The latest decision of the US government should mean, Vermont Yankee’s operator license extension is invalid. The NRC has not completed the environmental impact review for on-site nuclear waste storage. VY is storing nearly 33 Years of spent fuel on-site, 4 times as much as Fukushima. We should revoke the NRC’s operator license, this review is a few decades overdue.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The U.S. government said it will stop issuing permits for new nuclear power plants and license extensions for existing facilities until it resolves issues around storing radioactive waste.
The government’s main watchdog, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, believes that current storage plans are safe and achievable. But a federal court said that the NRC didn’t detail what the environmental consequences would be if the agency is wrong.
“We are now considering all available options for resolving the waste issue,” the five-member NRC said in a ruling earlier this week. “But, in recognition of our duties under the law, we will not issue [reactor] licenses until the court’s remand is appropriately addressed.”….. (full article)
An Interview with Arnie Gundersen
The show discusses the recently released Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission report; the San Onofre steam generator modifications and ensuing complications in California; loan guarantees for the nuclear industry; radiation concerns worldwide; whistleblowers and domestic nuclear issues; and a future with energy alternatives. (link)
related article –
Lawrence Hurley, E&E reporter – Greenwire: Friday, March 16, 2012