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The Politics of Nuclear Energy
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https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/...ar-reactor

April 10, 2020
Terrified Atomic Workers Warn That the COVID-19 Pandemic May Threaten Nuclear Reactor Disaster
Nuclear safety cannot be shortchanged—especially in the midst of an outbreak like what the nation is now experiencing.
byHarvey Wasserman
 
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And Holtec is suing NJ tax withholders.

El Oh El.
 
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NRC Glossing Over Holtec Risks
https://www.abqjournal.com/1443821/nrc-g...risks.html
 
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https://whyy.org/articles/pennsylvania-r...d-reactor/
Pennsylvania raises alarms on transfer of radioactive Three Mile Island reactor April16, 2020
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“This is about raiding the decommissioning trust fund,” he said. “TMI-2 Solutions, an investment vehicle based in Delaware, wants to come in and clean the plant up, something that nobody’s been able to do in 41 years, and do it cheaper and faster than anybody else. It’s a monumental fraud. And at the base of this deception is the fact that there’s over $1 billion in public money sitting in the decommissioning fund. And that’s what this is about, them coming in, taking the money, and then getting whatever is left over.”
Epstein said it’s an easy way for FirstEnergy to get the cleanup of the plant off its books.
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In a report issued to the NRC by GPU Nuclear dated March 18, 2020, the trust fund is currently listed at approximately $899 million, while the estimated clean-up costs are $1,353,638,075.
Epstein, who directs TMI Alert, said costs could run as high as $5 billion.
“This company doesn’t have the experience or wherewithal to clean the place up,” Epstein said. “Their plan is to speed up the decommissioning. It’s on an island in the middle of a river. The building itself is radioactive.”
 
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https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/radioa...r-BB12uIus
04/12 /2020 Dominion Energy's North Anna nuclear power station
A US nuclear power plant has shut down one of its two reactors after operators discovered a “small leak of water” in the reactor’s coolant pumps, said the company amid recurrence of similar incidents at other nuclear sites in the country.
 
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https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/news/n...r-BB12UwR5
New Rules for Nuclear Plant Workers: 12-Hour Days for Two Weeks Straight
(Bloomberg) -- Nuclear power plants can now implement longer shifts for workers and delay some inspections, raising concerns that as the coronavirus pandemic upends basic operations the industry may be bending the rules too far.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is already allowing six U.S. power plants to extend workers’ shifts, to as long as 12 hours a day for two weeks, and more may be coming. That’s up significantly from current standards that require people to get two-to-three days off a week when pulling shifts that long. Employees can also work as many as 86 hours in a week now, up from 72 hours.
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Flashback. And Holtec has the nerve to sue for monies not due them now... Krohns is Holtecs fictitious money laundering entity, as has been reported of late...

https://www.chattanoogan.com/2007/12/18/...ed-To.aspx
Former TVA-BFN Manager Sentenced To 2 Years Probation
Tuesday, December 18, 2007****
A former manager of TVA's Brown's Ferry Plant has been sentenced on a federal violation.

John L. Symonds, 57, of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips to serve two years of probation and to pay a $5,000 fine.

The sentence followed Symonds's guilty plea to making a false statement in a matter within the jurisdiction of the Tennessee Valley Authority, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001.

On July 2, 2007, United States Attorney James R. Dedrick filed an information in the United States District Court charging Symonds with knowingly and willfully making a false material statement to the Tennessee Valley Authority by executing and submitting a financial disclosure certification, OGE Form 450-A, in which he knowingly and willfully failed to disclose his receipt of $54,212.77, through Krohn Enterprises, LLC.
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Pennsylvania Raises Alarms On Transfer Of Radioactive Three Mile Island Reactor
Citing financial concerns and the COVID-19 emergency, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has asked the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to delay a decision over a license transfer of the radioactive Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Dauphin County.
https://www.wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-ra...r#stream/0
 
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https://energycentral.com/news/jea-loses...-lawsuit-0


JEA's long-shot quest to cancel a costly agreement for buying power from the Plant Vogtle nuclear plant fizzled out Wednesday when a judge ruled against JEA and said the contract is valid.

