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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is mandated by Congress to ensure that the nuclear industry is safe. Instead, the NRC routinely puts the nuclear industry's financial needs ahead of public safety. Beyond Nuclear has called for Congressional investigation of this ineffective lapdog agency that needlessly gambles with American lives to protect nuclear industry profits.

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Tuesday
Jun132017

Senate EPW Committee considers Trump nominations of Svinicki, Caputo, and Wright for NRC Commission

U.S. Senator John Barrasso (Republican-Wyoming, a state with a uranium mining industry), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), issued an opening statement for the hearing to consider the confirmations of three U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioners, nominated by Donald J. Trump: Kristine Svinicki; Annie Caputo; and David Wright.

Barrasso also posted this:

"What They Are Saying...Broad Support for EPA and NRC Nominees"

Beyond Nuclear issued a media statement on the day of the confirmation hearing, which was also delivered to EPW Committee members' offices, as well as other U.S. Senate offices. The statement urged members of the committee and the Senate to oppose all three NRC nominations.

Friday
Feb242017

Tweet >> Toothless: "American public needs NRC to be a #nuclear RoboCop-and not a Sergeant Schultz."

Thank you to Scott Stapf of the Hastings Group for this Tweet:

https://twitter.com/stapf/status/835170190233075712

Toothless: "American public needs NRC to be a #nuclear RoboCop—and not a Sergeant Schultz." http://thebulletin.org/whistleblowers-and-nrc-do-i-say-not-i-don%E2%80%99t10528?platform=hootsuite  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=15&v=ZDTjBZjB-ZM

Here is a link to UCS's new report, "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Safety Culture: Do as I Say and Not as I Do."

David Lochbaum, Director of the Nuclear Safety Project at Union of Concerned Scientists, spoke in Southwest Michigan near Entergy's Palisades atomic reactor in April 2013. Beyond Nuclear hosted the events in Kalamazoo (35 miles downwind to the east) and South Haven (a few miles from Palisades). The security guard whistle-blowing that Lochbaum mentions in his BAS article linked above was just about to go to volume 11 at Palisades.

Beyond Nuclear -- along with our allies among environmental groups and concerned local residents -- has experienced this collapse in NRC's OWN safety culture, at Palisades and Davis-Besse (OH), first hand. It is telling that Lochbaum chose to cite those two reactors as national, negative examples in his article.

David Kraft of Nuclear Energy Information Service in Chicago has made the point, at NRC public meetings held about Palisades over the past several years, that NRC's OWN safety culture leaves a lot to be desired, never mind Entergy's at Palisades.

Palisades, MI and Davis-Besse, OH are located on the Great Lakes shore. The Great Lakes is 21% of the world's surface fresh water, and 84% of North America's. The Great Lakes provides drinking water for 40 million people in two countries. Palisades is located on the Lake Michigan shore, opposite Chicago, which gets its drinking water from that source.

 

Wednesday
Feb082017

Public Citizen just sued Trump

Update sent by Public Citizen, directly relevant to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's mandate to protect public health, safety, and the environment against the risks of nuclear power and radioactive waste:

Moments ago, Public Citizen filed a lawsuit against President Trump.

Here’s what you need to know about the case, Public Citizen v. Donald J. Trump:

  • In a unilateral directive issued in just his second week in office, Trump essentially ordered the government to stop issuing new health and safety, financial, environmental, workplace and other vital public protections.
  • Trump’s executive order will allow Big Business to exploit workers, Wall Street to rip off consumers, Dirty Energy companies to pollute, Big Pharma to continue price gouging, auto makers to sell dangerous cars, and on and on.
  • It will be nearly impossible for the government to carry out its duties under popular and effective laws like the Clean Air Act, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act, to name a few.
  • Even after the Wall Street crash, the BP oil disaster and other failures that resulted from letting corporations “regulate” themselves, the American people will be forced to suffer still MORE corporate recklessness and greed.
  • The executive order requires that for every new regulation adopted, two must be eliminated — a nonsensical standard with absolutely no basis in law.
  • Especially insidious is an edict that regulations be evaluated only by inflating estimates of their cost to businesses while completely ignoring their substantially greater — and real — benefits to society.
  • This executive order will mean more contaminated food, an accelerated rush to climate catastrophe, more dangerous cars and trucks, more workplace injuries and deaths, slashed consumer rights, more oil spills, more human misery. All unnecessary. All preventable.

Our lawsuit takes direct aim at Trump’s plot to put corporate profits before people’s lives and the public good.

If you can, please chip in today to help us prevent Trump’s wild lawlessness, preserve lifesaving regulatory protections and stand up to these stunning abuses of power.

Donate now.

Thank you for anything you can contribute!

Onward,

Robert Weissman
President, Public Citizen

Saturday
Dec242016

Environmental coalition defends its legal appeal, seeks to block Fermi 3 proposed new reactor in Michigan

Terry Lodge, legal counsel for the environmental coalition resisting Fermi 3

An environmental coalition, including Beyond Nuclear, is entering its 10th year of resistance (2008-2017) against Detroit Edison's proposed new Fermi Unit 3 reactor in southeast Michigan on the Great Lakes shoreline.

On Dec. 23rd, Toledo-based attorney Terry Lodge filed a Reply Brief, in defense of a legal appeal originally filed in October, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the second highest court in the land, just below the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Reply rebuts challenges to the appeal brought by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Detroit Edison (DTE).

The appeal challenges NRC's exclusion of the transmission line corridor from the Environmental Impact Statement, a violation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The appeal also challenges DTE's violations of NRC's quality assurance (QA) regulations (Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates, Inc. serves as the coalition's QA expert).

More.

Tuesday
Aug162016

AGREE & NIRS on FitzPatrick revelations: "Four+ year leak of highly radioactive waste – Worker radiation exposures -- Failure to shut down after safety system failure"

NRC file photo of the FitzPatrick atomic reactor, a GE BWR Mark I, located on the Lake Ontario shore in upstate NY.In a press release, Nuclear Information and Resource Serive (NIRS) and Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE) have responded to revelations in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) most recent Integrated Inspection Report at Entergy's (soon to be Exelon's) age-degraded, Fukushima twin design (General Electric Mark I boiling water reactor), the FitzPatrick atomic reactor on the shore of Lake Ontario in upstate New York.

“These violations highlight the ongoing dangers posed by the upstate nuclear reactors and the lax enforcement by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission,” said Tim Judson, Executive Director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service. (emphasis added)