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Friday
Nov062015

Davis-Besse: A multi-billion dollar ratepayer bailout for 20 more years of radioactive Russian roulette is an outrage!

"Burning money," graphic art by Gene Case of Avenging AngelsBeyond Nuclear's Radioactive Waste Watchdog, Kevin Kamps, has published analysis and commentary on the NRC ACRS (U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards) meeting that just took place about Davis-Besse's 20-year license extension. It is entitled FAUSTIAN FISSION, and argues that forcing ratepayers to fork over billions in bailouts to FirstEnergy to subsidize 20 more years of radioactive Russian roulette on the Great Lakes shoreline is an outrage, that must be stopped.

See the PDF version (or see the Word version, for live hyper-links to relevant documents).

The analysis and commentary touches on lessons learned over the past four years since severe, and ever worsening, cracking was first revealed in the safety-critical concrete Shield Building, on Oct. 10, 2011, at FirstEnergy's problem-plagued Davis-Besse atomic reactor.

Davis-Besse is located on the Great Lakes shore in n.w. OH. It thus puts the drinking water supply for millions of people downstream in the U.S. and Canada, as well as a large number of Native American First Nations, at dire risk.

The 5th anniversary of the launch of Beyond Nuclear et al.'s (Citizens Environment Alliance of Southwestern Ontario, Don't Waste MI, and OH Green Party) intervention against the 2017-2037 license extension at Davis-Besse will be Dec. 27, 2015. Toledo attorney Terry Lodge serves as the coalition's legal counsel.

The coalition's resistance to the license extension continues, as in the Nuclear Waste Confidence appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, spearheaded by D.C. attorney Diane Curran and Turner Environmental Law Clinic director Mindy Goldstein of Atlanta.