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Licensed to Kill

In 2001, Beyond Nuclear’s Paul and Linda Gunter, then with NIRS and Safe Energy Communication Council, co-authored a landmark report and accompanying video, describing how animals were harmed and killed by the routine operation of nuclear reactors. The authors found that marine habitats are being damaged and destroyed by nuclear power plant operations using the “once-through cooling system.” A variety of animal species are routinely drowned, thermally shocked, pulverized, injured and trapped by reactors that can draw in and discharge as much as three billion gallons of water a day to cool the plant. A short film, Licensed To Kill: How Reactors Kill Animals, accompanies the report.

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Friday
Oct192012

Indian Point needlessly kills over a billion fish, eggs and fish larvae annually

Riverkeeper reports in a fact sheet on the Entergy Nuclear Indian Point Units 2 & 3 atomic reactors:

"...in 2010 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denied a critical water quality certification required for the relicensing of Indian Point. Because Indian Point needlessly kills over a billion fish, eggs and fish larvae annually, and has been leaking radioactive waste into the groundwater and the Hudson River, the State determined that Indian Point's continued operation would violate state water quality standards.

A full hearing on the State's 2010 water quality determination began on October 17, 2011. Riverkeeper is mounting a comprehensive legal effort to support the State and deny the water quality certification Indian Point needs to operate. A victory would mark a turning point in Riverkeeper's decades long campaign to halt Indian Point's environmental assault on the Hudson River and force the plant's retirement."

Saturday
Sep012012

Anti-nuclear drum beat continues against Vermont Yankee

Thanks to Debra Stoleroff of Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance for sharing with us news of "three opportunities to keep the fact that Vermont Yankee is still operating in the public eye and to voice your opinion regarding this fact that Entergy continues to undermine Vermont's democratic process for its own profits; gambling away the health of people in VT, MA, and NH as well as our environment.   Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant remains an accident away from devestating the region."

Sat, Sept. 1: We Are Not Going Away Until VT Yankee is Shut Down and Safely Decommissioned With a Greenfield

Sat, Sept. 8: Our River Runs Through It Flotilla Down the Connecticut River to VT Yankee (see event poster, left, and SAGE Alliance website for details). A major theme of this flotilla is Vermont Yankee's negative impact on the aquatic ecosystem in the Connecticut River, as to fish species (as shown on the poster!)

Sun, Sept. 23: Burlington Friends Meeting at Vermont Yankee followed by NVCD at Vt Yankee

For more info., see Beyond Nuclear's NUCLEAR POWER website section.

The five member NRC Commission unanimously rubberstamped Vermont Yankee's 20 year license extension on 3/10/11, one day before the beginning of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. NRC Staff then finalized the paperwork on the rubberstamp a couple weeks later. Vermont Yankee and Fukushima Daiichi Units 1 to 4 are identidically designed: General Electric Mark I Boiling Water Reactors.

Sunday
Jul122009

Licensed to Kill report found arbitrary take limits on wildlife including endangered species

The research uncovered in the 2001 study revealed that federal agencies settled on seemingly abitrary "take limits" to accommodate, rather than mitigate, the harm done to aquatic wildlife and their habitats by operating nuclear plants.

Our current research finds that little has changed since our 2001 revelations. If anything, the situation is worse, with the industry allowed to capture and kill even more animals including endangered sea turtles.

Our report concluded that the regulatory oversight of the nuclear industry’s impact on threatened and endangered species consistently favored nuclear industry financial priorities over the safety and well-being of wildlife and the environment.  Watch for an updated supplement to Licensed to Kill soon.

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