Despite hoots and hollers from nuclear industry lobbyists and their friends in Congress, the publication of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Yucca Mountain radioactive waste dump Safety Evaluation Report volume, entitled "Repository Safety After Permanent Closure," does not herald the dump's resurrection. To the contrary, the State of Nevada, its congressional delegation, and their powerful allies in the U.S. Senate -- backed by a thousand or so environmental groups across the country -- remain adamantly, and tirelessly, committed to preventing the still-cancelled, unfunded, scientifically unsuitable dump-site from ever opening. More.
Nuclear power cannot address climate change effectively or in time. Reactors have long, unpredictable construction times are expensive - at least $12 billion or higher per reactor. Furthermore, reactors are sitting-duck targets vulnerable to attack and routinely release - as well as leak - radioactivity. There is so solution to the problem of radioactive waste.
An environmental coalition, challenging the proposed 20-year license extension at FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company's (FENOC) Davis-Besse atomic reactor in Oak Harbor, OH on the Lake Erie shore, has filed a defense of its September 3rd and September 8th, 2014 contentions regarding worsening containment cracking.
This comes in response to October 3rd motions, by both FENOC and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff, calling for the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) panel overseeing the nearly four-year-old License Renewal Application (LRA) proceeding, to dismiss the contentions.
The coalition consists of Beyond Nuclear, Citizens Environment Alliance of Southwestern Ontario, Don't Waste Michigan, and the Green Party of Ohio. It is represented by Toledo-based attorney, Terry Lodge.
The coalition's filing on October 10th marks the third anniversary, to the day, of when severe cracking was first discovered and publicly announced at Davis-Besse, on Oct. 10, 2011 (see photo, above). The environmental coalition filed its first cracking contention in the proceeding a few months later, and has filed many more -- throughout 2012, and on Earth Day this year. However, all have been dismissed by the ASLB, despite many of the coalition's assertions later being acknowledged as correct by FENOC.
Davis-Besse's original 40-year license will expire on Earth Day (April 22nd), 2017. FENOC is seeking a 20-year extension, till 2037. NRC has rubber-stamped 73 such extensions such the year 2000.
This announcement was circulated by Mary Olson of NIRS:
Please come to our Second Nuclear Free Campaign Summit and Strategy Session
This event is for activists working for a Nuclear-Free Future! Here are the event details:
WHO: Sierra Club Nuclear Free Campaign and Allied Organizations / Activists
WHAT: National Summit for a Nuclear Free Future
WHEN: Nov. 14-17, 2014
WHERE: National 4-H Youth Conference Center, 7100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815
If you stay at the venue (see options on the registration page, starting Thursday Nov 14) there is no additional conference fee. For those who find other housing, $25 is the registration fee for Friday night – Sunday. No fee for Friday, Nov 14 daytime sessions on nuclear waste.
If you are interested in the Nuclear Waste Day (see below), Friday Nov 14 convened by NIRS and SRIC please do reply to me (on email)…even if you have previously been in touch with me or Don. There is no additional fee for Friday – and we will provide lunch to all who participate.
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!
~~YOU ARE INVITED~~SAVE THE DATE~~SHARE WITH YOUR ALLIES~~
To a Day (Friday Nov 14) or a Long Weekend (Nov 14 – 16) With Friends, Colleagues, Fellow Radioactivists Dedicated to a Nuclear Free Carbon Free Future
In the Washington DC Area (4 H Center in Chevy Chase MD)
Friday, November 14th NUCLEAR WASTE DAY
For folks from communities around closed or closing nuclear power reactors (indefinite waste storage) and those targeted with “consolidated storage” of nuclear power waste
coordinated by Nuclear Information and Resource Service & Southwest Research and Information Center
Purpose: To connect with each other & those on the other end of the same hot rods…Registration coming soon at www.nirs.org. Lodging and food available on site at cost, no additional registration fee.
