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People's Climate March--Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent

THANK YOU to the many thousands of people who marched with the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent to the People's Climate March September 21 in NYC. We made history. Largest climate march ever. Largest nuclear-free, carbon-free action ever.

NEW ALERT. Last chance to take action against nuclear support in EPA Clean Power Plan, plus organizational sign-on letter. Act now.

Statement of Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent to People's Climate March

Video of each speaker at Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent rally.

Fact sheet: Nuclear Power and Climate: Why Nukes Can't Save the Planet.

Flyer: Talking Points on nuclear power in EPA's proposed carbon reduction rule. pdf version. jpg version.

Briefing Paper: Nuclear Energy is Dirty Energy (and does not fit in a clean energy standard). pdf

Briefing Paper: Killing the Competition. How nuclear industry is attempting to block climate action, stop renewable energy and subsidize old reactors. pdf


Breaking News

November 7, 2014

Pioneer of anti-nuclear movement
to receive lifetime achievement award from 14 organizations

Michael Mariotte, the president of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), will be honored Monday (November 10, 2014) by more than a dozen environmental organizations in recognition of his three decades of work to educate the public and lawmakers about the dangers of nuclear power.


November 3, 2014

35 organizations, led by NIRS, submit comments to Department of Energy urging an end to its nuclear power loan program and to either return remaining funds to the U.S. Treasury or transfer them to its renewable energy loan program. Press release. Full comments.


October 29, 2014

Nine clean energy organizations file challenge in federal court to NRC's new "waste confidence" policy

Nine clean energy organizations, including NIRS, today filed a challenge in federal court to the NRC's new radioactive waste policy intended to supplant its previous "waste confidence" policy struck down by the court. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today filed a separate challenge. The states of New York, Connecticut and Vermont, and the Prairie Island Indian Community also have filed challenges in federal court this week.

Press release explaining the petition

Text of Petition for Review

Disclosures of Organizations

Background on "waste confidence" issue

 

 

 

 

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GreenWorld, NIRS' blog, is at www.safeenergy.org

November 26, 2014

Some real Turkey Week turkeys

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., what better time to take a look at some of the real turkeys in the nuclear power business?

We don’t have to go back far, however. All of these turkeys took place just this week!

Vogtle delayed again

The Georgia Public Service Commission was told Monday by the monitors it hired to keep tabs on the construction of the two new Vogtle reactors on the Savannah River that the project has fallen further behind schedule and will not even meet its revised schedule of commercial operation by the end of 2017 for the first unit and end of 2018 for the second unit.

In fact, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription only, unfortunately) quoted one of the monitors as saying “it is impossible to determine” when either reactor will be ready for commercial operation.

Earlier this year, the monitors had told the PSC that the consortium, led by Southern Company, building the reactors faced “many challenges” in meeting its schedule. Those challenges now appear to have become roadblocks.

Continue reading at www.safeenergy.org

Also new on GreenWorld today: Exelon's effort to extend Ginna takes new turn

 

Nuclear Newsreel back articles (2012-2013)


NUCLEAR 911!

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Could the area around Indian Point be evacuated in a nuclear emergency? Could the area around any nuclear reactor?

Are you in the evacuation zone of a nuclear reactor? Should you be? Find out here with this interactive map from Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Nuclear 911: Background information on emergency planning.

April 9, 2014 "The NRC has failed the American people." NRC denies petition from NIRS, 37 co-petitioners for modest improvements in emergency planning regulations. Press release. Link to NRC decision.

April 30, 2014. NRC fails to document claim made in denial of NIRS’ emergency planning petition that “majority” of nuclear emergency drills include natural disaster components. Press release.

 

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Hot News and Actions

November 24, 2014. For 8th time in past 10 months, renewables dominate new U.S. generating capacity. For year, new renewables are more than 37 times nukes, coal and oil combined. Sun Day Campaign press release.

November 12, 2014. Digging Our Own Grave. New video from Russia's Green World on Rosatom's hapless efforts to find a long-term strategy for radioactive waste.

November 12, 2014. Wasteland. Documentary from Green World about reprocessing irradiated fuel at Russia's Mayak facility.

November 7, 2014. Green Action blasts Sendai restart approval: Governor of Kagoshima fails Fukushima lessons:
ignores science, safety and public opinion.

October 21, 2014. NRC Chair Alison Macfarlane announces she will be leaving Commission on January 1, 2015. Her term ran until 2018. Announcement, text of resignation letter.

October 20, 2014. Sen. Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to NRC Chair Alison Macfarlane expressing serious concerns about the NRC staff's FOCD (Foreign Ownership, Control, or Domination) paper and recommendations, and urged the NRC to not accept the recommendations. Letter is here.

August 20, 2014. Press release from Sun Day Campaign. Renewables make up 100% of new U.S. generation capacity in July 2014.

August 15, 2014. Press release from Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS) in Chicago: Illinois Legislature Should Oppose Exelon Bailout.

July 28, 2014. Action Alert. Submit your comments: Tell EPA to take nuclear power support out of its proposed Clean Power Plan. Plus, update on Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free contingent to People's Climate March.

July 21, 2014. Renewables provided 56% of new U.S. generating capacity in first half of 2014. One-third of new capacity was solar. Sun Day Campaign press release.

