U.S. Freezes All Nuclear Reactor Construction & Operating Licenses

Published: August 7th, 2012 at 10:13 pm ET
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Title: U.S. Freezes All Nuclear Power Plant Licensing Decisions
Source: ENS
Date: August 7, 2012

Federal nuclear regulators today froze at least 19 final reactor licensing decisions in response to a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that spent nuclear fuel stored on-site at nuclear power plants “poses a dangerous, long-term health and environmental risk.”

In its ruling, the appeals court invalidated the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s 2010 updates to the Waste Confidence Rule and also the Temporary Storage Rule and directed the commission to fully comply with federal law.

In response, the NRC today put a hold on nine construction and operating licenses, eight license renewals, one operating license, and one early site permit.

The court noted that, after decades of failure to site a permanent geologic repository, including 20 years of working on the now-abandoned Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada, the NRC “has no long-term plan other than hoping for a geologic repository.”

Therefore, it is possible that spent fuel will be stored at reactor sites “on a permanent basis,” the court said.

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“In recognition of our duties under the law, we will not issue licenses dependent upon the Waste Confidence Decision or the Temporary Storage Rule until the court’s remand is appropriately addressed,” the NRC said.

The NRC’s order extends only to final license issuance. “All licensing reviews and proceedings should continue to move forward,” the agency said.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

The storage of nuclear waste at nuclear power facilities poses long-term health and environmental risks, including the risk of leaks from spent fuel pools and fires. Despite this, the NRC has refused my repeated requests to address the serious risks of long-term, on-site storage of nuclear waste in Indian Point’s relicensing proceeding.

In light of my recent federal appeals court victory and a related contention I filed last month in the relicensing proceeding, however, it appears that the NRC has finally changed course. Today, in a victory for the 17 million people living and working close to Indian Point, the NRC has committed to addressing the risks posed by long-term nuclear waste storage at the facility before making any relicensing decisions.

Title: NRC Freezes All Nuclear Reactor Construction & Operating Licenses In U.S.
Source: PRNewswire
Author: Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League
Date: August 7, 2012

Decision Follows 24 Groups’ June Petition in Wake of Major Waste Confidence Rule Decision; Most Reactor Projects Already Stymied by Bad Economics and Cheaper Fuel Alternatives

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) acted today to put a hold on at least 19 final reactor licensing decisions – nine construction & operating licenses (COLS), eight license renewals, one operating license, and one early site permit – in response to the landmark Waste Confidence Rule decision of June 8th by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

The NRC action was sought in a June 18, 2012 petition filed by 24 groups urging the NRC to respond to the court ruling by freezing final licensing decisions until it has completed a rulemaking action on the environmental impacts of highly radioactive nuclear waste in the form of spent, or ‘used’, reactor fuel storage and disposal.

In hailing the NRC action, the groups also noted that most of the U.S. reactor projects were already essentially sidetracked by the huge problems facing the nuclear industry, including an inability to control runaway costs, and the availability of far less expensive energy alternatives.

Diane Curran, an attorney representing some of the groups in the Court of Appeals case, said: “This Commission decision halts all final licensing decisions — but not the licensing proceedings themselves — until NRC completes a thorough study of the environmental impacts of storing and disposing of spent nuclear fuel. That study should have been done years ago, but NRC just kept kicking the can down the road. When the Federal Appeals Court ordered NRC to stop and consider the impacts of generating spent nuclear fuel for which it has found no safe means of disposal, the agency could choose to appeal the decision by August 22nd or choose to do the serious work of analyzing the environmental impacts over the next few years. With today’s Commission decision, we are hopeful that the agency will undertake the serious work.”

Lou Zeller, executive director of Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, another petitioner to the Court, said: said: “It appears that the Commissioners have, at least initially, grasped the magnitude of the Court’s ruling and we are optimistic that it will set up a fundamentally transparent, fair process under the National Environmental Policy Act to examine the serious environmental impacts of spent nuclear fuel storage and disposal prior to licensing or relicensing nuclear reactors.”

