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Nuclear Reactors

The nuclear industry is more than 50 years old. Its history is replete with a colossal financial disaster and a multitude of near-misses and catastrophic accidents like Three Mile Island and Chornobyl. Beyond Nuclear works to expose the risks and dangers posed by an aging and deteriorating reactor industry and the unproven designs being proposed for new construction.

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Wednesday
Jul082009

Watchdogs call for Nuclear Regulatory Commission to enforce fire safety regulations or shut nuclear plants

A new report from three watchdog groups - Beyond Nuclear, NC WARN and the Union of Concerned Scientists - calls for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to cease gambling with American lives and enforce fire safety regulations at the country's 104 operating nuclear reactors. The groups cite "deliberate bureaucratic negligence" as responsible for leaving millions of Americans unnecessarily exposed to high risks of fire hazards at reactors for more than a decade. (Photo at left shows the 2004 fire at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant). "I would not want to be in NRC's shoes when they face a grieving nation following a disaster so easily prevented," says David Lochbaum of UCS. Read the new report, Fire When NOT Ready, here. The report has been submitted to members of Congress. Read the letter to Rep. Tom Carper (R-DEL) here. And read - and circulate to your media contacts - the joint press release here.

Wednesday
Jul082009

Nuclear plant company in Idaho facing bankruptcy

A mandatory audit of Alternate Energy Holdings (AEHI), Inc., the company hoping to build more nuclear power in Idaho, shows that the company has suffered losses of 3.4 million dollars, leaving it in danger of bankruptcy. Despite its financial woes, the company still plans to forge ahead on the reactor. AEHI is publicly traded and started the building process last year, but has since only filed a Letter of Intent with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The NRC says the process should be further along. AEHI is planning on receiving funding from a Texas-based company to fund the project, although this company was not named. A spokesperson for Snake River Alliance, a group opposing the plant, says AEHI has little progress to show since it moved from Virginia to Idaho a year ago. Click here for more information.

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