Nuclear Power

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.



"Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment" available online for free

Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, Dec. 2009, 335 pages, published by the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), is viewable online at no charge in PDF format. Go to: Then click on “Full Text.” Then, under “Annals Access,” next to “Nonmembers,” click on “View Annals TOC free.” This will allow you, chapter by chapter, to download and/or view the entire text of the book, for free. As the 25th commemoration of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe approaches (April 26, 2011), this vital book could not be more timely. It is written by Alexey V. Yablokov of the Center for Russian Environmental Policy in Moscow, Russia; Vassily B. Nesterenko, and Alexey V. Nesterenko, of the Institute of Radiation Safety in Minsk, Belarus. Janette D. Sherman-Nevinger of the Environmental Institute at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A. has served as the Consulting Editor. Please help spread the word about this significant scientific study, and its availability online at no charge. Its hardcopy sale price from the NYAS has been a whopping $150 for nonmembers – out of reach, of course, for most all-volunteer anti-nuclear groups. Besides that, NYAS only printed 700 hardcopies of the book to begin with. Now, no copies are left, and it is unknown if more will be printed.


Beyond Nuclear challenges NRC over Seabrook license renewal

Paul Gunter of Beyond Nuclear made his case today in front of a three-judge panel from the Nuclear Regulatory Commision in Portsmouth, NH against the relicensing of the Seabrook nuclear plant. Seabrook's owners, NextEra, are applying for a license renewal 20 years before the current license expires. Beyond Nuclear made the case that NextEra failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act by ignoring the potential of offshore wind to render continued operation of Seabrook obsolete. Gunter stated: "What they are relying upon, even at this date, for their current proceedings is already dated, and the data they provided already reflects an inaccuracy." Watch a news clip of the proceedings broadcast by WMUR.


Watch Kevin Kamps and Susan Corbett testify at Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future

The Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future (BRC) has posted the video showing testimony by Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear and Susan Corbett of South Carolina Sierra Club from the Nov. 16th meeting. Kamps and Corbett presented on behalf of 168 national and grassroots environmental and public interest groups. Both Kevin and Susan's oral presentations, as well as the full group statement and press release, are posted at Beyond Nuclear's website.


Inside EPA: "Agencies Struggle to Craft Offsite Cleanup Plan for Nuclear Power Accidents"

On Nov. 10th, Inside EPA's Douglas Guarino broke the story "Agencies Struggle to Craft Offsite Cleanup Plan for Nuclear Power Accidents." It revealed that NRC, EPA, and FEMA disagree about which agency would be responsible for long term cleanup after a major radiation release, and where the funding to do so would come from. Due to the heightened interest surrounding this story, Inside EPA has made the article, including embedded links to the corresponding FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) response documents, available to non-subscribers via the above link.


Davis-Besse: 20 MORE years of radioactive Russian roulette on the Great Lakes shore?!

The Davis-Besse "red photo," showing boric acid crystal/rust "lava" flowing from the dangerously corroded reactor lid Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps has written a fully referenced overview of major near-misses that have occurred over the decades at FirstEnergy's Davis-Besse atomic reactor near Toledo in light of its recent application for a 20 year license extension. These near misses include a 1977 Three Mile Island precursor, a 1985 steam generator dryout that blocked cooling to the core, a 1998 tornado direct hit and dicey electricity supply for safety critical cooling systems, a 2002 "hole-in-the-head" (see photo to left), a 2010 beginning of a new "hole-in-the-head," and numerous additional incidents.