“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.
The 5th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster seems an apt time to recall the advice of philosopher and essayist George Santayana, who warned: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Regrettably, the Orwellian truth is that the history of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster is not only being “forgotten;” it is being radically altered by what the late Jeff Patterson, past President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, called “nuclear industry SCUM: Secrecy, Cover-Up, and Minimization,” that nuclear industry advocates and their supporters in governments proliferate. This inevitably results in opportunities being missed, and lessons going unlearned.
NRC COMMISSIONERS TOW NUCLEAR INDUSTRY LINE ONCE AGAIN, CONDUCT TAINTED VOTE ON RADIOACTIVE WASTE STORAGE, ALLOW CONTINUED REACTOR LICENSING
As a courtesy to our colleagues at NIRS near Washington, D.C., we forward the attached press release concerning the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) decision released today that, “adopts the findings of the GEIS regarding the environmental impacts of storing spent fuel at any reactor site after the reactor’s licensed period of operations.” In a separate ruling the NRC lifted its moratorium on new reactor Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: NRC’s “waste confidence” ruling earns “no confidence” with the public→
As a courtesy to our colleagues at NIRS in Washington, D.C., we forward a press release that reports the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s denial of a request to improve evacuation plans around U.S. nuclear reactors, based on the real-life information and evidence provided by the Fukushima and Chornobyl nuclear disasters. With Illinois having 14 reactors – four of which are of Fukushima design and vintage — and 9,000+ tons of high-level radioactive waste in the form of spent fuel in spent fuel pools and dry casks, this is no inconsequential matter. Continue reading NRC Denies Modest Post-Fukushima Emergency Response Recommendations→
What have we learned in the three years since the onset of the continuing nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi? Many things — most of which are not good.
We learned that safe-energy and anti-nuclear activists were correct in their initial analyses of what was happening in the early days of the disaster; and unlike TEPCO, the Japanese government, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), we were telling the public straight out.
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 SAFE-ENERGY ADVOCATES TELL NRC: “WE HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN YOUR WASTE CONFIDENCE!”→