April 28, 2016. NIRS webinar on investigation of reactor pressure vessel bolts at New York's Indian Point reactors, which revealed numerous deficiencies and failures. The webinar examines those failures and explores the implications for reactors across the U.S. and world. Full video/audio of webinar. Slides only from presentation by David Lochbaum of Union of Concerned Scientists.
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.
March 2014. A major report from Greenpeace International: Lifetime extension of aging nuclear power plants: Entering a new era of risk. It focuses on European reactors, but applies everywhere. (pdf)
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.
September 25, 2013. Near-miss event at New York's Nine Mile Point-1 reactor occurred in April 2013. NRC letter to Constellation Energy of September 23, 2013 proposing violation of regulations. Powerpoint explanation of event prepared by Dave Lochbaum of Union of Concerned Scientists. Important excerpt from NRC report indicating containment was not functional and evacuation could not have been successfully conducted.
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.
March 19, 2013. Rep. Markey blasts NRC Commissoners vote to delay filtered vents at GE reactors. Includes links to several documents Markey's office has produced.
March 19, 2013. NRC Commissioners ok hardened vents, but fall short of requiring filtered vents for dangerous GE Mark I and II reactors. Vote sheets/comments.
January 10, 2013. New study commissioned by Greens in the European Parliament finds cause of cracking at Belgium's Doel-3 reactor is still unknown and restart would be hazardous. 10 U.S. reactors may face similar issues.
December 12, 2012. Comments from Pilgrim Watch to NRC in support of adding filtered containment vents to GE Mark I and II reactors
September 12, 2012. Far Outside the Norm. New report from Committee to Bridge the Gap on just how bad those steam generators at San Onofre really are.
October 25, 2011: New Synapse study for Riverkeeper/NRDC showing that Indian Point reactors are not needed to meet electrical demands.
October 25, 2011: New NRDC fact sheet on consequences of an accident at New York's Indian Point reactors.
September 28, 2010: New UCS report charges NRC is allowing reactors to release radioactive water with immunity.
March 1, 2010: New public opinion poll: Vermonters overwhelmingly support Vermont Yankee shutdown.
February 25, 2010: Vermont Senate votes 26-4 to close Vermont Yankee! Statement from Citizens Awareness Network.
January 15, 2010: Reps. Markey, Hall and Adler request GAO investigation of leaky pipes at nuclear reactors.
January 12, 2010: Comments of Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility and seven other groups (including NIRS) on NRC’s proposed Generic Environmental Impact Statement on reactor license renewal.
January 2010: Greenpeace fact sheet on Vermont Yankee relicensing. The Vermont
legislature will be determining the fate of this reactor soon. Act now!
New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution submits emergency petition to NRC, August 27, 2007
NIRS comments to the California Energy Commission on Nuclear Power in California; calling for opposition to relicensing of Diablo Canyon and San Onofre and discussion of nuclear power/global warming. August 12, 2005
NIRS presentation March 08, 2005 to the U.S. NRC Regulatory Information Conference workshop on “Pro-active Management of Material Degradation” in nuclear power stations which focuses on the incidence of failed and leaking fuel in operating reactors.
Anywhere from 25% to 33% of the nation’s nuclear power stations are operating with failed and leaking nuclear fuel in the reactor core. NIRS and Union of Concerned Scientists jointly wrote the Commission on 02/28/2005 questioning the adequacy of NRC enforcement policy in light of a rising trend in nuclear fuel cladding failures in U.S. reactors. February 28, 2005
NRC Pulls Fast One on Public Meeting for Davis-Besse Restart Appeal. Press Release. August 17, 2004.
The United States Government Accountability Office reports (May 2004) on the botched federal oversight of the near-miss accident at Davis-Besse nuclear power station outside Toledo, Ohio. FirstEnergy put electricity production ahead of maintaining safety by ignoring multiple warning signs of severe corrosion of the reactor vessel head in what could have resulted in a nuclear accident far worse than Three Mile Island with as little as 2 months operational margin remaining.