- The U.S Insane Effort to Use Nuclear Explosions to Dig a Harbor
- SEABROOK CONSTRUCTION FLAWS AND RENEWABLE POWER COMPETITION TO BE TOPIC OF SAPL PUBLIC FORUM TUESDAY 6/25/2013
- For the First Time US to Sell the Wind
- Offshore Wind Enters Deeper Maine Testing
- International Safety Team at Seabrook Station
- Louis and Cynthia Kochanek on Ages of US Nuclear Power Plants* at Closure
- jim cotter on “Into Eternity” – The Final Free Film In SAPL’s “Nuclear Dangers: Past, Present & Future” Film Series
- Herb Moyer on About SAPL
- Herb Moyer on NRC FREEZES ALL NUCLEAR REACTOR CONSTRUCTION & OPERATING LICENSES IN U.S.
- beton on NRC FREEZES ALL NUCLEAR REACTOR CONSTRUCTION & OPERATING LICENSES IN U.S.
The NRC is holding a public meeting (not a formal hearing) to update the public on its efforts to address concrete degradation (ASR) at the Seabrook plant. A poster session will start at 5:30 PM and the public meeting will begin at 7 PM. This is a unique opportunity to informally pose questions about plant safety to NRC officials.
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“Into Eternity” – The Final Free Film In SAPL’s “Nuclear Dangers: Past, Present & Future” Film Series
Please come to a free showing of
An award-winning documentary on the challenges of building a permanent repository for high-level nuclear waste
Wednesday, September 26th at 6:30 PM
Portsmouth Public Library – Levenson Room, 175 Parrott Ave. (near the Portsmouth Middle School)
This is the last film in the “Nuclear Dangers – Past, Present, and Future” film series sponsored by the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League (SAPL) and will feature audience discussion after the film. It is free and open to the public.
The film has particular relevance for New Hampshire residents, since with the demise of the Yucca Mountain repository project in Nevada, a “plan B” approach could involve a granite formation repository, as was previously explored 27 years ago in Hillsborough, NH and in Maine. The Seabrook plant has generated over 500 tons of highly radioactive spent fuel so far, all of which is stored on site.
For more information, contact SAPL at 603-431-5089 or visit their website: www.saplnh.org
MORE ON THE FILM:
Into Eternity is the first feature documentary to explore the mind-boggling scientific and philosophical questions long-term nuclear waste storage poses. Structured as a message to future generations, the film focuses on the Onkalo waste repository now under construction in Finland, one of the first underground storage facilities. Onkalo is a gigantic network of tunnels being carved out of bedrock that will start receiving Finland’s nuclear waste in 2020. Once the repository is full, in about 100 years, it will be closed and hopefully remain sealed for at least 100,000 years. Into Eternity takes viewers deep into the Onkalo facility as it is being constructed and asks Onkalo representatives, scientists, theologians and others to address fundamental but challenging questions.
“CRITICS’ PICK. I am tempted to call Into Eternity the most interesting documentary, and one of the most disturbing films, of the year so far… the way the movie and the people in it express their concern gives it a feeling of sublimity unusual in most environmentalist documentaries.”
- A.O. Scott, New York Times
“It might seem crazy, if not criminal, to obligate 3,000 future generations of humans to take care of our poisonous waste just so that we can continue running our electric toothbrushes. But it’s already too late to wave off the nuclear age, and Mr. Madsen’s film comes at a perfect time to join a worldwide conversation about what to do with its ashes.”
- Dennis Overbye, Science Reporter, New York Times
“Excellent. The haunting Into Eternity…is a rare hybrid: an information-packed documentary crossed with an existential art film. In a deceptively low-key manner, Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen has beautifully crafted one of the most provocative movies of the year.”
- San Francisco Chronicle
“Tackles a subject almost beyond comprehension …. one of the most extraordinary factual films to be shown this year. Why isn’t every government, every philosopher, every theologian, everywhere in the world discussing Onkalo and its implications?”
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK)
“Recommended. What animates the film is the other worldliness of the under-construction project, and the paradoxes the finished Onkalo will embody. If Onkalo succeeds, it will become the longest-lasting product of contemporary civilization – which it might very well outlive.”
