NextEra Energy declined to renew its membership in the Nuclear Energy Institute and is now suing the trade group over access to a nuclear industry personnel database, Personnel Access Data System (PADS). NEI has blocked access to the resource unless NextEra pays close to $900,000. NextEra operates eight nuclear reactors but decided to exit the group after it advocated for a now-defunct Department of Energy proposal that would have propped up struggling nuclear and coal generators. NextEra also has a large portfolio of renewable and gas-fired assets that would have been hurt by the proposal. NextEra’s decision reflects uncertainty in the nuclear industry, where plants face fierce competition from natural gas and stagnant demand, while struggling to control rising operational costs. Louisiana-based Entergy also decided to exit NEI membership.
Utility Dive 5th Feb 2018 read more »
New Mexico’s senators and congressmen are making a bad choice for their constituents by lobbying to retain the production of nuclear bomb triggers, or “pits,” at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The production of plutonium pits is one of the most toxic industrial processes on Earth. It is hazardous for workers and pollutes our environment for centuries. Los Alamos has a poor safety record, according to the Department of Energy. Only Los Alamos, among 24 nuclear sites recently audited by the department, did “not meet expectations” for criticality risks. This is the risk of a nuclear chain reaction that can irradiate workers and cause an explosion or catastrophic toxic fire.
Sante Fe New Mexican 10th Feb 2018 read more »
“It’s not like we’re asking you to accept nuclear bomb testing again.” This is a statement I have heard several times over the past 30 years, both from people working for the Department of Energy and the commercial nuclear industry, as they tried to convince us that we should approve of a Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. My response was something like, “Well we know Yucca Mountain is not a safe place to contain waste, and transporting it through the state to get there is risky and a killer for our economy. And you are right; we would not accept nuclear bombs being exploded here again.” Welcome to 2018 and President Donald Trump’s plans for Nevada. We know there is enthusiasm in Congress and the administration for a restart of dormant Yucca Mountain licensing, and now we read in the latest issue of Time magazine that a plan is afoot to begin building and testing atomic bombs here.
Las Vegas Sun 11th Feb 2018 read more »