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Friday
Jul252014

ASLB rejects contention on multiple, worsening Shield Building problems at Davis-Besse

An NRC inspector visually examines severe cracking in the Davis-Besse Shield Building, Oct., 2011In a ruling on July 25th, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) panel at Davis-Besse, OH rejected an environmental coalition's latest contention.

The contention was filed by the coalition's Toledo-based attorney, Terry Lodge, on Earth Day (April 22), 2014. It regards worsening cracking, an air gap in the concrete wall, as well as rebar damage, in the age-degraded Shield Building (SB), essential to radioactivity containment. The contention alleges that FENOC's aging-management plans for the 2017-2037 license extension period are woefully inadequate, with significant safety and environmental risk implications.

The ASLB said it rejected the contention as being premature, but indicating that interveners have until early September to challenge a July 3rd FENOC License Renewal Application (LRA) amendment regarding aging-management plans.

Davis-Besse's original 40-year license expires on Earth Day, 2017. The coalition -- Beyond Nuclear, Citizen Environmental Alliance of Southwestern Ontario, Don't Waste Michigan, and the Ohio Green Party -- have been officially intervening against the LRA since Dec. 27, 2010, and focusing on SB degradation since cracking was first revealed in Oct. 2011 (photo, above).

Thursday
Jul242014

National Academia of Sciences Fukushima report on implications for US reactors:“Accidents will happen” 

While Beyond Nuclear continues its review and analysis of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recently released report on theLessons Learned From The Fukushima Nuclear Accident For Improving Safety Of U.S. Nuclear Plants it must be noted at the outset that the central and the most important lesson continues to be unlearned. As it is often quoted, “accidents will happen” but in a post-Fukushima world, the consequences are now absolutely unacceptable.  These dangerous and fundamentally flawed reactors must be promptly and permanently shutdown including the 23 Mark I units and the 8 Mark II units still operating in the United States. This is the most rational conclusion in the interest of public safety and the environment given the demonstrated 100% failure rate of the three General Electric Mark I boiling water reactors that were operational on March 11, 2011, that resulted in three reactor meltdowns, three breaches of the all important containment structures and the ongoing uncontrolled release of radioactivity now more than three years after the catastrophe.

Wednesday
Jul232014

Crisis Without End: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe

Dr. Helen Caldicott, Beyond Nuclear's Founding PresidentTeaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets welcomes Helen Caldicott, editor of the new book,

Crisis Without End: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe

 introduced by Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 

6:30 to 8:00 PM

Busboys and Poets - 14th & V, N.W., Washington, D.C.

 

Sponsors: 

Physicians for Social Responsibility 

Beyond Nuclear 

Teaching for Change 

Busboys and Poets

 

Beyond Nuclear's Cindy Folkers and Kevin Kamps presented at the 2013 symposium which led to this new book. Summaries of their presentations are included.

Monday
Jul212014

34 groups to President Obama: NRC Commissioner Magwood must go

NRC Commissioner William Magwood IVThe environmental coalition, including Beyond Nuclear, also requests a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation of Commissioner William Magwood IV’s (photo, left) violations of ethics laws, and conflicts of interest, related to seeking and landing a job promoting nuclear energy, as Director-General of the Paris-based Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), a branch of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) has separately written the president and NRC OIG, making the same request.

These letters, to President Obama and to the NRC OIG, follow the coalition's June 18th letter to Commissioner Magwood, urging him to step down voluntarily, and to recuse himself from any nuclear safety votes dating back to his initial bid for the NEA directorship.

However, Commissioner Magwood refused to resign and recuse himself. He has announced his last day at NRC will be Aug. 31, the very day before he is to begin his new job at NEA.

The coalition issued a press release. News coverage has included The Hill, and Bloomberg Businessweek (in which U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is quoted as referring to Magwood as a "disaster" and saying “He couldn’t leave quick enough for me”).

Wednesday
Jul162014

Church Rock: the forgotten nuclear disaster 35 years ago

35 years ago on July 16, likely the worst and certainly most forgotten U.S. nuclear accident happened.

On July 16, 1979, just 14 weeks after the Three Mile Island reactor accident, and just 34 years to the day after the Trinity atomic test, the small community of Church Rock, New Mexico, became the scene of another nuclear tragedy.

Ninety million gallons of liquid radioactive waste, and eleven hundred tons of solid mill wastes, burst through a broken dam wall at the Church Rock uranium mill facility, creating a flood of deadly effluents that permanently contaminated the Rio Puerco river. For more on the disaster at Church Rock and the implications today, read Linda Gunter's 2009 Blog on the Daily Kos, "The best-kept nuclear secret." For more details, see also Killing our Own and Southwest Research and Information Center.

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