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PRESS RELEASE: BGA Report, NEIS says “NRC=Nobody Really Cares”

 

CHICAGO–  Two Better Government Association (BGA) reports on nuclear safety a year in the making document the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) systematic pattern of disregard for assertive and responsible regulation, and co-optation by the industry it is charged to regulate, asserts Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS), a Chicago-based safe-energy, nuclear power watchdog organization.

“These BGA reports document and confirm contentions NEIS has made for decades to Illinois state and federal officials and elected representatives,” notes David A. Kraft, director of NEIS.  “In particular, NEIS raised these concerns with over 40 state officials and legislators Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: BGA Report, NEIS says “NRC=Nobody Really Cares”

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

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

FUKUSHIMA AT 5, CHORNOBYL AT 30: OPPORTUNITIES MISSED, LESSONS NOT LEARNED

 

 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 Rising Sun Flag RadioactiveMinimization,” that nuclear industry advocates and their supporters in governments proliferate.  This inevitably results in opportunities being missed, and lessons going unlearned.

Continue reading FUKUSHIMA AT 5, CHORNOBYL AT 30: OPPORTUNITIES MISSED, LESSONS NOT LEARNED

PRESS RELEASE: NRC Nuclear agency rejects effort to close dangerous U.S. “Fukushima” reactors; 4 in Illinois

As a courtesy to our friends and colleagues at Beyond Nuclear, we forward the attached press release.  It announces a decision by the

A GE Mark-I reactor containament schematic
A GE Mark-I reactor containment schematic

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the federal agency charged with protecting the public from the radiation threat from nuclear power plants, to ignore its staff advice and NOT install safety filters on reactors similar in design to those that blew up and melted down at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan in 2011. Continue reading PRESS RELEASE: NRC Nuclear agency rejects effort to close dangerous U.S. “Fukushima” reactors; 4 in Illinois

PRESS RELEASE: NRC’s “waste confidence” ruling earns “no confidence” with the public

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 atommuell190pxforward 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

NRC Denies Modest Post-Fukushima Emergency Response Recommendations

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

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER

JAPAN ON NUKES — SIMPLY “ABE-NORMAL”!

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.

Hydrogen Explosion at Fukushima. March, 2011.
Hydrogen Explosion at Fukushima. March, 2011.

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.

We’ve learned that TEPCO cannot be trusted to tell the truth about much of anything.  And worse – that the Continue reading PRESS STATEMENT ON THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER

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