A Nuclear gamble on the not-so-distant horizon

The Beyond Nuclear Op-Ed in Common Dreams - A Nuclear Gamble on the Not-So-Distant Horizon -warns  that President Obama and NRC's coziness with the nuclear power industry increasingly risks disaster similar to the Deepwater Horizon eco-catastrophe unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico.


Urge your U.S. Senators and Representative to oppose nuclear power subsidies in pending legislation

Former NRC Commissioner Peter Bradford recently testified at a Capitol Hill briefing that every $10 billion in taxpayer-backed nuclear loan guarantees represents a $100 financial risk for each and every household in the United States. For this and many other reasons, Beyond Nuclear has joined a coalition of environmental groups in a letter to House Appropriators urging opposition to $9 billion in additional nuclear power loan guarantees tacked onto the pending emergency supplemental war funding bill. Taxpayers for Common Sense has protested the inappropriateness of including energy loan guarantees on a war funding bill, as have politically conservative voices such as the Heritage Foundation and Henry Sokolksi of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center. Phone House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey (D-WI) at (202) 225-2771 to urge that nuclear loan guarantees be removed from the bill; call your own U.S. Representative via the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to urge they oppose it as well. At the same time, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will decide, perhaps within the next week, whether or not to allow the Kerry-Lieberman "American Power Act" to move forward to the Senate floor for a vote. NRDC has published a strong objection to the nuclear power industry wish list included in the proposed legislation. UCS has objected to the bill's "harmful nuclear power provisions." And FOE has blasted the bill for "handing out billions in giveaways to some of the worst industrial polluters in the country," including the nuclear power industry. Call your two U.S. Senators at the Capitol Switchboard number above and request that they urge Sen. Reid to not grant Senate floor time to such a dirty energy industry subsidy bill.


CAN's Deb Katz and IEER's Arjun Makhijani to keynote June 5th Chicago grassroots radioactive waste policy educational forum

The Obama/Chu Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future held its second meeting in Washington, D.C. on May 25 and 26. Beyond Nuclear and other atomic watchdogs attended and testified. Despite strong urging by Natural Resources Defense Council, repeated by Tom Cochran at this meeting, the Blue Ribbon Commission has refused to provide balance for its pro-nuclear power membership by seating a non-profit environmental scientist, nor a member of a grassroots community group impacted by radioactive waste. Thus, the Chicago grassroots gathering on radioactive waste policy June 4-6 is needed more than ever to directly challenge the Blue Ribbon Commission’s bias in favor of expanding atomic energy despite the now over 68 year old, unsolved and worsening radioactive waste crisis. Help to prevent more radioactive waste generation: to learn more about and register for the Chicago gathering, go to the NEIS website. The schedule for the Saturday, June 5th educational forum and evening program has also now been finalized, and presenters confirmed, including keynote speakers Deb Katz of Citizens Awareness Network and Dr. Arjun Makhijani of Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, with musical entertainment by Great Lakes folk singer/songwriter Victor McManemy.


“Packing the Nuclear Pork Barrel” by NRDC

Natural Resources Defense Council’s blog “Packing the Nuclear Pork Barrel is the Wrong Approach to Low-Carbon Energy” by Christopher Paine strongly objects to the Kerry-Lieberman “climate” bill for its nuclear subsidies, tax breaks, and other giveaways, undermining safety standards, and gutting environmental protections. It provides a comprehensive section-by-section analysis.


Vermont Yankee now leaking Sr-90 into soil

Entergy Nuclear has now admitted that the bone-seeking radioisotope Strontium-90 has been discovered in soil near underground leaking pipes at its Vermont Yankee atomic reactor on the bank of the Connecticut River. Several years ago, Sr-90 was also detected leaking from the high-level radioactive waste storage pool at Entergy Nuclear's Indian Point atomic reactors on the bank of the Hudson River in New York State. Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates warns that Sr-90, which is highly soluble in water, can concentrate in bones and cause leukemia, and thus is the most hazardous radioisotope yet discovered leaking into the environment at the 38 year old reactor just across the Connecticut River from New Hampshire, and just several miles upstream from Massachusetts. Other leaking elements discovered into the site's groundwater and soil include tritium, cobalt-60, cesium-137, manganese-54 and zinc-65. Raymond Shadis of the New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution is very skeptical that Entergy Nuclear's assurances that all Sr-90 contamination at Vermont Yankee has now been accounted for and cleaned up.