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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.

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Tuesday
Jun252019

How (un)profitable are Ohio’s two nuclear plants? FirstEnergy Solutions says it can’t tell the public

As reported by Midwest Energy News:

NUCLEAR: FirstEnergy says it can’t disclose to lawmakers or the public the unprofitability of two nuclear plants due to ongoing bankruptcy proceedings. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

And yet, it wants those Ohio state legislators to approve a massive public bailout for FirstEnergy's dangerously age-degraded Davis-Besse and Perry atomic reactors.

Tuesday
Jun252019

Ohio Senate struggles to revise nuclear subsidy bill amid intense political maneuvering

Tuesday
Jun182019

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?

Tuesday
Jun182019

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

See:

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

and

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.

Tuesday
Jun182019

"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.

https://www.toledoblade.com/local/environment/2019/06/17/ohio-house-bill-6-inflatable-pig-bowling-green-protest/stories/20190617180/?fbclid=IwAR1eK6Y0kZzcG9wGAU6FT_hd9s4L0bvc3TPwlYcX81DYwiadjH-4OvRYvCQ

  
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! https://www.facebook.com/OhioCitizenAction/videos/855394854821180/UzpfSTE2NjA0MzU0MzQ3NzgxNjoyMjU2MjMwNjA3NzkyNDIy/ 

 

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.

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