Nuclear Costs

Estimates for new reactor construction costs continue to sky-rocket. Conservative estimates range between $6 and $12 billion per reactor but Standard & Poor's predicts a continued rise. The nuclear power industry is lobbying for heavy federal subsidization including unlimited loan guarantees but the Congressional Budget Office predicts the risk of default will be well over 50 percent, leaving taxpayers to foot the bill. Beyond Nuclear opposes taxpayer and ratepayer subsidies for the nuclear energy industry.



The hard sell without supporting facts behind HB 6 should lead to a legislative “No”

Norman Robbins of Shaker Heights, OH asks in a letter to the editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, is FirstEnergy Nuclear scamming Ohioans with its old reactor bailout legislation?


Opponents to Substitute Ohio House Bill 6 (Nuclear Bailout) submit testimony before Ohio Senate Energy & Utilities Committee


Written testimony to Ohio Senate Energy & Utilities Committee prepared by Michael J. Keegan for Don't Waste Michigan - June 19, 2019


Beyond Nuclear's Written Public Testimony, re: Sub. H. B. No. 6, Callender, Wilkin, Creates Ohio Clean Air Program, 4th Hearing, Opponent, for Wed., June 19 hearing

Don't Waste Michigan and Beyond Nuclear, represented by legal counsel Terry Lodge of Toledo, were two of the coalition groups that officially intervened, from 2010 to 2016, against Davis-Besse's 2017 to 2037 license extension. The other two coalition groups were the Ohio Green Party, and Citizens Environment Alliance of Southwestern Ontario. Despite the bi-national legal intervention, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) rubber-stamped the 20-year license extension, despite the risks.

For the past several years, FirstEnergy Nuclear has sought bailouts for its Ohio reactors, including both Davis-Besse and Perry. They have thus far been blocked, including by concerted grassroots environmental opposition. But this is their biggest push yet.


"No On HB6!" Events in Ohio

An updated by

Becca Pollard

Ohio Associate Organizing Representative


Sierra Club, Beyond Coal:

A lot happening this week! In addition to the two Senate hearings today and tomorrow (you can still submit testimony for tomorrow's hearing) we and our partners at Ohio Citizen Action and Ohio Environmental Council organized some opposition events in key senate districts.
Here's a story on yesterday's events in Cincinnati and Bowling Green.

Here is Ohio Citizen Action's live stream of the press conferences in Cincinnati with Mayor Cranley, Rep Denson, and our very own Nathan Alley yesterday in Cincinnati! 


I am tweeting testimony from our Cincinnati People's Hearing and tagging Senator Wilson. If you're on twitter please retweet! I will post a couple more later today. 

Ohio Citizen Action is holding a third rally in Medina today at noon.


Giant, inflatable pig centers protest about bill involving Davis-Besse


No On HB6 Rally and People's Hearing in Cincinnati on Monday!

On Monday morning, June 17th, Cincinnatians will convene at Stanbery Park, in Senator Wilson's district for a rally and people's hearing on HB6! Visuals include a giant inflatable pig, courtesy of Ohio Citizen Action, and signs.
During the rally Mayor Cranley will speak about the City of Cincinnati's resolution against the bill and Rep. Denson will speak about why he voted no.
This will be followed by a people's hearing during which community members will speak about the problems with HB6, and in particular how the Cincinnati area's air quality is impacted by the Clifty Creek coal plant in the neighboring state of Indiana and the injustice of this community being forced to pay to bail out the plant that pollutes their air. 
If you would like to speak at the hearing please let me know (especially if you're in Wilson's district). We will open it up to attendees at the end if time allows, but we'd like to have a good slate of speakers signed up in advance. 

I am also looking for volunteers to help with photos, video, and social media. If you are coming to the hearing and are able to help with these things, please let me know! If you're not in the area, but would like to help, there will be some things you can help with remotely.

If you're on Facebook, please invite your Cincinnati area contacts to the event! t  

Later, Ohio Citizen Action will be touring the inflatable pig to two additional rallies in target senate districts:

Medina Public Square in Medina, OH, Tues., June 18th at noon
Wooster Green in Bowling Green, OH at 3:30pm

Becca Pollard

Ohio Associate Organizing Representative

Sierra Club, Beyond Coal