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The Radioactive Waste Disaster | Counterpunch

On June 8, the US Court of Appeals in DC put an end to such bullish “confidence.” In vacating the NWCD, the Court ruled that the NRC has to re-evaluate the environmental impacts of the storage and disposal of nuclear waste, effectively forcing the agency to examine the environmental consequences of producing highly radioactive nuclear waste without a long-term disposal ...

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Nuclear Cover-Up Threatens Great Lakes Region | Counterpunch

A CounterPunch Special Report on NRC Collusion With Utilities to Conceal Grave Safety Problems at Davis Besse and Palisades Reactors by MICHAEL LEONARDI According to recent reports from the nuclear watchdog Beyond Nuclear and several Great Lakes environmental organizations, the NRC is up to its usual practices as an industry captured agency. Collusion and flagrant cover-ups at the Davis Besse ...

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NRC freezes all U.S. nuclear reactor construction and operating licenses

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 WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 7, 2012 – 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), ...

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Fukushima and the Nuclear Pushers | Counterpunch

Karl Grossman, professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College of New York, concludes his article: With some very important exceptions, people have not adequately taken on the nuclear authorities. And we all must. The nuclear promoters have set up a corrupt system to enable them to get their way with their deadly technology. They have lied, they ...

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Critical Cables, Wires at Nuclear Plants Are At Risk of Failure | Common Dreams

WASHINGTON – June 18 – Miles of vital electrical cables and wires at most of America’s 104 nuclear power plants are at risk of failure due to prolonged submersion in water or condensation, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. In a petition filed today, the environmental advocacy group is asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to require all plants to ...

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Court Says Regulators Must Evaluate Dangers of Nuclear Waste | TruthOut.org

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission acted improperly when it failed to consider all the risks of storing spent radioactive fuel onsite at the nation’s nuclear power facilities, so ruled a federal court on Friday. In a unanimous ruling (PDF), a three-judge panel of the US court of appeals for the District of Columbia found that the NRC’s “Nuclear Waste Confidence Decision”–the ...

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An 80-Year License to Kill? | Counterpunch

The NRC’s Latest Crazy Idea by KARL GROSSMAN The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be holding a meeting this week to consider having nuclear power plants run 80 years—although they were never seen as running for more than 40 years because of radioactivity embrittling metal parts and otherwise causing safety problems. “The idea of keeping these reactors going for 80 ...

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The infighting that threatens to undermine US nuclear safety | guardian.co.uk

It could be the latest Inside the Beltway TV drama: the safety guardians of America’s nuclear industry working in a political environment so toxic that the White House was compelled to appoint the bureaucratic equivalent of a marriage counsellor. Firstly, there have been testimonies to Congress of “outbursts of abusive rage” at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The senior ...

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As Fukushima Worsens, US Approves New Nukes | RSN

Despite reports this week that the Fukushima nuclear situation may be even worse than previously thought, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has given approval today for two combined licenses for two nuclear reactors in South Carolina, only the second time in the last three decades that new nuclear plants have been approved in the nation. The NRC’s decision to approve ...

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