* Charlotte NRC Nuclear Waste Video

Thanks to Central Piedmont member and advocate Brian Kasher for this great video and his comments!

Here is one slice of the action at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission public comment session held in Charlotte. 100% of those in favor of expanded nuclear waste and waste confidence were affiliated with the nuclear industry. 100% of those opposed to nuclear waste confidence were members of the public unaffiliated with the nuclear industry.

Please share this video and write the NRC or attend a hearing to let your voice be heard!

Make your comments by December 20 to the NRC referring to  docket ID# NRC-210-0246

Email:  rulemaking.comments@nrc.gov

Fax: Secretary, NRC 301-415-1101

Mail:  Secretary, US NRC, Washington, DC  205555-0001   Attention Rulemaking & Adjudication Staff

* Sierra Club Michael Brune Takes on Pro-Nuclear Propaganda

Click below to go to the CNN website to view the debate.

Brune Debates Pandoras Promise

Michael Brune, Sierra Club executive director:

“The Sierra Club and our 2.1 million members and supporters respect these scientists, and thank them for their years of service.  Unfortunately, we will have to agree to disagree with them on this one. While we agree that the climate crisis is the most urgent challenge of our time, this group is fails to acknowledge that wind, solar and efficiency are the faster, cheaper, and safer way to fight the climate threat. If Fukushima, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island have taught us anything, it’s that nuclear plants are too expensive, too slow to build, and too risky. That’s why countries like Germany – one of the largest economies in the world – are going all in on renewable energy sources and decommissioning dangerous nuclear plants. The American public understands this, and overwhelmingly supports wind and solar over nukes. In a Gallup poll this year, 76 percent of Americans said they supported solar power and 71 percent said they supported wind, while only 37 percent supported nuclear…that’s only 6 percent more than coal, which came in dead last as the least favorable source of energy.”

Pandora’s False Promises

Pandora’s Promise, is a new pro-nuclear propaganda documentary released theatrically in the US in July 2013. It is funded in part by individuals with a vested interest in seeing the development of new reactors and is seemingly a vehicle by which to raise the profile of the anti-environmental Oakland think tank, The Breakthrough Institute, whose personnel feature prominently in the film. Despite the film’s premise and early claim that it features “a growing number of leading former anti-nuclear activists” who now support nuclear energy, no one in the film ever led the anti-nuclear movement. Nor was any credible, independent scientific or medical professional with expertise in the areas covered in the film consulted or featured. Beyond Nuclear has bird-dogged the film from the beginning, and has produced numerous critiques. We have also published a definitive report – Pandora’s False Promises: Busting the pro-nuclear propaganda – and a two-page synopsis. These documents address virtually all of the myths, lies and omissions typically found in pro-nuclear rhetoric and are intended to address these long after Pandora’s Promise fades into deserved oblivion.

Learn more at Beyond Nuclear

* A Big Win Against Nuclear Waste in Charlotte

By my count, 42 testimonies against adopting the generic environmental impact statement versus 29 testimonies for.

By my count, 42 citizens with no financial bias gave testimony against and 29 citizens with strong financial interests gave testimony for adoption.

By my count, not one person who was not a Duke Energy employee, an  industry employee or a nuclear waste consultant spoke against the generic environmental impact statement.

But 42 passionate and concerned citizens (along with many supporters in the room) said reject this plan!

If you couldn’t make it to the meeting, you have until midnight Dec 20th to submit your comments.:

Make your comments by December 20 to the NRC referring to  docket ID# NRC-210-0246

Email:  rulemaking.comments@nrc.gov

Fax: Secretary, NRC 301-415-1101

Mail:  Secretary, US NRC, Washington, DC  205555-0001   Attention Rulemaking & Adjudication Staff

Check out what you missed. And thanks again to everyone for their hard work, support and passion on this issue!

Press Release

NRC Press Release Nov 4

Check out the media coverage!

NRC to hold nuke-waste meeting in Charlotte

Nuclear Waste Meeting In Charlotte
“We really need a plan to deal with this waste on an ongoing basis,” says Bill Gupton, chair of the Sierra Club Central Piedmont Group. “And if we can’t come up with a valid solution, we need to stop making the waste.”

Pro, anti-nuclear groups fill Charlotte hearing on waste issues
“This is an attempt to come up with a generic rule on waste that cuts the public out of the discussion when new plants are considered,” said Susan Corbett, an S.C. woman who chairs the Sierra Club’s national Nuclear Free campaign. “This is not streamlining. It is steamrolling.”