- Mark Jenkins, NPR.org
AWARDS & SCREENINGS
Grand Prize, Paris Int’l Environmental Film Festival (FIFE)
Grand Prize, Vision Du Reel – Nyon
Green Screen Award, IDFA, Amsterdam
Tribeca Film Festival
San Francisco Green Festival
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The Union of Concerned Scientists and C-10 Research and Education Foundation Call On the NRC To Conduct Thorough Concrete Analysis Tests At Seabrook Nuke
The next free film to be shown in the Seacoast Anti-Pollution League series:
“Knocking on The Devil’s Door – Our Deadly Nuclear Legacy”
(this film replaces the planned new film “The Atomic States of America”-not yet released)
September 12, 2012 6pm-8pm at the new Kingston Public Library; 169 Main Street Kingston, NH 03848
(603) 642-3521 www.kingston-library.org
There were Three Major Unanswered Questions About Nuclear Power in the 1950’s:
- Can we guarantee that there will not be a major accident and a meltdown of a reactor ?
- Is there a guarantee that the low level radiations that come out of these reactors are harmless ?
- Do we have a way to deal with deadly nuclear waste ?
The answers to these three questions is still “NO”
Come to the free film showing and learn about the following:
Corruption within the nuclear industry; major corporations convicted of fraud and other illegal acts, but continue to be allowed to receive taxpayer subsidy guarantees to build new nuclear facilities
The truth about the health effects upon people caused by the radiation releases from the accidents at Three-Mile-Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima.
The continuing worldwide threat posed by the radioactive spent fuel pools at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plants
The present availability of alternative energy technologies to replace much of the installed nuclear base in the world
The conspiracy to suppress evidence of the dangers of nuclear radiation and the effects of the major nuclear accidents that have happened so far
The fallacy of a “clean” nuclear industry poised to save us from global warming
Corporate media lies about the nuclear industry, nuclear plant safety, and the harmlessness of nuclear radiation
The fact that the nuclear industry has spent close to $100 Billion on nuclear plants that have never operated for a single day.
The biological effects of different types of radiation
Depleted Uranium dust from Desert Storm 1 that is causing childhood cancers, infertility and gross fetal deformities
The nuclear power-nuclear weapons connection
The nuclear threat to all life on this planet
The Nuclearization and weaponization of outer space
The fact that Hopelessness in the population is viewed as a corporate asset
The nuclearization of our Democracy
The fallacy of our “Atoms for Peace” program
The “Nuclear Pinocchios” of the media industry
The public impact of activist opposition on the nuclear industry
The nuclear industry isn’t even built on the crumbling concrete such as is found at the Seabrook “nuke”; it is built upon lies
These are some of the experts interviewed in the film:
Dr. Michio Kaku, Professor of Nuclear Physics, CUNY
Ernest J. Sternglass, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus – University of Pittsburgh, Director of the Radiation and Public Health Project
Dr. Helen Caldicott, Pediatrician & Founding President of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute
Harvey Wasserman, Activist and Author of Solartopia! Our Green-Powered Earth
Dr. Vandana Shiva, Nuclear Physicist
Dr. Alexey Yablokov; his study determined that almost 1 million people have died as a result of the Chernobyl accident
Greg Palast, Investigative Reporter of Corporate Crimes & Racketeering in the nuclear industry
Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Specialist, Beyond Nuclear
Aileen Mioko Smith, Exec. Dir. Green Action “Japan”
Karl Grossman, Author and Journalism Professor, SUNY
Ryan Alexander, President – Taxpayers for Common Sense
Joseph Mangano, National Coordinator – Radiation and Public Health Project
Dr. Janet Sherman, MD – Chernobyl Toxicologist, Radiation and Public Health Project
Cindy Folkers, Radiation & Health Specialist – Beyond Nuclear
Dr. Alice Stewart, whose studies in the 1950’s, discovered that medical X-Rays of pregnant women were a cause of childhood Leukemia
Dr. Chris Busby, European Committee of Radiation Risks
William “Trey” Taylor, President Verdant Power, Marine Renewable Energy
The next film to be shown in the series:
The China Syndrome (122 minutes)
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 – Durham Community Church; Fellowship Hall: 6:30-9:00 PM
