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Release: Chicago Residents Protest Japan Plans to Re-start Nuclear Reactors

PRESS RELEASE

 Contact:  David Kraft, NEIS, (773)342-7650,  neis@neis.org                                                                                     Dr. Lora Chamberlain,  (773)486-7660  drlora2@yahoo.com
Dr. Norma Field, (773) 324-2002,  norma.field@gmail.com

CHICAGO SAFE-ENERGY ADVOCATES PROTEST JAPAN PLANS

TO RE-START NUCLEAR REACTORS

Protest events scheduled in other U.S. cities, Japan

CHICAGO—Safe-energy advocates protested outside of the Chicago Japanese Consulate against Japan’s plans to re-start two reactors at the Ohi nuclear power station, in Fukui Prefecture in Western Japan.  The event was scheduled to coincide with massive rallies against the re-start taking place in Japan today.  Other events are planned throughout the U.S. through Monday.

“We ask the Consul General Yoshifumi Okamura to convey to Prime Minister Noda our support for a nuclear free Japan and a nuclear-free world,” says David Kraft, director of Nuclear Energy Information Service, a nuclear-power watchdog organization based in Chicago. “We stand in support of the people of Japan, and members of Noda’s own party who reject nuclear power as too dangerous. We say ‘No more Hiroshimas!  No more Fukushimas!’” Continue reading Release: Chicago Residents Protest Japan Plans to Re-start Nuclear Reactors

Release: Groups, Public Petition NRC to Learn the Lessons of Fukushima

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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

NEIS Comments on PBS Frontline’s “Nuclear Aftershocks” program

NEIS submitted the following Comment to Frontline concerning the show they aired on Tuesday, January 17th – “Nuclear Aftershocks.” This show examined the aftermath of
the Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011 in Japan, and also its effects on the
nuclear industry worldwide.

If you missed seeing the show, fret not. You can watch it and then comment on it at:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/nuclear-aftershocks/


We would like to complement Myles O’Brien and Frontline for taking on this extremely complex and urgent issue of both the ramifications of the Fukushima disaster, and also the future of nuclear power.  While we are sympathetic to the limitations that a 54 minute program must endure, there were 3 major topics that could have fit into the show that would challenge a good deal of what was presented:

1.)    At 18:22 O’Brien asks the crucial question point blank, “What did TEPCO know, and when did they know it?”  One answer not covered in this segment were reports that, according to onsite workers, and even one TEPCO report itself, radiation alarms were going off BEFORE the tsunami hit.

The significance of this bit of data is that is suggests that the earthquake itself did some as yet unknown damage to the plant, resulting in radiation releases.  If true, this has two major implications: 1.) this severely damages the current popular explanation for the Fukushima nuclear disaster – loss of offsite power – as the only reason for the Fukushima reactor failures, and 2.) means that all the efforts worldwide to beef up back-up power supplies to GE Mark-I type containment BWRs are necessary but not sufficient to insure the integrity of these reactors. While this will not be ascertained for some time due to the intense radiation still persistent at Fukushima, it suggests that nuclear safety planners may be going down a self-deluding false path.  Of the 104 US reactors in operation, 24 are GE Mark-Is and IIs.  This was not mentioned in the program. Continue reading NEIS Comments on PBS Frontline’s “Nuclear Aftershocks” program

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: NRC accepts petition calling for emergency enforcement actions

Read full release here.

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

NEIS Statement on the NRC Report on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Download .pdf here.

Complying with the order from President Obama to review the safety of America’s 104 operating nuclear reactors and their spent fuel pools, the NRC today finally released its findings of the preliminary lessons learned from the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.

We are pleased that the Agency kept its word and conducted the review. At the same time we are both heartened and dismayed at their findings. Heartened, because much of what they found and recommend is exactly what many in the safe energy and environmental community have been telling them for decades. Seek, and ye shall find – finally. Dismayed, because it took what may become a $200 billion disaster just to get their attention to “find” these problems which they have voluntarily chosen to ignore previously:

NEIS Events: Remembering Chornobyl, Mourning Fukushima. & Radiation Exposure and Health.

Posted April 15, 2011

Remembering Chornobyl, Mourning Fukushima.
A series of events commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster, and lessons learned from the current nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japan.
Monday, April 25: 

  • Memorial Service, 4-5 p.m. Henry Moore Sculpture to Atomic Energy, 56th and Ellis, Univ. of Chicago Campus
  • “Déchets – Waste”, a French documentary on nuclear waste, Univ. of Chicago Campus, Hyde Park, Chicago, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 26: Chornobyl anniversary

  • International Radioactive Waste Awareness Day, leafleting and handing out personal-sized bits of “radioactive waste” — downtown Chicago – 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. (volunteers needed)
  • “Radiation Exposure and Health: From Chernobyl to Japan and Beyond,” DePaul Univ. Campus, Lincoln Park, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 28:

  • “Déchets – Waste”, a French documentary on nuclear waste, Loyola University Lake Shore Campus, 7 p.m.

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Radiation Exposure and Health.
From Chernobyl to Japan and Beyond.
Tuesday, April 26:
6:30 ~ 8:30 p.m.
Depaul University McGowan South (1110 W. Belden) Room # 108 [map]
Speakers: 

  • JEFF PATTERSON: Past President, Physicians for Social Responsibility, USA
  • DAVE KRAFT: Director, Nuclear Energy Information Service

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Join Us For The Rally to End Nuclear Power

Posted April 04, 2011

Wednesday, April 6th
4:30 – meet at Swissôtel, 323 East Wacker Drive
5:30 – march begins
6:00 – rally at Navy Pier

The Japanese radiation tragedy at Fukushima nuclear power station reminds us that Illinois is the most nuclear-reliant state in the U.S. We don’t have to be! Can we have a non-nuclear energy future in the U.S.? To quote a local, “Yes, we CAN!”

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IT CAN HAPPEN HERE!

Posted March 23, 2011
Since the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster began on March 11th, it’s been a question on everybody’s mind: can it happen HERE? and, how BAD will it be?

PSR-Chicago’s Dr. Andy Kanter answered that question at a 20th Anniversary of Chornobyl event NEIS held in 2006.

The answer is most emphatically — YES! it CAN happen here. And — it won’t be pretty.

See the YouTube video here (1 hour).

Nuclear Disaster in Japan – NEIS Continuing Coverage

Posted March 13, 2011

NEIS has been offering local analysis and background to the nuclear disaster in Japan and the dangers of Illinois’ reliance on nuclear energy:

Local News Coverage

See NEIS’s new YouTube channel (thank you Ahern!)

March 12, 2011

NBC-Chicago, Channel 5: Video | Story
WGN-News, Channel 9: Video

March 11, 2011

ABC-WLS, Channel 7: Video
Fox-News, Channel 32: Video

Trusted Resources

Download this sheet for a full list of resources on this issue.

» Green Action Blog (Translated articles and documents by long time safe-energy activist Aileen Mioko Smith)
» Citizens Nuclear Information Center (Tokyo) News Service (Japan’s largest and best-known anti-nuclear organization is an important source of information and analysis on the disaster)

News Service Photos

March 12 2011 Japan Nuclear Disaster: Police in Protective Clothing March 12 2011 Japan Nuclear Disaster: Residents scanned for exposure
March 12 2011 Japan Nuclear
Disaster: Police in Protective Clothing
(CNN)
March 12 2011 Japan Nuclear
Disaster: Residents scanned for exposure
(BBC)

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