Category: Nuclear Power

Susan peterson Gateley: Reinventing Government At The NRC

As deregulation sweeps across the market place for electric power, public utilities are quickly changing the way they do business. No area of change will have more effect on public health, safety, and the environment than that pertaining to commercial nuclear power. The deregulation of the nuclear power industry has the potential to create thousands Read more…

Michael Steinberg: Stop McNukes

The deregulation of the U.S. electrical industry was supposed to end monopoly control of that commodity. Unfortunately the nuclear component of the industry has tainted this process. Across the nation ratepayers are getting stuck with paying for billions of dollars in “stranded costs” for inefficient aged nukes. These are the portions of bad investments in Read more…

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Jim Hightower: Four Vignettes

Jim Hightower HASTERT KILLS PATIENTS BILL OF RIGHTS In a courtroom, an attorney asked the witness, "Sir, What’s your IQ?" The fellow responded, "Well, I can see pretty well, I think." You won’t need much IQ, nor 20-20 vision, to see what’s going on in Congress with the Patient’s Bill of Rights. This is a Read more…

Brian tokar and gary Oliver: The Texas-Vermont-Maine Nuclear Dump

  In April 1994, the Vermont legislature passed a bill establishing an unprecedented compact with the states of Maine and Texas to dispose of nuclear waste. Now that this nuclear deal has passed the U.S. Congress and been signed into law by President Clinton, “low level” nuclear waste from the three states—actually all of the Read more…

Michael Steinberg: Nuclear Contamination In Connecticut

Steinberg   The end of 1997 brought a flurry of media reports in Connecticut about radioactive contamination from the state’s notorious nuclear power plants. The Connecticut Yankee nuclear plant, located about 20 miles up the Connecticut River from Long Island Sound, has been the focus of much of the attention. But the Millstone nuclear plants, Read more…

Kathleen Hart: Deregulation and Nuclear Power

  Deregulation of the U.S. electricity industry is moving forward quickly, quietly, and with little public debate about its potential dangers—including the increased risk of a nuclear power plant accident. California regulators voted May 6 to speed up the pace of deregulation in that state by allowing some customers to pick their electricity providers beginning Read more…

Tom Johnson: Nuclear Politics All MOXed Out

  On January 14, 1997, representatives from 171 medical, environmental, and activist organizations in the United States and 18 other countries—including every major nuclear power except China and Israel—sent a letter to President Bill Clinton asking him to overrule a decision by former Energy Secretary Hazel O’Leary to process plutonium from nuclear warheads and "burn" Read more…

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Brian Tokar: Questioning Official Environmentalism

Seven years ago in these pages, we launched an in-depth investigation of the mainstream environmental movement. The occasion was the widely publicized 20th anniversary of the original Earth Day, an event which in many ways helped institutionalize the widespread corporate co-optation of environmental themes. The year 1990 was an auspicious one for environmental activists in Read more…

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