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Stop Fukushima Freeways!


A new campaign to expose the perils of the massive and unnecessary radioactive waste transportation that would occur across the U.S. if the moribund and scientifically-indefensible Yucca Mountain, Nevada waste dump were to be revived and/or a centralized "interim" storage site--basically a nuclear waste cask parking lot--were to be licensed.

Organizing and educational resources; expert and technical documents, and much more here.

Women and Radiation

effects of radiation on women

Research by NIRS' Mary Olson demonstrates that women and girls are more susceptible to the effects of radiation than men and boys. On May 5, 2015, Olson gave a presentation about these issues at a United Nations meeting in New York on Gender and Nuclear Weapons.

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NIRS/Fairewinds embark on Japan tour February 11-March 15. NIRS' Mary Olson will focus on radiation and health issues while nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen will address Fukushima aftermath and safety issues with Japanese reactors at stops across the country. Media advisory.

Close Indian Point!

Indian Point

A campaign to close the aging, dangerous Indian Point reactors near New York City and build a clean, sustainable and affordable nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system for all New York.

Breaking News

December 20, 2015.

Press release from Russia's Green World on accident and radiation release at Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant, December 18, 2015.

October 22, 2015

NIRS/AGREE analysis finds FitzPatrick reactor can be replaced with clean & renewable energy at a lower cost

Press release; full analysis

October 13, 2015

NIRS statement on Pilgrim reactor closure announcement--Four more years is too long.

Statement of Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) on Pilgrim shutdown.

October 15, 2015: Letter to NRC from Massachusetts Congressional delegation insisting that NRC ensure Entergy has adequate financial resources for operation/decommissioning of Pilgrim; that agency does not reduce Emergency Planning Zone; that NRC require Entergy to provide assistance to Pilgrim workers, and more.



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February 11, 2016

New study: Meeting carbon reduction goals economically means no nuclear

This is a short piece about a much longer piece that you will want to take a bit of time to read.

Actually, it is unfair to describe it as a “piece.” It’s a study, by Mark Cooper, who for years has been writing extensively about the transition to a clean energy future from an economist’s perspective.

Cooper examines three recent studies taking different approaches to achieving deep decarbonization of our electrical system, two that reject nuclear power as part of the means of attaining massive carbon reductions and one that accepts nuclear power and fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage (CCS) as pieces of the approach. He then lays over that two recent studies of the economics of electricity generation, along with the political structure for attaining carbon reductions established by the COP 21 climate agreement, to reach his conclusions.

The central finding is this: the best way to achieve a carbon-free future from an environmental perspective is also the best way from an economics perspective. And the best way means rejecting nuclear power entirely.

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February 9, 2016

New York’s Nuclear Fork in the Road: Subsidizing Old Reactors Is a Dead End

Last week, we let you know about New York’s new proposal to subsidize most of the state’s existing nuclear reactors. And we promised you a more in-depth piece after we had a chance to digest the idea. So here you have it: It’s a really bad idea.

There’s a lot more to say, of course, but it’s good to start there and not lose sight of the big picture. As a reminder, here are the basics of what the state’s utility regulators are proposing: New York will establish a renewable energy standard to reach 50% renewable energy by 2030--this could be even better and the state still seems to be underestimating its renewable energy and efficiency potential, but YAY! At the same time, it’s packaged with a massive subsidy to nuclear power plants, to try to prevent four of the state’s six nuclear reactors from closing during that time.

If the proposal ends up being implemented as the state’s Public Service Department is proposing, it could end up costing New Yorkers from $2 billion to $6 billion by 2030. And that is just the extra cost of subsidies, above and beyond the market price of electricity. Between buying the reactors’ electricity and paying subsidies, New Yorkers would spend a total of at least $18 billion on the four reactors, rather than on renewables and efficiency. And that is assuming the reactors’ operating costs don’t rise, and that the state wouldn’t need to guarantee them a profit margin to continue operating.

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Nuclear Power and Climate: It's No Solution

COP 21 Don't Nuke the Climate! organizing and resources page.

February 2, 2016. Paris and Onward: the Path Forward to a Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free energy future. NIRS telebriefing with Dr. Mark Jacobson, Stanford University; The Solutions Project ( and Dr. Arjun Makhijani Institute for Energy and Environmental Research ( Moderated By: Tim Judson, Executive Director, Nuclear Information and Resource Service. MP3 recording.

December 11, 2015. Don't Nuke the Climate campaign delivers petition from 524 organizations to COP 21 negotiators, calling for speedy and strong non-nuclear climate change action.

