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Public meetings in September about reviewing Nevada nuclear waste dump plan

Yucca-MtRegulators schedule meetings on Nevada nuclear dump report 08/21 2015 LAS VEGAS

The federal agency reviewing plans for the long-stalled Yucca Mountain national nuclear waste dump in Nevada has set dates and places of public meetings about revisions to an environmental report.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Friday that it’ll hold a Sept. 3 meeting from 3-5 p.m. Eastern time at NRC Headquarters in Rockville, Maryland.

Meetings will be held Sept. 15 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in Las Vegas, and Sept. 17 at the Amargosa Community Center in Amargosa Valley, Nevada. Both will be from 7-9 p.m. Pacific time.

On Oct. 15, NRC staff will conduct a public conference call from 2-4 p.m. Eastern time.

NRC officials also plan a public conference call at 11 a.m. next Tuesday, Pacific time, to explain how to submit comments about the environmental report.1

August 24, 2015 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Act now: tell the NRC it must reject efforts by nuclear fanatics to weaken radiation standards!

Nuclear Informationa and Resource Service, 19 Aug 15, In February, a group of pro-nuclear fanatics—there is really no other way to describe them—submitted three petitions for rulemaking to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

quackThese three petitions would turn the entire basis for radiation protection standards on its head: they argue that the “Linear No-Threshold” (LNT) radiation model used by the NRC, EPA, and most modern societies should be replaced by a “hormesis” model.

But this is no academic debate about obscure terminology. This is a direct assault on the NRC’s fundamental regulations and on the scientific community itself. If adopted, the hormesis model would mean, in the real world, more death and disease from even the normal operations of nuclear power facilities.

Tell the NRC to reject the hormesis model and instead to strengthen radiation standards.

Here’s the basic difference between the two models: the LNT model, used by the National Academies of Sciences and all government agencies, acknowledges that there is no such thing as a “safe” level of radiation exposure. All exposure carries some risk of cancer or other disease, and that risk rises with the amount of exposure. The “hormesis” model, on the other hand, asserts—with little to no scientific backing—that exposure to very low levels of radiation can actually be beneficial to people, and that there is no concern about exposures until they reach very high levels.

If implemented, the hormesis model would result in needless death and misery. The concept of ALARA (a requirement that nuclear operators reduce exposures “as low as reasonably achievable”) would be tossed out the window. Emergency Planning Zones would be significantly reduced or abolished entirely. Instead of being forced to spend money to limit radiation releases, nuclear utilities could pocket greater profits.

In addition, adoption of the hormesis model by the NRC would throw the entire government’s radiation protection rules into disarray, since other agencies, like the EPA, also rely on the LNT model.

The entire concept is unconscionable and the NRC knows it. It never should have accepted these petitions for comment; the agency should have just thrown them in the trash heap where they came from.

Tell the NRC now to reject the hormesis model and instead to strengthen radiation standards.

The sponsors of these petitions are the radiological equivalent of climate deniers–they either refuse to believe the scientific evidence, or deliberately ignore it to promote the interests of an industry. I wrote about this phenomonen last week on GreenWorld. And, like the climate deniers, the radiation deniers must be defeated: for the sake of our health and our lives, our homes, our children and generations to come, our planet.


The sample comments provided include a couple of quotes, one from the chair of the NAS’ BEIR VII committee, which endorsed the LNT approach and one from the former head of the EPA’s radiation section, which states that the EPA isn’t planning to change its rules anytime soon. As always, you are free to edit the sample comments to use your own language and address your own concerns.

If anything, as we’ve stated in previous alerts on other radiation issues, the NRC’s radiation standards need to be strengthened. As we’ve learned in recent years, women and children, especially girls, are more susceptible to radiation than men. Yet the standards don’t reflect that. Indeed, the NRC’s rules still rely on the “standard man” approach, which allows greater exposures to the most vulnerable in our population.

The NRC needs to hear from all of us now that we simply will not accept the efforts of a few pro-nuclear fanatics to benefit the nuclear power industry at the expense of public health and safety. So please spread this message widely. You can find and share this Alert from this page. You can share theAction Page using the icons on its top right–but please do so before you send in your comments.

Finally, a gentle reminder that NIRS campaigns–like our ongoing efforts to expose the real effects of radiation and prevent any weakening of radiation protection standards–cost money. We rely on our supporters–you–to help pay for these campaigns. Please consider donating here now or after you send in your comments, or by PayPal here, or by check to NIRS, 6930 Carroll Avenue, #340, Takoma Park, MD 20912. You can also call in a donation to NIRS at 301-270-6477. Ask for Denise Jakobsberg.

