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Investigation of radioactive waste dispersal practices begins in Tennessee and moves across the country

The release of NIRS' report Out of Control - On Purpose: DOE’s Dispersal of Radioactive Waste into Landfills and Consumer Products, caused a flurry of media coverage, especially in Tennessee, one of the key locations examined in the report. Demetria Kalodimos of WSMV-TV in Nashville has run several investigative reports on the issue, and received an award for women in radio and TV for the coverage. Watch the videos here. *image courtesy of WSMV-TV


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& World Information Service on Energy

NIRS/WISE is the information and networking center for people and organizations concerned about nuclear power, radioactive waste, radiation, and sustainable energy issues.


Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal are touring the U.S. together this summer for the first time! And the tour will benefit progressive organizations, including NIRS. You can vote here on which issue areas should receive funding (and find out more info about the tour). Vote early, vote often!


"We do not support construction of new nuclear reactors as a means of addressing the climate crisis. Available renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies are faster, cheaper, safer and cleaner strategies for reducing greenhouse emissions than nuclear power."

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Hot News and Actions

August 19, 2009: Mark Your Calendars! Public Hearings on MD Energy Deal. Alert.

August 19, 2009: Please visit GrassRootsNucleus: YOUR new web site for nuclear-free/sustainable energy advocacy. Alert.

August 18, 2009: Top 10 Reasons Nukes Won’t Save Climate. PDF Article from Michael Mariotte, first posted on DailyKos.

July 31, 2009: 100 organizations sign letter to President Obama opposing possible nomination of former DOE nuclear chief William Magwood to Nuclear Regulatory Commission. PDF

July 22, 2009: Act now to stop new reactors in Senate Climate Bill. NIRS Action Alert.

July 2009: Nuclear subsidies in the House climate and Senate energy bills. PDF A fact sheet from Physicians for Social Responsibility.

July 2009: List of existing subsidies and incentives for constructing new reactors (from R&D to waste management and everything in-between). PDF

July 9, 2009: Comparison by PSR of current Clean Energy Development Administration (or “Clean Energy Bank”) provisions in House climate bill as passed and Senate energy bill still awaiting action. PDF

July 8, 2009: NRC licensing board admits three contentions in NIRS, Green Party, Ecology Party challenge to Progress Energy’s proposed Levy County (FL) reactors. PDF

July 7, 2009: 80+ organizations send letter to President Obama in support of appointment of independent commissioners to Nuclear Regulatory Commission. PDF

June 30, 2009: Tell President Obama: Don't Let the Senate Climate Bill Get Hijacked by the Nuclear Power Industry! NIRS Alert.

June 22, 2009. 47 organizations, including NIRS, send letter calling for major improvements in House climate change legislation. PDF

June 19, 2009: 10 groups urge NRC to deny permit for import of Italian radioactive waste to U.S., following court decision.PDF

June 18, 2009: New study finds that it would cost taxpayers and ratepayers $1.9 trillion to $4.1 trillion more over the life of 100 new nuclear reactors than it would to generate the same electricity from a combination of more energy efficiency and renewables. PDF

May 4, 2009: Letter to President Obama from hundreds of organizations and 5,000+ individuals, commending him for his actions on Yucca Mountain and suggesting appropriate directions for a re-evaluation of radioactive waste policy. PDF

April 19, 2009: Presentation from Michael Mariotte's talk on nukes and climate at SUNY Stonybrook. PDF

March 2009: Who is Constellation Energy Consorting With? Get to know Electricite de France (EDF) and AREVA pdf

March 26, 2009: Former utility executive Arnie Gundersen’s presentation in Harrisburg, PA on explaining how the Nuclear Regulatory Commission greatly underestimated the radiation releases from the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident.

March 26, 2009: Powerpoint by former utility executive Arnie Gunderson concludes that far more radiation was released by the 1979 Three Mile Island accident than acknowledged by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. PDF

March 24, 2009: ASLB accepts 3 contentions, orders hearing in Calvert Cliffs-3 licensing proceeding. ASLB Order PDF; NIRS Press Release.