The decision handed down by U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen, who presides in the northern district of Georgia, means JEA is stuck with purchasing power at a steep cost for 20 years after construction finishes on Plant Vogtle's two new reactors.

"Once again, the gift that keeps on giving," City Council member LeAnna Cumber said in an pointed tweet about Plant Vogtle and the judge's ruling. "It highlights yet another reason for more stringent oversight over JEA. How this contract was ever entered into boggles the mind."
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...MEAG pointed out that the 2008 agreement was a "hell or highwater" contract that bound JEA to pay for the cost of constructing the reactors even if they never generated a volt of electricity.

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Nuclear: too cheap to meter. No, really, you don't even need a meter...
 
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Bailouts and bribes.... no way not Nuclear.... I mean it's green right?

Larry Householder...Ohio house speaker

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/20...488384002/

https://markets.businessinsider.com/news...1029421615#

Quote:• May 2017: Lawmakers in the Ohio House and Senate introduced several bills in 2017 to create a “Zero-Emissions Nuclear Resource Program,” including a rider on electric customers’ bills. In testimony on one of those bills, Jones told an Ohio Senate panel that FirstEnergy’s two Ohio nuclear plants, Davis-Besse near Toledo and Perry east of Cleveland, could be forced to close without a subsidy.  The three bills did not move out of their respective chambers during the 2017-18 session.

• April 2018: Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger abruptly resigns amid an FBI investigation. Householder and then-Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, jockey for support to take the Speaker’s seat.

• May 2018: More than 10 candidates supportive of Householder win their primaries over Republicans who were supportive of Smith.

• June 2018: Smith is elected Speaker following an unprecedented 11 rounds of voting before he received the needed support.

• May 2017:  Lawmakers in the Ohio House and Senate introduced several bills in 2017 to create a “Zero-Emissions Nuclear Resource Program,” including a rider on electric customers’ bills. In testimony on one of those bills, Jones told an Ohio Senate panel that FirstEnergy’s two Ohio nuclear plants, Davis-Besse near Toledo and Perry east of Cleveland, could be forced to close without a subsidy.  The three bills did not move out of their respective chambers during the 2017-18 session.

• April 2018:  Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger abruptly resigns amid an FBI investigation. Householder and then-Rep. Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, jockey for support to take the Speaker’s seat.

• May 2018:  More than 10 candidates supportive of Householder win their primaries over Republicans who were supportive of Smith.

• June 2018:  Smith is elected Speaker following an unprecedented 11 rounds of voting before he received the needed support.


First Energy...or First Enemy.  What ya gonna do now. Oh yeah more Federal Bailouts
 
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https://localnews8.com/news/local-news/2...r-project/

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Members of the scientific community are voicing concern after the NuScale Small Modular Reactor (SMR) project received design approval from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) last week.

Dr. Edwin S. Lyman, the director of Nuclear Power Safety Union of Concerned Scientists, says the SMRs have fundamental design flaws, that could become dangerous. In fact, in a press release this morning, he sited a non-concurrence report published by a nuclear engineer within the NRC.

Dr. Lu Non Concurrence ReportDownload

In the report Dr. Shanlai Lu claims there is an issue with the "boron dilution" process, a backup reactor cooling process. He says that if it were to fail it would result in "catastrophic core damage."
 
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Sept 22 deadline for public comment on Holtec nuclear waste storage approval in NM...

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/US-r...o-19916240

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...Tappert noted that the public has until Sept. 22 to submit comments.

Rose Gardner, a resident of Eunice and member of the Alliance for Environmental Strategies, argued that the project was illegal under federal law and unfairly impacted Hispanic communities in rural New Mexico.

“The National Waste Policy Act does not allow for this license to be issued and a privately-owned corporation to take the high-level waste from commercial reactors,” Gardner said. “The failure of the NRC to satisfy the public with these poorly run and moderated webinars is an example of government waste as usual.”