Michael Mariotte
Nuclear Information and Resource Service

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August 20, 2015 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Key dates for public hearings on Relicensing for the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station

text-Please-NoteRelicensing hearing for the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station The Darlington Nuclear Generating Station is located in the municipality of Clarington on the north shore of Lake Ontario, and has four nuclear reactors.

With the operating licence set to expire at the end of 2015, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has applied to the CNSC to renew it until 2028…..

Hearing and key dates

The CNSC will hold a two-part public hearing to examine OPG’s request.

Here are some key dates:

Participant fundingFunding has been made available to assist the public in participating in the hearing. As proceedings were originally scheduled for last year, this funding was advertised in March 2014.

The independent committee that reviews applications has approved funding for seven groups, of up to $65,394.

Read more about the history of participant funding offered for the Darlington relicensing hearing……..

July 13, 2015 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Petition: Tell the U.S. Department of Energy: Stop the bias against renewable energy

Tell the U.S. Department of Energy: Stop the bias against renewable energy

63%   We’ve reached 47,466 of our goal of 75,000.

sign-thisSign the petition Tell the U.S. Department of Energy:

“The Energy Information Administration chronically overestimates the cost of renewables like solar and wind, while underestimating the cost of fossil fuels.. This constant bias hurts clean energy investment and development, which is vital to the U.S. economy and our effort to combat climate change. End the Annual Energy Outlook’s bias against renewable energy.”

You’ll receive periodic updates on offers and activism opportunities.

Every year, the U.S. Department of Energy releases the Annual Energy Outlook, an important report about the future of energy in America. It forms the basis of energy policy and investment for both the government and businesses by providing projections and cost estimates for various sources of energy.

But here’s the problem: This report chronically overestimates the cost of renewable energy like wind and solar while underestimating the cost of dirty fossil fuels every single year.

It’s a bias that tilts the playing field toward dirty fossil fuels like coal and natural gas, and away from the clean energy sources that are crucial to combating climate change and jumpstarting America’s clean energy economy. It’s time to put that to an end.

Tell the Department of Energy: Stop the bias against renewable energy.

The recently released 2015 report projected that by 2040, the U.S. would increase its consumption of renewable energy by only 2 percent.1 According to the same report, the U.S. will only add 48 gigawatts of solar generating capacity by 2040, while solar energy experts contend that half of that amount will be added by 2016 alone. Meanwhile, the report continued its pattern of underestimating costs for dirty fossil fuels like coal and fracked natural gas.2

Furthermore, the report doesn’t base any of its estimates on planned or predicted changes in public policy that will have a dramatic effect on future U.S. energy consumption, including fracking bans that would significantly raise the cost of natural gas, extensions of tax credits for solar power, and impending EPA rules that will limit carbon emissions from power plants and lower our dependence on coal.

This out-of-touch, head-in-the-sand analysis about America’s energy future is unnecessarily prolonging our reliance on dirty fossil fuels, putting our climate and health at risk while holding back a new wave of clean energy jobs and investments. It’s time to end the bias.

Tell the Department of Energy: Stop the bias against renewable energy.

May 8, 2015 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

PETITION: Stop the Nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki built by Fennovoima.

sign-thisStop the Nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki built by Fennovoima.

Why this is important

Fennovoima nuclear power company plans to start building a new nuclear power plant on the ecologically valuable Hanhikivi Cape in Pyhäjoki at the Bothnian Bay, in the northwest part of Finland. Let’s stop this irresponsible and dangerous project! Help stopping the construction of a 100.000-year problem, in its early stages!

The petition when signed goal is reached will be sent to:
Sauli Niinistö, Finlands President
Alexander Stubb, Finlands Prime Minister
EU Commission

April 6, 2015 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Need for climate action – highlighted by Earth Hour Saturday 28 March

Earth Hour to illuminate climate Wednesday, 25 March 2015 Hundreds of landmarks from Paris’ Eiffel Tower to Sydney’s Harbour Bridge to the Seattle Space Needle will dim their lights on Saturday, as people around the world mark Earth Hour with candlelight and barbecues.