Former NRC Commissioner Peter Bradford said: “It is important to recognize that the reactors awaiting construction licenses weren’t going to be built anytime soon even without the Court decision or today’s NRC action. Falling demand, cheaper alternatives and runaway nuclear costs had doomed their near term prospects well before the recent Court decision. Important though the Court decision is in modifying the NRC’s historic push-the-power-plants-but-postpone-the-problems approach to generic safety and environmental issues, it cannot be blamed for ongoing descent into fiasco of the bubble once known as ‘the nuclear renaissance’.

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104 comments to U.S. Freezes All Nuclear Reactor Construction & Operating Licenses

  • norbu norbu

    We the People can make a difference! SHUT THEM ALL DOWN.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Don't take this as any result or answer to this humongous life killing problem we have made for ourselves.

    Take a big sigh, spit in your hand and just reload people, we ain't done yet!


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    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      Jebus..Right on. Now is the time to go to work hard to keep them from re-opening. This is only temporary unless we go to work big time.


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    • Yep, but pat yourself on the back!!!!! And recharge your energy for the next volley….these nukers are stupid but they are not non-intelligent and they have greed backing them.

      So be ready for a fight. Make phone calls….your elected leaders really notice those because everyone would rather just send a semi anonymous email. A phone call is a two way street, have your case ready when you call!


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        "Make phone calls….your elected leaders really notice those…"

        No, we don't have elected leaders anymore:

        From Black Box Voting:

        "IS THERE A PROBLEM WITH FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF USA ELECTION SOFTWARE?

        Not if you don't mind some unknown guys working offshore controlling whatever they choose to in the software processing votes and voters."

        Translation – strangers working in secret, in foreign locations, owned by secret corporations primarily located in off-shore tax havens, are telling us who wins and who loses our elections. All of them.

        Full story:

        http://www.bbvforums.org/cgi-bin/forums/board-auth.cgi?file=/8/82176.html

        "It's not the people who vote that count. It's the people who count the votes." – Josef Stalin


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        • StPaulScout StPaulScout

          It all reminds me of this…..

          Does Peter King, the Republican who represents NY's 3rd Distict in the United States House of Representatives, reveal — in an unguarded and seemingly tipsy moment — the secret strategy behind George Bush's 2004 re-election victory and, presumably, any "upsets" that may come in three weeks?

          King: It's already over. The election's over. We won.

          Camerawoman: How do you know that?

          King: It's all over but the counting…and we'll take care of the counting.


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    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      +1 Jebus.
      But first:
      Champagne! :-)

      *cheers


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Must stop all construction (forever), and halt all license renewals (forever), because there'll never be a solution for the thousands (and thousands) of tons of nuclear waste. It's sick, and must be stopped (forever).


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  • cococoncerned

    4.5 hit Fukushima


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    World wide shutdowns..The end to Nuclear..That's what we need.

    Nuclear is too dangerous!!!

    This is a nice token, but there is more out there.


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  • Sickputer

    Human logic in the courts trumps the murdering nucleocrats. It's the beginning of the end in America for the Dr. Frankenstein monsters.

    We can get electricity in so many safer and cheaper ways. The other nuclear countries can do it also.

    Nuclear power was never the answer to cheap electricity. It will take a million years to finish storing the poisonous waste. The human suffering and the lives lost can't be measured with a price tag.


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      "Human logic in the courts trumps the murdering nucleocrats."

      Exactly. The courts are our last line of defense. There are corrupt judges out there, but there are also a lot of good ones. And they're smart. They know what's going on, and more are learning, of how the Fukushima disaster is going to kill them and their children, and they know who's responsible.

      More than the politicians, send your emails and letters with links to honest Fukushima news to the judges. They're the ones that need to know. All the politicians are complicit in our deaths.

      Wait until this hits the Supreme Court. That's going to be a real battle . . .