This gripping 1979 drama about the dangers of nuclear power carried an extra jolt when a real-life accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania occurred just weeks after the film opened. Kimberly Wells (Jane_Fonda) is a TV reporter trying to advance from fluff pieces to harder news. Wells and cameraman Richard Adams (Michael_Douglas, who also produced) are doing a story on energy when they happen to witness a near-meltdown at a local nuclear plant, averted only by quick-thinking engineer Jack Godell (Jack_Lemmon). While Wells and Adams fruitlessly attempt to get the story on their station, Godell begins his own investigation and discovers that corporate greed and cost-trimming have led to potentially deadly faults in the plant’s construction. He provides evidence of the faulty equipment, which could lead to another meltdown (the “China syndrome” of the title), to the station’s soundman to deliver to Wells and Adams at a hearing on nuclear power. However, on the way to the hearing, the soundman is run off the road by evil henchmen, leading Godell to realize that his own life is threatened, possibly by his bosses at the plant. Driven to the edge of a breakdown, Godell takes over the plant’s control room at gunpoint and demands to reveal his findings on TV. The plant’s management, however, has other plans, and the facility itself is becoming dangerously unstable. Whether or not you agree with the film’s clear anti-nuclear bias, its sobering message and riveting, realistic story and performances are still difficult to ignore. Don Kaye, Rovi
Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown
Wednesday, August 15 – 6:00-8:00 PM
Rye Library – 581 Washington Road
An unprecedented account of the crisis inside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex. A rare inside look at what happened at Fukushima in the hours and days after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. At one point in the disaster, Japan’s Prime Minister cautioned the nuclear plant workers, “You cannot abandon the plant. The fate of Japan hangs in the balance. Otherwise we’re handing Japan over to an invisible enemy. This will affect not just Japan — but the whole world.”
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AUGUST 8, 2012 – As promised in yesterday’s NEC “Early Word” release, we have appended below a press release from the nuclear intervenor’s group that successfully petitioned the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to halt issuance of new or renewed nuclear plant licenses until nuclear waste storage impacts are more thoroughly and properly addressed. This more comprehensive release names 24 petition sponsors, involved in 22 licensing proceedings, for whom the NRC Commission Order is a signal victory.
Decision Follows 24 Groups’ June Petition in Wake of Major Waste Confidence Rule Decision; Most Reactor Projects Already Stymied by Bad Economics and Cheaper Fuel Alternatives
WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 7, 2012 – The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) acted today to put a hold on at least 19 final reactor licensing decisions – nine construction & operating licenses (COLS), eight license renewals, one operating license, and one early site permit – in response to the landmark Waste Confidence Rule decision of June 8th by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
The NRC action was sought in a June 18, 2012 petition filed by 24 groups urging the NRC to respond to the court ruling by freezing final licensing decisions until it has completed a rulemaking action on the environmental impacts of highly radioactive nuclear waste in the form of spent, or ‘used’, reactor fuel storage and disposal.
In hailing the NRC action, the groups also noted that most of the U.S. reactor projects were already essentially sidetracked by the huge problems facing the nuclear industry, including an inability to control runaway costs, and the availability of far less expensive energy alternatives.
Diane Curran, an attorney representing some of the groups in the Court of Appeals case, said: This Commission decision halts all final licensing decisions — but not the licensing proceedings themselves — until NRC completes a thorough study of the environmental impacts of storing and disposing of spent nuclear fuel. That study should have been done years ago, but NRC just kept kicking the can down the road. When the Federal Appeals Court ordered NRC to stop and consider the impacts of generating spent nuclear fuel for which it has found no safe means of disposal, the agency could choose to appeal the decision by August 22nd or choose to do the serious work of analyzing the environmental impacts over the next few years. With today’s Commission decision, we are hopeful that the agency will undertake the serious work.”
Lou Zeller, executive director of Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, another petitioner to the Court, said: said: “It appears that the Commissioners have, at least initially, grasped the magnitude of the Court’s ruling and we are optimistic that it will set up a fundamentally transparent, fair process under the National Environmental Policy Act to examine the serious environmental impacts of spent nuclear fuel storage and disposal prior to licensing or relicensing nuclear reactors.”
Former NRC Commissioner Peter Bradford said: “It is important to recognize that the reactors awaiting construction licenses weren’t going to be built anytime soon even without the Court decision or today’s NRC action. Falling demand, cheaper alternatives and runaway nuclear costs had doomed their near term prospects well before the recent Court decision. Important though the Court decision is in modifying the NRC’s historic push-the-power-plants-but-postpone-the-problems approach to generic safety and environmental issues, it cannot be blamed for ongoing descent into fiasco of the bubble once known as ‘the nuclear renaissance’.”