New Mexico Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, and members of the state congressional delegation have called on the commission to postpone the licensing process until the pandemic eases.
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Holtec under ‘criminal investigation,’ EDA says in since-redacted court filing
https://www.politico.com/states/new-jers...ng-1294345
 
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South Jersey trucking firm omitted criminal violation in application for $79 million tax break, labor union says
June 2019**

https://www.inquirer.com/business/nfi-te...90613.html
 
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Holtec in the news.


Holtec Sues Lacey Over Denial To Expand Cask Storage
Patch|17 hours ago
The Planning Board rejected Holtec's plan last month to add 34 casks of spent nuclear fuel at the site of the Oyster Creek power plant.
Holtec Files Two Lawsuits After Lacey Planning Board Denies Site Plan Application
TAPinto|6 days ago
LACEY, NJ - Holtec Decommissioning International filed two separate lawsuits against the Township of Lacey Planning Board last week. The state action only names the planning board, while the ...
Holtec files two lawsuits in dispute over Oyster Creek nuclear power plant
Courier Post|12 days ago
CAMDEN - Holtec International has gone to court — make that two courts — in a fight over its proposal to decommission the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant. The Camden firm wants a pair of ...
Holtec Blasts NJ Town's 'Unfounded' Nuclear Plant Paranoia
Law360|13 days ago
Nuclear energy supplier Holtec International slammed a New Jersey town's decision to deny land use permits for nuclear fuel storage facilities, telling a federal court that the rejection was a regulatory overreach and a potentially dangerous hindrance to the safe shutdown of an aging reactor.
Lujan Grisham continues opposition to proposed nuclear waste facility near Carlsbad as public comment period closes
Carlsbad Current-Argus|5 days ago
Opponents of a nuclear waste facility proposed near Carlsbad continued their call for federal regulators to deny permitting for the facility and argued it would create undue danger for the public and environment in New Mexico and throughout the country.
Indian Point Safety, Sale Topic Of Nuclear Regulators' Meeting
Patch|14 days ago
Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will hold a public meeting Sept. 22 to discuss three issues about the Indian Point nuclear facility. The NRC staff will provide information on a proposed transfer of Indian Point's license to Holtec International,
US regulators take public comments on nuclear fuel plan
Washington Times|13 days ago
In a preliminary recommendation, the commission favored approval of a license for Holtec International to build the facility in southeastern New Mexico. The NRC staff's preliminary ...
Oil and gas company opposed to nuke site near Carlsbad excluded from federal proceedings
Carlsbad Current-Argus|20 days ago
Arguments filed by a Permian Basin oil and gas company against a nuclear waste facility proposed to be built near the Eddy-Lea county line by Holtec International were denied from the record by federal regulators, after the company argued storing waste ...
Battery plant scores investment, new orders
The Business Journals|29 days ago
Holtec International has invested $10 million in Eos Energy Storage into Hi-Power LLC, a joint venture between the two companies that builds zinc-hybrid cathode batteries at Holtec's ...


My, my. While Americans play politics and pretend certain things are what we should be mulling; like a thief in the night- Holtec bartering the children's futures with iron fist greed.
 
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Holtec Blasts NJ Town's 'Unfounded' Nuclear Plant Paranoia

Holtec depends on their industry mouthpiece, whom they are clearly "in bed with", the NRC. Any authority or vote outside of that, and they cry about the injustice. Who wouldn't want to police "themselves"?! Anyone body whom calls into question ethics, safety, economics, regulation or industry standards, is labeled "paranoid" by Holtec. A troll tactic we are all familiar with.