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    • teamplayer

      Well said, sickputer.


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  • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

    There is still 60 years worth of spent fuel stored around the country.

    As I read this it says they must do an impact study, but I see no mention of where they are going to store 10's of thousands of tons of spent fuel.

    Nice first step, but real long-term storage needs to happen before these companies go bankrupt and leave the mess for the tax payers to clean up.


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    • ML

      The operative mantra for our marvelous capitalist system has been privatization of profits and socialization of risks and debt (cost)—through government enforcement. Yes, the tax payers will be paying, and the rich won't be paying their fair share. This "system" has no beholding to the little guy. My suspicion is that the NY Attorney General went after this issue due to perceived threats by some of the "big fish" in our economic system. And they should fully appreciate the threat, despite any lies the NRC may give.
      I just hope that some poorer regions of the country, or any country, doesn't get stuck with all the waste. It is a planetary problem.


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  • dosdos dosdos

    You have to start somewhere…..


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  • realself

    approx. 76,000 tons of spent fuel in USA. Join this coalition to demand (for starts) dry cask storage of all spent fuel here http://www.nuclearcommunities.com/index.html


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  • Sickputer

    In case you were wondering….

    "According to reports, this decision by the NRC does not impact previous license issuance — for example the combined operating license granted to Southern Co.'s Plant Vogtle, or the 20-year renewal of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant's operating license."

    http://www.elp.com/index/display/article-display/9986369789/articles/electric-light-power/generation/nuclear/2012/August/Reports__NRC_freezes_new_reactors__license_renewals.html


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    • patman

      Can the nuclear industry morally continue using this stuff if there is no 'Responsible Care' for the waste byproducts?

      'Cradle to Grave' care is an initiative exercised by our chemical industries; had to adopt 'Responsible Care' under the lash of public anger.

      Why does 'Responsible Care' not occur in our nuclear industry?

      Is it because our nuclear industry is sheltered by our governments and our corporate media?

      Is it because our nuclear industry doesn't do anything because they will never see a day of honest scrutiny?


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      • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

        @patman
        The problem in the USA is that our government needed nuclear material make bombs so they cut deals with the nuclear industry that the government would "take care of" the waste. So we must focus our efforts on congress because they are supposed to find a solution. Ultimately it is their responsibility. It is the fault of the USA's congress that we have spent fuel pools sitting around all over the country with 30-40 years worth of nuclear waste.


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  • patman

    For this scientist's family and friends, Mr. Fleishmann's dreams and sad demise there coincides late breaking news.

    All licenses for new nuclear plant construction in the United States has been suspended by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    A U.S. court ruled that nuclear power generation is unnecessarily hazardous because there is no safe permanent storage for nuclear power plant waste.

    Court was critical of current on-site storage being susceptible to theft and fire.

    U.S. anti nuclear activists are ecstatic.

    Candu would save the world? Maybe so, but all that 'natural uranium' spent fuel also has nowhere to go with any safety either.

    If Martin Fleishmann's efforts to pursue 'Cold Fusio'n were seemingly misguided, they were a dream to address the living danger of radionuclide release from a nuclear industrial incident.

    Link:
    http://enenews.com/just-in-u-s-freezes-all-nuclear-reactor-construction-operating-licenses


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    • patman

      Sorry, this was submitted to the CBC News website in Canada just now, and one wanted to share it to anyone who wants it. Maybe copy and paste it, virally, in the comment sections of media boards everywhere.

      Adapt it as you see fit, or whatever, it belongs to you now.


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  • I had to blink my eyes at least twice on that headline.

    :)

    The decommissioning and dismantling of Nuclear Power Plants is what really makes my day.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn-tFwfAcG8&list=FLMuTIV5_ZSKPEJE1r9Fs_hA&index=5&feature=plpp_video


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    • patman

      Yep. Me too.

      Nukes are deader than last night's cigar butt.