In June, the following groups filed the petition with the NRC:
Beyond Nuclear, Inc. (intervenor in Fermi COL proceeding, Calvert Cliffs COL proceeding, and Davis-Besse license renewal proceeding; potential intervenor in Grand Gulf COL and Grand Gulf license renewal proceedings);
- Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Inc. and chapters (“BREDL”) (intervenor in Bellefonte COL proceeding and North Anna COL proceeding; previously sought intervention in W.S. Lee COL proceeding);
- Citizens Allied for Safe Energy, Inc. (former intervenor in Turkey Point COL proceeding);
- Citizens Environmental Alliance of Southwestern Ontario, Inc. (intervenor in Fermi COL proceeding and Davis-Besse license renewal proceeding);
- Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination (intervenor in Fermi COL proceeding);
- Don’t Waste Michigan, Inc. (intervenor in Fermi COL proceeding and Davis-Besse license renewal proceeding);
- Ecology Party of Florida (intervenor in Levy COL proceeding);
- Eric Epstein (potential intervenor in Bell Bend COL proceeding);
- Friends of the Earth, Inc. (potential intervenor in reactor licensing proceedings throughout U.S.);
- Friends of the Coast, Inc. (intervenor in Seabrook license renewal proceeding);
- Green Party of Ohio (intervenor in Davis-Besse license renewal proceeding);
- Dan Kipnis (intervenor in Turkey Point proceeding);
- National Parks Conservation Association, Inc. (intervenor in Turkey Point COL proceeding);
- Mark Oncavage (intervenor in Turkey Point COL proceeding);
- Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Inc. (Petitioner in Callaway license renewal proceeding; intervenor in suspended Callaway COL proceeding)
- New England Coalition, Inc. (intervenor in Seabrook license renewal proceeding);
- North Carolina Waste Reduction and Awareness Network, Inc. (admitted as an Intervenor in now-closed Shearon Harris COL proceeding);
- Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Inc. (intervenor in Calvert Cliffs COL proceeding and Levy COL proceeding);
- Public Citizen, Inc. (intervenor in South Texas COL proceeding; admitted as intervenor in now-closed Comanche Peak COL proceeding; potential intervenor in South Texas license renewal proceeding);
- San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, Inc. (intervenor in Diablo Canyon license renewal proceeding);
- Sierra Club, Inc. (Michigan Chapter) (intervenor in Fermi COL proceeding);
- Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Inc. (intervenor in Watts Bar Unit 2 OL proceeding, Turkey Point COL proceeding, Bellefonte COL proceeding; former intervenor in Bellefonte CP proceeding);
- Southern Maryland CARES, Inc. (Citizens Alliance for Renewable Energy Solutions) (intervenor in Calvert Cliffs COL proceeding);
- Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (“SEED”) Coalition, Inc. (intervenor in South Texas COL proceeding; admitted as intervenor in now-closed Comanche Peak COL proceeding; potential intervenor in South Texas license renewal proceeding).
The 24 groups that sponsored the June 18th petition will strategize in September regarding next steps.
On June 8th, the Court threw out the NRC rule that permitted licensing and re-licensing of nuclear reactors based on the supposition that (a) the NRC will find a way to dispose of spent reactor fuel to be generated by reactors at some time in the future when it becomes “necessary” and (b) in the mean time, spent fuel can be stored safely at reactor sites.
The Court noted that, after decades of failure to site a repository, including twenty years of working on the now-abandoned Yucca Mountain repository, the NRC “has no long-term plan other than hoping for a geologic repository.” Therefore it is possible that spent fuel will be stored at reactor sites “on a permanent basis.” Under the circumstances, the NRC must examine the environmental consequences of failing to establish a repository when one is needed.
The Court also rejected NRC’s decision minimizing the risks of leaks or fires from spent fuel stored in reactor pools during future storage, because the NRC had not demonstrated that these future impacts would be insignificant. The Court found that past experience with pool leaks was not an adequate predictor of future experience. It also concluded that the NRC had not shown that catastrophic fires in spent fuel pools were so unlikely that their risks could be ignored.
