Hot News and Actions
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 20, 2014. New Action: Tell EPA that any new radiation standards must be more protective, not less! Sign on here.
June 20, 2014. Really? A civil debate between NIRS President Michael Mariotte and Rod Adams, aka Atomic Rod? Stranger things have happened. Listen here.
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.
April 29, 2014. Sun Day Campaign: EIA renewable energy projections range from: can't pass the laugh test to unduly conservative. Press release.
April 28, 2014. NIRS calls out nuclear industry front groups Nuclear Matters and Center for Climate and Energy Solutions; says they should come clean on industry funding sources. Press release.
April 22, 2014. NIRS' President Michael Mariotte talks to Harvey Wasserman on Earth Day edition of Solartopia radio show on the Progressive Radio Network.
April 14, 2014. New report from the Sun Day Campaign predicts U.S. will reach 16% renewables generation within five years--a level U.S. Energy Information Administration absurdly claims won't be reached until 2040. Press release; full study. (both in pdf)
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.
March 10, 2014. R.I.P. Dr. Judith Johnsrud. 1931-2014. A tireless and dedicated activist for a nuclear-free world. Obituary.
March 7, 2014. Audio recording (mp3) of NIRS' Fukushima telebriefing March 6, 2014 featuring Aileen Mioko-Smith of Green Action in Japan, Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds and Diane D'Arrigo of NIRS. Approx. 100 minutes.
February 28, 2014. 100+ organizations, including NIRS, send comments to Internal Revenue Service expressing concerns about proposal to regulate political activities, voter registration by non-profit groups.
February 18, 2014. 34 environmental/clean energy organizations submit Petition for Rulemaking to NRC calling for suspension of all licensing activity until NRC addresses new findings on nuclear reactor fuel pools fire risks and costs. Press release.
February 13, 2014. Support Japanese woman threatened with prosecution for "crime" of advising people, especially families with children, to leave contaminated areas near Fukushima. Sign petition on avaaz.org here.
January 27, 2014. Press release from Sun Day Campaign: Renewables accounted for 37% of new electricity capacity additions during 2013--more than triple nukes, coal and oil combined.
January 17, 2014. 33 environmental organizations warn NRC Commissioners that pending vote expected to confirm staff decision not to require expedited movement of reactor fuel from pools to dry casks must meet NEPA and AEA requirements. Groups assert that NRC staff has provided inadequate basis under these laws to support its position.
January 17, 2014. Ask your LOCAL officials to support larger nuclear evacuation zones; better planning. Action begins with you.
January 8, 2014. 300+ environmental and clean energy organizations urge Dr. James Hansen and three other climate scientists to rethink embrace of nuclear power--it's no solution to the climate crisis. Press release from NIRS and Civil Society Institute. Text of letter, including signers.
December 23, 2013. Video: Clean up abandoned open-pit uranium mines on Native lands.
December 20, 2013. New Baucus tax proposal takes an Orwellian approach: would redefine dirty energy as clean. NIRS press release. Urgent action. Tell your Senators: No tax breaks for dirty nuclear power.
November 20, 2013. NIRS' Michael Mariotte and Fairewinds' Arnie Gunderson spend a riveting hour with host Harvey Wasserman on the Solartopia radio show, 11/18/13.
November 8, 2013. NIRS attempts delivery of 22,500+ petition signatures to Energy Secretary Moniz calling for end to taxpayer loan for construction of Vogtle reactors. DOE refuses to accept petitions, security forces deletion of photo documenting delivery. Press release (pdf).
November 2, 2013. Washington and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility release new studies showing earthquake risks underestimated for Washington's Columbia reactor, call for shutdown. Press release. Supporting documents: letter to NRC Chair Macfarlane, earthquake evaluation report; response to utility report; section of utility response to NRC letter.
Reports, Papers and Info You Can Use
July 15, 2014. NIRS Briefing Paper: Nuclear Energy is Dirty Energy (and does not fit into a “clean energy standard”). 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.
February 26, 2014. Very well-done presentation by Russia's Green World on the myriad of environmental and nuclear threats posed to the south coast of the Gulf of Finland. A striking number of different nuclear facilities are located nearly next door to each other; all of them are highly polluting. (pdf)
February 12, 2014. Thorium Reactors: Their Backers Overstate the Benefits. New NIRS factsheet written by Robert Alvarez of Institute for Policy Studies.
February 5, 2014. Important new post on GreenWorld. Japanese scientists/diplomat respond to Dr. Hansen et al: Nuclear power is not the answer to climate change mitigation.
December 13, 2013. Major new study commissioned by Washington/Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility finds that closing Washington's Columbia reactor would save ratepayers nearly $2 billion dollars.
December 9, 2013. Nice Washington Post graphic on selected thefts and seizures of radioactive materials over past decade.
November 22, 2013. Policy brief prepared for United Nations Working Group of Sustainable Development recommends phase-out of nuclear power, emphasis on nuclear-free carbon-free future.
November 18, 2013. Summary of academic reply showing serious flaws in James Hansen's analysis claiming little risk from nuclear power.
November 1, 2013. NY Attorney General Schneiderman says state has no confidence in NRC waste "confidence" document. Article includes link to full statement.
October 18, 2013. Full Government Accountability Office report on varied, uneven enforcement of nuclear regulations by NRC regions.
September 26, 2013. Small Isn't Always Beautiful: new UCS report finds small reactors won't solve safety, security, cost problems.
September 13, 2013. Important new study from American Clean Energy Agenda: thirsty US electricity generation from nukes, coal, fracking, on collision course with climate-imperiled water supply.
September 10, 2013. NIRS' Michael Mariotte on DailyKos: 2013's astounding collapse of the U.S. nuclear power industry is the new normal.
September 4, 2013. Dr. Arjun Makhijani of Institute for Energy and Environmental Research published a new paper on the "traveling wave" reactor concept touted by Bill Gates; finds that it can't possibly ever be economical.
August 22, 2013. Letter from Sens. Markey and Warren to Entergy CEO warns of false assumptions in Pilgrim reactor emergency evacuation plans (which would apply to just about all reactors) and urges major changes.
August 19, 2013. New study finds 107 commercial and research reactors vulnerable to terrorist attack. From Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project at University of Texas.
August 8, 2013. Important new report from Institute for Energy and Environmental Research: small modular reactors won't solve nuclear industry's problems and may exacerbate them. (pdf)
July 23, 2013. Indispensable resource: World Nuclear Status Report 2013 from Mycle Schneider, Anthony Froggatt and more.
July 17, 2013. Renaissance in Reverse. Dr. Mark Cooper releases new report detailing the myriad of problems facing the aging reactor fleet, predicts more reactor shutdowns. Press release. Full report.
July 17, 2013. 120 groups, including NIRS, urge Obama to issue executive order making water national priority, move to clean energy. Press release and background info. Copy of proposed executive order.
June 24, 2013. Professor Benjamin Sovacool (Virginia Tech) and several others rebut pro-nuclear climate scientist James Hansen's recent error-filled article in support of new nuclear.