N.C. nuclear waste storage at plants is debated
Louis Zeller, executive director of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, said the NRC’s new rule, which would be applied to all nuclear plants, should be canceled because it ignores the differences between individual plants.

Mary Olson, Southeast regional coordinator of the Nuclear Information and Research Service, added that “the only solution for radioactive waste is to stop making it.”

After decades without permanent disposal, she said, “We have nothing to do with it except piling it up – it’s piling up where it’s made and if it’s moved, it’s piled up there. That’s all we have to show up for it.”

Photos of some of the great folks that attended!

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More photos at Nuclear Reg Commission Hearing in Charlotte 4 Nov 2013 (70 photos)

https://plus.google.com/photos/110589004450939931931/albums/5942996765941708465?banner=pwa

P.S.

If you couldn’t make it to the meeting, you have until midnight Dec 20th to submit your comments.:

Make your comments by December 20 to the NRC referring to  docket ID# NRC-210-0246

Email:  rulemaking.comments@nrc.gov

Fax: Secretary, NRC 301-415-1101

Mail:  Secretary, US NRC, Washington, DC  205555-0001   Attention Rulemaking & Adjudication Staff

* One Day Son…

Tonight’s the night!

The night to speak out to not leave this legacy to our children!

One Day SonA large public outcry is needed to prevent the NRC from implementing a new “Waste Confidence” rule. It is critical that you attend the “waste confidence” meeting in Charlotte.  Even if you do not wish to speak, your presence tells the NRC that you care.

Monday, November 4
Hilton Charlotte University Place
8629 J.M. Keynes Drive
Charlotte, NC  28262

Outside gathering and rally 5 pm

Open house 6-7 pm

Meeting 7-10 pm

Thanks to BREDL and the Sierra Club No Nukes Campaign we have a HOSPITALITY ROOM!

We have reserved a meeting room for anti-nuclear activists attending the Nuclear Regulatory Commission public hearing in Charlotte on Monday, November 4th. All of our anti-nuke allies will be welcome to come to the hotel’s banquet room–Lakeshore 4–where we will have hot coffee, water, cold water, fruit and vegetable trays, meat and cheese platters from 3 PM until 8 PM. Tables for literature and and chairs for informal meetings will be available. Costs will be covered by the SC Sierra Club and BREDL.

Anti-nuke (and only anti-nuke) people, feel free to arrive any time after 3 at Lakeshore 4 for final preparations for the rally and hearing. As you know, the a rally will commence at 5, the NRC hearing room will open at 6, and the hearing will begin at 7 at the Hilton Charlotte University, 8629 JM Keynes Dr. Charlotte NC 28262.

Some thoughts on the issue

Thanks to Bill T. for these ideas about comments to made::

Here is what the guts of this thing are about:  The licensing of new reactors and extension of life of existing reactors is stopped dead by the court order, to the consternation of the nuclear industry, and their supporters in our government.  The Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) put out by the NRC claims that continuing to add to the spent nuclear reactor fuel rods in storage at each reactor (some 100 of them) for another 60 years or more while assuming a permanent storage solution would be developed “when necessary” is not an environmental danger.  They do this by not really examining the catastrophic effects of loss of cooling producing a fuel rod fire (as Fukushima is close to doing).  They basically say in this GDEIS that the odds of a fire are so low the environmental impact is low no matter how catastrophic.  Nothing about terrorist attacks or sabotage.  Ditto for the consideration of leakage of radioactivity from water leakage from the storage pools at reactor sites.  There needs to be a limit on how much waste can be stored at any particular reactor site, probably a site-specific determination, but today there is no limit at all.  The design and construction of nuclear reactors, as well as storage of waste basically assumes that no “Acts of God” will ever happen – like Fukushima.  In my opinion it is immoral to permit a technology that has the potential to hurt so many people for such a long time from just one “accident”.

Points to Consider for Your Comments

1. Stop Making Nuclear Waste. Without a scientifically proven solution for safely disposing of nuclear waste, we must stop making it. Clean, renewable sources of electricity are readily available and affordable, so there is no excuse for continuing to rely on nuclear power.

2. Nuclear Waste is Still a Problem Without a Solution. No technology has yet been proven capable of containing radioactive waste for the hundreds of thousands of years necessary to protect the environment. Debates continue over whether it is even possible to do so, but unfortunately the U.S. has failed even to identify a viable site for a nuclear waste repository despite two decades, billions of dollars, and a federal mandate to do so. No country has yet put such a site into operation, (though some are closer to it than we are.)