The 60-minute annual campaign organised by conservation group WWF encourages citizens, communities, businesses and organisations to switch the lights off for an hour from 8:30pm to highlight the plight of planet Earth. Now in its ninth year, Earth Hour’s goal is not to achieve measurable electricity savings, but to raise awareness of the need for sustainable energy use, and this year also to demand action to halt planet-harming climate change. Earth-hour-1 ‘Over 170 countries and territories have already confirmed their participation; more than 1200 landmarks and close to 40 UNESCO world heritage sites,’ Earth Hour head Sudhanshu Sarronwala told AFP. These range from the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, the Acropolis in Athens, Edinburgh Castle, Big Ben, Ecuador’s Quito historical centre and New York’s Times Square. Earth Hour 2015 takes place just months before UN member states are meant to sign an ambitious pact in Paris in December to limit galloping global warming, and just days before a loose end-March deadline for ‘those parties ready to do so’ to submit their carbon-curbing pledges. From a small, symbolic event held in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has grown to a global campaigning event with a festive twist. This year will include a glow-in-the-dark Zumba party in the Philippines, a co-ordinated candlelit dinner in Finland billed as the world’s largest, restaurant dinners by candlelight in London, and a power-generating dance floor to light up the Eiffel Tower after its hour-long sleep, said WWF. The organisers published a list of ideas for individual participants, which included barbecuing instead of stove cooking, a candle-lit street party or a picnic under the stars. An estimated nine million people in 162 countries took part in Earth Hour last year, according to the WWF, of whom 85 per cent ‘said that they felt inspired to do more to protect the planet, such as making small changes to live more sustainably and reduce their impact on the environment.’

March 27, 2015 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Radiation Free Lakeland urges lobbying UK’s MP’s before March 25 on nuclear waste dumping


– ASK why the wall of silence?-

MANY THANKS to everyone who emailed, tweeted and rang their MPs at such short notice.  The Order was about to be passed through as “delegated legislation” this means that there is a presumption to pass the Order uncontested in a back room by Parliamentary Committee.   The lobbying action by Radiation Free Lakeland and No Nuke Dumping has helped ensure that “a select group of independently minded Lib Dem and Labour MPs have objected” to the Order to class a Geological Disposal Facility  as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project.   As some MPs said “nay” (remember this is almost unprecedented) a VOTE HAS BEEN TRIGGERED IN THE COMMONS NEXT WEDNESDAY 25th MARCH 2015.


Now we have just a week to warn our locally elected Councillors that their Democratic Planning Authority regarding the dumping of radioactive waste is about to be stolen away with no fanfare or fuss.   Please lobby MPs, NGOs, Conservation Groups, The Press and anyone else you can think of. Write letters to the press – do something!

This is deliberately shifting sand that even the lawyers are unsure of.  But what we do know is that government is trying  to quietly push law that will ensure the hard won local planning protections (Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Conservation Areas etc) and  our democratic mandate cannot be used to reject geological dumping of nuclear wastes.  At the same time the government is claiming that the “implementation of geological disposal” will be participatory with a “test of public support.”  We have already had some experience of how government has manipulated data to pretend support for geological dumpingand expect this “test” will be more of the same.

We know that all the “Radioactive Waste Management” roads lead to new-build justification and the production of more wastes.

This is what the local government lawyers Bircham Dyson Bell say about the plan:

“Of course this isn’t a random extension to the regime, the government has in mind the creation of one such facility, likely to be in Cumbria. It tried before but in January 2013 the project was vetoed by Cumbria County Council. It’s trying again and for obvious reasons has removed the ability for a county council to veto the process, and the process is also much more measured and supported with technical information.

Even if there is only one site that gets to the stage of a borehole, there should be at least two NSIPs – one for the borehole (and possibly more) and then one for the facility itself.

March 21, 2015 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

March 29 Public Hanford nuclear meetings organised by community groups

Environmental groups take control of Hanford nuclear meetings,  Mar 19 2015,  Staff Reporter-Portland Business Journal A coalition of Northwest pubic interest groups is organizing a State of the Hanford Site gathering in Vancouver after concluding state and federal agencies had no plans to conduct the annual meetings.

community meetingThe community-led program will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon March 29 at Vancouver’s Marshall Community Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd. It is free and open to the public.

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Eastern Washington was conceived as part of the Manhattan project in World War II and produced material for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki. The government subsequently used the remote desert site to produce material for the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

Today, the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site is subject to a decades-long cleanup under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy.

“The health of the Columbia River depends on successful cleanup of the Hanford nuclear site and its dangerous nuclear and chemical pollution. Residents throughout the Pacific Northwest have a huge stake in the cleanup effort at Hanford, and we are reaching out to help give them a greater voice in the process,” said Dan Serres, Conservation Director for Columbia Riverkeeper.

The event is organized by Columbia Riverkeeper, Hanford Challenge, Heart of America and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility. It is billed as an opportunity to provide input on the Hanford cleanup and for downstream communities to learn more about the issues.