July 21, 2014, 34 groups send letter to NRC Inspector General Hubert Bell asking for investigation into conflict of interest caused by Commissioner William Magwood's acceptance of a position with nuclear promotional agency in Europe and his refusal to resign NRC position promptly. Groups also send letter to President Obama asking him to request Magwood's immediate resignation. Press release.

July 16, 2014. Statement from seven Japanese organizations challenging Nuclear Regulatory Authority's draft approval of restart of Sendai reactors.

July 15, 2014. NRC Commissioner William Magwood refuses to resign or recuse himself from agency decisionmaking despite accepting position with European agency that promotes nuclear power. 34 groups, including NIRS, had called for his resignation June 18.

July 1, 2014. Amended petition for rulemaking first filed February 18 by 34 organizations calling for suspension of all licensing activity until NRC addresses new findings on nuclear reactor fuel pools fire risks and costs. Amended petition takes into account opinion from NRC Chair Allison Macfarlane, who dissented from NRC decision against the petition.

June 23, 2014. New release from Sun Day Campaign: renewables accounted for 88% of all new U.S. generating capacity for May; 55% for the year so far.

June 18, 2014. Conversation between Professor Benjamin Sovacool and NIRS' Executive Director Tim Judson on nuclear power and climate. Prepared for June 18, 2014 national teleconference on nukes and climate. mp3 file.

June 18, 2014. 34 organizations demand NRC Commissioner William Magwood resign immediately and retroactively recuse himself from Commission votes over conflict of interest. Magwood has accepted a position with Europe's Nuclear Energy Agency, which promotes nuclear power--contrary to NRC's charter. Press release. Letter.

May 29, 2014, NRC votes 4-1 to reject expedited movement of high-level radwaste from dangerous, overcrowded and poorly-protected fuel pools to dry casks. NRC Chair Allison Macfarlane writes stinging dissent. Take action here: Urge President Obama to support his chair and fill two upcoming open seats at NRC with strong nuclear safety advocates.

April 30, 2014. NRC fails to document claim made in denial of NIRS’ emergency planning petition that “majority” of nuclear emergency drills include natural disaster components. Press release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reports, Papers and Info You Can Use

November 19, 2014. Valuable new report from Europe's EJOLT: Uranium mining, unveiling the impacts of the nuclear industry. Also, EJOLT has produced a second report, focusing on the energy future of Bulgaria and Slovenia, with special emphasis on uranium mining.

November 11, 2014. 10 myths debunked about the proposed Exelon-Pepco merger. Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Public Citizen explain why the proposed merger would be a bad deal for Maryland.

November 10, 2014. New video from Fairewinds: Whose Fault? An examination of earthquake issues at Diablo Canyon reactors.

October 22, 2014. Titled "Rosatom Risks," a major new report from Greenpeace International focuses on the troubling record of Rosatom, Russia's state-owned nuclear manufacturing company--one that is aggressively trying to sell new reactors across the world.

September 11, 2014. Killing the Competition. The Nuclear Power Agenda to block climate action, stop renewable energy, and subsidize old reactors. Major new report by NIRS' Executive Director Tim Judson details how major utilities and nuclear power companies have begun a campaign to rig energy markets, climate regulations, and clean energy programs to prevent the advance of renewable energy.

July 30, 2014. World Nuclear Status Report 2014. An indispensable document. This year's conclusion: nuclear power globally is in a historic decline....like dinosaurs in a garden...

July 15, 2014. NIRS Briefing Paper: Nuclear Energy is Dirty Energy (and does not fit into a “clean energy standard”).PDF Revised and updated, July 2014.

June 19, 2014. Recording of last night's NIRS national telebriefing on nuclear power and climate, featuring Michael Mariotte, Hunter Lovins and Tim Judson. mp3 format.

June 13, 2014. Important new critique from IPPNW and PSR: Critical Analysis of the UNSCEAR Report "Levels and effects of radiation exposure due to the nuclear accident after the 2011 Great East-Japan Earthquake and tsunami."

May 15, 2014. New report from Vermont Law School's Dr. Mark Cooper finds large-scale deployment of "small modular reactors" would cost $90 Billion; choke off funding for renewables.

May 14, 2014 Greenpeace releases major new study: Energy (R)Evolution: A Sustainable Energy USA Outlook, which shows how U.S. can get to 98% renewables by 2050.

May 13, 2014. Top Ten Most Distortionary Energy Subsidies. Highly readable and useful report from Earthtrack.

March 2014. A major report from Greenpeace International: Lifetime extension of ageing nuclear power plants: Entering a new era of risk. It focuses on European reactors, but applies everywhere. (pdf)

March 11, 2014. Phase out of Nuclear Power in Europe--From Vision to Reality. Major new report from Global 2000 and others finds a nuclear phase-out in Europe by 2030 is feasible with appropriate renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.

February 26, 2014. Rocky Mountain Institute has published a new paper, The Economics of Grid Defection, that is well worth reading. Grid defection refers to the point when it is just as cheap for people to power their own homes than it is to remain connected to the utility grid. And that day is coming sooner that most people think--Hawaii is already there, but even in large states like New York and California, it will be a matter of years--not decades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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