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!”→
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→
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: