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    Stopping the Nuclear Relapse 

    The nuclear power industry is pushing for a revival of nuclear energy. The industry is aggressively seeking to license and build the first new nuclear reactors in a generation. Toward this end, nuclear companies have sought public approval by disingenuously presenting the energy source as clean, renewable, and necessary to deal with global warming, environmental degradation, and dwindling petroleum resources.

    Energy companies are already pursuing the necessary permits to build and operate new reactors in a growing number of locations.

    Federal efforts to resuscitate a nuclear industry that was DOA come with a cost: your tax dollars (over $13 billion) are being spent to support the companies that want to build new nukes, transferring the considerable financial risk from corporations to taxpayers. Public Citizen, through its Energy Program, is actively debunking nuclear industry propaganda and challenging new reactors at the state and federal level while vigorously working to promote viable energy solutions.

    Proposed Reactors in Texas

    Energy companies already are pursuing permits to build and operate 34 new reactors throughout the country. Despite the prohibitive cost and fatal flaws of nuclear power, 17 applications to build new nuclear reactors have been submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Four of these have been submitted within the state of Texas. Public Citizen Texas opposes all of these plants and has joined the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) Coalition as a legal intervener in the Comanche Peak and South Texas Project (STP) licensing process. The legal cases made against Comanche Peak and STP are some of the most successful of their kind nationwide. STP has more contentions accepted by the administrative court than in any other case. Comanche Peak is unique because the administrative court admitted a contention that the license application did not adequately consider energy alternatives and advances in energy storage technology.

    Click here to see a table with the current status of Texas nuclear applications.

    South Texas Project

    Comanche Peak

    Victoria 

    Amarillo 

    Click here to see a summary of nuclear interventions brought against South Texas Project and Comanche Peak.

    For more links to fighting nuclear power in Texas, click here.

    TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas » Nuclear
    San Onofre Nuclear Plant Closing: A harbinger of things to come for the U.S.’s aging nuclear fleet?

    Earlier today, Southern California Edison (SCE) announced that they will retire Units 2 and 3 of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), essentially closing the troubled nuclear power plant which is located between San Diego and Los Angeles. SONGS, which has been in operation for 45 years, may be a harbinger for the future […]


    The post San Onofre Nuclear Plant Closing: A harbinger of things to come for the U.S.’s aging nuclear fleet? appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Friday, June 07, 2013 3:01:41 PM

    Foreign Ownership Could Halt Licensing of South Texas Project Nuclear Reactors

    NRC Says NINA Doesn’t Meet Their Requirements On Tuesday, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission told judges overseeing the licensing case for two proposed South Texas Project reactors that the applicant (NINA) is subject to foreign ownership control or domination requirements and does not meet the provisions of the Atomic Energy Act in this regard. This will […]


    The post Foreign Ownership Could Halt Licensing of South Texas Project Nuclear Reactors appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Thursday, May 02, 2013 12:00:58 AM

    NRC MAINTAINS HEIGHTENED WATCH OVER NUCLEAR PLANTS IMPACTED BY SANDY; THREE SHUTDOWNS AND OYSTER CREEK PLANT IN ALERT

    Update:  The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said an alert at the Oyster Creek plant in Forked River, N.J., ended early Wednesday, October 31. According to an NRC press release, three reactors (Nine Mile Point 1 in Scriba, N.Y., Indian Point 3 in Buchanan, N.Y.; and Salem Unit 1 in Hancocks Bridge, N.J.) experienced shutdowns as […]


    The post NRC MAINTAINS HEIGHTENED WATCH OVER NUCLEAR PLANTS IMPACTED BY SANDY; THREE SHUTDOWNS AND OYSTER CREEK PLANT IN ALERT appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 12:12:03 PM

    Three Mile Island – Deja vu

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has reported that a reactor at Three Mile Island, the site of the nation’s worst nuclear accident, shut down unexpectedly on this afternoon when a coolant pump tripped and steam was released.  Right now they are saying the plant is stable with no impact on public health or safety. Still, this is […]


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    Thursday, September 20, 2012 6:55:34 PM

    NRC Whistleblower Claims Threat To Nuclear Plants Covered Up By Regulators

    According to the Huffington Post, not one, but two, whistleblower engineers at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have accused regulators of deliberately covering up information relating to the vulnerability of U.S. nuclear power facilities that sit downstream from large dams and reservoirs and failing to act to despite being aware of the risks for years. One […]


    The post NRC Whistleblower Claims Threat To Nuclear Plants Covered Up By Regulators appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.



    Tuesday, September 18, 2012 6:00:18 PM

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