Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Here and attached is the March 30 Congressional Briefing invitation. We need your help getting the word out and supporting this game-changing event.
Outreach: Please share with your Congressional representatives and local, county and state elected officials as well as your organizations and networks.
Register: Please register asap for the March 30th Briefing. Please RSVP to receive updates: www.eesi.org/033021nuclear#rsvp
Join the Live Webcast on March 30 at 2 p.m. Eastern time, which will be streamed at: www.eesi.org/livecast
Toward an Evidence-Based Nuclear Energy Policy:
What Congress Needs to Know About Nuclear Decommissioning, Radioactive Waste, and Nuclear Energy as a Climate Strategy
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
Please RSVP to receive updates: www.eesi.org/033021nuclear#rsvp
Live webcast will be streamed at: www.eesi.org/livecast
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invites you to join an online briefing on nuclear energy issues, including the current economics of the U.S. nuclear power industry, how to approach decommissioning as more civilian reactors shut down, and what to do with their high-level radioactive waste. In particular, the briefing will assess the impacts of extending the licenses of existing nuclear plants and pursuing “advanced reactors” as a way to fight climate change.
As U.S. nuclear plants age out or become unprofitable, the growing number of shuttered reactors has spawned a new decommissioning business model which promises to remediate sites quickly, but also raises new questions about safety, financial assurance, cleanup standards, and waste disposition. Decommissioning companies want to ship highly radioactive spent fuel through 75% of Congressional districts to their proposed consolidated interim storage facilities (CISFs) in New Mexico and Texas, which overburdened residents there oppose. Congress will likely be asked to change basic provisions of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act this year to enable CISFs. Meanwhile, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is proposing to lengthen the duration of license extensions for operating nuclear plants, potentially allowing them to keep running and generating radioactive waste for more than 80 years.
To help inform major decisions on nuclear energy policy facing Congress, the briefing will point out gaps in current research and data, federal policy, and regulatory oversight, and what can be done to fill them. It will examine how some other countries safeguard their radioactive waste, and offer practical recommendations to help make pending U.S. policy and regulatory decisions about nuclear energy more evidence-based, and better aligned with science and environmental justice. This is the fourth EESI briefing on nuclear plant decommissioning and radioactive waste issues. It will be a moderated discussion with leading experts and advocates, including:
· Tim Judson, Executive Director, Nuclear Information and Resource Service
· Leona Morgan, Co-founder, Nuclear Issues Study Group; Diné or “Navajo” community organizer and leading advocate for communities in New Mexico impacted by CISF and uranium mining
· Paul Gunter, Director of the Reactor Oversight Project, Beyond Nuclear
· Ben Wealer, Research Associate in Nuclear Power Economics, Berlin Institute of Technology; Guest Researcher, DIW Berlin
(German Institute for Economic Research).
· Amory Lovins, Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
The presentations will be about 10 mins. each and will be followed by a very interesting Q&A panel with all the presenters.
This briefing is sponsored by Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, with support from members of the National Decommissioning Working Group and others. Your donation to support this event is needed! Make checks out to Hudson River Sloop Clearwater or donate on the Clearwater website.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Amaury Laporte at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 662-1884
Manna Jo Greene