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Thursday
Jul302015

Beyond Nuclear appeals scandalous NRC rule that has long undermined NEPA to facilitate new reactor construction

Beyond Nuclear has filed multiple appeals at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia -- the second highest court in the land -- in opposition to Detroit Edison's proposed new Fermi 3 atomic reactor, and the construction/operation license recently rubber-stamped by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Terry Lodge, an attorney based in Toledo, serves as legal counsel for Beyond Nuclear.

One of the appeals represents the first legal challenge ever to a scandalous NRC rule change eight years ago that effectively undermined the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): the Orwellian redefinition of a single word, "construction."

Bloomberg's Elliot Blair Smith broke the story on September 25, 2007 in an article entitled "Nuclear Utilities Redefine One Word to Bulldoze for New Plants."

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Thursday
Jul302015

Exelon threatens to close three reactors by early next year, absent $1.8 billion IL bailout

NRC file photo of two-reactor Quad Cities nuclear power plant in ILScott Stapf of the Hastings Group's tweet put it well: Nuclear blackmail: Exelon threatens to kill Quad Cities plant if IL lawmakers don't hand over loot.

As reported by Crain's Chicago Business, despite a windfall compliments of regional grid operator PJM (provided at ratepayer expense), Exelon Nuclear is nonetheless still threatening to close its two reactors at Quad Cities, unless the Illinois State Legislature provides it another massive bailout, to the tune of $1.8 billion.

Exelon has also said its downstate single reactor plant, Clinton, could be next to close, early next year, absent the state bailout. More.

Wednesday
Jul292015

Deepwater Wind welcome, but U.S. still missing offshore opportunity

Beyond Nuclear released a press statement today welcoming the advent of Rhode Island's Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm but pointing out the missed opportunities for major offshore wind production off the U.S. coastline.

TAKOMA PARK, MD, July 29, 2015 -- While the installation of the first wind turbine off the Rhode Island shore was celebrated this week, the U.S. still generates not one watt of electricity from offshore wind.  This missed opportunity, given a welcome but late start by the Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm, means that the U.S. has so far failed to capitalize on the enormous energy potential from the country’s 2,069 miles of coastline. 

The U.S. could, according to the Global Wind Energy Council, meet U.S. energy demand four times over with offshore wind power alone.  And, as Beyond Nuclear discovered, when contesting the license extension of New Hampshire’s coastal Seabrook Nuclear Generating Station, offshore wind generated solely in the Gulf of Maine could power all of New England’s electricity needs.

“When we contested the Seabrook license extension we found that plant owner, NextEra, had summarily dismissed the future potential of renewable wind energy in little more than 350 words,” said Paul Gunter, Director of Reactor Oversight at Beyond Nuclear.  NextEra applied for in 2010, and subsequently received, a 20-year license extension for Seabrook, 20 years before the current license expired.  But as Beyond Nuclear showed, projecting the potential for renewable energy to replace the need for Seabrook 20-40 years from now was entirely ignored in the proceeding.  Read the full press release.


Tuesday
Jul282015

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.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

"Prefab Nuclear Plants Prove Just as Expensive"

"Burning money" graphic by Gene Case, Avenging AngelsRebecca Smith has reported in the Wall Street Journal that the "[m]odular method has run into costly delays and concerns about who will bear the brunt of the expense."

The Vogtle 3 & 4, GA, and Summer 2 & 3, SC Westinghouse-Toshiba AP1000 construction sites are featured. At the former, federal taxpayers would be left holding the bag for $8.3 billion in nuclear loan guarantees, if the project defaults. At the latter, ratepayers have been gouged, repeatedly, for many years, to finance the troubled construction.

These cost overruns and schedule delays were to be expected, however, based on the previous history of nuclear power in the U.S. and overseas.

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