Financial world rejects nuclear

Despite all the fanfare and hot air at the heavily promoted March 21 Nuclear Energy Summit in Brussels, representatives from the 30 countries in attendance, along with their host, the International Atomic Energy Agency, got an abrupt wake-up call from a panel of financial representatives who told them nuclear was their “last” choice and the…

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Belgian waffle

The IAEA and 30 countries that met in Brussels on March 21, spun false nuclear fairy tales, then issued a suitably “solemn pledge” to expand nuclear power, effectively announcing their own funeral. Many European groups protested in Brussels at the expo center where the summit was held (see headline photo). Press release from US groups:…

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Nuclear boosterism has gotten reckless

[“Burning Money” image by Gene Case/Avenging Angels. The image graced the cover of The Nation magazine in 2003, accompanying an article by Christian Parenti about the ill fated Bush/Cheney nuclear power relapse at the time.] Today’s misguided focus on nuclear power is diverting us from renewables, storage and efficiency, hobbling us in our race against…

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IAEA fairy tales exposed in Brussels

More than 600 organizations from around the world signed a declaration condemning the IAEA and its Nuclear Energy Summit in Brussels, and 40 organizations were represented at a counter demonstration there to expose the fairy tales being spun inside the conference. Counterpunch also featured a Beyond Nuclear oped and Beyond Nuclear handed out a nuclear…

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New Backgrounders about Palisades & Big Rock Point!

[Yard sign design by Michigan Safe Energy Future-Kalamazoo Chapter and Palisades Shutdown Campaign; photo by Kevin Kamps] Beyond Nuclear’s radioactive waste specialist, Kevin Kamps, has published three new backgrounders about the closed for good Palisades atomic reactor (Covert Township, near South Haven), and its sibling closed reactor site, the decommissioned Big Rock Point (Hayes Township,…

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NRC Cites Holtec for Improper Use of Decommissioning Trust Funds

Holtec Decommissioning International has misspent money from the decommissioning trust funds at all four nuclear plants it owns, using it to pay for activities like parades and softball games when federal regulations restrict the use to decommissioning of the reactors and cleaning up the contaminated sites. As reported by Christine Legere in the Provincetown Independent…

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Fukushima disaster not over

A statement from Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center, Tokyo: On March 11, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, occurred off the Pacific coast of the Tohoku region. This massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami set off a severe accident at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, which was rocked…

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Follow the money

From Libbe HaLevy, host of Nuclear Hotseat (pictured at the 2023 Nuclear-Free Future Awards by Adam Stoltman): Want to know how to stop nukes? Follow the money – and then take it away from the nuclear industry. This week we talk with Mary Beth Gallagher. She is Director of Engagements for Domini Impact Investments, a…

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Senate approves RECA extension but will the House?

The U.S. Senate last week voted in favor of expanding coverage included under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) in a 69-30 vote after the expanded RECA amendment was first passed under and then stripped from the National Defense Authorization Act last summer by a conference committee of senators and representatives. The RECA expansion act…

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Remembering Fukushima

This week on Nuclear Hotseat, it’s the annual Fukushima Anniversary Special: VOICES FROM JAPAN. This year, host Libbe HaLevy and her guests consider earthquake dangers to Japan’s nuclear reactors. In addition to an update on Fukushima at 13, the program focuses on the January 1, 2024 Noto Peninsula earthquake that shook the two Shika nuclear…

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