March 20, 2015 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

April 11 climate action march i n Quebec

text-Please-Noteflag-canada Act on Climate March Quebec, March 19, 2015 – Prominent Canadian actors, musicians, and authors including Indigenous rights advocate and actress Tantoo Cardinal, Juno award winning artists Claire Boucher (Grimes) and Sarah Harmer, and best selling journalist and author Naomi Klein are urging people across Canada to come to Quebec City to march for the climate on April 11.

“I’m booking a train ticket to Quebec City for April 11th to Act on Climate! This is one of those vital times where we need to lead our leaders,” said Juno-nominated musician Sarah Harmer. “Join the thousands who will be there to push our provincial leaders to act now to develop a low carbon economy in Canada.”

People across Canada are invited to push for federal and provincial action to combat a growing climate crisis and transition the country to renewable energy.

“We need to leave the oil in the ground and move to wind and solar,” said actress and Order of Canada recipient Tantoo Cardinal. “It’s time our Prime Minister and our premiers went beyond fear, greed and control and use this opportunity to weave a new paradigm. Your grandchildren will thank you.”

The mobilization on April 11th is scheduled three days before provincial and territorial leaders are to meet in Quebec City for a special Council of Federation meeting to talk about the climate change. Organizers expect thousands of people from all over Canada to take part in the demonstration. “I am supporting this march because it’s time for governments to tell us that they recognize the new economic reality – the changing world attitudes to oil and its volatility, the world-wide increase in renewables, the fact that, despite lack of subsidies, there are more Canadian jobs now in renewables than in oil,” said Booker prize winning author Margaret Atwood.

“The only thing standing between this world and environmental catastrophe is us,” said Claire Boucher (Grimes). “On April 11th, we our elected leaders must turn away from the tarsands and act on climate.”

The list of artists also includes, Academy Award winning actress Emma Thompson, musician and artist Yasmine Van Wilt a.k.a. Van Wild, and actress and model Shannon Baker.

“There has never been a better time to transform not just how we generate power but who benefits from that power,” said author and journalist Naomi Klein. “With prices plummeting, the oil and gas industry is in crisis, and they are demanding a fresh wave of government handouts and subsidizes. That’s insane. Public money does need to be spent, but it needs to go towards building a clean and just economy — before climate change overtakes us.”

People are encouraged to sign-up to attend the march at

March 20, 2015 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Arnie Gunderson and Ian Fairlie to speak in Cumbria on 11 March, about nuclear plans

text-Please-Noteflag-UKArnie Gundersen and Ian Fairlie, Keswick Reminder Rod & Jill Donington-Smith   

In West Cumbria we already host Sellafield, one of the most hazardous sites in the world. It is now proposed that three new nuclear power plants are to be built next door at Moorside and the threat of a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) being imposed on us still remains.

On Wednesday 11 March at 7.30 Arnie Gunderson and Ian Fairlie, two
internationally respected authorities on the nuclear industry, will be
speaking at the Skiddaw Hotel about the Moorside project and the Waste
Isolation Pilot Project near Carlsbad in New Mexico, which is very relevant
to Cumbrians as it is the only GDF currently in operation anywhere in the
world. It has had its problems with canisters containing waste exploding and
roofs collapsing.

Whether you agree with these possible developments or not, this should be an
interesting evening and certainly you can guarantee that more detailed
information will be available than would be published by the Nuclear
industry itself through its mouth piece the “Britain’s Energy Coast”


March 9, 2015 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

“Fukushima. Another look” exhibition in Kyiv , Japan

see-this.wayJapanese photographer shows alternative view on Fukushima disaster, Kyiv Post March 7, 2015, | Museums — by Victoria Petrenko Kazuma Obara, a Japanese photo artist, had his exhibition on Fukushima disaster opened at the Kyiv History Museum on March 4. Obara, 30reveals the real stories of the liquidators of the nuclear power plant accident, while also plans to launch a special photo project on Chornobyl……“I was very shocked when I met the workers of Fukushima nuclear power plant for the first time and heard their stories,” he says…….

— “Fukushima. Another look” exhibition has a free entrance and takes place at the Kyiv History Museum, 7 Hmelnytskogo st., March 4 to March 18, Monday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

On March 11 at 7 p.m. Obara will give a lecture at the Kyiv History Museum. Called “Liquidators in Fukushima”, it is free of charge. Seats are limited, to reserve call (044) 520 28 27.

