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Tuesday
Mar052013

Another strike against Moniz choice - USEC happy

Ernest Moniz, President Obama's disastrous choice to be the next Secretary of Energy, is a former paid advisor to USEC, a uranium enrichment corporation that is developing the American Centrifuge Project in Piketon, OH. So naturally, USEC was one of the first to laud Obama for his pro-nuclear selection. Moniz was praised by the administration as "an important advocate for the advancement of nuclear energy as a method to address carbon emissions and climate change and is familiar with uranium-enrichment technologies." Moniz actually described nuclear energy - AFTER the Fukushima disaster began - as safe, clean and reliable. There is not much likelihood that Moniz's nomination will be opposed but Beyond Nuclear and other groups deplore his selection at a time when the country should be focused on full-scale development and implementation of renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation.

Sunday
Mar032013

Nuclear Relapse? Canceled! Nuclear power? Game over!

Peter BradfordAs reported by ScienceDaily in an article entitled "U.S. May Face Inevitable Nuclear Power Exit,"  the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BAS) has concluded its three part "Nuclear Exit" series with a look at the United States. The previous two installments examined the nuclear power phase-out in Germany, and the nuclear power status quo in France.

The BAS U.S. coverage features former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Commissioner, Union of Concerned Scientists board member, and Vermont Law School professor Peter Bradford's "How to close the U.S. nuclear industry: Do nothing," which concludes that, without massive taxpayer or ratepayer infusions, almost all proposed new reactors will not happen, and currently operating reactors will permanently shutdown by mid-century, unless the NRC rubber-stamps 80 years of operations (as opposed to the current, already risky 60). More.

Thursday
Feb282013

New grassroots groups form to permanently shutdown Palisades

Entergy Nuclear's problem-plagued Palisades atomic reactor, and the inland "sweet water sea" (Lake Michigan) and countryside (southwest Michigan) which it threatens.As reported by the Kalamazoo Gazette, a town hall meeting was held at the Kalamazoo Public Library last night with the goal of revitalizing local efforts to permanently shutdown Entergy Nuclear's problem-plagued Palisades atomic reactor. There have been over four decades of resistance to Palisades, including during the initial licensing hearings about construction and operations that were held at the Kalamazoo Public Library in the mid to late 1960s.

Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps was a featured speaker at last night's meeting. His power point presentation was entitled "The Catastrophe Waiting to Happen at Palisades: What YOU Can Do to Prevent It." A Kalamazoo native, who first got involved in anti-nuclear activism at Palisades more than 20 years ago, Kevin was interviewed by WWMT TV about the upside of shutting down Palisades: no more potentially catastrophic reactor risks; no more "routine" releases, or leaks, of radioactivity into the environment, including air, soil, groundwater, and Lake Michigan; and no more generation of high-level radioactive waste.

WKZO Radio also covered the Kalamazoo meeting.

The second grassroots organizing meeting of 2013 will be held at the South Haven public library this Saturday.

Thursday
Feb212013

Fermi 3 Final Environmental Impact Statement incomplete: intervenors reveal major inadequacies; NRC announces major delays in Safety Evaluation Report; major setbacks projected

An artist's rendition of the ESBWR targeted to be built at Fermi 3On Feb. 19, 2013, the environmental coalition intervening in opposition to the construction and operation of Detroit Edison's proposed new Fermi 3 atomic reactor filed new and amended contentions in response to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Final Environmental Impact Statement about the proposal. The coalition issued a news release.

Documents related to environmental intervenors' filing of Feb. 19, 2013 in opposition to the General Electric-Hitachi so-called "Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor" (or ESBWR, see image, left) proposed to be constructed and operated at the Fermi nuclear power plant in Monroe County, Michigan, on the Lake Erie  shoreline, as well as documents reveal the major schedule delays afflicting the project:

Intervenors' Feb. 19, 2013 "MOTION FOR RESUBMISSION OF CONTENTIONS 3 AND 13, FOR RESUBMISSION OF CONTENTION 23 OR ITS ADMISSION AS A NEW CONTENTION, AND FOR ADMISSION OF NEW CONTENTIONS 26 AND 27";

Current Fermi 3 COLA Review Schedule (Feb. 15, 2013), showing 2 years and 10 month of delay;

Original Fermi 3 Schedule (June 30, 2009).

Wednesday
Feb202013

Latest "leak per week" at Entergy's Palisades atomic reactor

Entergy Nuclear's problem-plagued Palisades atomic reactor, and the inland "sweet water sea" (Lake Michigan) and countryside (southwest Michigan) which it threatens.As shown at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) "Current Power Reactor Status Report", Entergy's Palisades atomic reactor in Covert, Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline is at zero percent power. Why? Because, yet again, it has suffered a leak and breakdown -- but the latest of many in recent years. More.