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        Not the old ones. And it's entirely possible that the new plants are far safer than the old ones. Now, with increased demand on the old NPPs, they're going to be working overtime.

        And I didn't read anything about stopping the use of MOX in the existing operating plants. Similar to putting nitroglycerine in a 40 year old V8 motor with 500,000 miles on the odometer.

        We're a long way away from any sanity in this situation.


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  • lam335 lam335

    Does anyone know which plants' license renewals have been suspended? I only see Indian Point's reactors mentioned here.


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    • Jebus Jebus

      from above…
      Diane Curran, an attorney representing some of the groups in the Court of Appeals case, said: “This Commission decision halts all final licensing decisions — but not the licensing proceedings themselves — until NRC completes a thorough study of the environmental impacts of storing and disposing of spent nuclear fuel.


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      • lam335 lam335

        But are the eight reactors mentioned here as being up for re-licensure ALL of the reactors that are up for licensure within the country, of only a smaller sub-group of them.

        I would particularly like to know if Limerick in PA is included among these eight.


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    • Chelsea Chelsea

      http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/commission/orders/2012/2012-16cli.pdf

      (Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Unit 3)
      (Fermi Nuclear Power Plant, Unit 3)
      (William States Lee III Nuclear Station, Units 1 and 2)
      (Indian Point Nuclear Generating Units 2 and 3)
      (Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, Unit 1)
      (Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, Unit 3)
      (Limerick Generating Station, Units 1 and 2)
      (Victoria County Station Site)
      (Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, Unit 1)
      (Turkey Point, Units 6 and 7)
      (Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, Units 3 and 4)
      (Seabrook Station, Unit 1)
      (South Texas Project Units 3 and 4)
      (Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Units 1 and 2)
      (Bell Bend Nuclear Power Plant)
      (Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant, Units 2 and 3)
      (Levy County Nuclear Power Plant, Units 1 and 2)
      (South Texas Project, Units 1 and 2)
      (Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant, Units 3 and 4)
      (Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, Unit 2)
      (Callaway Nuclear Power Plant, Unit 1)
      (North Anna Nuclear Power Station, Unit 3)


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  • Jebus Jebus

    This is what the NRC said about spent fuel pools on July 27
    NRC Report States That Storing Spent Nuclear Fuel In Wet Pools Is ‘Adequate’ To Protect Public

    Transferring It to Dry Casks Would Be Significantly Safer, Science Group Says

    WASHINGTON (July 27, 2012) – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) today issued a staff paper evaluating recommendations based on lessons learned from the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan in March 2011.

    The paper reiterated the NRC’s position that storing spent nuclear fuel in wet pools at commercial nuclear power plants provides “adequate” protection for public health and safety and the environment. The NRC also stated that it will continue to study spent fuel storage issues for up to five more years.

    http://www.ucsusa.org/news/media_alerts/nrc-report-adequate-not-enough-0380.html

    I don't think the justice dept liked the word “adequate” in a risk based world…


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  • Jebus Jebus

    So, this announcement should lend a spark to, and might have been influenced by, this upcoming event?

    3-Day DC Rally for Nuclear Free Future Seeks to Mobilize Election Year Policy Shifts on Nuclear Issues

    Thousands of anti-nuclear activists from across the U.S. will converge on Washington, D.C. this September 20-22, 2012 for a Rally for a Nuclear-Free Future. The three-day event, brought together by the grassroots network Coalition Against Nukes (CAN – http://www.coalitionagainstnukes.org), will feature a Congressional briefing on nuclear dangers organized by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a peaceful demonstration at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), presentation of petitions at the embassies of Japan and India, and a demonstration at the Capitol to increase awareness of the dangers of nuclear power plants and spread of global radiation.

    http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/823049


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    • Sickputer

      Jebus posed this query: "So, this announcement should lend a spark to, and might have been influenced by, this upcoming event? [Rally for a Nuclear-Free Future]"

      SP: Bingo. You are spot on Jebus. Obama's think tank (for re-election) will pull out all the stops to soothe the nuclear fears of the electorate, and using the NRC is an easy tool. This gives Barack a defense in upcoming debates. Expect more election year defensive initiatives to roll out over the next several months (beefed up air monitoring for Sadnet, finger-pointing at Japan, temporary shutdowns of nuclear plants in critical voting states).

