By Isaac Wolf, Scripps Howard News Service
Who is in charge of protecting Americans from products made from radioactively tainted metal?
The answer: No one.
By Ken Picard
In the world of industrial-scale electricity generation, some structures are so large and powerful that the sight of them takes your breath away. Their massive, spinning turbines can generated millions of kilowatt-hours of cheap and reliable energy for years at a time, while contributing virtually nothing to global warming.
Yet, even these enormous and seemingly permanent structures eventually reach the end of their operational lives.
In this March 31, 2009 document, Exelon reports on the status of the decommissioning fund for each of its nuclear power plants, as the company is required to do by federal code. When plants were licensed, it was required that they maintain a fund to close down and clean up a reactor site at the end of its life, or for any other reason.
To read the report, open pdf titled "Exelon 3-3-2009":
In a 2007 report, Exelon explains to the NRC how it calculated the costs of decommissioning.
March 28 will mark the 30th anniversary of the accident at the Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2) nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pa. The TMI-2 accident had the greatest impact on nuclear regulation of any single event in history. Although there were no deaths or injuries, the accident is a reminder for the NRC and those who operate plants to remain vigilant in watching over the 104 operating reactors in the United States to ensure their safe operation.
This is an excellent article written by Aileen Mioko Smith
for the 10th anniversary of the Three Mile Island Accident in 1989. The author interviewed residents who lived near
Three Mile Island at the time of the accident and chronicled their stories and experiences, which are stil denied by
government and nuclear industry officials.
Aileen is executive director of Green Action, a Japanese environmental NGO based in Kyoto, Japan.
She was nominated for the National Book Award (USA) in 1976 for the book "Minamata," co-authored with W. Eugene Smith.
(Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1975.)
Most discussions of energy in Pennsylvania today start with natural gas. For much of the past decade, drilling in the Marcellus Shale regions of the state has made Pennsylvania one of the nation's leading energy producers. During his campaign for president, Donald Trump promised to bring coal back and many are still clamoring for expansion and more use of renewable energy in the state.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
In this new era of sabre rattling, our "classic" film is being screened at the Roxie Cinema as part of the San Francisco Green Film Festival. Raye Fleming (second from left in photo above) will join me and co-producer Ruth Landy for the Q&A. Hope to see you! April 23rd, 12:30 pm.