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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.

Take Action: Tell the EPA to remove nuclear support from its proposed carbon rule.

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

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


Breaking News

September 29, 2014

Clean energy organizations file new challenges to NRC's "waste confidence" policy.

17 clean energy organizations, including NIRS, today filed simultaneous contentions and a new petition in every open nuclear reactor licensing proceeding challenging the NRC's ability to issue new reactor licenses and license renewals. The contentions argue that the NRC has not fully addressed the issues that led a federal court to strike down the agency's "waste confidence" policy in 2012 and thus the NRC cannot issue any licenses.

Press release

Contention

Petition

Background on "waste confidence" issue


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. Using a deceptive public relations campaign and heavily-funded front groups like Nuclear Matters, Third Way, and C2ES, corporations including Exelon and Entergy have tried to drum up fears of a national energy crisis stemming from the closure of several aging, uncompetitive nuclear plants and the advance of renewable energy. While touting the need to “preserve” nuclear power, nuclear interests have covered up the actual reforms they are seeking and their implications for the U.S.’s energy future.

Audio recording (mp3 file) of press conference release of the report featuring Tim Judson, Dr. Mark Cooper, Vermont Law School, Institute for Energy and the Environment; Tyson Slocum, energy program director, Public Citizen; Deb Katz, executive director, Citizens Awareness Network (New England); David Kraft, executive director, Nuclear Energy Information Service (Illinois); Jessica Azulay, program director, Alliance for a Green Economy (New York).

 

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

October 21, 2014

Aging reactors: a failure to plan that will haunt nuclear utilities

One reason that giant nuclear utilities like Exelon, Entergy, Duke and others are so aggressively taking extraordinary steps to force ratepayers to keep their obsolete, aging reactors operating at any cost is that these utilities have failed to adequately plan for the reality that reactors have a limited operational life and at some point will have to be retired.

The issue is global, it isn't confined to the U.S., but the ramifications of this failure to plan, or perhaps to accept the reality that no machinery lasts forever--especially not the kind exposed to the tremendous heat and radiation levels that nuclear reactors are--will have its greatest impact in the deregulated states of the U.S.

Two recent articles on the idea of extending reactor licenses even further than they already have been (and far further than is reasonable from a public safety perspective), one in the New York Times and one from the U.K., bring the fundamental issue to some light--even if perhaps unintentionally.

In Geriatric nuclear power plants deserve our respect, the U.K.'s Dermot Martin writes, "All round the world the governments and the nuclear industry are facing the fact that they will have to extend the life of existing reactors."

The context is that it won't be possible to build new reactors fast enough to replace the old ones, so the lifetime of the old ones must be extended.

But that's the wrong context. Reactors don't need to be replaced by reactors. Where their power does need to be replaced (and that isn't everywhere), it can be replaced by any generating source. That's a basic fact that the global nuclear industry desperately hopes will be ignored--and is a key factor in nuclear utility efforts to disparage renewable energy.

Continue reading at www.safeenergy.org

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

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

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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