Entergy re-affirms FitzPatrick will be closed about a year from now


State of NY denies Entergy coastal management permit, blow to Indian Point's license extension prospects

Entergy's Indian Point reactors on the Hudson River near New York CityAs reported by the Associated Press, the State of New York Secretary of State has denied a coastal management certificate to Entergy Nuclear, for its twin reactor Indian Point nuclear power plant near New York City. The Secretary of State, Cesar Perales's, decision is the latest blow to Entergy's application for 20-year license extensions.

As reported:

"For over 40 years, Entergy's Indian Point nuclear facilities have been damaging the coastal resources of the Hudson River estuary," the state agency wrote. That includes 2.5 [billion] gallons of water withdrawn daily from the Hudson for cooling that kills an estimated 1 billion larvae, small fish and other organisms annually. More.


NRC dismisses Beyond Nuclear et al. interventions against Entergy Palisades RPV risks; environmental coalition vows to fight on

NRC file photo of Entergy's Palisades atomic reactor on the Lake Michigan shore in Covert, MIAn environmental coalition (Beyond Nuclear, Don't Waste MI, MI Safe Energy Future, and Nuclear Energy Information Service of IL, represented by Toledo attorney Terry Lodge, and served by expert witness Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates) has been officially intervening against yet further regulatory rollbacks at Entergy's Palisades atomic reactor since Dec. 1, 2014. Entergy Nuclear has applied to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for weakened safety regulations, to accommodate Palisades' continued operations, despite having the single worst embrittled reactor pressure vessel (RPV) in the U.S., and other forms of severe, and worsening, RPV age-related degradation. Palisades has operated for nearly 45 years. It is located on the Lake Michigan shoreline in Covert, MI (see photo, left).

The NRC Commissioners have been considering dueling petitions filed by the environmental coalition and Entergy. On June 2, 2015, the coalition appealed an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel (ASLBP) rejection of its contention regarding RPV embrittlement, and risks of pressurized thermal shock brittle fracture due to suddenly decreasing temperatures. On July 13, 2015, Entergy appealed the same ASLBP's granting of a hearing to the environmental intervenors on the technical merits of their contention, regarding other forms of RPV age-related degradation, and risks of ductile tearing failure even at hotter normal operating temperatures. Either form of failure of the RPV would lead to Loss-of-Coolant-Accident, and reactor core meltdown, and likely containment breach and release of catastrophic amounts of hazardous radioactivity.

Today, the NRC Commissioners ruled Entergy's way in both overlapping proceedings, denying the environmental coalition's appeal, while ruling in favor of Entergy's appeal.

The coalition, working in alliance with groups like the Sierra Club Nuclear-Free Michigan Committee, has vowed to fight on, to demand Palisades' shutdown, before it melts down. It has issued a press release. (See the word version for functional links to relevant documents.) Matthew Bandyk at SNL has reported on this story.


You can support this film about Trinity survivors

This documentary tells the story of families living near the Trinity site when the first atomic bomb was secretly detonated in 1945. They were unwilling participants in the testing of a nuclear weapon. They were never warned about eating their crops, consuming the milk from their cows, or drinking the rain water they collected from their roofs — all of which was contaminated from the nuclear fallout. These residents, their children, and their grandchildren were left to deal with radiation-induced cancers and horrific illnesses caused by the early morning blast on July 16, 1945.  

The Trinity Downwinders have been left out of the history books. Victims of nuclear testing in other states are eligible for compensation and medical help through The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). However, New Mexicans who lived near the Trinity Site are excluded from this legislation. They and their descendants are not eligible for any compensation or medical coverage.  

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A little radiation is bad for you! Shut down hormesis.

Even a little radiation is BAD for you. It can give you cancer and other diseases and children are uniquely vulnerable. Studies show that natural background doses of radiation -- doses we are normally, and inescapably, exposed to -- can give children cancer.

NRC has decided to accept a petition for rulmaking to explore whether the current model of radiation damage, the linear-no-threshold model (LNT), should be replaced by a model which assumes a little radiation is good for you (hormesis). The LNT assumes that risk of radiation damage increases with dose and that even the lowest doses pose risks.

EPA states in their comments on this NRC petition for rulemaking that "a single track of ionizing radiation passing through a cell produces complex damage sites in DNA, unique to radiation, the repair of which is error-prone. Thus, no threshold...has been observed." (emphasis added)

But the radiation deniers are demanding NRC allow the public to be exposed to 50 to 100 times the background amount in the form of man-made radioactivity, like that routinely released from the nuclear power industry. They call this level of radiation "beneficial" and they want to allow it even for "pregnant women, embryos and fetuses, and children under 18 years of age."

TELL THE NRC "NO WAY!" SIGN our petition if you haven't already (deadline is November 18, 2015), or write your own comments using some sample talking points. Deadline for comments is November 19, 2015. Submit comments to  Please circulate this action. Thanks!