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Thursday
Nov102011

TransCanada Pipelines also a nuclear utility!

Bruce nuclear power plant, part owned by TransCanada PipelinesCongratulations to environmental allies who have successfully pressured the Obama administration to postpone -- and hopefully ultimately cancel -- TransCanada Pipelines' proposed Keystone XL Pipeline for Canadian tar sands crude oil. But tar sands crude oil isn't the only "dirty, dangerous, and expensive" energy source TransCanada dabbles with. According to its website, it also owns 48.8% of the 3,000 Megawatt-electric (MW-e) Bruce A nuclear power plant, and 31.6% of the 3,200 MW-e Bruce B nuclear power plant. Bruce -- a 9 reactor and radioactive waste complex located in Ontario on the shore of Lake Huron just 50 miles from Michigan -- is the largest nuclear power plant in the Western Hemisphere, and the second biggest in the world. TransCanada entered the nuclear power business despite warnings by NIRS in late 2002 about serious financial and environmental risks. (A primary bone of contention over the Keystone XL pipeline is its proposed route over the irreplacable Ogallala Aquifer; the Waste Control Specialists radioactive waste dump in Texas also threatens the Ogallala.)

Thursday
Nov102011

Inconceivable! That's what a 3rd MD reactor looks like to Exelon!

John Rowe, CEO of Exelon, told reporters on November 9 that the idea that his company would construct a third nuclear reactor at Calvert Cliffs, MD, was "almost inconceivable." The two Calvert Cliffs reactors are owned by Constellation Energy which already withdrew from the project, leaving French partner, EDF, stranded. Exelon is about to merge with Constellation. EDF, as a foreign corporation, is prohibited by law from sole ownership of the new Calvert Cliffs reactor. EDF has been working to circumvent the law but the financial challenges were too burdensome for Constellation which opted not to move forward despite the promise of a loan guarantee from the federal government. Constellation withdrew due to financial concerns after the U.S. Energy Department asked for a fee of $880 million to compensate taxpayers for the risk they would take on a loan guarantee of about $7.6 billion, a fee Constellation said would doom the project. Read background here.

Thursday
Nov102011

IAEA report says Iran could be working to get the Bomb

A new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency suggests that there is "credible" evidence that Iran's nuclear activities are designed to build a nuclear bomb but stops short of stating that Iran is on the verge of becoming a nuclear weapons state. The IAEA sourced intelligence from 10 countries. Although the report contains virtually nothing new and reinforces existing fears that Iran's nuclear activities do not have so-called "peaceful" intentions, the report also marks the first time all the data have been composited into one document. The report concludes: “The information indicates that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear device." Read more.

Wednesday
Nov092011

Give to the Max Day is winding down....

But the gifts to Beyond Nuclear are not. And that's good! Please keep them coming.  We aren't top of the charts but we are doing quite nicely so please help us reach $5,000 before midnight! Here's where to go to make a donation. http://give2max.razoo.com/story/Beyondnuclear-Give.

Our Freeze our Fukushimas campaign is launching and we'd also like to bring more Japanese mothers, farmers and other activists back to the US to update us on efforts in Fukushima to prevent the spread of radioactive waste and to help the children, especially, safely evacuate out of harms way. And we need to support our Japanese friends in preventing a restart of Japan's reactors while we also work at home to shut down our own Fukushimas and stop new reactor construction and new uranium mines. Every dollar you send better helps us to achieve these goals. 

Thank you from the Beyond Nuclear team!

 

Tuesday
Nov082011

Just over 12 hours to go!!

It's almost Give to the Max Day! Starting at 12:01 am on Wednesday, November 19, we'll be trying to raise a record number of gifts, large and small. Please tell your friends and ask them to make a gift to Beyond Nuclear tomorrow. Every gift counts, no matter how small. See our page and support Freeze our Fukushimas in the US; the brave mothers of Japan fighting to safeguard Fukushima's children; and our year-long work to replace nuclear power with safe, clean, renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation!