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*Just In* U.S. Freezes All Nuclear Reactor Construction & Operating Licenses

 
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Federal nuclear regulators today froze at least 19 final reactor licensing decisions in response to a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that spent nuclear fuel stored on-site at nuclear power plants “poses a dangerous, long-term health and environmental risk.”

In its ruling, the appeals court invalidated the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s 2010 updates to the Waste Confidence Rule and also the Temporary Storage Rule and directed the commission to fully comply with federal law.

In response, the NRC today put a hold on nine construction and operating licenses, eight license renewals, one operating license, and one early site permit.

The court noted that, after decades of failure to site a permanent geologic repository, including 20 years of working on the now-abandoned Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada, the NRC “has no long-term plan other than hoping for a geologic repository.”

Therefore, it is possible that spent fuel will be stored at reactor sites “on a permanent basis,” the court said.

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“In recognition of our duties under the law, we will not issue licenses dependent upon the Waste Confidence Decision or the Temporary Storage Rule until the court’s remand is appropriately addressed,” the NRC said.

The NRC’s order extends only to final license issuance. “All licensing reviews and proceedings should continue to move forward,” the agency said.

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The storage of nuclear waste at nuclear power facilities poses long-term health and environmental risks, including the risk of leaks from spent fuel pools and fires. Despite this, the NRC has refused my repeated requests to address the serious risks of long-term, on-site storage of nuclear waste in Indian Point’s relicensing proceeding.

In light of my recent federal appeals court victory and a related contention I filed last month in the relicensing proceeding, however, it appears that the NRC has finally changed course. Today, in a victory for the 17 million people living and working close to Indian Point, the NRC has committed to addressing the risks posed by long-term nuclear waste storage at the facility before making any relicensing decisions.
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Decision Follows 24 Groups’ June Petition in Wake of Major Waste Confidence Rule Decision; Most Reactor Projects Already Stymied by Bad Economics and Cheaper Fuel Alternatives

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) acted today to put a hold on at least 19 final reactor licensing decisions – nine construction & operating licenses (COLS), eight license renewals, one operating license, and one early site permit – in response to the landmark Waste Confidence Rule decision of June 8th by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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And don't forget, Obama doesn't want any new licenses for coal fired or natural gas plants. He's bound and determined to kill this countries infrastructure one way or another.

He talks up green energy real good but what they don't say is the massive tax the EPA has waiting in the wings on solar panels and wind turbines !
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Not so long ago, it used to be the opponents of nuclear generation who argued that the economics did not add up. Nowadays, at least one of the industry’s more influential proponents seems to agree.

In a Financial Times interview this week, Jeff Immelt, chief executive of GE, said nuclear power was “really hard” to defend financially, when compared both with gas-fired generation and certain renewables. “At some point, really, economics rule,” he added. Mr Immelt is not some disinterested bystander. GE, one of the pioneers of civil nuclear power in the 1950s, still produces reactors through a joint venture with Hitachi of Japan.

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Since Japan’s Fukushima disaster last year, understandably tighter safety regulations have increased the costs of reactor construction. Meanwhile, those of rival technologies are lower than expected. Gas-fired generation has become cheaper as shale gas has come on stream. Meanwhile, new technology has cut solar panel prices.

[...]

This may rule out a nuclear renaissance, as Mr Immelt’s words suggest: costs remain simply too high. For any renaissance to happen, the industry must reduce them – without sacrificing the need for safety so starkly illustrated by the Fukushima disaster.

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And don't forget, Obama doesn't want any new licenses for coal fired or natural gas plants. He's bound and determined to kill this countries infrastructure one way or another.

He talks up green energy real good but what they don't say is the massive tax the EPA has waiting in the wings on solar panels and wind turbines !
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Thread: Breaking: CEO of GE says nuclear power “really hard” to defend financially — “At some point, really, economics rule"
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I hope the damn wind blows hard because all we will have left is the expensive and inefficient WINDTARD FARMS!!! Nothing better than 50 cents per kwh and 5 dollar a gallon gas!!!


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Not so long ago, it used to be the opponents of nuclear generation who argued that the economics did not add up. Nowadays, at least one of the industry’s more influential proponents seems to agree.

In a Financial Times interview this week, Jeff Immelt, chief executive of GE, said nuclear power was “really hard” to defend financially, when compared both with gas-fired generation and certain renewables. “At some point, really, economics rule,” he added. Mr Immelt is not some disinterested bystander. GE, one of the pioneers of civil nuclear power in the 1950s, still produces reactors through a joint venture with Hitachi of Japan.

[...]

Since Japan’s Fukushima disaster last year, understandably tighter safety regulations have increased the costs of reactor construction. Meanwhile, those of rival technologies are lower than expected. Gas-fired generation has become cheaper as shale gas has come on stream. Meanwhile, new technology has cut solar panel prices.

[...]

This may rule out a nuclear renaissance, as Mr Immelt’s words suggest: costs remain simply too high. For any renaissance to happen, the industry must reduce them – without sacrificing the need for safety so starkly illustrated by the Fukushima disaster.

[link to www.ft.com]

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I hope the damn wind blows hard because all we will have left is the expensive and inefficient WINDTARD FARMS!!! Nothing better than 50 cents per kwh and 5 dollar a gallon gas!!!


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Thread: Breaking: CEO of GE says nuclear power “really hard” to defend financially — “At some point, really, economics rule"
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And don't forget, Obama doesn't want any new licenses for coal fired or natural gas plants. He's bound and determined to kill this countries infrastructure one way or another.

He talks up green energy real good but what they don't say is the massive tax the EPA has waiting in the wings on solar panels and wind turbines !
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and the rest of the AZZZHOLES still cannot figure THIS SHYTE OUT.
never mind these windmills etc etc don't do shitE either.
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And don't forget, Obama doesn't want any new licenses for coal fired or natural gas plants. He's bound and determined to kill this countries infrastructure one way or another.

He talks up green energy real good but what they don't say is the massive tax the EPA has waiting in the wings on solar panels and wind turbines !
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Wind, solar and water energy is nothing but a scam to keep the elite in power through resources. There is a whole new kind of free energy available and it will be the death of the current elite. They will do whatever they can to try and keep it buried but they will fail.

Coal, gas, oil, nuclear, wind, solar, water and any other resource is what keeps the current elite in power. Once the new tech comes out, they will lose their power.

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The court noted that, after decades of failure to site a permanent geologic repository, including 20 years of working on the now-abandoned Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada, the NRC “has no long-term plan other than hoping for a geologic repository.”

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Note: This is same government that now has control of YOUR HEALTH CARE.

They haven't a clue of what to do with the spent nuclear fuel rods.

They've abandoned the Yucca repository -- it was never finished and is not being used.

They have no contingency.

Now they have your health care and elderly pensions...

They haven't a clue.

The Government is run by morons and to believe they have any solutions for any problems IS INSANE.
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And don't forget, Obama doesn't want any new licenses for coal fired or natural gas plants. He's bound and determined to kill this countries infrastructure one way or another.

He talks up green energy real good but what they don't say is the massive tax the EPA has waiting in the wings on solar panels and wind turbines !
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11581280


Wind, solar and water energy is nothing but a scam to keep the elite in power through resources. There is a whole new kind of free energy available and it will be the death of the current elite. They will do whatever they can to try and keep it buried but they will fail.

Coal, gas, oil, nuclear, wind, solar, water and any other resource is what keeps the current elite in power. Once the new tech comes out, they will lose their power.
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Yeah well until Fairy Unicorn power starts actually generating any real life watts we still need to run our econmic energy engine.

We have a 100 years of very real and inexpensive energy in the ground that we know how to get to and know how to use in manners that don't belch out cubic tons of polutants like the third world is currently doing.

I'm all for an alternative power source and I do believe that we will have something far better than current tech one day, but as of right now we don't. The plan of the greentards and this current admin to just make everything we do have so expensive that we create a situation where sunflower power is actually cost effective is freakin as retarded as it dangerous to our economy.

We should use the cheap abundant energy soruces we have now while we are working on the magic power sticks...and I'm not worried about the energy elite squashing that incredible tech because when the power sticks get produced, it'll probably be the same energy elite doing it and capitolizing on it, which I have no problem with.

Frikkin windmills are 1,000 year old tech and solar power is even just as weak and old, both are too costly and just do not solve out for the massive power generation this country needs. We are throwing away the cheap energy we already own and could use while we move onto a real viable future energy source and it's one of the several things that are killing our economy.
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The court noted that, after decades of failure to site a permanent geologic repository, including 20 years of working on the now-abandoned Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada, the NRC “has no long-term plan other than hoping for a geologic repository.”

==

Note: This is same government that now has control of YOUR HEALTH CARE.

They haven't a clue of what to do with the spent nuclear fuel rods.

They've abandoned the Yucca repository -- it was never finished and is not being used.

They have no contingency.

Now they have your health care and elderly pensions...

They haven't a clue.

The Government is run by morons and to believe they have any solutions for any problems IS INSANE.
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eyup...Harry Reid killed Yuca Mountain when Obama took over...anyone who looked into that knew that was a headshot to nuclear energy.
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This is way to late, should have all been shutdown two years ago. If we have any disasters, as in earthquakes, other natural/un-natural types.

We could have one hell of a mess, like on Lake Erie, and the others near water supplies. What good will this have?
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Better to die because the lights go out, than to die from nuclear isotope contamination, which is a statistical inevitability with current nuclear technology.

To hell with it.

Come what may, nuclear power must be stopped, even if half the worlds population must die....

but nothing so dire would happen, if all nuclear plants were decommissioned, because the precepts of the pro-nuclear movement are not founded on logic or truth or even on economics.

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Better to die because the lights go out, than to die from nuclear isotope contamination, which is a statistical inevitability with current nuclear technology.

To hell with it.

Come what may, nuclear power must be stopped, even if half the worlds population must die....

but nothing so dire would happen, if all nuclear plants were decommissioned, because the precepts of the pro-nuclear movement are not founded on logic or truth or even on economics.
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And don't forget, Obama doesn't want any new licenses for coal fired or natural gas plants. He's bound and determined to kill this countries infrastructure one way or another.

He talks up green energy real good but what they don't say is the massive tax the EPA has waiting in the wings on solar panels and wind turbines !
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And don't forget, Obama doesn't want any new licenses for coal fired or natural gas plants. He's bound and determined to kill this countries infrastructure one way or another.
Proven fact.

He talks up green energy real good but what they don't say is the massive tax the EPA has waiting in the wings on solar panels and wind turbines !
Theres isn't any way to tax Solar or Wind since they can't compete without subsides. Technologies that are uneconomic money losers can't be taxed.
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EXCELLENT! If it wasn't for all those stupid billboards in NY we wouldn't need nuclear power for electricity anyway
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Yeah well until Fairy Unicorn power starts actually generating any real life watts we still need to run our econmic energy engine.

We have a 100 years of very real and inexpensive energy in the ground that we know how to get to and know how to use in manners that don't belch out cubic tons of polutants like the third world is currently doing.

We should use the cheap abundant energy soruces we have now while we are working on the magic power sticks...

We are throwing away the cheap energy we already own
and could use while we move onto a real viable future energy source and it's one of the several things that are killing our economy.
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Yucca has already cost the taxpayer.. what..? I've read as little as 5 bil.. as much as 100.. somewhere in between I imagine.. for a mile long tunnel to nowhere.

The money would be better spent on technology to encapsulate the shit permanently.. it could be done..

Then it could be put in the mountain.. or a lake.. or harry ried's backyard for all I care.

The technology exists to utilize coal-fired plants.. with modern scrubbers which remove all of the toxic emissions.
I made a post about it awhile back. It is viable tech.. but the illusion and the media hype is that coal is dirty and nasty and contributes to environmental pollution and global warming.. That is BS..

You are 100% correct, IMO..

Let's shut down the outdated reactors such as the GE Mark I.. which was a flawed design from the very beginning.. do away with the reactors on fault lines.. pick up the slack with coal.. put people to work..

And search for better ways in the future to generate our power.. such as thermal from volcanic.. etc.

Great post SHR.
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And don't forget, Obama doesn't want any new licenses for coal fired or natural gas plants. He's bound and determined to kill this countries infrastructure one way or another.

He talks up green energy real good but what they don't say is the massive tax the EPA has waiting in the wings on solar panels and wind turbines !
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And don't forget, Obama doesn't want any new licenses for coal fired or natural gas plants. He's bound and determined to kill this countries infrastructure one way or another.
Proven fact.

He talks up green energy real good but what they don't say is the massive tax the EPA has waiting in the wings on solar panels and wind turbines !
Theres isn't any way to tax Solar or Wind since they can't compete without subsides. Technologies that are uneconomic money losers can't be taxed.
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SAVE THE GAS AND COAl. All we were doing is shipping it to China anyway. Why give away all our resources then when we run out all the assholes that sold it just move to another country. Let China use up their own resources.
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ok, I am confused. This stops any new nuke plants but does nothing to the ones already in service? Is that correct?
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What affect will that have on that new reactor being built right now in Alabama for Southern Power? Will they let them finish it do ya think?

I forget the name of the plant. They already have others at the same sight already.
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And don't forget, Obama doesn't want any new licenses for coal fired or natural gas plants. He's bound and determined to kill this countries infrastructure one way or another.

He talks up green energy real good but what they don't say is the massive tax the EPA has waiting in the wings on solar panels and wind turbines !
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the sad part is we should have slowly gone green decades ago.
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ok, I am confused. This stops any new nuke plants but does nothing to the ones already in service? Is that correct?
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It is too little.. they've already renewed 21 of 23 of the old Mark I reactors for 20 more years. One is pending. The other is shut down.
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