Kyiv Post staff writer Victoria Petrenko can be reached at petrenko@kyivpost.com

March 9, 2015 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment


text-Please-NoteREMEMBER FUKUSHIMA – NO to Nuclear Power


PUBLIC MEETING in the House of Commons

hosted by Michael Meacher, MP

please RSVP to let us know if you’d like to attend so we can have an idea of numbers: email

committee room tba 19:00 – 21:00

click here for more info

WEDNESDAY 11 MARCH 2015 – the actual anniversary of the Fukushima disaster:

VIGIL opposite the Japanese Embassy 101 Piccadilly London W1J 7JT

17:30 – 19:30

click here for more info



assemble Hyde Park Corner at 12:00 for start at 12:30

followed by:  RALLY  at old Palace Yard opposite the House of Commons from 14:30

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The Granville Community Kitchen, Kilburn, London

please RSVP to let us know if you’d like to attend so we can have an idea of numbers: email

click here for more info

other 311 events in the UK

other 311 events around the world

films re 311

art exhibitions re 311

our friends in Australia

our friends in Belarus

our friends in Belgium

our friends in Brazil

our friends in Canada

our friends in Finland

our friends in France

our friends in Germany

our friends in India

our friends in Japan

our friends in Lithuania

our friends in Spain

our friends in Taiwan

our friends in the UK

our friends in the USA


organised by: CND, JAN UK, KICK NUCLEAR:

March 7, 2015 Posted by | ACTION | 2 Comments

Say NO to nuclear waste importing to Idaho

Say no to nuclear waste Gail Spaulding Gov. Butch Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden in January agreed to welcome huge quantities of dangerous nuclear waste into sign-this from other locations, to be received in June 2015 and again in January 2016. In doing so, they threw Idaho and its human residents, visitors, animals, birds, fish, land, forests, rivers, creeks, ponds, campgrounds, farms, crops, real estate, cattle and aquifer into eons of radioactive ravaging.

Please express your awareness and opposition to such a vastly contaminating, damaging and unhealthy plan by emailing Otter right away (online search takes you to his website and email link), and learn more and how to protect Idaho from becoming a nuclear waste dump now and for thousands of future years by connecting with the Snake River Alliance, or call them at (208) 344-9161.

There is hope for stopping the receipt of harmful nuclear waste if we act together now so that Idaho can be a safe, healthy, enjoyable, prosperous and refreshing place for life to thrive. And Psalm 46:1 offers the encouragement that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”



March 6, 2015 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Stop the Nuclear Restarts in Japan – international petition

sign-thisStop the Nuclear Restarts in Japan Add your voice to prevent further nuclear disasters in Japan.


It’s been 4 years, and clean-up of the Fukushima nuclear disaster continues with the long term damage still unclear.

The Abe government and the power utilities monopoly want to restart the nuclear reactors. This is despite broad public opposition in Japan. Greenpeace along with local groups have been successful in keeping Japan’s nuclear reactors offline for the last 18 months.

With your help, we can keep it that way.

Together we can create a safer and sustainable future for the people of Japan and the world.

March 4, 2015 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

March 14 in Taiwan – anti nuclear marches in Taipei, Kaohsiung and Tainan

Protest-No!flag-TaiwanAnti-nuclear protest march scheduled for March 14 Central News Agency By Zoe Wei and Evelyn Kao
2015-03-01 Taipei,  A national anti-nuclear alliance calling for energy reforms is set to hold a protest march around Taiwan on March 14 to mark the fourth anniversary of Japan‘s Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. Stop Nukes Now , formed by 126 anti-nuclear organizations, announced that the march will take place simultaneously in Taipei, Kaohsiung and Tainan to convey people’s hope for the government to abolish nuclear power and reform Taiwan’s energy network.
The protest is aimed at expressing opposition to extend the life of Taiwan’s existing nuclear power plants — which are scheduled to be decommissioned between 2018 and 2025 — and call for the start of an energy revolution.
The march in Taipei will start from Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the Presidential Office, proceed along Zhongshan South Road, Gongyuan Road, Zhongxiao West Road and Chongqing South Road before returning to the boulevard where an evening gathering will be held. Taiwan currently generates nearly 20 percent of its electricity from nuclear power at three plants around Taiwan, but opposition to nuclear energy grew sharply after reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant melted down following a massive earthquake and tsunami.
That opposition was galvanized as the government prepared to put a fourth nuclear power plant in northeastern Taiwan into service, and tens of thousands of people protested against the plant in a rally organized by the Green Citizens’ Action Alliance and 150 civilian groups in March 2013. A nationwide nuclear abolition march was again held on March 8, 2014. Lin Yi-hsiung (???), former chairman of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, also began a hunger strike at around that time calling for the fourth nuclear power plant project to be terminated. The government was eventually forced to stop work on the plant and its two reactors, which was close to completion.

March 1, 2015 Posted by | ACTION, opposition to nuclear, Taiwan | Leave a comment


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