We have received word that the two proposed nuclear moratorium-repeal bills will come for a final floor vote some time the week of March 20th. (Tuesday for SB76; by Friday for HB1079) Read more
Illinois Senate “Kabuki Theater” Hearing Advances Nuclear Moratorium Repeal
CHICAGO—A Senate Energy and Public Utilities committee hearing held today advanced proposed legislation that would repeal Illinois nuclear construction moratorium, a safeguard to prevent Illinois from becoming a de facto high-level radioactive waste (HLRW) storage bin. However, the bulk of the discussion and testimony centered around the promotion of “small modular nuclear reactors” (SMNRs) – turning the hearing into a trade show for the nuclear industry. Read more
Senate hearing scheduled! Thurs. March 9, 10 a.m. Witness slips needed on SB0076 – attempt to repeal Illinois’ nuclear construction moratorium AND build more Illinois nuclear plants
The Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee has scheduled a hearing dealing with SB0076. Witness slips are needed to oppose the repeal of the Illinois nuclear construction moratorium AND proposals to build more nuclear plants – “small modular nuclear reactors,” SMNRs — in Illinois. We need to act fast and aggressively. Filing as an “opponent” is recommended by the Illinois Environmental Council and others. Read more
The House Public Utilities Committee has re-scheduled its hearing dealing with HB1079. NEW witness slips are required and will be needed, even if you filed one last week. Last week, opponents outnumbered proponents 8 to 1. This week, the proponents are on the march. We need to act fast and aggressively. Filing as an “opponent” is recommended by the Illinois Environmental Council and others. Read more
With the nuclear reactor crisis emerging in Ukraine as a backdrop, a bill – HB 5589 — has been introduced in the Illinois Legislature that would remove a decades-old moratorium on constructing new nuclear reactors in Illinois. Read more
“Public Official A” — the former Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan — has (finally) been indicted under the charges of racketeering, relating to the ComEd lobbying scandal of 2020. It ultimately led to Madigan leaving his post in the Illinois legislature after serving as House Speaker for 36 years.
The scandal resulted in a guilty plea by ComEd and a $200 million fine; and the indictment of three of ComEd/Exelon’s top executives: Exelon Utilities CEO and President Anne Prammagiore, former ComEd lobbyist John Hooker, and consultant Jay Doherty. ComEd’s vice president of governmental and external affairs Fidel Marquez resigned, and later plead guilty to a charge of bribery. Trial dates are expected in 2022. Throughout initial FBI investigations relating to these individuals, references were made of “Public Official A”, which by description could only have been Madigan.
Madigan becomes the second state legislature House speaker to be indicted by the FBI. Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder was also indicted relating to a $60 million bribery scheme to support a nuclear utility in Ohio. Madigan continues to proclaim his innocence.
It is amazing how nuclear power utilities and federal indictments relating to bribery and more are being paired up in recent years. In addition to the two indictments above, a utility executive overseeing the construction of SCANA’s VC Summer nuclear plant in South Carolina also plead guilty in the $11 billion fraud case in 2020.
Nuclear power seems to go hand in hand with political corruption.
ILLINOIS ENERGY TRANSFORMATION #28: Getting Our Money’s Worth with Nuclear Power? Caveat Emptor!
Feb. 12, 2022
The recent $694 million bailout of 6 Constellation (nee Exelon) nuclear reactors in Illinois was not good news for ratepayers, Illinois or a renewable energy future. It was made recently worse by the announcement by Constellation Energy (the Exelon nuclear spin off LLC corporation) that it would seek permission from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to operate its 11 Illinois reactors for up to 80 years – 40 more than the originally granted operating license, and 20 years beyond the 20-year operating license extensions already granted all Illinois reactors except the single Clinton reactor. Read more
Oppose HB5589, a bill that repeals Illinois nuclear reactor construction moratorium
HB5589 was introduced on January 28 by Rep. Mark L. Walker (D, 53rd District) of Arlington Heights. The bill in essence repeals a provision of the Public Utilities Act that currently prohibits construction of any new nuclear power reactor in Illinois UNTIIL the Federal Government has opened and operates a high-level radioactive waste facility for permanent disposal of the deadly high-level radioactive wastes the reactors produce. (for more details, see “Background” below). Read more
CANCER RATE IN GRUNDY COUNTY, SITE OF DRESDEN NUKE PLANT, AMONG HIGHEST IN ILLINOIS, WORST FOR RADIATION-SENSITIVE CANCERS
Embargoed until September 30, 2021, 10 a.m. Central Standard Time
Contact: Joseph Mangano, (484) 948-7965; David Kraft, (773) 342-7650; firstname.lastname@example.org
The current [**2014-2018] cancer incidence rate in Grundy County, the site of the Dresden nuclear plant, is 22%** above the state rate, the 9th highest** of all 102 Illinois counties, and one of the highest in the United States, according to a new report** released today. Read more
An otherwise excellent Chicago Tribune summary of the proposed Comprehensive Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CCEJA) was marred by the oversimplified one-line explanation for critics’ opposition to continued Exelon nuclear plant bailouts. While legitimate to question and oppose bailing out a profitable corporate welfare queen like Exelon, the real reasons are more numerous and complex.
The $694 million Exelon bailout proposed in CCEJA is nearly twice the amount found financially defensible by Governor Pritzker’s $250,000 independent audit commissioned earlier this year. What’s the justification for increasing ratepayer abuse? Read more
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