GAO Report: NRC Inadequately Addresses Climate Disruption Threat to Reactors

CHICAGO—A Government Accountability Office Report draws conclusions about nuclear reactor operation that should make public officials, agencies and policy makers from the most nuclear-reliant state in the U.S. take notice – and action. Read more

INTERNATIONAL URANIUM FILM FEST ARRIVES IN CHICAGO

First visit in 13 years; First time award for “Best Young Filmmaker”

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Contact:  David Kraft,  (773)342-7650 (o); (630)506-2864 (c);  neis@neis.org

                Norbert Suchanek:  55-21-972076704  (What’s App); uraniofestival@gmail.com

CHICAGO— For the first time in its 13-year history, the INTERNATIONAL URANIUM FILM FEST arrives in Chicago. Read more

The 13th Annual International Uranium Film Festival will come to Chicago for the first time beginning March 28th and going through April 1st.  This inaugural visit to Chicago consisting of 16 films will be hosted by NEIS at 5 locations in the Chicago area during its visit.  All showings are free to the public (except the Music Box event), but due to limited seating, reservations on Event Brite will be required at some sites.

The Schedule:  film listings and descriptions for the Chicago events:

  • 3/28, 6-9 p.m.: Loyola Univ.  Damen Theater, 6511 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Shore Campus, Chicago. Special showing: On the Beach
  • 3/29, 6-9 p.m.: Haymarket House, 800 West Buena Ave.,  Chicago (limited seating, EventBrite reservation  req’d.)
  • 3/30, noon to 8 p.m.: Univ. of Chicago International House, 1414 East 59th Street,  Chicago
  • 3/31, 4:30 p.m. matinee: Music Box Theater, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. Special showing: BUILDING BOMBS
  • 4/1, 2-8 p.m., Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston (limited seating, EventBrite reservation req’d.)

To help defray the expenses for this event, NEIS will accept free-will donations (not tax deductible). Funds are needed for Chicago film venues, media and publicity, and to cover the IUFF founders and staff  transportation, the food/ housing costs, and publicity expenses.

The International Uranium Film Festival is dedicated to films about nuclear power and weapons, nuclear victims, and the risks of radioactivity, from uranium mining to nuclear waste. From Hiroshima, the Manhattan Project, Fukushima and everything in between, where Oppenheimer dared not go, it throws much needed light on all nuclear issues.

The first International Uranium Film Festival was May 2011 in Rio de Janeiro. Today this global event has already been in more than 60 cities around the globe, including Window Rock, Berlin, New York, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Amman, Washington DC, Hollywood, and Albuquerque – and now, for the first but hopefully not last time, Chicago.

At a time when the nuclear industry and its friends in the Biden Administration and Congress are aggressively promoting yet another New Nuclear Age, the public needs to see that the last one was not very kind to many people and the Planet.  We hope to see you at some of these film showings.

For more information, contact NEIS:  neis@neis.org;  (773)342-7650.

NEIS Statement on the Legislature’s Partial Repeal of Illinois’ Nuclear  Construction Moratorium, and Embrace of Small Modular Reactors

Nov. 10, 2023

“Who is so deafe, or so blynde, as is hee, that wilfully will nother heare nor see.”  —  writer John Haywood, 1546 Read more

For Immediate Use:  Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023

Contacts: 

Golden Rule ends 11,000 mile journey for peace in Chicago Read more

Governor Pritzker Vetoes Dangerous Nuclear Moratorium Repeal Bill

CHICAGO—Much to the surprise of many, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker today vetoed SB76, a bill that was introduced to repeal the long-standing 1987 Illinois nuclear construction moratorium. Read more

NEWS RELEASE — For immediate release

As the World Worries About Rising Nuclear Dangers in Ukraine,

NGOs Tell Biden that US Nuclear Plants Aren’t Safe from Attack

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“Illinois Just Got ‘Nuked’”

This afternoon the Illinois House passed legislation to strip away a long-standing and effective means of protecting Illinois from excessive radiation hazard and abuse when it repealed the 1987 Illinois nuclear construction moratorium.  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

CHICAGO– A House Public Utilities committee meeting held today was the scene of the opening rounds of the next “nuclear war” in Illinois.

Committee members heard testimony and voted on HB1079, introduced by Rep. Mark Walker (D. 53rd, Arlington Heights) that would repeal a decades-old moratorium on the construction of new nuclear power reactors in Illinois, pending a final disposal solution for the dangerous high-level radioactive wastes (HLRW) that reactors produce.

The Committee voted 18 to 3 to advance the bill to the full House for consideration. Read more