3. Waste Confidence Is a Radioactive ConGame. The purpose of NRC’s Waste Confidence rule is to streamline nuclear plant licensing by ignoring the million-year, multi-billion dollar problem of what to do with radioactive waste. The only problem Waste Confidence solves is how to permit nuclear plants to continue making this waste when there is no solution for it.

4. NRC Still Ignores the Real Risks of Nuclear Waste at Reactor Sites. Spent fuel is highly flammable as well as radioactive, yet is primarily stored in densely packed pools of water that contain several times more fuel than the nuclear reactor itself. If a fuel pool is damaged or loses its cooling system, fuel rods could be exposed, overheat, and catch fire, releasing massive quantities of radioactive material. NRC refuses to address the incredible risks these facilities pose, pretending the low likelihood of an accident makes the extreme consequences irrelevant. Hardened On-Site Storage systems (HOSS) should be used to store spent fuel more safely and securely at or near nuclear plants. HOSS solves the immediate dangers nuclear waste poses, without creating unnecessary risks.

* 7 Miles of Elephants

It’s time to start a stampede of folks calling for change!
Join the herd of folks coming from across the southeast this Monday, November 4th, at the Charlotte NRC Public Meeting on nuclear waste.
Plan to speak out on this critical environmental issue for our community.
Let’s send the NRC a message that they’ll never forget.
See you there with your signs, banners, and passion to preserve and protect our planet.

7 Miles of Elephants Nuke Waste

Since the summer of 2012, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been unable to issue licenses for new reactors, nor renewals for existing licenses. A federal court threw out the underpinning of the agency’s radioactive waste policy–its “waste confidence” rule. That rule had stated that the NRC was confident that high-level radioactive waste always would be stored or disposed safely, and thus could continue to be generated.

But the court found that with the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site effectively cancelled and no alternative in place, the NRC could not be “confident” of permanent disposal. Moreover, the court ruled that the NRC had no technical basis for asserting that current on-site storage practices in fuel pools and dry casks would be safe for the indefinite future. This ruling forced the current moratorium on licensing.

The NRC has now prepared a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) as part of the process of replacing its “waste confidence” rule and it hopes to finalize this document and resume licensing during 2014. In the Fall of 2013, the agency will hold 12 public meetings around the country to explain and receive comment on this document.

These meetings are our opportunity to point out the technical shortcomings in this new document, and to call for making the licensing moratorium permanent. There will be protests and public involvement at each one of these meetings. We hope you will join us.

A large public outcry is needed to prevent the NRC from implementing a new “Waste Confidence” rule. It is critical that you attend the “waste confidence” meeting in Charlotte.  Even if you do not wish to speak, your presence tells the NRC that you care.

Monday, November 4
Hilton Charlotte University Place
8629 J.M. Keynes Drive
Charlotte, NC  28262

Outside gathering and rally 5 pm

Open house 6-7 pm

Meeting 7-10 pm

The NRC requests that if you wish to speak, you register beforehand. Your choices are:

1) online at  WCRegistration@nrc.gov, 2) by phone at 310-287-9392, 3) in person at the meeting

Additional Information

Background Information on Nuclear Waste – Factsheets, reference materials, etc.

http://charlottesierraclub.org/2013/10/22/background-information-on-nuclear-waste/

Presentation on Nuclear Waste in NC – Mary Olson at Sierra Club Meeting

http://charlottesierraclub.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/waste-confidence-public-comments.pdf

Background On Waste Confidence

http://content.sierraclub.org/grassrootsnetwork/documents/background-waste-confidence

Talking Points and comment instructions for Waste Confidence Hearings

http://content.sierraclub.org/grassrootsnetwork/documents/talking-points-and-comment-instructions-waste-confidence-hearings

Facebook Event Page
https://www.facebook.com/events/746788495347110/

Sierra Club Action Alert – Take Action: Nuclear waste in our communities?
http://charlottesierraclub.org/2013/10/18/take-action-nuclear-waste-in-our-communities/

 

* Sierra Club Michael Brune to Debate Pro-Nuclear Film on CNN, Nov 4

Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, will debate the director of Pandora’s Promise on Monday morning (Nov 4) on CNN. Tune in or check back.

