Italy: Government shelves plans to reintroduce nuclear power

"Italy's conservative government on Tuesday said it was indefinitely putting on hold plans to build nuclear power plants in the country. The move came after Japan's ongoing Fukishima nuclear disaster and ahead of a referendum on re-introducing nuclear energy in June, a plebiscite the government says is no longer necessary."ADNKronos International


Major backer pulls out of new Texas reactors

"NRG Energy Inc. officially ended plans to build more nuclear power reactors in Texas.

The second-largest power generator in the state said Tuesday it will stop spending money on plans to build two more reactors at the South Texas Project, outside of Houston. The project was doomed when a financial partner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., saw its reactors in Japan explode after the earthquake." The Dallas Morning News


National cancer panel holds second public meeting

The National Academy of Sciences held its second of five public meetings on April 18 in a Chicago suburb. View the webcast of the meeting.

Both the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Exelon gave presentations on their policies and procedures for monitoring release data and reconstruction of doses to members of the public. Question and answer sessions followed in which the committee members engaged the presenters.

Dr. Joseph Sauer also presented Illinois health data that appears to show increases in cancer incidence.

The public comment session followed at 7:30 PM with several community members, including from Minnesota, and Beyond Nuclear offering information.

Tentaive upcoming meetings of this NAS panel are scheduled as follows, although session open to the public and public comment times are not yet announced:

Meeting #3


May 23-24, 2011

Meeting #4

Los Angeles

July 20-21, 2011

Meeting #5


August 29-30, 2011

The archived video of the open session of the first committee meeting is available here. Presentations available here.

Beyond Nuclear is encouraging citizens in and around these meeting sites to come and participate. Please contact us for more information.


Greenpeace Canada occupies Ontario Energy Minister's office to protest new nukes at Darlington

Greenpeace Canada has posted a YouTube video of its occupation of the Ontario provincial energy minister's office -- as well as installation of a wind turbine out front! -- to protest the proposal for up to 4 new atomic reactors at the Darlington nuclear power plant site east of Toronto, already "home" to four atomic reactors.


Beyond Nuclear submits emergency enforcement petition to NRC seeking suspension of 21 GE BWR Mark 1 operating licenses

Beyond Nuclear has submitted a Title 10 Code of Federal Regulations Part 2.206 (10CFR2.206) "emergency enforcement petition" to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) urging the suspension of 21 General Electric Boiling Water Reactor Mark 1s' operating licenses in the wake of the catastrophic failure of identical containment systems at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in Japan. In addition, Beyond Nuclear has petitioned that a total of 24 GE BWR Mark 1 storage pools for high-level radioactive waste in the U.S. be required to install backup power supplies for running cooling water circulation systems in the event of a loss of the primary electrical grid, something they now lack, despite their location outside of a primary containment structure. See Beyond Nuclear's 2.206 "emergency enforcement petition," as well as NRC's announcement of its docketing. Also see Beyond Nuclear's media release on this petition.