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The Politics of Nuclear Energy and Waste II
NJ OKs nuclear-power subsidy that you will keep paying for three more years

...Nuclear Generating Stations in Lower Alloways Creek, Salem County, had threatened to shutter the plants should the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities fail to grant $300 million in yearly subsidies to PSEG and its partner Exelon Corp.

The round of funding was first approved in 2019, amounting to a charge of about $30 to $40 a year on residential electric bills depending on how much electricity they use. The subsidies unanimously approved on Tuesday continue the payments for another three years.
...Stefanie Brand, the director of the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel said the state's electric users are "captive" and "forced to pay for it."

"It kind of confirms that it's all about market power and political power," Brand said. "Once they said, 'Give me everything I want or I'm shutting down the plants' that's what makes the decision. Ratepayers don't have that power."
...Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club said the subsidies takes money away from wind, solar and energy efficiency programs.

"It's shameful but not a surprise that the BPU once again sold out the ratepayers and renewable energy," he said.
Union says Oyster Creek's layoffs will result in unsafe conditions
...As many as 92 employees will be let go from the plant, according to a company spokesman and a W.A.R.N. notice sent to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

John Rayment and Jeffrey Munyan, IBEW union members and longtime plant workers who specialize in radiation protection, said the layoffs will result in less safe working conditions for the remaining staff.
..."I’ve been there for 35 years. I know how that plant works," said Munyan. "There’s still a huge amount of radioactive material there."

A spokesman for Holtec International, the Camden-based nuclear power equipment company that is decommissioning Oyster Creek, said other skilled, union laborers will be assisting the remaining decommissioning staff.

Joseph Delmar, the Holtec spokesman, disputed the union's claim there would be a drop off in safety.
..."It (decommissioning) is all going to be done by people who don’t know the plant," Munyan said.
A Controversial Nuclear Waste Cleanup Could Put a Critical Legal Question Before the U.S. Supreme Court
Jun 17, 2021

A California public advocacy group is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to answer a specific question -- Can private parties impacted by a private company with a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) sue those licensees in federal court? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that such claims could only be brought before the NRC itself even though the agency is not equipped to handle those kinds of claims. The attorney for Public Watchdogs, Chuck La Bella, says, "The Ninth Circuit's reasoning in effect slams the courthouse door on private parties' claims in court against NRC license holders, no matter how egregious their conduct may be."
...The issue evolved as Public Watchdogs pushed for the safe storage of spent nuclear waste during the decommissioning process at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in California. The group petitioned the NRC to stop the work of a private company, Holtec International, at SONGS but the agency denied the request. Separately, the group also filed suit against Holtec and the operators of SONGS.

The nonprofit called into question Holtec's disposal practices and the operators' oversight of Holtec during the plant's decommissioning. The group asked for a work stoppage, based on concerns about the methods used to move and bury millions of pounds of deadly radioactive waste and the integrity of the "thin-walled" canisters the company used to store it. However, the district court said it could not hear their claims. The Ninth Circuit agreed, shutting down the challenge without even looking at the merit of the argument. It ruled that federal courts didn't have jurisdiction over the case.

Quote:However, the district court said it could not hear their claims. The Ninth Circuit agreed, shutting down the challenge without even looking at the merit of the argument. It ruled that federal courts didn't have jurisdiction over the case

Who's on first, what's on second, I don't know is on third. Not even the Feds, huh. Must be great to be above and beyond the law.
"The map is not the territory that it is a map of ... the word is not the thing being referred to."
Sometimes after you build a box you finally realize there is no way out....humans built a box on a sphere, good luck.


“The percentage that goes into the community from MacArthur is a big deal,” she said. “They’ve gotten us through some very difficult times. It’s really disappointing they are stepping away.”

The clock, which is now at 100 seconds to midnight, she added, is “the closest it's ever been to midnight in the history of the clock.”

“I think for more savvy and dedicated, maybe daring investors, there’s a real opportunity," she added. "The field is ripe for investment."   .....hmmmm that shoul work LOL

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