      But what they are really praying for is that Fukashambles doesn't take a turn for the worse requiring evacuation of American troops. Any major radiation releases affecting the west coast will surely be viewed in a bad light by voters and Romney will benefit.


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  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    The death knell for nuclear power in the U.S.? Transfer to dry casks immediately by presidential dictum I say. Before solar storms hit and cause the worst string of meltdowns imaginable.


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  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    This is a glimmer of hope.


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  • Max1 Max1

    The time for celebration is not yet…
    … There are many still operating.

    This is a small victory, albeit worth noting, but hard work lay ahead.


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  • Siouxx Siouxx

    So if this isn't just to undercut the impact of the anti-Nuclear rally then it also interestingly comes at a time when the news contains a legal challenge to the use of fluoride in water, another poison many have lived with for decades. This is all about us and our apathy and what we will put up with and the fact that everything is and has been in place for us to change it. There is also Dr. Chris Busby's petition, using a legal requirement that the EEC have to deal with the Human Rights Issues around Nuclear Power. He provides evidence that the (medical) peer-reviewed papers for occurrence of disease due directly to Nuclear plants show that cancers are sometimes thousands of times more prevalent than the accepted figures. In other words we have been letting them get away with it for too long, just as we have allowed huge quantities of waste to be stored on site, in our backyards, often just covered by a tin roof – madness. In the debate about nuclear power and what alternatives are available, again they are and have been in place for decades but the first thing everyone needs to do is cut personal consumption. Hardly anyone ever mentions this simple way in which we can make the difference. The Media continues to cut and paste garbage about industries need for power, to produce what? Millions of tons of throw away junk with built in redundancy, which ends up in landfill. Do we as individuals really want to leave as a legacy to our heirs, piles of toxic waste and garbage?


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  • arclight arclight

    will the uk be next?? :(

    congratulations everyone.. this is GOOD NEWS… i hope it is the start of something even better! :)
    well done admin!

    love light and peace to all here!!


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  • Andres Arce Andres Arce

    turbines driven by highly radioactive steam ? !!!


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    This is good news..BUT..it must not be allowed to appease the people.
    The SOS..the victims..those living in areas that should be evacuated are in need of help desperately. They cannot afford for us to be placated by political gain.
    We must push forth with urgency.


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  • rambojim

    The new NRC chairman Allison Macfarlane might turn out to be a good girl after all!

    We are making progress my friends!!!!


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      Environmental Policy and Social Sciences, George Mason University

      Dr. Allison M. Macfarlane, Associate Professor
      PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Geology

      Research Focus:Environmental Policy and International Security

      Allison Macfarlane is currently an Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She received her PhD in geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. She has held fellowships at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, the Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford University, and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. From 1998-2000 she was a Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Foundation fellow in International Peace and Security. She has served on National Academy of Sciences panels on nuclear energy and nuclear weapons issues. She is currently a member of the White House’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. She is also presently chair of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and serves on the Keystone Center’s Energy Board. Her research focuses on environmental policy and international security issues associated with nuclear energy, especially the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle.


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      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        In 2006 MIT Press published her book, Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation’s High-Level Nuclear Waste, which explores the unresolved technical issues for nuclear waste disposal at Yucca Mountain, Nevada."

        Her expertise, and her book, is about the long-term storage issues of nuclear waste. Either she agrees with this court ruling and wants an end to any more nuclear waste generation, or she was brought in to help the NRC circumvent this recent court ruling.

        We will see . . .


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  • aigeezer aigeezer

    "the agency could choose to appeal the decision by August 22nd"

    Be wary.

