Dave Kraft, Gail Snyder, Carol Kurz, Linda Lewison, Dennis Nelson.  Jan Boudart photographer.
The NEIS “Bake Sale against Exelon Bailouts! team. (l. to r.): Dave Kraft, Gail Snyder, Carol Kurz, Linda Lewison, Dennis Nelson. Jan Boudart photographer.

address some of the myths, misconceptions, and ignored aspects of the debate.]

Three separate and distinct pieces of legislation (three in each legislative chamber for a total of six) have been submitted.  Two Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: THE 20-DAY COUNTDOWN ON ILLINOIS’ ENERGY FUTURE BEGINS! PART 1: “IS IT REALLY THE JOBS, STUPID?”

PRESS RELEASE — THE END OF NUCLEAR POWER? — TESLA REVOLUTIONARY NEW BATTERY SINKS EXELON’S BOGUS ARGUMENTS, FORCES LEGISLATURE TO CHOOSE THE FUTURE OVER THE PAST

THE END OF NUCLEAR POWER? — TESLA REVOLUTIONARY NEW BATTERY SINKS EXELON’S BOGUS ARGUMENTS, FORCES LEGISLATURE TO CHOOSE THE FUTURE OVER THE PAST

CHICAGO-–  One Thursday April 30, Elon Musk of the TESLA Corporation announced the development of home and utility scale batteries that will revolutionize energy storage – and could effectively put an end to the specious argument nuclear industry

Arnie Gundersen speaking to an audience at Illinois Sierra Club, April 30, 2015
Arnie Gundersen speaking to an audience at Illinois Sierra Club, April 30, 2015

promoters use to justify their product: “what are we going to do when the sun doesn’t shine and wind doesn’t blow?”

The answer – nothing.  The energy WILL be stored safely and effectively. Continue reading PRESS RELEASE — THE END OF NUCLEAR POWER? — TESLA REVOLUTIONARY NEW BATTERY SINKS EXELON’S BOGUS ARGUMENTS, FORCES LEGISLATURE TO CHOOSE THE FUTURE OVER THE PAST

PRESS RELEASE: “Alms for Exelon” (faux-)fun(d)raiser Part 2: ‘Bake Sale against Bailouts’ at Exelon HQ  

CHICAGO-–  An organization conducting “Alms for Exelon” street fun(d)raisers for the self-proclaimed impoverished nuclear utility Exelon Corporation conducted the second of a series of street events in Chicago today: “Bake Sale against Bailouts.”

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NEIS supporters Linda Lewison (l) and Dr. Lora Chamberlain outside Exelon HQ during “Bake Sale against Exelon Bailouts!”

The purpose of the event, held outside Exelon’s Chicago   headquarters, is to call attention to Exelon’s demands for a financial bailout of unprofitable nuclear reactors in Illinois.  Radiation suit-clad volunteers ‘encouraged’ members of the public to make $25,000 donations to Exelon to ‘help keep the cost of Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: “Alms for Exelon” (faux-)fun(d)raiser Part 2: ‘Bake Sale against Bailouts’ at Exelon HQ