It's Time: Demand Permanent Shutdown of GE Mark I reactors in the U.S.
There are 23 nuclear reactors currently operating in the United States using the same General Electric Mark I design as those that have failed so catastrophically at Fukushima.
The flaws in this design are fundamental, cannot be fixed, and have been documented for 40 years now. They have led to containment building explosions at three of the Fukushima reactors, the exposure of irradiated fuel pools to the environment and enormous radiation releases.
It is time to close them, permanently. Please take a moment to tell that to President Obama, your Congressmembers, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). You can do that with one letter below.
A list of the GE Mark I reactors can be found here. You will also see that 20 of these 23 aging reactors already have been approved for license extension by the NRC. Rather than putting Americans into peril for 20 more years, the renewals must be rescinded and the reactors closed now.
An explanation of the fundamental flaws in the Mark I design is here. The explanation includes links to the original l971-72 Atomic Energy Commission discussion of the design's flaws and recommendation that the design be discontinued in the U.S. Astonishingly, this recommendation was agreed to in concept, but denied because it "could well mean the end of nuclear power..."
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Dear President Obama,
There are 23 operating and aging GE Mark I reactors in the United States. This is the same design that has failed so catastrophically at Fukushima.
Top safety officials at the Atomic Energy Commission and later the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have warned about the flaws of this reactor design for the past 40 years.
The flaws in this design are fundamental and cannot be fixed.
Americans should not live in peril due to flawed reactor designs. Taken together, all 23 of these reactors provide less than 4% of the nation's electricity. There is ample reserve capacity available.
These reactors must be permanently closed now. Please inform me of the actions you will take to ensure their permanent shutdown.
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