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Wednesday
Sep182019

Pro-bailout for coal and nuclear ad in OH alleges bailout opponents are agents of Red China militarism!

It has been reported that HB6 (Ohio House Bill 6) coal/nuclear bailout supporters have purchased $1 million in advertizing on television and radio. The first anti-petition television ad began airing in late August 2019. The petition would put the issue on the November 2020 ballot in Ohio, to let voters decide yea or nay on bailing out dirty old coal plants in OH (including one in Indiana!), and dangerous old atomic reactors on OH's Lake Erie shore, namely Davis-Besse and Perry.


Remarkably, incredibly, it claims HB6 opponents are pawns of Red China! Quite to the contrary, they include the corporate competitors to nuclear and coal (including renewables and efficiency), as well as AARP, ratepayer advocates, environmentalists, etc. Ironically, HB6 is pure corporate socialism, benefitting FirstEnergy Nuclear, an atom splitter and coal burner. So much for capitalism -- FirstEnergy seems to oppose the concept of competitive capitalism with a level playing field, embracing rather a nuclear and coal version of robber baron, crony, monopolistic capitalism, at the expense of its competitors, as well as the public.
The ad campaign even also goes after anti-HB6 petition gatherers directly. In this sense, the HB6 supporters behind these ads are, yet again, directly attacking Ohio democracy, enshrined in its constitution. The ad could be at least in part responsible for the first documented case of physical violence perpetrated by an anti-petition canvasser, against a pro-petition canvasser. Other pro-petition canvassers have been stalked, intimidated, and harassed, by anti-petition canvassers, as well. The ad calls on the public to phone a 1-800 number to report pro-petition canvassers spotted in their town or neighborhood, so they can go there immediately and block their efforts (anti-petition canvassers are called blockers).
Some Ohio newspaper editorial boards have already lambasted the ad for its preposterousness.
Tuesday
Sep172019

ATTEND, COMMENT: Decommissioning meetings across the country

NRC announced 11 public meetings (this link also has details on past meetings) regarding establishment of local community advisory boards (CABs).

These meetings run from August through October, 2019 and are in places where reactors are already undergoing decommissioning, or are supposed to soon enter the decommissioning phase. 

NRC will accept written comments through mid-November 2019 if you cannot attend a meeting in person.

If you want to attend in person, the next group of meetings will be in the:

 

Midwest:

Sept. 24 (Kewaunee, WI)

Sept. 26 (Zion, IL)

Northeast:

Oct. 2 (Indian Point, NY)

Oct. 3 (Oyster Creek, NJ)

and Florida:

Oct. 10 (Crystal River, FL)

Click links for times and locations. Please spread word to folks you know in any of these locations.

COMMENT electronically using the questionnaire NRC has provided. You may also complete a paper copy of the questionnaire then scan and email to NRC at NEIMA108.Resource@nrc.gov, or mail a hardcopy of the questionnaire to Kim Conway, U.S. NRC, 11545 Rockville Pike, Mail Stop T-5 A10, Rockville, MD 20852. Deadline for written comments in mid-November, 2019.

More than 200 environmental organizations have endorsed Hardened On-Site Storage (HOSS), a highly radioactive irradiated nuclear fuel management interim alternative, during decommissioning. More

Tuesday
Sep172019

The myth of nuclear deterrence -- fact sheet

New fact sheet -- adapated and expanded from our Myth of Deterrence pamphlet. This fact sheet has two additional points not included in the pamphlet. Feel free to download, print and distribute.

The concept of “deterrence” is that the possession of nuclear weapons by one country would “deter” another nuclear weapons country — or even non-nuclear weapons country — from attacking. This has led to countries justifying their production of nuclear weapons as a national security measure while claiming they would only be used if already attacked by another nuclear country.

On closer examination, this thinking quickly becomes convoluted and illogical. And in reality there are more realpolitik reasons for having nuclear weapons — to offset conventional imbalance, prevent regime change, retain a seat on the UN Security Council, and so forth.

Nevertheless, deterrence is the cornerstone of defense policy and spending among all the major super powers. An estimated $100 billion is spent globally each year on nuclear weapons. This amount could solve most, if not all, the problems — including climate change, famine, poverty and disease — that cause transboundary conflicts in the first place. The very existence of nuclear weapons results in their perpetual justification. Download fact sheet.

Thursday
Sep122019

ISP moves to moot only contention admitted by NRC ASLB in WCS CISF licensing proceeding

As made clear by postings at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) website on September 5, 2019, Interim Storage Partners (ISP) has moved to moot the only contention admitted by NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB), in the Waste Control Specialists (WCS) consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) licensing proceeding. Learn more at our Centralized Storage website section.

Thursday
Sep122019

Strong drumbeat of opposition to Yucca Mountain dump continues  

 
Ian Zabarte, secretary, NCAC, speaks at a press conference at UNLVAs reported by the Las Vegas Sun, a coalition of Nevadans -- from Western Shoshone Indians, to environmentalists, to local, state, and federal officials -- have come together yet again to express their adamant opposition to the scheme to dump 70,000 metric tons or more of highly radioactive wastes at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. This continues 32 years of resistance, ever since the 1987 "Screw Nevada" amendments to the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 singled out Western Shoshone land as the only site in the country to be further considered for an irradiated nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste permanent geological repository. In that time, more than a thousand environmental, and environmental justice, organizations have fought the dump at every twist and turn (see 750 of them listed here). Native Community Action Council secretary Ian Zabarte has achieved hard won, official intervening party status in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Yucca dump licensing proceeding, in his effort to defend Western Shoshone treaty rights. 
 
As the Nevada Current reported about the recent forum, calls are growing for Democratic candidates for president to be bold and clear in their opposition to the Yucca dump. Nevada has the first Western presidential campaign caucus, coming just after the earliest contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. The Current reports: "At least five current Democratic presidential candidates -- Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, and [Kamala] Harris -- have signed on to [U.S.] Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto's [Democrat-Nevada] bill to force the federal government to request Nevada's consent before storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain. Julian Castro, Beto O'Rourke, and Pete Buttigieg have also expressed their opposition to the federal government's proposal, while Andrew Yang has said he supports it." The Trump administration is seeking to restart the Yucca Mountain dump project, which the Obama administration wisely cancelled as "unworkable" in 2010 (not to mention scientifically unsuitable, environmentally unjust, non-consent based, inter-generationally unjust, regionally inequitable, etc.!).

What can you do? Contact your U.S. Representative, and both your U.S. Senators, and urge they co-sponsor Nevada's Nuclear Waste Informed Consent Act! You can be patched through to your Members of Congress's D.C. offices via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Some good news in Congress is that for the first time in many years, neither the U.S. House nor Senate Energy and Water Appropriations bills have any proposed funding for the Yucca dump! (However, they do contain $25 million, or more, for consolidated interim storage -- see CIS entry below.) Learn more about this issue at our Yucca Mountain website section.