Holtec’s corporate shell game, and why it is unfit to handle nuclear waste at Indian Point

Today, Public Watchdogs joined scores of other prominent advocacy groups, nuclear safety experts, and concerned citizens in urging the New York Public Service Commission to reject a bid by Holtec to gain ownership of roughly three million pounds of eternally lethal nuclear waste. If it all goes as Holtec plans, the sizzling hot “spent” nuclear fuel assemblies at Indian Point will be  offloaded into thin-walled (1/2″)…

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Letter of apology to people who were locked out of today’s NRC meeting

Today, Public Watchdogs sent this letter of apology to the hundreds of supporters who tuned in online and on the phone expecting to hear an expert presentation by Public Watchdogs on the dangers of radioactive nuclear waste storage at the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (get background here). On Thursday, February 11, 2021, 12:37:17 PM PST, Charles Langley wrote: “FUBAR!” (that’s our government’s special word…

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CANCELLED! Feb 11: Public Watchdogs to argue Public safety of radioactive Spent Nuclear Fuel before NRC’s Petition Review Board

THIS MEETING WAS CANCELLED DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES ON THE PART OF THE NRC Please read the explanatory letter to our members who were locked out of the meeting here. Today, February 11, at 11:00 am PST, (2:00 PM Eastern), Public Watchdogs will argue before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Petition Review Board that the NRC  honor the non-profit’s request to make “Demands for Information” (DFIs)…

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The NRC is providing inaccurate and false information to public

November 3, 2020, San Diego — In a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and to the NRC’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Public Watchdogs argues that the NRC is once again deceiving the public by misrepresenting nuclear safety issues at the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). In February of 2020, a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Inspector General report blasted the NRC…

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Public Watchdogs files NRC petition demanding analysis of public safety threats at beachfront San Onofre Nuclear Waste Dump

Today, Public Watchdogs announced that it has filed a 2.206 Petition with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to compel Southern California Edison to provide an analysis of “non-credible” safety threats at the beachfront San Onofre Nuclear Waste Dump located at San Onofre State Beach Park in San Diego County. Get the 2.206 Petition Here. Get the press release Background: The Public Watchdogs petition argues that under…

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Public Watchdogs’ commentary in the San Diego Union Tribune on the California Coastal Commission’s vote to approve the maintenance plan for the USA’s largest beachfront nuclear waste dump

What could possibly go wrong with the beachfront nuclear waste dump at San Onofre State Beach park? Plenty. Like a knight in shining armor made of tinfoil, the walls on these radioactive stainless steel canisters are only 5/8-inch thick.

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New Mexico Governor tells Trump that Consolidated Interim Storage of nuclear waste is “economic malpractice”

July 31, New Mexico — New Mexico State Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has accused president Trump of committing “economic malpractice.” In a letter to Mr. Trump dated July 28, 2020, governor Grisham expresses her opposition to a “Consolidated Interim Storage Facility, or “High-Level Nuclear Waste Dump” in New Mexico on the grounds that it is “An unnecessary risk to our citizens and our communities, our first responders,…

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Nine State Attorneys General file legal documents with NRC protesting Holtec as a nuclear waste vendor.

In an unprecedented act of unity, nine attorneys general from nine separate states have intervened in a case involving nuclear safety and Holtec International.   The brief, known as an Amici Curiae or “friend of the court” is in support of legal action against the NRC by Massachusetts’ Attorney General, Maura Healey.  In September of 2019,   Ms. Healey filed a lawsuit alleging that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission…

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Recording of May 8, 2020 NRC Teleconference on COVID-19 infections at Nuclear Power Plants

Today at 6:00 am California time, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) convened a teleconference/webinar on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nuclear facilities in the United States.  During the teleconference, NRC representatives stated that they do not know what the rate of infection is at America’s 104 operating and decommissioning nuclear reactors.  The conference lasted one hour and was recorded for publication by Public Watchdogs….

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Public advocates request a complete halt of nuclear waste burials on the beach at SONGS during COVID19 crisis

Update, March 26, 2020 – Southern California Edison’s response to County Supervisor Desmond Two days ago, Public Watchdogs sent San Diego County Supervisor, Jim Desmond, a letter requesting a halt to the ongoing movement of deadly nuclear waste at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Mr. Desmond, is a volunteer member of  the SONGS Community Engagement Panel.  Today’s public meeting of the Community Engagement Panel …

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District Attorney Summer Stephan is calling out price gougers during COVID19 scare

Did you know that price-gouging during an emergency is a crime? Today, San Diego district attorney, Summer Stephan, announced that price gouging during the COVID19 outbreak will not be tolerated. California’s tough anti-price gouging  statute, Penal Code Section 396, makes raising the price of many consumer goods and services by more than 10% during an emergency unlawful. Get the California Attorney General’s Price Gouging FAQ here….

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Downloading and handling of deadly  spent nuclear fuel will continue at  SONGS during COVID-19 outbreak

NRC allows nuclear facilities to self-regulate Today at a  Nuclear Regulatory  Commission (NRC teleconference on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on nuclear safety, Donna Gilmore of San Onofre Safety  ( https://sanonofresafety.org/ ) asked the NRC if it required testing of nuclear workers for the COVID-19 virus at the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The NRC spokesperson replied that the NRC does not require virus…

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