August 4, 2015. Huge Victory! Final EPA Clean Power Plan removes most pro-nuclear provisions, withdraws support for existing reactors, recognizes nuclear power will play little role in addressing climate. Talking points. Letter to NIRS supporters.

Pope Francis' Encyclical on climate includes several passages highly skeptical of nuclear power as a technology, and thus as a climate solution. Excerpts here.

Don't Nuke the Climate telebriefing: lessons from Japan and Germany. Featuring Amory Lovins and Tim Judson with Michael Mariotte moderating. June 30, 2015. mp3 file.

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

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

Report: Power Shift: The Deployment of a 21st Century Electricity Sector and the Nuclear War to Stop It. Describes how the nuclear power industry is seeking consumer bailouts for its uneconomic reactors while working to undermine adoption of clean renewable energy.


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Hot News and Actions

January 29, 2016. Green Action statement on restart of Takahama Unit 3 reactor: The lessons of Fukushima have not been learned.

July 28, 2015. Floridians: Sign petition to stop the proposed Turkey Point reactors! From our friends at Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Don't live in Florida? Send it to a friend who does.

June 30, 2015. Don't Nuke the Climate telebriefing: lessons from Japan and Germany. Featuring Amory Lovins and Tim Judson with Michael Mariotte moderating. June 30, 2015. mp3 file.

May 18, 2015. Hour-long interview of NIRS' President Michael Mariotte on 21st Century radio, recorded May 10, 2015.

May 14, 2015. In case brought by NIRS and other groups, NRC Commissioners say agency can license controversial MOX plant without determining whether it can be protected from cyberterrorism.

March 12, 2015. NIRS' President Michael Mariotte on Uprising Radio: Four years later, Fukushima disaster has no end in sight. Video and audio available here.

March 9, 2015. To the Village Square. Remarkable and beautiful new book from photographer Lionel Delevigne. Says Harvey Wasserman: "The No Nukes movement may someday be remembered as history's most essential non-violent uprising. While shutting down and preventing the construction of hundreds of lethal reactors--each with the power to attack our core existence on this planet--it has also given birth to what may soon become the world's largest industry, the Solartopian conversion to renewable green power. Along the way Lionel Delevingne has been the 'family photographer' of an amazing body of people and actions that, against all odds, have created a way for the human race to survive."

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Reports, Papers and Info You Can Use

October 5, 2015: Important new report from the UK's highy-respected think tank Chatham House: Cyber Security at Civil Nuclear Facilities: Understanding the Risks. Nuclear reactors are not adequately protected from hackers and cyberwarfare.

September 21, 2015. Updated Energy (R)evolution report from Greenpeace International finds that the world can be powered by 100% renewables by 2050. Greenpeace projections of renewable energy deployment have been consistently more accurate than those associated with government (such as International Energy Agency) and investment analysts.

September 14, 2015. Summing up the health effects of the Fukushima disaster. A brief, but extremely useful summary of the health effects, both physical and mental, from British scientist Dr. Ian Fairlie.

July 27, 2015. New study from Germany's Oko-Institut: "Costs of meeting international climate targets without nuclear power." Concludes a global nuclear phase-out by 2050 is economically feasible. U.S. and Japan would experience highest compliance costs, but these are marginal compared to GDP.

July 22, 2015. The negaWatt scenario: How France can meet the requirements of its new law--reducing nuclear power from 80% to 50% by 2025, and move further to a "climate-friendly, nuclear-free, and sustainable energy future" based on renewable energy/energy efficiency by mid-century. Now available in English.

June 30, 2015. New report from WISE-Paris for Greenpeace: The French nuclear industry in deadlock: The burden of France's nuclear gamble in the era of the energy transition.

June 17, 2015. Important new report from Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School's Mark Cooper: Power Shift: The Deployment of a 21st Century Electricity Sector and the Nuclear War to Stop It. Describes how the nuclear power industry is seeking consumer bailouts for its uneconomic reactors while working to undermine adoption of clean renewable energy.

May 14, 2015. Presentation by Yves Marignac to NIRS on May 11, 2015 on French nuclear issues and its current energy transition. Documents the reasons for the stunning decline of the French nuclear industry.

April 29, 2015. Powerpoint presentation by the U.K.'s Dr. Ian Fairlie to U.S. EPA officials, April 27, 2015 on causes and effects of increased childhood leukemia within 5 kilometers (3 miles) of European nuclear reactors. Presentation in pdf.

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