Saturday, Nov. 15th to Sunday, Nov. 16th*: SUMMIT FOR A NUCLEAR FREE FUTURE
with Lobby Day Monday, Nov. 17th, coordinated by Sierra Club Nuclear Free Campaign
Purpose: Plans and strategies for 2015 to further our work closing old nukes, stopping new nukes, uranium fuel chain front and back end dangers and wastes, environmental justice, stopping the nuclear power attack on renewable energy and efficiency.
[Beyond Nuclear's Radioactive Waste Watchdog, Kevin Kamps, has been invited to co-present on the Nuclear Waste panel during the summit]
[*Also, see Update, immediately below, regarding a "Uranium? Leave It In the Ground!" event Beyond Nuclear is honored to co-sponsor!]
Lodging and food available on site at cost, no registration fee for those who stay at the site; nominal program fee for day-participation only. Registration for the Summit will be via Sierra Club – page coming soon!
Beyond Nuclear is honored to co-sponsor an event entitled "Uranium? Leave It In the Ground!" See the details, as well as a link to the flier, below.
URANIUM? LEAVE IT IN THE GROUND!
-A Film Screening & Discussion About Uranium Mining-
@ Busboys & Poets (5th & K)
1025 5th St. NW Washington, DC 20001
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown
Join the discussion with experts and activists fighting the Nuclear Fuel Chain from Cradle to Grave. What can we learn from the history and what is at stake with uranium at this moment?
Film: The River That Harms
(Dir. Colleen Keane, 45 mins, 1987, United States)
This film documents the largest radioactive waste spill in U.S. history - a national tragedy that occurred on Diné (Navajo) lands that received little attention. With the sound of a thunderclap, 94 million gallons of radioactive waste broke through a United Nuclear Corporation storage dam in 1979 and poured into New Mexico’s Puerco River, the main water supply for the Diné people and a tributary of the major source of water for Los Angeles, California. To the Diné people, this event impacted their lands, their health and their economy and sends a prophetic warning for all humanity.
Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets welcomes Helen Caldicott, editor of the new book,
introduced by Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
6:30 to 8:00 PM
Beyond Nuclear's Cindy Folkers and Kevin Kamps presented at the 2013 symposium which led to this new book. Summaries of their presentations are included.
Helen's book talk event went very well last night. We had a good turn out. Here is a link to Kevin's introduction of Helen. Helen gave a great talk, followed by a dynamic Q&A/discussion afterwards. Thanks to everyone who came, and all those who helped spread the word!
The environmental coalition intervening against the proposed new Fermi 3 reactor has re-asserted its nearly three-year old challenge, directly to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's five Commissioners themselves, that the inextricably interlinked transmission line corridor needed to export the electricity to the grid is still in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The coalition's Toledo-based attorney, Terry Lodge, filed a Petition for Review with the NRC Commissioners by their ordered deadline. The petition defends not only the contention's merit, but also its separation from the NRC Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) panel's request to the Commissioners for permission to undertake a sua sponte review.
That is, the ASLB panel has requested permission to review, on its own initiative, the NRC staff's apparent violation of NEPA, by failing to undertake an Environmental Impact Statement review of the proposed new transmission corridor, which will past through forested wetlands, likely habitat to endangered and threatened species.
Detroit Edison (DTE) proposes to construct and operate a General Electric-Hitachi (GEH) so-called Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) -- "Unit 3" -- at the Fermi nuclear power plant in Frenchtown Township, on the Lake Erie shore in southeast Michigan. It would be located immediately adjacent to Fermi Unit 2, the world's single largest Fukushima Daiichi twin design (a GE Mark I BWR). Ironically enough, Fermi 3 would be build on the exact same spot where Fermi Unit 1, an experimental plutonium breeder reactor, suffered a partial core meltdown on Oct. 5, 1966, a near-catastrophe documented in John G. Fuller's book We Almost Lost Detroit (Reader's Digest Press, 1975).
The binational coalition intervening against Fermi 3's license includes Beyond Nuclear, Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination (CACC), Citizens Environment Alliance of Southwestern Ontario (CEA), Don't Waste Michigan, and the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter. The coalition initially filed its intervention in March 2009, and has submitted dozens of contentions since.