September 29, 2014. 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.
August 26, 2014. NIRS statement on NRC vote on radioactive waste "continued storage" rule and resumption of reactor licensing activities."For two years we had hoped that logic would prevail: but no such luck. An irrational, industry-dominated NRC has affirmed carte blanche to dirty energy corporations: 'go ahead, produce as much highly radioactive waste as you want; tell us it is safe and we, the NRC, will believe you.'
August 21, 2014. 34 organizations, including NIRS, urge NRC to delay tentatively scheduled August 26 vote on new radioactive waste rule that would allow resumption of NRC licensing activities until after Commissioner Magwood's August 31 departure from the agency. Groups earlier called for Magwood's resignation over conflict of interest charges. Press release.
August 4, 2013. 70+ organizations tell EPA to make radiation standards comparable to standards for other pollutants (radiation standards currently are far less protective); slam EPA proposal to weaken them even further. Press release. Letter to EPA.
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.
June 2, 2014. EPA carbon rule offers misguided subsidies for uneconomic, aging and dangerous nuclear reactors; carbon reductions would be greater and costs lower if such reactors were replaced with renewables and efficiency. Press release. NIRS press release.
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.
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 28, 2014
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.
Letter to Japanese Prime Minister Abe, signed by 67 organizations, presented to Japanese embassy on March 11, 2014. NIRS press release on delivery of letter.
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.
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 20, 2013. New Baucus tax proposal takes an Orwellian approach: would redefine dirty energy as clean. NIRS press release.
December 5, 2013. Michael Mariotte resigning as Executive Director January 1, 2014; Tim Judson named Acting Executive Director.
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.
October 30, 2013. NIRS delivers signatures of 42,000+ people urging stop to Mobile Chernobyl bill (S. 1240) to Senate Energy Committee. Press release.
September 16, 2013. 100+ organizations call on EPA to withdraw its dramatically weakened radiation standards.
August 2, 3013. NIRS and 65 more organizations tell NRC to strengthen rules prohibiting foreign ownership of U.S. reactor projects. Press release.
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
May 24, 2013. Press Release on comments from 100 environmental/clean energy organizations in opposition to "consolidated interim storage" provisions in Senate Energy Committee discussion draft legislation on high-level radioactive waste.
April 15, 2013. EPA dramatically weakening radiation protection. News release from NIRS & Committee to Bridge the Gap.
April 10, 2013. GAO report finds NRC does not understand, nor do its regs adequately consider, "shadow evacuation" phenomenon at nuclear reactor sites. But report misses another key issue: Americans will want to be protected from radiation-induced cancer and disease, not just acute effects
March 11, 2013. On Fukushima Anniversary, NRC Commissioners Uphold Denial of License for Controversial Calvert Cliffs-3 Nuclear Reactor.
October 31, 2012. Experts to testify at NRC hearing today: Major damage to region's wetlands predicted if proposed Levy County, Florida, reactors receive license. NIRS and Ecology Party of Florida are intervening against the license application.
August 30, 2012. In a historic decision, NRC Licensing Board supports NIRS and denies construction/operating license for Calvert Cliffs-3! Key decision here. NIRS press statement is here.
March 9, 2012. Fukushima anniversary to be marked by protests across U.S. and globe
March 8, 2012. American Nuclear Society is right on need to improve emergency planning; wrong on solutions.
February 15, 2012. NIRS and 37 organizations submit formal Petition for Rulemaking to NRC to expand emergency evacuation zones around U.S. nuclear reactors.
January 25, 2012: 88 organizations, 5400+ individuals tell Energy Secretary Steven Chu to reject Blue Ribbon Commission recommendations and act to prevent "interim" storage of radioactive waste and resultant widespread transportation of waste across U.S. Read more.
October 18, 2011: NIRS Briefing Paper: Atomic Radiation is more Harmful to Women. Women as a group suffer significantly more from the impact of ionizing radiation than
do men. Today Nuclear Information and Resource Service published a Briefing Paper
that focuses on a dramatic fifty-percent greater incidence of cancer and fifty-percent
greater rate of death from cancer among women, compared to the same radiation dose
level to men.
June 10, 2011: NIRS Calls for Permanent Shutdown of 23 U.S. General Electric
Mark I Reactors – Same Design as Fukushima. Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) has launched a new campaign to permanently
close the 23 General Electric Mark I reactors currently operating in the United States.
More than 3800 people have sent letters to President Obama, Congress and the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission in support of permanent shutdown just since Saturday afternoon (March
19)… Read more.
June 8, 2011: NIRS statement of solidarity with Italian anti-nuclear movement and support for June 12-13 referendum to prevent new nuclear reactor construction. On behalf of NIRS’ 35, 000 members, we write to express our solidarity with all in the Italian
anti-nuclear movement and the June 12-13 referendum to prevent the construction of new
nuclear reactors in Italy. Read more.
May 25, 2011: 180+ Organizations urge Congressional appropriators to end nuclear loan program. More than 180 organizations and small businesses today sent a hand-delivered letter to members
of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to reject President Obama’s
request for $36 Billion in additional authority for the Title 17 nuclear loan program, and instead
to end the program entirely. Read more.
April 22, 2011: Protests, rallies and other actions slated to occur in at least 16 states to commemorate 25th anniversary of Chernobyl catastrophe as well as ongoing Fukushima disaster. Anti-nuclear protests, rallies and other public events are scheduled to take place in at least 16 states in
coming days to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe as well as the
ongoing disaster at Fukushima. They will also draw attention to the need to end reliance on nuclear
power in the U.S. Read more.
March 24, 2011: Statement of Michael Mariotte, NIRS executive director, at Friends of the Earth media briefing on implications of Fukushima on new U.S. reactor program. I will start by briefly mentioning Calvert Cliffs-3, the fourth reactor said to be on DOE’s shortlist
for a taxpayer nuclear loan. As you know, UniStar Nuclear, the developer of Calvert Cliffs-3
was actually offered a loan last October. Read more.
October 14, 2010: After Calvert Cliffs Collapse: Two remaining top loan guarantee applicants seen as untenable. South Texas Project and V.C. Summer Reactor Trapped by Same “Powerful Undertow” of Unfavorable Economics, Cheap Natural Gas, Slumping Demand and Runaway Construction Costs That Caused the Collapse of Calvert Cliffs-3. Read more.
October 9, 2010: Statement of Michael Mariotte, NIRS Executive Director on Constellation Energy’s Announcement to End Participation in Calvert
Cliffs-3 Nuclear Reactor Project. Constellation Energy has made the right decision – for the wrong reasons – in ending its
involvement with the proposed Calvert Cliffs-3 nuclear reactor project on the shores of
Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. Read more.
More NIRS press releases from 2010 and earlier years.
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