    Great unexpected news story, but as people have commented it is amazing how inadequate this (wonderful) development is. Fukushima SFP4 could make it irrelevant in an instant, for example.

    Even if the ponderous process of shutdown has really begun, we have a lot of grief ahead. Too bad about the Pacific ocean and all that stuff. Gulp.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    @aigeezer..Yes..being wary is essential.
    The timing bothers me..
    This has to be kept with the "big picture" in mind.

    They are counting on tremendous gratitude..like when children are passed out candy bars after the soldiers have killed their parents.


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    • aigeezer aigeezer

      My thoughts exactly, Heart. Every time I think I'm getting cynical and crotchety, facts emerge that suggest I should have been more cynical. We'll see where this one goes.

      Optimist: "The glass is half full".
      Pessimist: "The glass is half empty".
      Engineer: "The glass is clearly twice as big as it needs to be".

      The trick is to figure out how the key players are viewing this development, why they let it take this turn, and how they might want it to go from here.


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      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        @..I believe it is better to error towards the side of caution.
        Perhaps.. this is something that deserves it's oooh's and ahhh's..perhaps not.
        Pragmatist: There is a hole in the bottom of the glass. it's leaking…just saying…lol.
        These are serious times..smiling doesn't come as easy..less often..making it more precious and rare.


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      • DisasterInterpretationDissorder DisasterInterpretationDissorder

        Here's another one aigeezer if i may , i think you are like most enenewsers here ; a realist :)

        The difference between a pessimist, an optimist and a realist.

        All three off them are standing in front of a tunnel (life) .

        The pessimist : o gawd , its dark in there , can't see a thing , we are all gonne die !

        The optimist : hey look , there is light at the end of the tunnel, paradise waits there for sure i can garantee it !

        The realist : What i see is a tunnel , its dark and possibly dangerous but there is light at the end , so there is a possible good ending to this.
        And i also see the next tunnel !!!


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      @Heart: "..like when children are passed out candy bars after the soldiers have killed their parents." That was sweet!


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  • DisasterInterpretationDissorder DisasterInterpretationDissorder

    Good News Enenews !

    I wil celebrate this small but important (criticalmassscalegravitypointshifting) victory with a smile today ! Lets see if i can reactivate these unemployed facemuscles LOL !

    Keep pushing ! No merci before we are free and consciouss is GLOBAL !


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  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    They will probably drop spent fuel bundles down fracking wells after extracting all the gas. This is good, but the licenses can be issued immediately if the spent fuel issue is resolved.


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      I know the oil companies fill their tankers with hazardous waste after discharging their crude oil cargoes at the receiving terminals, then on the way back to pick up more oil they discharge their hazardous waste cargoes into the salt domes that are left after all the oil is extracted.

      Fracking wells sound more convenient for interior NPP waste. The coastal plants, well, the ocean's right there, and the Japanese have figured it out . . .


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  • Cisco Cisco

    "The Devil Still Has Us Death Dancing at Fukushima" by Harvey Wasserman August 8, 2012
    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/08/08-0

    Wasserman offers a politically correct/accurate assessment of Fukushima Daiichi, and cites a new book about Fukushima Daiichi. He says, "Cecile Pineda lays it all out in her brilliant new DEVIL’S TANGO: HOW I LEARNED THE FUKUSHIMA STEP BY STEP (Wings Press: San Antonio; http://www.ipgbook.com)."

    GE’s Immelt's recent statements about NP’s viability and specifically the financial complexity, the recent Appeals court ruling, and Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns have created the perfect storm that could end this nuclear power debacle, so you'd think.

    There are two things that will kill nuclear, 1. when the greeshades put numbers to pen, figure and publish the true costs (mining, processing, power generating, disposal, decommissioning, and public health), it will be eminently clear the NP is and has always been the most expensive form of generating electricity, and 2. an ELE.

    Wasserman doesn’t go that far when imaging the collapse of SFP #4, but does go on to say, “If that happens—and it could as you read this—the radiation spewed into the atmosphere could impact every living being on Earth. And that certainly includes you”.