Pandora’s False Promises

Pandora’s Promise, is a new pro-nuclear propaganda documentary released theatrically in the US in July 2013. It is funded in part by individuals with a vested interest in seeing the development of new reactors and is seemingly a vehicle by which to raise the profile of the anti-environmental Oakland think tank, The Breakthrough Institute, whose personnel feature prominently in the film. Despite the film’s premise and early claim that it features “a growing number of leading former anti-nuclear activists” who now support nuclear energy, no one in the film ever led the anti-nuclear movement. Nor was any credible, independent scientific or medical professional with expertise in the areas covered in the film consulted or featured. Beyond Nuclear has bird-dogged the film from the beginning, and has produced numerous critiques. We have also published a definitive report – Pandora’s False Promises: Busting the pro-nuclear propaganda – and a two-page synopsis. These documents address virtually all of the myths, lies and omissions typically found in pro-nuclear rhetoric and are intended to address these long after Pandora’s Promise fades into deserved oblivion.

Download the full report (click below)

Pandoras False Promise Report

Help Counter Pandora’s Promise on CNN

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CNN will nationally broadcast the much criticized, pro-nuclear power film Pandora’s Promise on Thursday, November 7. CNN is airing the film without offering any opposing viewpoints despite requests and petitions from Beyond Nuclear and others. To help provide balance and a critical perspective on nuclear power, The Atomic States of America film will be available to view free online from November 6 – 8. Atomic States provides a comprehensive exploration of the history and impact of nuclear power to date, and investigates the truths and myths about nuclear energy. Please help promote the film’s availability to your networks and friends. More

28,000 and counting petition CNN!

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting has launched a petition to ask CNN to make time for a rebuttal to its Nov.7th screening of the pro-nuclear propaganda film, Pandora’s Promise. More than 28,000 have already signed. (Beyond Nuclear and Physicians for Social Responsibility also submitted a petition to CNN). Please sign today! And read more.

* Infographic on Nuclear Waste Storage – Just in time for Nov 4 Charlotte NRC public hearing

Here’s a great infographic on nuclear waste storage. Check it out and plan to attend the rally and public meeting on Monday, Nov 4!

A large public outcry is needed to prevent the NRC from implementing a new “Waste Confidence” rule. It is critical that you attend the “waste confidence” meeting in Charlotte.  Even if you do not wish to speak, your presence tells the NRC that you care. You can also bring signs for outside the meeting room.

Charlotte

Monday, November 4
Hilton Charlotte University Place
8629 J.M. Keynes Drive
Charlotte, NC  28262

Outside gathering and rally 5 pm

Open house 6-7 pm

Meeting 7-10 pm

The NRC requests that if you wish to speak, you register beforehand. Your choices are:

Nuclear Waste Infographic

* Nuclear Waste Poem

Thanks to Sierra Club Central Piedmont group member Brian Kasher for this poem!

Listen and you’ll definitely want to attend and speak at the November 4th NRC Charlotte Public Meeting on Nuclear Waste disposal.

A large public outcry is needed to prevent the NRC from implementing a new “Waste Confidence” rule. It is critical that you attend the “waste confidence” meeting in Charlotte.  Even if you do not wish to speak, your presence tells the NRC that you care. You can also bring signs for outside the meeting room.

Charlotte

Monday, November 4
Hilton Charlotte University Place
8629 J.M. Keynes Drive
Charlotte, NC  28262

Outside gathering and rally 5 pm

Open house 6-7 pm

Meeting 7-10 pm

The NRC requests that if you wish to speak, you register beforehand. Your choices are:

Nuclear Waste
Acid Rain
Chemical Waste
It’s in our brains

Toxins in our water
Solvents under our feet
The big agra-pharma answer
Medication in our meat

Pollution, it’s in our cities
Pollution, it’s in our Streams
Pollution, it’s in our future
Pollution, it’s in our baby’s dreams

Gulf, oil, Chernobyl, Fracking and Fukashima
Each reminiscent of a
Corporate Hiroshima

Hey Boardroom People
Where profit is the lord
You can make the difference
Through use of an altruistic sword

Corporate acts change our world
For this you can’t deny
Your hearts hold the answer
On this you can relay

Add value to society
Not to the social ill
For Earth is our Mother
We owe her better still

212 chemicals
traced in our babies blood
It’s a momentous challenge
To stop the blasphemous chemical flood

Nuclear Waste
Acid Rain
Chemical Waste
It’s in our brains

It’s All of Us
We’re to Blame
Nuclear Waste Acid Rain

Only you and you and you
Only We The People
Can Effect Change!

There is a Season.

By Brian K. Kasher

* October 23 Meeting Presentations – Great info!

“Fantastic presentation!”

“All this finally made sense”

These were a couple of the comments about the presentation by Mary Olson of NIRS. Thanks so much Mary! Also joining us for the meeting was  Susan Corbett, national chair for the Sierra Club Nuclear Free Campaign. Thanks Susan!

