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“Tool of the Nuclear Establishment — The New York Times”

Investigative journalist and Beyond Nuclear board member, Karl GrossmanMatt Wald, the New York Times‘ decades-long nuclear power reporter, recently retired from the newspaper. The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the nuclear power industry’s lobbying and PR HQ in Washington, D.C., has just announced that Wald will join its ranks on April 13th, as senior director of policy analysis and strategic planning.

In light of this, we re-post Beyond Nuclear board member, and investigative journalist, Karl Grossman’s article “Tool of the Nuclear Establishment — The New York Times,” originally published two weeks after the beginning of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. (See Karl’s photo, left.)

Coalition to press its case against Palisades’ RPV safety rollbacks at March 25th NRC licensing board hearing

Entergy’s problem-plagued Palisades atomic reactor in Covert, MI, on the Lake Michigan shoreline.A U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) will hold an oral argument pre-hearing on Wednesday, March 25th beginning at 10am Eastern, regarding an environmental coalition’s intervention against further regulatory rollbacks regarding Entergy Palisades’ reactor pressure vessel (RPV), the worst embrittled in the U.S. The hearing will be held at ASLB chambers at NRC’s HQ in Rockville, Maryland, but a listen-in phone line is being provided. The hearing is scheduled to last two hours, till noon Eastern, but there is some chance it will run longer than that.

Palisades is located in southwest Michigan, on the shoreline of the Great Lakes, drinking water supply for 40 million people in 8 U.S. states, 2 Canadian provinces, and a large number of Native American First Nations (see photo, left).

We encourage environmental allies and the media to listen-in to the ASLB hearing, in order to watchdog this vital safety issue. RPV neutron radiation embrittlement, and consequent pressurized thermal shock (PTS) risks, are serious at many pressurized water reactors (PWRs) across the U.S. Any regulatory rollbacks rubber-stamped by NRC at Palisades would set bad precedents that could then be applied at other embrittled PWRs in the future.

According to Mr. Sachin Desai, ASLB law clerk: “The phone number for the oral argument is 800-857-9645. The passcode is 9568305. This will be a listen-only line.”

Mr. Desai has also communicated that “Members of the public interested in attending or listening to the March 25, 2015 oral argument must reach out to me, the Board’s law clerk, beforehand [by Mon., March 23] either by phone or e-mail.  My phone number is 301-415-6523…[and] e-mail (Sachin.Desai@nrc.gov).” More.

“Plenty of electricity in the air, study says”

DOE imageAs by reported by Joby Warrick in the Washington Post, the first such study by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in seven years predicts that easily a third of U.S. energy needs could be supplied by wind power by 2050.

The DOE report is entitled “Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States.” The analysis estimates that wind power could support 600,000 jobs by mid-century.

“Fukushima…Yet Another Radioactive Leak!”

Thom Hartmann, host of “The Big Picture”On March 12, Thom Hartmann hosted Beyond Nuclear’s Radioactive Waste Watchdog, Kevin Kamps, on “The Big Picture” to discuss a massive leak of 750 tons (200,000 gallons) of highly radioactive rainwater at Fukushima Daiichi, Japan. Ironically, the leak was revealed by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) on March 10th, the eve of the fourth annual commemoration of the beginning of the nuclear catastrophe.

On March 11th itself, Thom also hosted Kevin on his radio show, to give status updates about“4 Years of Fukushima Fallout.” (Despite being a radio show, the clip includes a video recording of the interview as well.)

“Fukushima four years later…”

Chiho Kaneko, Fairewinds Energy Education board member, along with Alfred Meyer of PSR’s national board, and Beyond Nuclear’s Kevin Kamps, in the Carbon-Free/Nuclear-Free contingent at the People’s Climate March in New York City, Sept. 2014.On March 12, Margaret Prescod hosted Fairewinds Energy Education board member, Chiho Kaneko (photo, left) on Pacifica Radio’s “Sojourner Truth,” to discuss the status at Fukushima, four years on (listen to the top audio clip).

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