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NEC RELEASE FOR AUGUST 8th
EARLY WORD/ For Immediate Release
NEC and ALLIES SCORE NATIONAL WIN IN NUCLEAR WASTE CASE
Contact – Raymond Shadis -207-882-7801/207-380-5994 (c)
The Commission granted the motion of Seabrook License Renewal Intervenors, Friends of the Coast (Maine) and New England Coalition (Vermont) AND nuclear intervenors at 21 other plants across the country, to suspend all licensing decisions that are dependent on the agency’s Waste Confidence Rule until NRC resolves just how it will comply with a recent federal Court order vacating the agency rule. The order also grants a request by intervenors that assures the public of an opportunity to participate, regardless of how the Commission proceeds. The Commission order further states that individual contentions based on the federal court decision should be held in abeyance pending a further order.
The vacated Waste Confidence Rule held that the agency found all nuclear waste kept at the nation’s reactor sites was stored safely and would be until a national repository was ready to receive it. Referring to the waste confidence rule, the NRC would permit no discussion of spent nuclear fuel storage hazards in any of its licensing proceedings; thus, intervenors say, stifling legal expression one of the public’s deeply held concerns with nuclear power. That will now be changed, although it is uncertain what form the changes will take.
Proceedings Intervenors were jubilant following today’s NRC notice of a decision. Attorney Diane Curran, one of the attorneys spearheading the litigation project, summed up from her Washington, D.C. office, “ This order pretty much gives us all we asked for ,” noting however that the order is unclear as to which recent NRC licensing decisions the agency deems dependent on the Waste Confidence Rule . The Commission does not say if it intends to appeal the court’s decision (although this decision implies that the NRC has decided not to appeal.)
Raymond Shadis, pro se representative for citizen advocates, Friends of the Coast and New England Coalition in the Seabrook license renewal proceeding said he is working with intervenors at other nuclear sites on a preliminary analysis of how the Federal Court and NRC decisions regarding reconsideration of the impacts of onsite nuclear waste storage may be brought to bear on recent license renewal issuances at plants such as Pilgrim and Vermont Yankee.
NEC will forward press releases from its companion intervening organizations and individuals as the are received.
By Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent
July 30, 2012
Nuclear power is so expensive compared with other forms of energy that it has become “really hard” to justify, according to the chief executive of General Electric, one of the world’s largest suppliers of atomic equipment.
“It’s really a gas and wind world today,” said Jeff Immelt, referring to two sources of electricity he said most countries are shifting towards as natural gas becomes “permanently cheap”.
“When I talk to the guys who run the oil companies they say look, they’re finding more gas all the time. It’s just hard to justify nuclear, really hard. Gas is so cheap and at some point, really, economics rule,” Mr Immelt told the Financial Times in an interview in London at the weekend. “So I think some combination of gas, and either wind or solar … that’s where we see most countries around the world going.”
Mr Immelt’s comments underline the impact on the global energy landscape of the US shale gas revolution, Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown and falling prices for some types of renewable power.
The shale boom has sent US natural gas prices down to 10-year lows, a trend some analysts believe will spread elsewhere, while the nuclear industry faces added costs and uncertainty after Fukushima.
At the same time, a 75 per cent fall in solar panel market prices in the past three years has made solar power competitive with daytime retail electricity prices in some countries, according to a recent report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, while offshore wind turbine prices have steadily declined.
Such factors pose dilemmas for countries such as the UK, which is trying to build new nuclear plants without public subsidy. The ruling coalition is also split over whether to set a new target to make the electricity sector virtually free of carbon emissions by 2030 – a plan George Osborne, the Conservative finance minister, opposes but many Liberal Democrats back.
Mr Immelt lent weight to the Lib Dem argument, saying GE had found existing EU carbon targets helpful. “I think standards sometimes really drive innovation,” he said. “To a certain extent at least, knowing what the rules are and being able to innovate against it is not a bad thing.”
Mr Immelt played down the impact of changing energy trends on a company as large as GE, which reported annual profits of $13bn for 2011 (on revenues of $142bn) and sells products for every leading source of energy, from gas and wind turbines nuclear reactors and oil drilling gear, to gas and wind turbines.
“We’ve got them all, so in some ways when you have them all you don’t have to be so smart about anything,” he said.
Analysts estimate GE’s nuclear revenues, from a joint venture with Japan’s Hitachi, at an estimated $1bn, or less than 1 per cent of annual global sales.
Mr Immelt is visiting London during the Olympic Games, which GE sponsors.
The company will announce on Monday that it has made more than $1bn in sales from Olympic host cities since 2006, including $100m from the London games, where GE has sold several power systems, 120 electric vehicle charging stations and thousands of lights.