Check out the business presentation about elections, outings, conservation issues and more (click below).

Oct 2013 Business MeetingCPG Meeting 2013 Oct

Below is a copy of the excellent presentation by Mary Olson that she has kindly provided for us. If you have questions (there were some great questions during the program), email Mary at maryo@nirs.org.

Mary Olson PresentationWaste Confidence

Below are excerpts from Mary’s presentation that highlight the talking points for the upcoming NRC Public Comment Meeting in Charlotte.

A large public outcry is needed to prevent the NRC from implementing a new “Waste Confidence” rule. It is critical that you attend the “waste confidence” meeting in Charlotte.  Even if you do not wish to speak, your presence tells the NRC that you care. You can also bring signs for outside the meeting room.

Charlotte

Monday, November 4

Hilton Charlotte University Place
8629 J.M. Keynes Drive
Charlotte, NC  28262

Outside gathering and rally 5 pm

Open house 6-7 pm

Meeting 7-10 pm

The NRC requests that if you wish to speak, you register beforehand. Your choices are:

NRC Meeting Talking PointsNRC Waste Confidence Meeting Talking Points

* Meeting Tonight – “Nuclear Power in the Carolinas – Wasting Away or a Glowing Threat?” – Oct 23

You don’t want to miss this meeting tonight! See you there!

Duke Evac Plan McGuire

What’s going on with nuclear power in North Carolina?   Even the former chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) says the nuclear industry is dying1 and yet Duke wants to build two nuclear reactors just south of Charlotte in Gaffney2.  After decades of no permanent solution, nuclear fuel is building up in NC3 and most of it is in hazardous spent fuel pools4.  Are the nuclear reactors surrounding Charlotte at risk5 and are we prepared for a nuclear emergency in Charlotte6?  What are the issues?  What can we do about it7?

Join us Wednesday, October 23, to hear “Nuclear Power in the Carolinas – Wasting Away or a Glowing Threat?” with Mary Olson. Mary has been on the staff of Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) for twenty-two years, serving as staff biologist, radioactive waste specialist and since 1999, the Director of the Southeast Office. As young research assistant Olson suffered a radiation accident; Dr. Helen Caldicott’s book, Nuclear Madness restored her perspective and set her on the path of work to protect others from ionizing radiation. Mary has done so by educating the public, congress, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and now the rising generation of activists.

Our meeting starts off at 6:30 PM with pizza, refreshments and a chance to meet and socialize with other Sierra Club members and friends. The business meeting and program will begin at 7:00 PM. Non-members and potential new members are very welcome!

Central Piedmont Sierra Club meetings are held in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28203. Cumberland Avenue is off of the 1500 block of East Boulevard.

The program is free and open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Free parking is available.

Bring a friend or two; you’ll be glad you did! See you there…

Additional information

1. Former NRC Chairman Says U.S. Nuclear Industry is “Going Away” “This is not a future technology. It’s an old technology, and it serves a useful purpose. But that purpose is running its course.” “The industry is going away,” he said bluntly. “Four reactors are being built, but there’s absolutely no money and no desire to finance more plants than that.

2. Duke Energy continues to support Lee nuke plant That Duke proclaims the continued viability of nuclear in all sorts of forums — from its annual analysts meeting several months ago to a small chamber meeting this week — indicates how seriously Duke takes the need to keep its options open on Lee.

3. N.C. brims with nuclear waste The state ranks fourth in the nation for accumulated nuclear waste.

4. Nuclear Power Safety in North Carolina

5. NC’s 3 Nuclear Plants Report More Than 90 Violations The three nuclear power plants in North Carolina have each reported at least 90 safety violations since 2000. The Government Accountability Office report obtained by The Associated Press shows that the McGuire plant near Charlotte reported 119 lower–level violations and one higher-level violation from 2000 to 2012.

6. In the event of a nuclear accident, is Charlotte ready? Duke Energy hires a consultant to estimate evacuation times for McGuire and Catawba Nuclear Stations. The most recent evacuation time estimates for McGuire predict everyone within a ten-mile radius of the plant could get out within six hours at most. The projection takes into account severe weather and large gatherings at places like Davidson Stadium, the Metorlina Expo and the Renaissance Fair simultaneously. But the report is based on 2004 traffic counts. In a real emergency, the best laid plans would run headlong into real traffic.

7. NRC Nuclear Waste Meeting – Charlotte, Nov 4 Come speak out on this issue!