[ RadSafe ] "Do Not Read This If You Are Anti-Nuclear Energy"

Bailly, Helen A Helen.Bailly at icp.doe.gov
Mon Dec 3 11:21:05 CST 2007

John, that's not very fair, you asked:


Do you have proof that there is an effort to eliminate nuclear energy?
I see a constant nit-picking effort that is perceived to have influence
beyond its real influence. (Most of the crying about anti-nuclear
influence is on list like this.) I also see power companies recognizing
the economic advantages of supplying energy using nuclear power.


Barbara gave you 6 examples of anti-nuke funded activities intended to
eliminate nuclear energy that had an effect, negative in my opinion on
nuclear energy (among other things).


Then you ask:


So, why are there many license applications for nuclear power plants?
Laws can and changed...


That doesn't follow for me, just because there are efforts to eliminate
nuclear energy doesn't mean there are efforts to expand and improve it
as well.  They are not mutually exclusive.  Thankfully


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-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
Behalf Of John Jacobus
Sent: Sunday, December 02, 2007 7:37 AM
To: BLHamrick at aol.com; radsafe at radlab.nl
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] "Do Not Read This If You Are Anti-Nuclear


So, why are there many license application for nuclear

power plants?


Laws can and changed.  Consider all the opposition to

the WIPP in New Mexico.  


If Californians are not willing to build nuclear power

plants (and I assume coal due to pollution concerns),

then they should be willing to pay for electrical

power from other states.   Economics and technology

are the driving forces.



--- BLHamrick at aol.com wrote:



> John,


> Yes, I see proof that there is an effort to

> eliminate nuclear  power.  It is 

> a coordinated, reasonably well-executed effort,

> which  has had the following 

> ramifications:


> 1.  In 1976 resulted in a law in California

> prohibiting the new  construction 

> of a Nuclear Power Plant until there was a permanent

> disposition  option for 

> spent fuel (i.e., Yucca Mountain).

> 2.  In 1992 resulted in Congress effectively

> "rescinding" the NRC's  1990 

> "Below Regulatory Concern" (BRC) Policy.

> 3.  In 1999 resulted in Governor Davis refusing to

> appeal an  adverse 

> decision (against the State) in Court to compel the

> federal  government to transfer 

> land for the development of an LLRW facility at Ward

>  Valley.

> 5. In 2002 resulted in a law that would prohibit any

> future development of  

> an LLRW facility at Ward Valley, and essentially any

> shallow-land burial in  

> the State.

> 6.  In 2004 resulted in EPA abandoning efforts to 

> examine alternative 

> disposal options (including free release) of very 

> low activity wastes (i.e., such 

> as those routinely released by licensed  RM

> facilities using the old Regulatory 

> Guide 1.86, or the newer  NUREG 1556 series), and in

> 2005 resulted in NRC 

> abandoning a renewed effort  to codify the existing

> release criteria (i.e., BRC 

> Redux).  Both agencies  cited "higher priorities" as

> a reason for abandoning 

> the efforts, but I watched  the efforts fail

> close-up, and, in my opinion, 

> "higher priorities" was  essentially a euphemism for

> there's too much heat from the 

> anti-nuclear  contingency (if you have a chance,

> review the public comments 

> on these  rulemaking efforts - thousands of form

> letters, all saying something 

> like "don't  de-regulate radioactive waste," for

> both rulemakings.


> And, these are just a few of the things I'm familiar

> with off the top of my  

> head. 


> All of these efforts are developed and supported by

> groups that are  

> virulently anti-nuclear.  They do not make a secret

> of that.  Indeed,  they advertise 

> it.  See, e.g., _www.committeetobridgethegap.org_ 

> (http://www.committeetobridgethegap.org) ,  or

> _www.nirs.org_ (http://www.nirs.org) , or

> _www.ieer.org_ 

> (http://www.ieer.org) .  


> In 2006, a "report," financed by the California

> legislature to the tune of  

> $150,000 was published at _www.ssflpanel.org_

> (http://www.ssflpanel.org) .  I 

> mentioned this  last week, but seriously, check it

> out.  If you think they have 

> no  influence, you try asking a State Legislature

> for $150,000 to produce 

> what is,  in my opinion, a grossly unprofessional

> and non-scientific report, and 

> then have  the nerve to pass it off in the press as

> a serious report by a 

> panel of  experts.  


> These people are not amateurs.  At least a few

> appear to make their  entire 

> living at this.  And, they are very effective

> influencing  technologically 

> unsophisticated legislators.


> Sincerely,

> Barbara L. Hamrick





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takes to sit down and listen." -- Sir Winston Churchill


-- John

John Jacobus, MS

Certified Health Physicist

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