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Tuesday
Aug252015

VICTORY: DC PSC rejects Exelon Nuclear's takeover of Pepco!

Logo courtesy of Public Citizen's Energy and Climate ProgramThe Washington, D.C. Public Service Commission has voted unanimously to reject Exelon Nuclear's attempted takeover of the Mid-Atlantic electric utility Pepco. This blocks the acquisition, despite other jurisdictions -- including in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and New Jersey -- having already approved the proposal.

As reported by AP: "[D.C. Public Service] Commission chairman Betty Ann Kane says the companies did not meet their burden of showing that the proposed merger would benefit the public."

Beyond Nuclear has been proud, honored, and privileged to be a part of the PowerDC coalition -- led by such groups as Public Citzen's Energy and Climate Program (see logo, left) -- sending out action alerts to our DC supporters, attending rallies, press conferences, and public meetings, bearing witness at Exelon Nuclear CEO Chris Crane's testimony before the D.C. PSC, etc. PowerDC deserves congratulations and thanks. It has consistently warned about the dangers of Exelon taking over Pepco, from the gouging of D.C. ratepayers in order to prop up dirty, dangerous, and uncompetitive old atomic reactors in IL, to the sabotaging of D.C.'s strides in renewable energy and energy efficiency. More.

Monday
Aug172015

Volcano near restarted reactor in Japan: chance of large eruption 'extremely high'

The Sendai nuclear power plant is located 40 km (25 mi) from the active volcano Mount Sakurajima in Japan. Photo: courtesy of Kimon Berlin."Japan’s weather agency on Saturday told thousands of residents near a southern city to prepare for a possible evacuation as it upgraded a volcanic eruption warning." As if nature itself was snubbing nuclear power, seismic activity around the volcano Sakurajima spiked this past Saturday morning, a few days after the restart of the Sendai nuclear reactor.

"The volcano is about 50 kilometres (31 miles) from a nuclear reactor that was switched on this week, as Japan restarted its nuclear power programme following the 2011 Fukushima crisis when a quake-sparked tsunami set off reactor meltdowns at the now-crippled site.credit: Reuters

"Critics have said the restarted reactor at Sendai was still at risk from natural disasters.

"Officials raised their alert to its second-highest level after picking up increasing seismic activity around the volcano, which sits just off the coast of Kagoshima, a city of more than 600,000 people." The Guardian

Seventy-seven people within 2 miles of the volcano have already been evacuated. The Sendai reactor has made no changes in light of the raised warning.

"Japan is home to over 100 active volcanos and lies at the nexus of the North American, Eurasian and Philippine Sea tectonic plates. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis are not uncommon." PRI's The World Consider Fukushima.

Sunday
Aug162015

Aug. 16, Rally in Port Huron, MI to stop a nuclear waste dump on Lake Huron shore!

DO sign the petition at, and the spread the word about, http://www.stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com/August 16th, 1PM at Pinegrove Park in Port Huron, Michigan (1PM - 4PM) to rally to stop a deep underground nuclear dump, proposed for the shores of Lake Huron in Canada.

Here's a Facebook link to the event: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/952971808088757/953145028071435/

Beyond Nuclear will be there, and hope you can too. Please spread the word!

See the flier.

More.

Wednesday
Aug122015

"The Iran Nuclear Deal 70 Years After Hiroshima and Nagasaki"

Margaret Harrington, host of "Nuclear-Free Future Conversation" on Channel 17/Town Hall Meeting Televsion in Burlington, VT, interviewed Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps on the Iran Nuclear Deal announced on July 14th, the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing 70th anniversaries on Aug. 6th & 9th, and the Japanese Abe administration's restart of an atomic reactor at Sendai post-Fukushima, despite overwhelming popular opposition. (Note: there appears to be "dead air" and a black screen at the 29:00 to 30:00 minute mark of the interview, but it resumes after that).
Monday
Aug102015

FOE, Greenpeace, Sierra Club: "Nuclear Power Is a Losing Proposition"

In an op-ed published in the Miami Herald, the Executive Directors of Greenpeace U.S.A. and Sierra Club (Annie Leonard and Michael Brune, respectively), and the President of Friends of the Earth U.S.A. (Erich Pica), have listed the many reasons why nuclear power cannot solve the climate crisis: it costs too much; takes too long; is not safe to operate in a time of worsening natural disasters; and there is no solution for the radioactive waste problem. The good news, however, they report, is that renewable energy, like wind and solar power, as well as energy efficiency, are fully capable of replacing fossil fuels in the electricity production sector.

To that list of insurmountable problems with dirty, dangerous, and expensive nuclear power is age-related degradation of atomic reactors. Sierra Club and its Nuclear-Free Michigan campaign just submitted a friend of the court brief to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on behalf of Beyond Nuclear et al., urging the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) hearing at Entergy Nuclear's Palisades to go forward, regarding age-related degradation of the safety-significant reactor pressure vessel (RPV). RPV degradation is a worsening risk at many reactors, including Point Beach Unit 2 in WI, Indian Point Unit 3 in NY, Diablo Canyon Unit 1 in CA, Beaver Valley Unit 1 in PA, and Davis-Besse, OH.