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Small Modular Nuclear Reactors: a case of wishful thinking at best

On Friday the 13th, September 2019, the St John Telegraph-Journal’s front page was dominated by what many gullible readers hoped will be a good luck story for New Brunswick – making the province a booming and prosperous Nuclear Energy powerhouse for the entire world. After many months of behind-the-scenes meetings throughout New Brunswick with...

URGENT! WE Need Your Help! Legislation for a Safe Decommissioning

If you are reading this you are part of the plan to talk with your state legislator about the need for a Citizens Oversight Board for a safe decommissioning of Indian Point. The deadline is January 23. That is when the budget is done. First of all make sure that your state rep is in...
Entergy Asks For OK To Transfer Indian Point's License

Entergy Asks For OK To Transfer Indian Point’s License

Entergy Corporation has asked for approval to transfer the license of Indian Point Energy Center, officials say. A License Transfer Application was filed with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission through the affiliates of Entergy Corporation and Holtec International on Friday, Nov. 22. The application requests approval for the transfer of the NRC licenses for the...

Five years after its shutdown, Windham County still feels loss of Vermont Yankee

This is an interesting observation from a resident and member of the Citizens Advisory Panel who lives in the Vermont Yankee area.  They are still recovering from the closing of the plant.  Evidently, there was no mass turnover with many homes going on the market at the same time.  I have not seen any discussion...
Request Made to Accelerate Decommissioning of Indian Pt. Plants

Request Made to Accelerate Decommissioning of Indian Pt. Plants

The owners of the Indian Point nuclear power plants and their chosen successors have requested approval to speed up the decommissioning process. Entergy Corporation and Holtec International, through their affiliates, announced last week they had jointly filed a License Transfer Application with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, requesting approval for the transfer of the NRC...

Note about Holtec cask

Below is a drawing of a partial view of the interior cavity of the Holtec HI-STORM 100 carbon steel lined concrete storage cask. This model is stored above ground at numerous U.S. nuclear facilities, such as Indian Point. As each Holtec thin-wall (1/2″ thick) stainless steel canister (about 50 tons) is loaded into a concrete...

Red Flags Raised Over Radioactive Waste at Indian Point Plants. CAB or COB?

Supervisor of Cortlandt Linda Puglisi and Theresa Knickerbo, Mayor of Buchnnan, asked the NRC to declare her appointed group of politicians and business people the “official ” citizens group to represent Cortlandt during the decommissioning process. This is her so called Citizens Advisory Panel Those of us who been working on the draft of a...

96 Organizations Join Call to Suspend NRC Pilgrim License Transfer

Thank you Marie for this link. This happens to be for Pilgrim.  Expect much the same for Indian Point.  IPSEC is one of the 96 organizations that signed on to this letter. This is a good letter to forward to your elected officials.  Let them understand how Holtec and the NRC work together.  Certainly not...

Nuclear waste stranded at Indian Point as feds search for permanent solution

What will happen to Indian Point spent nuclear fuel rods? Thomas Zambito for lohud reports. Ricky Flores/Frank Becerra Jr./lohud The bold plan to rid the nation’s nuclear power plants of spent fuel that’s been piling up for decades is spelled out, down to the tiniest of details, in a 2002 Department of Energy report that took...
Resist the latest Mobile Chernobyl bill in Congress

Resist the latest Mobile Chernobyl bill in Congress

Dear Tom, Vigilance needed against nuclear snake oil salesmen! The nuclear power industry’s PR machine has long tried to cynically hitch its wagon to the climate crisis. As but one recent example, WAMU (NPR’s Washington, D.C. station) has been, yet again, running regular Nuclear Energy Institute, NuScale (a so-called Small Modular Reactor vendor), and other...
Resistance urgently needed against the Mobile Chernobyl bill, H.R. 2699, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2019

Resistance urgently needed against the Mobile Chernobyl bill, H.R. 2699, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2019

This is so serious.  It could mean that Holtec could legally ship fuel rods from Indian Point to their New Mexico site.  This is the strongest push yet by the industry for interim storage.  It mus be stopped! Please read this prior to Convergence to help inform our strategy discussion. If you are not coming...

2019 Regional Nuclear Decommissioning Forum

Thursday, October 10, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.Hendrick Hudson Free Library,185 Kings Ferry Rd., Montrose, NY 10548 Welcoming Remarks: NYS Assemblymember Sandy Galef;  Westchester County Executive, George Latimer (invited) Panel of Representatives of Nuclear Reactor Communities:    Moderator:  Catherine Borgia, Westchester County Legislator.  Panelist will be asked about the status of decommissioning at the facilities in their community,...