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  • many moons

    They froze and unfroze the contruction of a nuclear reactor in Hollywood Alabama many times over decades! It's currently underconstruction again with plans of up and running by 2017. I hope they don't plan to unfreeze these plans and not tell us about it!


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  • Jebus Jebus

    There's an ELEphant in the room. Everyone see's him. Everyone.
    He's been there for 50+ years. He's destroyed parts of the room.
    He's consuming the food and trashing the water.
    He's filthy. His waste is everywhere. On you.
    Some speak up about him, most just stare. Many deny he's there.
    The ELEphant just got sick all over the room. Again. Everywhere.
    No one called the vet, not much is said. And he is still sick.
    Some say, "Smile, don't worry about that poo on you."
    As children get sick. "your fear is causing you harm."
    Some dictate that leaving the waste lie, is adequate.
    Some say that putting the waste in casks, over in the corner, will do.
    We'll give the future their own little easter island.
    Now, the truth spoke up about the ELEphant, justice nod's in approval. The legal system, nodded it's approval of the truth.

    Many are saying, "how do we get rid of the ELEphant, he won't fit through the door, he's too big?"

    The legal system, nodded it's approval of the truth.


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  • Dogleg Dogleg

    Sakido Hanti. The courts not so crazy


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  • kaybee1

    A journey of a 1000 miles starts with the first step. Given the productivity of government, if a permanent storage facility is going to gate license issuance, then this most likely is the end of nuclear power in this country. Yucca will NEVER open and the government will NEVER spend ANYTHING on productive projects ever again. The Hoover Dam, space shuttle, Panama Canal… project of that magnitude are gone for good (the Curiosity Rover was privately funded by the way). If it's not a social program or stealing out money to give to banks, they aint spending it! So in a sense, this is the beginning of the end for US nukes. If this ruling stays in place, plants will be shutdown and decomissioned as licenses expire over the next 20-40 years. I know it's long term but it's better than CONTINUING to issue license extensions for old decrepit plants than never should have been built in the first place.


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  • Ron

    My worry is that this will lead to yet another phony bandaid "solving" of the many serious issues surrounding NP by making minor changes and papering over them to try to mollify the public mind, then back to business as usual.

    My hope is that society is finally realizing what dangerous boondoggle NP is. We don't need it we don't want it. There are much better alternatives.

    Sometimes you just have to say no.


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  • weeman

    It's a good day for mankind and we may just survive, let us learn from our mistakes and make this world a safe place to exist, let's hope we are not to late.


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  • ML

    Gofman wrote in 1979: "If the public really knew that the larger problem by far is what happens on the way to the bank [containment-- or really lack of containment --when moving fuel or spent fuel], we might have some real reaction to the nuclear power program. But I can assure you, with no fear of contradiction, that neither the government nor the industry is going to help the public understand the problem.". Pg 109 in Irrevy.
    How sad but true.


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  • ML

    "If we do not become concerned about those losses on the way to the bank, they will do us in. Far better that we understand the problem,and do nuclear power in first. ". Gofman, PhD, MD, Irrevy, pg 111, 1979.


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  • hbjon hbjon

    A prerequisite for any elected or appointed judge must be to pass a written exam on basic physics. Especially, being able to answer the questions…How much potential energy is in a gram of Uranium? and, How fast does an alpha particle travel when it is ejected from the nucleus of an atom? Why do they let fuel cool so it doesn't breed Plutonium and other more dangerous substances? What does 1 million kilograms of exposed fuel mean to the environment? Send it all to the moon! Without further waste of time. July 2012 = hottest month on record.


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  • rambojim

    Time Is Short..

    Not to mention:

    Solar Flares
    Asteroid Impacts
    Next Ice Age
    Depletion of the ozone layer
    Crop failure
    Earth Quake in Yellowstone Park ( not if but when)

    As of now though,let us revel in what has been accomplished this day…


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  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    "Life is the future, not the past. The past can teach us, through experience, how to accomplish things in the future, comfort us with cherished memories, and provide the foundation of what has already been accomplished.

