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→
Rust never sleeps, and neither do the NRC and nuclear industry. In their annual effort to sabotage public participation, NRC scheduled its 12 “waste confidence” hearings before the holidays, as did the Illinois State IDNR on fracking issues. Now, it seems Congress wants to get in the act by moving the disastrous nuclear waste legislation, S. 1240 – the “Nuclear Waste Administration Act,” currently in Sen. Wyden’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee – for a December vote.
Don’t let our bureaucratic rulers get away with this sabotage – take action one more time to stop irresponsible radioactive waste policy.
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!”→