Jan. 8, 2013
WEM videotaped the first hearing in the San Onofre Investigation, which was unusually contentious.
The lawyer for Edison wrote a private letter to the judge, trying to restrict videotaping with legalistic barriers. WEM responded, upholding the need for transparency.
Brodsky v. NRC is the federal litigation challenging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) practice of issuing “exemptions” to its own health and safety regulations at Indian Point, and to do so in complete secrecy. The plaintiffs argued that Federal law requires the NRC to notify and involve the public before it allows Entergy to violate NRC health and safety requirements...
Link: http://ecowatch.org/2013/victory-nukes-indian-point/ >>>
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proceedings
These Links show almost all documents filed in the case by utilities, other parties, and CPUC, except for testimony and hearing transcripts. Note: For older cases, prior to mid-2006 (like the San Onofre Steam Generator Replacement), CPUC only posted its own rulings and decisions on its website.
- Long-Term Procurement Plans
- San Onofre Steam Generator Replacement
- PG&E Seismic Studies
- San Onofre Seismic Studies
- Diablo Relicensing (closed)
- Energy Efficiency
- Renewable Portfolio Standard
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
The crisis at the Fukushima nuclear site in Japan continues, seemingly without end. The accident is now officially on the scale of Chernobyl. The "evacuation" zone has expanded, and in reality has become a permanent relocation zone. Radiation contamination has reached the food supply and seawater in the Pacific Ocean.
World Nuclear Resources
Collected Fukushima Stories
WEM's Alternative Procurement Plan
WEM is proposing for utilities to shut down the nukes and replace them with energy efficiency. The attachment is our chart showing that California has 56% excess power with nukes, through 2020 - and still has 46% surplus without them, according to official CPUC figures.
The chart , attached to WEM's Alternative Procurement Plan, shows that California has more than 50% excess energy through 2020, plenty of energy even if both Diablo and San Onofre are closed.
These are CPUC figures - the "Planning Assumptions" that utilities were supposed to use in creating their plans for providing electricity through the next ten years.
How much are they spending on Diablo? With information on the costs, worker exposures etc. @ PG&E's General Rate Case excerpts>>>
- An informal talk by Barbara George at a national gathering in Washington DC of Sierra Club anti-nuclear activists from around the country in May, 2012.
- After the radioactive cloud from Chernobyl passed over the U.S. West Coast in the spring of 1986 his research uncovered a severe die-off of young birds.
- In a rally on the steps of California's Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) author/organizer Starhawk, Jackie Cabasso (Western States Legal Foundation), Barbara George (Womans Energy Matters) and others build the case for shutting down California's nukes.
The Contamination Chronicle of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, written by Barbara George (©2000), was a joint project of WEM and the Committee to Minimize Toxic Waste. The piece was instrumental in hastening the closure of the National Tritium Labeling Facility (NTLF), which used the radioactive form of hydrogen "tritium" in mostly industrial applications. Situated in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus, just below the Lawrence Hall of Science — a children's museum — the facility periodically belched tritium into the museum and a half dozen creeks, but radiation monitors in the Hall of Science and the creeks were simply removed when they began to show higher readings.
The piece provides a chronology of Berkeley's famed "RadLab," founded in 1928, which fostered the growth of nuclear technology and the Los Alamos National Lab (part of the WWII "Manhattan Project" which developed the atomic bomb) as well as Lawrence Livermore Lab (LLL) which continues to work on nuclear weapons. The Chronicle touches on the Lab's role in Human Radiation Experiments and the development of radiation standards that ignore the impacts of eating or breathing radioactive particles. continue >>> (pdf)
- State coastal agency rejects PG&E seismic tests - 11/14/12 Jason Hoppin :Santa Cruz Sentinel
- KGO TV, Mark Matthew's report Anti-nuclear protesters demonstrated outside the PUC meeting. They said the disaster in Japan should be a wake-up call
- Press Release - April Actions Committee
- WEM's Nuclear Resource Links other nuclear watchdog groups around the world, plus archives of key nuclear documents.
- PG&E Quietly Seeking Permission to Extend Diablo Canyon's License 04/22/11: John Upton :Bay Citizen
- PG&E Stealth Campaign For Nuke Plant Extension (After Claiming Pause In Press Release): Comment 04/22/11: Marya : Creative Commons