Former BREDL Executive Director Janet Marsh stands next to BREDL's mock nuclear waste cask.
BREDL Nuclear Campaign
Quantum Leap Internet Radio Show With Guest Lou Zeller
Tues. 11/5/13 - Quantum Leap Internet Radio Show With Guest Lou Zeller
Lou is the Executive Director of Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League. He discussed the human health impacts of nuclear power & the experiences of those who live near radioactive sites. The experiences are similar wherever people are from; they oppose radioactive poisons and the facilities that produce them.
Send Comments to Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Radioactive Waste
If you missed the Nov. 4 meeting in Charlotte, you can still send comments. Because there is no national nuclear waste dump, federal courts have ordered the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to develop a valid, realistic assessment of the environmental impacts of radioactive waste. Until this process is complete, all licensing and re-licensing of nuclear power plants has been put on hold! The risks involved in radioactive waste storage are just too great, including:
• Leaks and fires involving irradiated nuclear fuel or "spent" nuclear fuel
• Technical issues: long-term stability of the waste, security vulnerability deterioration of storage systems, accidents
Couldn't make the trip to Charlotte? Make your comments to the NRC referring to docket ID# NRC-210-0246 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org fax: Secretary, NRC 301-415-1101 Mail: Secretary, US NRC Washington, DC 205555-0001 Attention Rulemaking & Adjudication Staff
Sept. 18, 2013: The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission's draft study on irradiated nuclear fuel storage at power plant sites should be withdrawn and efforts to incorporate it into the NRCs regulatory framework should be halted. NRC should start a proper investigation of the risks and consequences of pool fires in this nation's power plants based on the lessons learned from the disaster at Fukushima Japan in 2011.
July 30, 2013:
In May we raised significant safety and environmental problems with TVA’s Sequoyah Nuclear Plant license renewal. But the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has abdicated its responsibility to rule on our petition and denied our right to due process. Therefore, we make this appeal to the full Nuclear Regulatory Commission to grant our request for a hearing.
May 7, 2013:
BREDL’s petition points out the dangers in Tennessee Valley Authority’s request to extend the license of its troubled Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant. The most significant risk is a system which depends on baskets of ice to prevent a Fukushima-style explosion of the reactor building. Our petition uncovers a fatal flaw based on aging and the inability to inspect critical parts of the reactor building. BREDL is calling for the early closure of all seven plants of this manufacture in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.
NRC Schedules Public Meeting to Discuss Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled a public meeting near the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant to discuss the recently completed NRC supplemental inspections performed as a result of a red inspection finding at the Tennessee Valley Authority facility.
Thursday, July 11, at 1 p.m.
Calhoun Community College Aerospace Training Center
6250 Highway 31 North in Tanner, Alabama
Report Reveals 21% Higher Death Rates Near Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant
June 6, 2013: The results of a detailed investigation released today reveal residents living near or
downwind of Browns Ferry are at greater risk for cancer and death than average U.S.
communities. The study found potential links between radioactive emissions from Browns
Ferry and adverse health effects in seven counties near and downwind of the plant.
Sequoyah Nuclear Plant - 18 miles northeast of Chattanooga, Tennessee Do you live within the 50-mile radius?
DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2013 Folks, there is no time to waste as we work to stop Nuclear Regulatory Commission from extending Sequoyah Nuclear Plant licenses through legal avenues. A Declaration of Standing document link is below. Should you choose to sign it, you allow BEST/MATRR, chapter of Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) to represent your concerns. You must be a paid up member of BREDL/BEST/MATRR. Send $20 or what you can afford with your declaration. What's it worth to keep you and yours from unthinkable radiation health risks and a lifetime of nuclear waste in your back yard?
April 19, 2013: South Carolina’s draft NPDES permit is premature. First, a mandatory environmental review is incomplete. Second, the concurrent plant safety review is also incomplete and no license has been issued. Therefore, the state cannot issue this permit until these matters are decided, engineering and environmental questions are settled, and the construction and operation license is finalized.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Waste Confidence Rule generic approach remains utterly inadequate to satisfy the requirements of both the Atomic Energy Act and the National Environmental Policy Act for the licensing decisions on nuclear power.
On June 8, 2012 the US Court of Appeals nullified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's
Waste Confidence Rule, clearing the way for a variety of challenges at scores of
commercial nuclear power reactors in the United States. "Waste confidence" is all about
high-level nuclear waste which is produced by nuclear reactors, generated in the reactor
core and highly radioactive.
The process for a new rule is now underway. Sometime in 2013, the NRC will prepare a draft environmental impact statement. Then a draft Waste Confidence Decision and proposed Rule would be issued for public comment. However, the NRC must first resolve many technical issues including long-term waste integrity, vulnerability, deterioration and accidents. But the NRC’s approach is utterly inadequate to assure public safety and the Commission is in danger of abrogating its responsibility to allow public to participate in a decision which affects them.
Jan. 31, 2013: The regulatory guidance utilized by both the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to evaluate the emergency plans at commercial nuclear power plants was established in 1980 and has remained essentially unchanged for thirty years.
In February 2012 the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League petitioned the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for improved emergency planning near nuclear power plants. Working with the Nuclear Information and Resource Service and three dozen public interest groups across the nation, we seek to require federal agencies and the power plant operators to prepare for the accident we hope will never happen.