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Friday
Jul272018

Iowa's only nuclear plant, Duane Arnold, to permanently shut down in late 2020

As reported by The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, IA, as well as KCRG-TV9. The electricity supply will largely be replaced by more cost effective renewables, such as wind power. Duane Arnold, a General Electric Mark I Boiling Water Reactor -- a twin design to Fukushima Daiichi in Japan -- will be 46-years old when it is permanently shut down in late 2020. See Beyond Nuclear's Reactors Are Closing website page.

Wednesday
Jul252018

Nuclear Hotseat Special: Congress Meets Hard Nuclear Decommissioning Truths

Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps (left), with Ian Zabarte of the Native Community Action Council, at the "Zero Hour" youth climate march on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Saturday, July 21, 2018. Photo by Galen Tromble.

SPECIAL REPORT:
Two Days with Congress: DC Briefing, Education/Lobbying on Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants

Listen to the audio recording.

Thursday
Jul192018

Sample comments you can use to write your own for submission to NRC in opposition to Holtec's CISF in s.e. NM

SAMPLE COMMENTS you can use to prepare your own, for expressing opposition to the Holtec International/Eddy-Lea [Counties] Energy Alliance's proposal to "park" 173,600 metric tons of irradiated nuclear fuel in southeastern New Mexico, are posted at Beyond Nuclear's website.

Instructions for how to submit your comments are are viewable by clicking here.

The easiest comment submission mechanism is email: Holtec-CISFEIS Resource <Holtec-CISFEIS@nrc.gov>

Please include “Docket ID NRC–2018–0052” in your comment submission, such as in the subject line of your e-comments.

(Another convenient, efficient, way to submit comments is via Public Citizen's webform, here.

NIRS has also set up a quick and easy action page for submitting comments online, here.)

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has set the public comment deadline for July 30th. Please submit your comments by then. And please spread the word far and wide about this important action alert!

The scheme could result in a de facto permanent, surface storage, "parking lot" dump amidst Hispanic communities in the Texas/New Mexico borderlands. These communities are already badly polluted by toxic fossil fuel, and radioactive nuclear, industrial activities. This "nuclear sacrifice zone" environmental injustice, or radioactive racism, must be stopped!

If opened, the Holtec/ELEA centralized interim storage facility (CISF) would launch unprecedented thousands, or even tens of thousands, of highly radioactive waste shipments -- by truck, train, and/or barge, on roads, rails, and/or waterways, through most states -- over the course of several long decades.

Wednesday
Jul182018

Beyond Nuclear presses NRC to compel “autopsy” of closed reactors: Oyster Creek to close September 17, 2018 

Beyond Nuclear is pressing the call for an “autopsy” of New Jersey’s Oyster Creek nuclear power station and other decommissioning commercial power reactors in the United States. Beyond Nuclear covered the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) public meeting in Forked River, NJ with the operator, Exelon Generation, to lay out their decommissioning options. Exelon is considering  "mothballing" for 50-years following the September 17 2018 closure. Oyster Creek is the nation’s oldest nuclear power station. The 49-year old GE Mark I boiling water reactor on Barnegat Bay, is the first and oldest Fukushima-style reactor in the world. Exelon has previously said it could seek to mothball Oyster Creek for up to 50 years before beginning a ten-year dismantlement and decommissioning operation. While shutting down its oldest GE reactor, Exelon has applied to NRC for a second license renewal (60 to 80-year extension) of two of its other GE Mark I reactors at Peach Bottom units 2 and 3 in Pennsylvania. A post-shutdown autopsy to harvest aged material samples from Oyster Creek for scientifically analyze is necessary to assess the material damage on safety margins in aging nuclear power plants seeking dramatic license extensions. More on nuclear autopsies… 

 

Tuesday
Jul172018

Ohio nuclear plants get stricter scrutiny after safety system problems

As reported by Kathiann M. Kowalski in Midwest Energy News. Beyond Nuclear's radioactive waste specialist, Kevin Kamps, is quoted in the article.

Working with local grassroots allies, such as Toledo attorney Terry Lodge, and Don't Waste Michigan's Michael Keegan -- both several decades long watch-dogs on Davis-Besse -- Beyond Nuclear challenged the 2017-2037 license extension. NRC rubber-stamped it nonetheless.

A major issue cited was Davis-Besse's severe and ever-worsening concrete containment Shield Building cracking.

See Beyond Nuclear's backgrounders, re: Davis-Besse's many close calls with catastrophe, as well as re: its Shield Building cracking.

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