March 24, 2009: Peter Bradford was an NRC Commissioner at the time of the Three Mile Island accident in 1979. He was asked to testify before a Senate subcommittee about the accident and lessons learned. Here is a copy of his prepared testimony; we think you’ll find it useful. PDF


Reports, Papers and Info You Can Use

July 2009: Important article on studies of childhood leukemia and cancers near German reactors. Childhood Leukemia and Cancers Near German Nuclear Reactors: Significance, Context, and Ramifications of Recent Studies, PDF Rudi Nussbaum, Journal of Occupational Environmental Health. July-September, 2009.

May 2009: Nuclear France Abroad: History, Status and Prospects of French Nuclear Activities in Foreign Countries. A new report from Mycle Schneider Consulting on the expansion of the French nuclear power industry across the world. PDF

EPR: The French Reactor. A Costly and Hazardous Obstacle to Climate Protection.PDF November 2008 report from Greenpeace International on the problems with the French Evolutionary Power Reactor, proposed for Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania and New York in the U.S.

France’s Nuclear Failures: The Great Illusion of Nuclear Energy, PDF November 2008 report from Greenpeace International on the failures of the French nuclear program.

March 2009: The High Cost of Nuclear Power: Why America Should Choose a Clean Energy Future over New Nuclear Reactors, pdf a new report by Maryland PIRG Foundation.

March 2009: Can we go carbon-free, nuclear-free? A resounding Yes! says a new report prepared for Greenpeace by German Aerospace Center (German counterpart to NASA). Energy [r]evolution: A sustainable USA concludes that a virtually carbon-free, nuclear-free energy future for the U.S. is possible by mid-century, at an acceptable economic cost. Download here. PDF

March 2009: Nuclear Loan Guarantees: Another Taxpayer Bailout Ahead? New report from Union of Concerned Scientists warns that the risk to taxpayers of loan guarantees for new reactors could total $360 Billion to $1.6 Trillion. PDF

January 2009: Business Risks and Costs of New Nuclear Power, a new study by CPA Craig Severance, finds that escalating reactor construction and operating costs could lead to electricity from new nukes as high as 25-30 cents per kw/h—significantly higher than industry estimates. PDF

December 2008: New study from Stanford researcher ranks solutions to climate crisis; concludes nuclear and “clean” coal are least effective, least desirable means of addressing climate change. Press release from Stanford University. PDF Article in Energy and Environmental Science.

December 2008: Nuclear Power in France: Beyond the Myth, PDF a new report by Mycle Schneider Consulting for Greens/EFA in the European Parliament, offers a thorough examination of the French nuclear power industry, noting both its strengths and some surprising weaknesses.... Another major new report on the French nuclear industry, from WISE-Paris, titled Nuclear Power, the Great Illusion - Promises, Setbacks and Threats , is available here. Both reports will be very useful for everyone countering the argument that the French nuclear power program is somehow a great success.

July 2008: Study (which reviews 103 previous studies and finds nearly all lacking) concludes that nuclear power is not carbon-free, and its carbon emissions, while far lower than all fossil fuels, are higher than renewable sources of energy. Published in Energy Policy, by Benjamin Sovacool, University of Singapore & Virginia Tech. PDF

May 27, 2008: An important new article from Rocky Mountain Institute: The Nuclear Illusion PDF by Amory Lovins and Imran Sheikh. "Nuclear power is continuing its decades-long collapse in the global marketplace because it's grossly uncompetitive, unneeded, and obsolete - so hopelessly uneconomic that one needn't debate whether it's clean and safe; it weakens electric reliability and national security; and it worsens climate change compared with devoting the same money and time to more effective options." Read this to understand the reality of energy in the 21st century, and make sure your elected representatives at every level of government read it too.


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