Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Indian Point - Nowhere to Run
Silver Medal Winner - 2003 Houston International Film Festival
A provocative program outlining the compelling reasons to shut down and decommision the Indian Point Nuclear power plants which operate within 35 miles of New York City.
By Jim Gordon (courtesy of the Woodstock Times)
Woodstocker Tobe Carey has long been familiar with issues related to nuclear power, but he said working on his new short documentary film, Nowhere to Run, about security measures at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in Westchester County, was an eye opening experience. “I guess what I learned most was that plant security needs a very steep upgrade,” says Carey. “It’s all very blasé; ‘It can’t happen’ here was the attitude that we found while we were doing the whole thing.”
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Tuesday, June 19, 2007
NEI's visits to our site yesterday:
This same VERMIN then comments on his own article, complaining that Green Nuclear Butterfly filters comments from readers, then falsely claims, that the NEI blog allows unmoderated comments. To verify this statement on the part of and NEI employee (assuming this since he writes on/for the NEI Nuclear Notes Blog) I posted a comment to said blog...when said comment was posted by the Green Nuclear Butterfly, we received the following notification from the NEI Nuclear Notes Blog posted below. Maybe Michael needs to meet up with Rod Adams and the two of them can cry in their beer.
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Our message was left over on the NEI Nuclear Notes Blog...let's see if it actually gets published.
Michael's Comment Left to Self:
Michael Stuart said...
Anyone wishing to post a comment on that blog should note that all comments are filtered by the moderator. This is particularly unfortunate those of us that might have something factual to say.
Apparently, in order to get a comment posted there you must either:
1. agree with the author,
2. present a weak argument that the author can easily refute, or
3. wait until the author has had sufficient time to write a smack-down rebuttal before posting your comment.
Sadly, that is no way to foster a debate.
The author of that blog should note that even NEI's blog allows unmoderated comments.
June 18, 2007
Mr. Michael Kansler
Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.
440 Hamilton Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
SUBJECT: REVIEW STATUS OF THE LICENSE RENEWAL APPLICATION FOR THE
INDIAN POINT NUCLEAR GENERATING UNIT NOS. 2 AND 3
Dear Mr. Kansler:
By letter dated April 23, 2007, as supplemented by letter dated May 3, 2007, Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. (Entergy) submitted an application for renewal of Operating Licenses Nos. DPR-26 and DPR-64 for the Indian Point Nuclear Generating Unit Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.
By teleconference on June 6, 2007, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff informed representatives from Entergy that certain information is needed for the staff to complete the acceptance review of the license renewal application (LRA) for the Indian Point Nuclear Generating Unit Nos. 2 and 3. Specifically, the NRC staff informed Entergy that the current licensing basis for Unit 2 was not fully represented in accordance with Part 54.4(a)(3) of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR 54.4(a)(3)).
During its acceptance review, the NRC staff determined that the applicant has not included within the scope of license renewal those systems, structures, and components relied on in the safety analyses or plant evaluations to perform a function that demonstrates compliance with the requirements for station blackout (SBO) per 10 CFR 50.63, and safe shutdown per 10 CFR 50.48. In this regard, the LRA did not include information on the gas turbines currently credited as an alternate power supply for the Appendix R and SBO events.
Please respond within 14 days of the receipt of this letter to inform the staff of your plans to resolve the acceptance issue identified above. If you have any questions on this matter, please contact Bo Pham by telephone at 301-415-8450 or via e-mail at BMP@nrc.gov.
Pao-Tsin Kuo, Director
Division of License Renewal
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
Docket Nos. 50-247 and 50-286
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Monday, June 18, 2007
Green Nuclear Butterfly's Attendance at Clearwater Festival Elicits Anonymous Death Threat on Blog This Morning
This morning, checking my email I was at first pleased to see someone had left a comment on our blog...I was far from pleased to open said comment, and find therein a death threat. If Entergy, Indian Point their employees and supporters do not like our anti nuclear positions, they should step forward from out of the shadows and debate us on the issue. Stooping to threats, intimidation, outing of personal information, and now death threats is not positive discourse.
I write about this, as I see a troubling escalation in these threats and intimidation that I recognize from my previous activists activities regarding another NRC licensee and their unionized work force. I've been run off the road returning home from a meeting, and trust me it is not an experince any one should have to endure. I share this incident with our readers for one reason...even though we have good reason to believe that these threats are coming from a nuclear insider, the NRC could care less. Even though they are charged with protecting human health and safety in a stakeholder community, they have no mechanisms to investigate when the Pro-Nuclear side (possibly even licensee employees) decides to use threats of bodily harm and intimidation against stakeholders who oppose the continued operation of a failing nuclear facility.
At the Annual Assessment meeting in April, when union workers associated with Indian Point were brought in by the droves to all but block the entrance to the meeting, intimidate members of the public by the shear force of their numbers, the NRC did nothing to clear them away from the entrance to the building. You can bet, that if 1000 anti nuclear stakeholders all showed up in similiar numbers something would have been done to disperse us. Even more disturbing...these people who showed up, who voiced quiet threats, who deliberately took up positions on the steps leading into the building were ordered to be there, were paid for their presense at the meeting.
These same Union Members had no problems in wanting/demanding cans of the free Energy Drink (Radioactive Energy) that Green Nuclear Butterfly was handing out at the meeting, but when they realized one of our members had snapped pictures of them for publication in our blog, they not so subtly let us know we had not best publish them, as they would find us. Unfortunately, their threats and intimidation worked, as the person who snapped the pictures, worried about personal safety decided not to put them up on our blog, or anywhere else. Oh well, lesson learned, next time I'll bring my own camera.
Speaking of cameras...anyone from the Anti Nuclear movement want to volunteer to film next Week's NRC meeting on relicensing? As we know, the NRC deliberately does not record or document these meetings, so that anything they say or admit cannot be used against them...IE, in the last public meeting, Sam Collins of the NRC stated very clearly that in the case of a fast moving incident at Indian Point, evacuation will not work...we should have had video footage of that comment upon on YouTube hours after the meeting.
Anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott, once disrobed with 50 others and marched through San Francisco chanting "Nudes, not nukes!" She was delighted to hear about a 2002 naked version of the peace sign, a sign based on an inverted life rune, and first used as an anti-nuclear emblem in 1958, at a demonstration outside Aldermaston, a British research center for nuclear weapon development.