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Make (Non-) Nuclear History.

solar meltdown

Video from NIRS, Friends of the Earth, Public Citizen, Greenpeace and Sierra Club on our possible energy futures: one reliant on dirty, dangerous nuclear power and fossil fuels and the other on a clean, safe, and affordable nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system based on renewables.

The choice is easy. And the video is clear. Watch it at www.makenuclearhistory.org, take the actions afterwards, and share it with everyone you know.


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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Breaking News

May 14, 2015

New York City Council enters debate over Indian Point reactors; resolution introduced to close and decommission reactors 35 miles from Manhattan. Press release from NIRS and three other organizations.


April 9, 2015

Growing list of DC Advisory Neighborhood Commissions oppose proposed Exelon/Pepco merger. None support it.


February 18, 2015

NIRS comments to Maryland Public Service Commission in opposition to proposed Exelon-Pepco merger.


February 9, 2015

Four clean energy groups, including NIRS, blast WCS proposal to build an "interim" high-level radwaste storage site in west Texas. Press release. Background information.


Support NIRS' Michael Mariotte Legacy Fund

Michael Mariotte

The initial campaign has ended for NIRS' Michael Mariotte Legacy Fund, created in tribute to Michael's more than 30 years of building the movement to stop nuclear power, end the creation of radioactive waste, and hasten our sustainable energy future.

But donations for this fund are still being accepted and are still needed. Find out more and watch video tributes by Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash and Jackson Browne.

 

 

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

May 27, 2015

NRC caves on foreign ownership (and why you shouldn't expect it to value human life like other federal agencies)

The NRC Commissioners voted unanimously earlier this month to adopt its staff recommendation that the agency’s rules be changed to allow a “graded approach” on meeting the Atomic Energy Act’s prohibition on foreign ownership, control, or domination of U.S. nuclear reactors.

This cave-in to the nuclear power wasn’t entirely unexpected (I wrote about it months ago here), although the unanimous vote was certainly a disappointing showing from the two newest Commissioners, who might have been expected to take a more skeptical line toward the industry than some past Commissioners. But it’s too bad.

And it’s just more evidence that the NRC sees its mission less as regulating the nuclear industry--even when the law is clear, and there are few laws more clear-cut than this Section 103(d) of the Atomic Energy Act--than in accommodating the industry.

There have been few intervenor victories in nuclear licensing cases. There have been two cases where intervenors successfully used the law and NRC regulations to defeat proposed nuclear facilities. One was Urenco’s first stab at building a uranium enrichment plant in the U.S. (under the name Louisiana Energy Services, or LES) near Homer, Louisiana. The other was the proposed Calvert Cliffs-3 reactor on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

Continue reading at www.safeenergy.org


May 18, 2015

Electric rate fantasies: who subsidizes who?

Scott Sklar, former head of the Solar Electric Industries Association and now the principal of The Stella Group, is one of America’s most knowledgeable and outspoken proponents of solar power, and has been for decades. In this piece, first posted (but with a somewhat garbled ending) on RenewableEnergyWorld.com, he takes on the false notion that everyone pays the same rates for electricity. We don’t. And that makes a difference when there are nuclear and fossil fuel utilities arguing that people without solar power are somehow subsidizing those who do have it. They don’t.

Many electric utilities are flexing their political muscles against solar net metering and state renewable portfolio standards (RPS). Their main issue is that other consumers are subsidizing solar (and renewables), particularly pointing to lower-income consumers. I have already written about the numerous studies that disprove those allegations, but that is not what this article is about.

There are several fantasies about electricity rates, and it is time to address “ratepayers subsidizing solar.” The corollary is “at no other time do ratepayers subsidize other ratepayers.” I am here to tell you, dear readers, that this belief is hogwash. Cross-ratepayer subsidies occur every single day in every utility service territory.

Continue reading at www.safeenergy.org

 


Nuclear Power and Climate: It's No Solution

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.

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

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Hot News and Actions

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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January 21, 2015. New independent report urges DC PSC to reject Exelon-Pepco merger. It would cost ratepayers and undermine renewable energy initiatives.

January 13, 2015. NIRS' executive director Tim Judson's third testimony to Washington DC Public Service Commission on proposed Exelon/Pepco merger focuses on reactor decommissioning liabilities Pepco ratepayers could be exposed to if merger were approved.

January 6, 2015. Testimony of NIRS' executive director Tim Judson before Washington DC Public Service Commission in opposition to proposed Exelon/Pepco merger.

December 9, 2014. Sens. Boxer and Markey blast NRC for U.S. collaboration with Russia to gut international post-Fukushima nuclear safety rules.

December 4, 2014. Tell your Congressmembers: No taxpayer funding for failed Yucca Mountain radwaste dump!

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

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.

April 16, 2015. Informal English translation of April 14 Japanese court decision barring restart of Takahama nuclear reactors. Decision challenges Japan's entire nuclear regulatory scheme, finding it inadequate to assure public safety. Prepared by Green Action in Japan.

April 15, 2015. New report from Nuclear Transparency Watch: Europe is not prepared for a Fukushima level nuclear accident.

March 11, 2015. Audio recording of NIRS' March 9 telebriefing on the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, with Aileen Mioko Smith of Green Action, Akira Kawaski of Peace Boat, David Lochbaum of Union of Concerned Scientists. Tim Judson, executive director of NIRS, moderated. MP3 file. Notes, with graphics, from David Lochbaum's presentation (pdf file). Also, lots more new info on our Fukushima crisis page.

March 2, 2015. Conversation between NIRS' Mary Olson and radiation researcher Dr. Ian Fairlie on the health consequences of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. MP3.

January 12, 2015. Presentation from Steve Frishman of Nevada's Agency for Nuclear Projects: The Role of Geology at the Proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository.

January 9, 2015. Report from four Illinois state agencies on the implications of shutdown of some Exelon reactors. Exelon, and some state legislators, had hoped this report would lay the groundwork for a ratepayer bailout of the utility's uneconomic nukes, but it falls far short of that intent.

January 9, 2015. Renewable Energies versus Nuclear Power: Comparing Financial Support. A report on energy subsidies in the European Union and how they are best allocated, commissioned by the Vienna (Austria) Ombuds-Office for Environmental Protection. Report blasts subsidies for proposed Hinkley Point UK reactors; concludes renewable energy support is more economical and effective than subsidies for nuclear power.

January 7, 2015. New report from Clean Water Action examines the failures of the Safe Drinking Water Act--and its enforcement--to protect critical clean water supplies from oil and gas development, and from uranium mining activities.

December 16, 2014. A major new report from Institute for Local Self Reliance: "Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy." Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the changes that are rapidly transforming the electric utility industry and how to make those changes both democratize production, delivery and use of energy as well as usher in a clean energy system.

December 5, 2014. New report from EarthLife South Africa and Ecodefense on Russia's shady efforts to build nuclear reactors in South Africa: Pay More With Nuclear.

December 4, 2014. New NIRS factsheet: Why Yucca Mountain Would Fail as a Nuclear Waste Repository

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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