Nuclear Newsreel, Tuesday, February 4, 2014

EPA seeks to “modernize” radiation standards. At least that’s how The Hill put it. What really appears to be happening is a new effort to reduce current levels of protection–which are already inadequate. NIRS will be analyzing the EPA’s proposed new rules and letting you know their implications and how you can participate in pushing back against industry-dominated “reforms” and use this opportunity to act to improve them instead.

Minnesotans: feeling lucky with that reactor at Monticello? Nice op-ed from John LaForge at Nukewatch published in the St. Cloud Times, and a great example of how activists can help keep nuclear issues in the public eye. There are thousands of newspapers in the United States that accept op-eds, and there are thousands more online blogs, magazines and other periodicals. Let’s keep them well-stocked with articles on nuclear and clean energy issues.

Another great example of activists in action: Alliance for a Clean Environment (ACE) documents radiation spikes near Limerick nuclear reactors near Philadelphia–and then gets the results published in the local newspaper.

Yesterday we wrote about Comcast’s plan to start selling electricity in Pennsylvania. Today, it’s Google’s turn–a quick look at Google’s march to becoming an energy company.

Outgoing Duke Energy Chairman Jim Rogers says some rather startling things in a farewell interview with EnergyBiz magazine. While he still supports nuclear power, he says that if he were beginning his career now, he’d be an insurgent. Indeed, he sounds a lot like someone from Google, “I would come into the industry as someone who is an attacker, not a defender. I’d want the solar on the rooftop. I’d want to run that. I’d want the ability to deploy new technologies that lead to productivity gains to the use of electricity in homes and businesses. I would go after the monopoly that I see weakened over the last 25 years. My goal would be to take customers away from utilities as fast as I could, because I think they’re vulnerable. Regulations will not be changed fast enough to protect them. The business model will not be changed fast enough.”

Michael Mariotte


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