    But only the future holds life. To live in the past is to embrace what is dead. To live life to its fullest, each day must be created anew."

    Richard Rahl, The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    @ Time Is Short
    It brings to mind an old hippie saying..
    Live in Now.
    Now.important… as we can not return to the past ..nor are we certain of our future.
    Yes..to be keenly aware of the present.. is to live.


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  • From above article "most of the U.S. reactor projects were already essentially sidetracked by the huge problems facing the nuclear industry, including an inability to control runaway costs, and the availability of far less expensive energy alternatives."

    More evidence that nuclear power is nothing more then a boondoggle.

    W.C Fields steps up to the bar and looks at the gaunt stranger next to him. "Do I know you?" Fields asks, "No" says the stranger.

    "Ya ever done any Boondogglin?" Fields asks to laughter in the crowd of the smokey 1930's theatre.

    A boondoggle is a project that is considered to waste time and money, yet is often continued due to extraneous policy motivations.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boondoggle_%28project%29

    Lots of Boondoggling going on up here in Canada and everywhere else.


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  • W8R W8R

    A tiny baby step, in what could be a billion year journey…
    This "boondogle" left us "presents" our grandchildren for hundreds of generations may find, like an old minefield..
    In the future, archeologists will carry geiger counters…


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    • kaybee1

      "ok, so we've found another hot spot. We suspect this technology was used for some sort of primitave power generation or weapon system. Maybe ancient man didn't understand the dangers of radioactivity? It seems there was some sort of ELE around 2000AD. We're yet to determine the cause of it but we've more or less ruled out natural causes and are leaning towards this radioactivity found everywhere and suspect it was some sort of man-made disaster."


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  • Max1 Max1

    Just sent hot tip to DemocracyNOW…
    … Hopefully they will cover.

    The day after I contacted DN, Amy covered the protests (by then it was a week into it) happening in Tokyo. She just covered the Heroshima memorial and touched on the continuing protests. I'll see what happens…


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    "We believe that the NRC will have sufficient time to complete its waste confidence and temporary storage fixes well ahead of license expirations,"

    They won't be able to come up with a fix ..there's no place to hide the tens of thousands of tons, (and continually growing) spent fuel.

    They need to abandon nuclear and construct safe (non-nuclear) plants. This will create jobs, and have everyone's approval. Everyone's.


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  • arclight arclight

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission to woo indigenous peoples with education money

    "… $4.7 Million Funding Available for Nuclear Education Curricula Development Power Industry News, WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced that it expects to award discretionary grant for the development of nuclear education curricula promoting common defense and security; and protecting the environment.

    The estimated total program funding available was cited as $4.7
    million, with a ceiling of $200,000 for each award under this program.
    This funding opportunity is open to institutions of higher education; Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions;….
    A funding opportunity notice from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    states: “The Energy Policy Act of 2005 authorized the NRC Nuclear
    Education Grant Program to support courses, studies, training,
    curricula, and disciplines pertaining to nuclear safety, nuclear
    security, nuclear environmental protection, and other fields that the
    Commission determines to be critical to the NRC’s regulatory mission.
    The NRC Nuclear Education Grant Program’s primary purpose is
    supporting and developing the educational infrastructure necessary to
    allow the Nation to safely advance its nuclear energy initiatives.”…"

    http://nuclear-news.net/2012/08/09/nuclear-regulatory-commission-to-woo-indigenous-peoples-with-education-money/

    this is odd considering..


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  • CB CB

    The US military super conputer must have had the correct numbers and scenarios punched in for this solution. With great power comes great responsibility, one not exercised. This will be the demise of our planet as we know it.


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  • norbu norbu

    wow! I am glad it's not raining here in nor-cal.thanks for the info have many family members in the mid-west.


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