Coalition defends its intervention against Fermi 2 license extension

NRC file photo of Fermi 2Beyond Nuclear, Citizens Environment Alliance of Southwestern Ontario, and Don't Waste Michigan, in coalition opposing Detroit Edison's application for a 20-year license extension at Fermi 2 on the Lake Erie shore in southeast MI (photo, left), have defended their intervention. Their Toledo-based attorney, Terry Lodge, filed the coalition's reply to objections filed a week earlier by DTE and NRC staff. The coalition's petition for leave to intervene and request for a hearing was filed by the Aug. 18th deadline.

Fermi 2 is the largest General Electric Mark I Boiling Water Reactor in the world. At 1,122 Megawatts-electric, it is nearly as big in size as Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 and 2's Mark I reactors put together. More.


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World's largest climate rally: September 21st. NYC

World leaders are coming to New York City next week for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

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Nader cites "supine" government and regulators for taxpayers' nuclear burden

Writing this week in The Ecologist, Ralph Nader points out that "nuclear power exists for one reason only -- government support.

Read the full article.

Here is an excerpt:

"So if you go to work at the NEI and you read about the absence of any permanent radioactive waste storage site, no problem, the government / taxpayers are responsible for transporting and safeguarding that lethal garbage for centuries.

Passing the bill onto consumers

If your reactors experience ever larger cost over-runs and delays, as is now happening with two new reactors in South Carolina, no problem, the supine state regulatory commissions will just pass the bill on to consumers, despite the fact that consumers receive no electricity from these unfinished plants.

If these plants, and two others in Georgia under construction, experience financial squeezes from Wall Street, no problem, a supine Congress has already passed ample taxpayer loan guarantees that make Uncle Sam (you the taxpayer) bear the cost of the risk.

If there were to be an accident such as the one that happened in Fukushima, Japan, no problem, under the Price-Anderson Act, the government / taxpayers bear the cost of the vast amount of damage from any nuclear power plant meltdown."


Tom Hayden calls on UN to delete nuclear from climate change policy


The UN is looking to include nuclear energy as part of its Sustainable Development Goals. Jeffrey Sachs, who leads the science panel for UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, has presented a report this month to the General Assembly of the UN, which calls for action on climate change, including increasing the scale of nuclear fission. This is unacceptable.

Tom Hayden has launched a petition to ask the UN to drop the nuclear component.

The petition states:

"We urge you to revise the recommendations of the UN's Sustainable Development Solutions Network to remove its advocacy of nuclear fission as a "solution" to the climate crisis. The accelerated development of nuclear power plants would only increase the course we are on to planetary catastrophe. 

We urge you to develop an analytic model that includes the decommissioning of current nuclear plants as part of a transition to a future based on conservation, efficiency and renewable energy."