Subscription only.
https://www.law360.com/articles/1311209/...t-paranoia

NJ Town's 'Unfounded' Nuclear Plant Paranoia
Law360 (September 17, 2020, 5:41 PM EDT) -- Nuclear energy supplier Holtec International slammed a New Jersey town's decision to deny land use permits for nuclear fuel storage facilities, telling a federal court that the rejection was a regulatory overreach and a potentially dangerous hindrance to the safe shutdown of an aging reactor. In a complaint and motion for a temporary restraining order filed Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, Holtec alleges the Lacey Township Planning Board improperly assumed powers reserved for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to shut down the Oyster Creek Nuclear Plant's decommission process based on ill-informed safety concerns. "Defendants aggressively and improperly stepped into the shoes of the. . .
 
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https://m.economictimes.com/industry/ene...229758.cms February, 2020
Westinghouse set to sign pact with Indian firm for nuclear reactors during Trump visit


https://m.economictimes.com/news/interna...713649.cms October, 2020
Trump administration approves $1.35 billion for small-scale nuclear reactor project
 
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https://www.ans.org/news/article-499/lic...roceeding/

Licensing board denies reopening Holtec CISF license proceeding
Radwaste Solutions Waste Management
September 8, 2020
A licensing board of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued an order last week denying calls to reopen proceedings against Holtec International’s application to construct and operate a consolidated interim storage site for used nuclear fuel in southeastern New Mexico.

Fasken Land and Minerals, an oil and gas company based in Midland, Texas, along with Permian Basin Land and Royalty Owners, an association of oil and gas producers and royalty owners (collectively called Fasken), filed motions with the NRC Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) seeking to reopen the record and submit an amended late contention against Holtec’s license application.

The details: In denying the motion to reopen the case, the ASLB said that Fasken failed to carry the “intentionally heavy burden on parties seeking to reopen the record.” The ASLB likewise said that Fasken failed to convince the board that its latest contention, that the ownership of mineral rights beneath the proposed site “is based on new, previously unavailable information that differs materially from information that was previously available.”

Background: Holtec submitted its application to the NRC for the interim storage facility on March 30, 2017, and the ASLB was established in 2018 to hear petitions against the application that were filed by Fasken and other organizations, including the Sierra Club, Beyond Nuclear, and Nuclear Energy Information Service, among others.

In May 2019, the ASLB denied all hearing requests by the petitioners. That order was affirmed, for the most part, earlier this year by the NRC commissioners, which sent four contentions filed by the Sierra Club back to the ASLB for further consideration, along with Fasken’s latest contention. In June, the ASLB ruled that Sierra Club’s remanded contentions were not admissible.
 
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/...ar-energy/

The Green New Deal is a Nuclear one.

The solar/renewable spin was to get young or naive voters on board.

What a racket.

SMRs, coming to a backyard near you.
 
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Atomic Heat in Small Packages Gives Big Industry a Climate Option
Nuclear industry’s small modular reactors can produce the high temperatures needed by some of the most polluting industries.
Bloomberg
By Jonathan Tirone
December 4, 2020
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/...d=msedgdhp
Quote:Small modular reactors are drawing the attention of policy makers across the U.S. and Europe because of their versatility. They can deliver a steady flow of energy both in the form of heat and electricity. The power helps balance intermittent supplies coming from wind and solar farms. The heat can help decarbonize some of the world’s dirtiest industries. Johnson set aside 500 million pounds for SMR design in a green economy program last month, and Biden says they’re one of the keys to long-term energy policy in the U.S.

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“Using this market to justify the development of a program of factory SMR production appears to be a particularly implausible strategy,”  wrote the authors. Hundreds of billions of dollars in direct subsidies, along with carbon dioxide pollution at $100 a ton — almost triple the cost of today’s prices in Europe — are required to develop the industry, they wrote.

Without reviving demand for nuclear energy, the National Academy warned that the U.S. risks losing expertise in building reactors, leaving behind all the hard lessons scientists learned from tickling dragon tails seven decades ago.

Nuclear still has a ways to go to fulfilling the promise of a practical, economic power source; still they keep trying to make it sound like it could.  Splashing some green on it won't make it so. Nuclear expertise is needed for building nuke bombs and for space exploration, and that's why the nuclear industry is subsidized and sold to the people as an energy source.  Glowing green new deal.
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
 
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