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VideoClips from a Lifetime of Activism – Messages from Dr. Judith Johnsrud

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TAURO: Close Oyster Creek – now

Considering the massive, hours-long traffic jam that recently trapped motorists along the barrier island’s excavated Route 35 after the Polar Bear Plunge, isn’t it time officials stopped pretending the Oyster Creek evacuation plan could work?
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YOU are needed To stop new nuclear power licensing, extensions on old reactor

WHO: YOU and your friends and allies are needed and invited…

WHAT: To stop new nuclear power licensing, extensions on old reactor licenses and creation of more nuclear waste

HOW: Please come the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) hearing in Rockville Maryland on Thursday Nov 14th from between 2 & 5 PM (open house 1-2 PM)
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Screenings of HOT WATER

You’ve invited to join us this month for our upcoming screenings of HOT WATER, a new film that shares a haunting, unprecedented look at the uranium mining industry in our country. Read more »

Update on North Anna

The July 11 issue fo Nucleonics Week (pro nuclear industry press) says about North Anna specifically:

North Anna

Dominion’s decision earlier this year to change back to GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy’s ESBWR reactor design for its proposed North Anna-3 in Virginia has set back the review of the COL for that new unit, NRC has said. Dominion will submit a revised application in two parts in July and November, the company has said.

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Carpool to meeting of the NRC in Louisa Tuesday, May 21

Planning to attend the meeting of the NRC in Louisa next Tuesday, May 21 ?? want to carpool ?? please send a note with the contact info/phone using the contact form.

Getting the area to prepare for long-term storage

By Olga Peters/The Commons

BRATTLEBORO—Vermont Yankee and other nuclear plants no longer just spin turbines and produce electricity.

Nuclear plants, and the states that host them, must also acknowledge these sites as the nuclear waste storage facilities they are, said nuclear waste expert Robert Alvarez.

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More safety upgrades set for troubled nuke plant

Omaha Public Power District officials updated the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Monday on changes being made at the plant that might require amending its operating license.

On Monday, the Omaha Public Power District told regulators about several changes that are being made at the plant to improve safety and some long-standing paperwork problems it hopes to clear up.

INTERVIEW: Former U.S. nuke watchdog chair says regulators must stay independent

As it is poised to impose strict regulatory measures on the operation of nuclear power plants, the Nuclear Regulation Authority is increasingly met by opposition that it is making the resumption of plants that are currently offline virtually impossible.
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5 Top Dems to NRC: Fukushima-style Reactors in U.S. Need Upgrades to Prevent Hydrogen Explosions and Radiation Exposure

WASHINGTON (February 27, 2013) — Five House Democrats who lead their respective committees today pressed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to require that all U.S. nuclear reactors of the same design as the ones that melted down at the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan install vents to help prevent hydrogen explosions in the event of a severe accident and reduce exposure to radiation when they are used.

The letter was sent to the NRC by Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee, Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), the Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee, Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. The letter can be found HERE.