Can you help Green America stop the next nuclear nightmare?
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Can you help Green America stop the next nuclear nightmare?

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      Green America

While Japan is at still at least six to nine months away from containing its nuclear disaster at Fukushima, here in the US, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is fast-tracking a new reactor that could fail just as spectacularly.

While it sounds incredible, as the Fukushima reactor is spewing radiation into Japan and the seas around it, the NRC is moving forward with an incredibly short 75-day comment period for the approval of the Westinghouse AP1000 reactor.  This fast-track process is continuing despite the fact that experts are calling out serious flaws in the AP1000’s design that could lead to the kind of catastrophic failure happing in Japan:

- One of the NRC’s own experts, Dr. John S. Ma, has noted that the AP 1000’s containment building could shatter “like a glass cup” if struck by a natural or manmade impact.
- Dr. Ma found that the AP1000 design underestimates the force of earthquakes on the reactor, and stated that “the design will be grossly inadequate if the correct and actual earthquake analyses were used.”
- Dr. Ma found that the AP 1000 building design fails to meet American Concrete Institute standards that the NRC otherwise endorses.
- Concerns have also been raised about the AP1000’s emergency cooling system and plans for high density storage of spent fuel rods: issues that contributed to the crippling fires at Fukushima.

Despite these concerns the NRC is moving forward rapidly with the AP1000 approval process.  Southern Company, which plans to build two AP1000 reactors in Georgia at its Plant Vogtle site, is already breaking ground, and has received $8.2 billion in federal loan guarantees from the Obama administration, covering more than half the new plants’ price tag. Additional AP1000 plants would be built in South Carolina and Florida, and many other sites around the world.

Join us in telling the NRC to conduct a more thorough evaluation of the AP 1000 reactor and to not endanger the lives of millions of people.

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    1. Great news, NRC issued a statement last Friday, that it will put on hold the approval of the AP 1000 reactors, given serious outstanding questions about its design.

      Green America issued a statement noting that this is hopeful news, but noted NRC needs to continue accepting public comments, and should entirely suspend the license review process for the AP 1000. Below is Green America's full statement:

      On May 20 the NRC stated: “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s efforts to confirm its review of Westinghouse’s amended AP1000 reactor design have resulted in the uncovering of additional technical issues. The NRC will always place its commitment to public safety and a transparent process before any other considerations; Westinghouse must resolve the issues before we can consider finalizing NRC certification of the design.” The NRC expects feedback from Westinghouse in early June about the NRC’s safety concerns. Green America joins our colleague organizations in strongly urging the NRC to continue to seek public comment on the AP 1000 reactor; to publicly disclose the findings about safety concerns related to this reactor; and to suspend the license review process for the AP 1000.

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    • Ronald Stolberg VERNON HILLSIL, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      Safty First.

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    • Karen Averill APPLEGATE, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      The time is now to focus on safe energy and quit pouring money into energy we do not know how to control, dispose of and will poison the environment for 240,000 years!!

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    • elana cohen BLACK HAWK, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      How could one even consider nuclear energy after the tragedy in Japan? Please consider energy sources that are good for everyone and every being involved. Thank you

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    • Joyce Weir NEWPORT, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      How many died downwind of Hanford ? How many are still dying ? My family is now gone.

      Remember Deadly Deception ?

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    • Adra Hooks HOUSTON, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      The seduction of emission-free nuclear energy is obvious. Accompanying risks, however, are also obvious and the most severe!

      Take reasonable time, research proposed designs/solutions, leading to sustainable, reasonable decisions.

      Please. Stating the obvious: This is our only planet for our life form. Protect it!

      Thank you.

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