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Thursday
May172012

Watch NRC's annual review meeting at Indian Point near New York City tonight live on the internet

More than 500 concerned citizens took over NRC's Indian Point annual review meeting a year agoA year ago, not long after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe began, 500 to 600 concerned citizens took over the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's annual meeting to review performance at Entergy Nuclear's Indian Point nuclear power plant (see photo, left). A repeat of the citizen takeover may be at hand, with bus loads of concerned citizens from New York City, as well as large numbers of immediate neighbors to the twin reactors, planning to attend tonight, representing such groups as Shut Down Indian Point Now! and the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition.

This just in from longtime friend and colleague of Beyond Nuclear, Alfred Meyer in New York City:

LIVE STREAM - May 17, 2012 - 7-9 pm EDT

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Public Meeting to discuss NRC's assessment of safety performance at Indian Point Units 2 & 3 for 2011:

Courtesy of Cinema Forum Fukushima (CFF):  http://cinemaforumfukushima.org/ 

People can watch live streaming on these websites:

CFF Ustream:
http://ustre.am/IhBe

CFF Blog (Eng):
http://wp.me/p2g2dl-7t

CFF Blog (JPN):
http://wp.me/p2g4rK-5D

CFF Twitter:
@ERFNYC

The meeting will take place at: DoubleTree Hotel, Westchester Ballroom, 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown NY.

Thursday
May172012

Help block $150 million of taxpayer money for uranium enrichment bailout!

As they have for many years on nuclear loan guarantees, our allies at Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) are helping lead the effort to block a last second attempt to bail out the U.S. Enrichment Corporation (USEC) at Piketon, Ohio, to the tune of $150 million in taxpayer funding.

USEC has long sought to fund a new, dangerously designed "American Centrifuge Plant" for uranium enrichment, by obtaining a $2 billion loan guarantee from the U.S. federal government. This current bailout would keep that multi-billion dollar boondoggle on life support.

TCS has assembled a package of background information related to an amendment sponsored by U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce (R-NM) and Ed Markey (D-MA) which would block this nuclear bailout. This includes a TCS web post, a coalition letter of environmental and fiscal conservative groups supporting the Pearce-Markey Amendment, background information on uranium enrichment loan guarantees, including a fact sheet, and an article warning that these bailouts could turn into another Solyndra-like scandal for taxpayers.

Please urge your U.S. Representative to vote yes, in favor of the Pearce-Markey Amendement, Amendement No. 195 to the National Defense Authorization Act. Phone your U.S. Representative right away, as this vote could take place at any time now. Reach them via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard, (202) 224-3121. If you don't know who your U.S. Representative is, look them up.

Thursday
May172012

Urge your U.S. Senators to block "Mobile Chernobyls" and "dirty bombs on wheels"

A bill quietly winding its way to the U.S. Senate floor could launch high-level radioactive waste shipments much sooner rather than later, even though the destination "centralized storage sites" would only be "interim," and could well result in the wastes simply being "returned to sender" someday, doubling transport risks for no good reason whatsoever. The nuclear power industry's lobbyists love the idea, for liability would transfer to U.S. taxpayers as soon as the wastes started rolling away from reactor sites. But such a radioactive waste shell game on our nation's roads, rails, and waterways risks severe accidents ("Mobile Chernobyls") or even terrorist attacks ("dirty bombs on wheels") in metropolitan areas across the country, where little to no high-level radioactive waste currently resides. Depending on the targeted destinations for "consolidated interim storage" (Skull Valley Goshutes Indian Reservation in Utah? Savannah River Site, SC? WIPP, NM? Dresden nuclear power plant, IL?), irradiated nuclear fuel could roll through most states in the Lower 48. In the Great Lakes region, for example, hundreds or thousands of high-level radioactive waste train cars could pass within a quarter-mile of the Chicago Art Institute, or on barges on Lake MichiganPlease contact U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), as well as your own two U.S. Senators, urging this risky bill be stopped dead in its tracks.

Thursday
May172012

Urge Canadian government to cancel proposed radioactive waste dumps on Great Lakes shoreline

Bruce Nuclear Complex on the Lake Huron shore in Ontario, CanadaMultiple proposals on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes for radioactive waste dumps have concerned citizens in places like Michigan hitting the red alert button.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG), owner of the Bruce Nuclear Complex (see photo, left) and the radioactive wastes it generates, has proposed a "Deep Geologic Repository" (DGR) for so-called "low" and "intermediate" level radioactive wastes at Bruce, just a half-mile from the waters of Lake Huron, drinking water supply for tens of millions downstream. Critics have dubbed the DGR the Deep Underground Dump, or more aptly, the DUD. OPG has already imported LLRWs and ILRWs from a dozen additional atomic reactors in Ontario to surface warehouses and storage cells at the Western Waste Management Facility (WWMF) immediately adjacent to Bruce. Many LLRWs have been incinerated, with untold radiological emissions to the atmosphere. Expressions of opposition to Canadian decision makers are needed. Learn more about what you can do.

In addition, in recent days several municipalities near Bruce -- largely populated by nuclear workers -- have officially decided to take yet another step towards becoming national Canadian high-level radioactive waste dumps. These include Saugeen Shores, Ontario, as well as Brockton.

Tuesday
May152012

Audacious nuclear hypocrisy

Choosing nuclear energy has actually made climate change worse, argues Beyond Nuclear's Linda Pentz Gunter in her latest column on Counterpunch. An excerpt: ". . .it is Japan’s historic reliance on nuclear energy which will now cause it, at least temporarily, to increase its greenhouse gas emissions. Had it turned to renewables earlier and integrated them sooner, this would not be the case." And: "The US arrived at a similar crossroads in 1952 when President Truman’s blue ribbon commission on energy – dubbed the Paley Commission after its chairman – concluded that nuclear power could deliver only a modest fraction of American energy requirements at best. Instead, the commission strongly recommended 'aggressive research in the whole field of solar energy – an effort in which the United States could make an immense contribution to the welfare of the world.' "