Attention: West Coast friends -
John LaForge is currently on a speaking tour in your area! Attend one of these upcoming book talks to learn more about the dangers of nuclear weapons--and please help us spread the word.
Thurs., Oct. 13: Berkeley, CA - 7 pm at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
Fri., Oct. 21: Poulsbo, WA - 6:30 pm at Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action.
SUN DAY CAMPAIGN
(a campaign for a sustainable energy future)
U.S. RENEWABLES NOW OUTPACE NUCLEAR POWER
IN ENERGY PRODUCTION AND ELECTRICAL CAPACITY
For Release: Wednesday - October 5, 2016
Contact: Ken Bossong, 301-270-6477 x.11
Washington DC – Two new reports from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) confirm that nuclear power is rapidly losing the race with renewable energy sources.
EIA's latest "Monthly Energy Review" (with data for the first half of 2016) notes that during the first six months of this year, renewable sources (i.e., biofuels, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, and wind) accounted for 5.242 quadrillion Btus (quads) of domestic energy production. This includes thermal, liquid, and electrical forms of energy. By comparison, nuclear power provided only 4.188 quads. That is, renewables outpaced nuclear by more than 25%. 
Meanwhile, FERC's latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" (with data through the end of August 2016), states that the total available installed generating capacity in the U.S. from the combination of utility-scale (i.e., greater than 1-MW) hydropower, wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal has grown to 215.82 gigawatts (GW) or 18.39% of total generating capacity. Nuclear power's installed capacity is only107.06 GW or 9.12% of the total. Thus, renewable energy generating capacity is now more than double that of nuclear. 
However, actual electrical generation by nuclear plants for the first seven months of 2016 is 19.9% of total generation. That is still higher than that provided by renewable sources which contributed 15.8% (a figure which does not include electricity produced by distributed renewables such as rooftop solar). 
But while nuclear power's share of net electrical generation has remained essentially flat over the past decade -- e.g., it was 19.4% in 2006, renewable energy's share is growing rapidly -- increasing from 9.5% ten years ago to 15.8% today  -- with EIA forecasting continued strong growth in the years ahead. 
"If renewable sources maintain their current growth rates, they could fully eclipse nuclear in the trifecta of not only energy supply and generating capacity but also electricity production within the next five or six years," concluded Ken Bossong, Executive Director of the SUN DAY Campaign.
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 U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Monthly Energy Review," September 27, 2016
 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, "Energy Infrastructure Update," September 30, 2016
 U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Electric Power Monthly"(see Table ES1.B), September 26, 2016
 Ibid. (see Table 1.1)
 U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Short-Term Energy Outlook," September 7, 2016 http://www.eia.gov/forecasts/steo/report/renew_co2.cfm
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
NRC Issues Confirmatory Order to Power Resources, Inc.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a Confirmatory Order to Power Resources, Inc., of Casper, Wyo., documenting actions that the company has agreed to take to ensure it maintains complete and accurate records of radiation surveys of personnel exiting its facilities.
The order formalizes commitments company officials made to the NRC following an investigation of activities at the company’s North Butte facility in Campbell County, Wyo. The NRC preliminarily determined that a former operations supervisor falsified a record of exit surveys that was supposed to be conducted on Sept. 12, 2013. In fact, the surveys required by NRC regulations were not conducted.
USQUEHANNA STEAM ELECTRIC STATION, UNITS 1 AND 2 - ACCEPTANCE OF REQUESTED LICENSING ACTION RE: LICENSE AMENDMENT REQUEST TO ADDRESS SECONDARY CONTAINMENT ACCESS OPENINGS (CAC NOS. MF8214 AND MF8215)Submitted by webEditor on Wed, 10/12/2016 - 00:09
SUSQUEHANNA STEAM ELECTRIC STATION, UNITS 1 AND 2 - ACCEPTANCE OF REQUESTED LICENSING ACTION RE: LICENSE AMENDMENT REQUEST TO ADDRESS SECONDARY CONTAINMENT ACCESS OPENINGS (CAC NOS. MF8214 AND MF8215)
PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER STATION – MATERIAL CONTROL AND ACCOUNTING PROGRAM INSPECTION REPORT NO. 05000277/2016405 AND 05000278/2016405
Teri Sforza, a reporter at the Ocean County Register, requested records on the NAS cancer study from the NRC under the Freedom of Information Act. Within the past few days, the NRC placed their response to Teri in ADAMS. There are four files, each nearly 100 Mb in size (way to big to email). The ML numbers for these files along with links to the files in ADAMS are:
ML16259A145 or https://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/main.jsp?AccessionNumber=ML16259A145
ML16259A146 or https://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/main.jsp?AccessionNumber=ML16259A146
ML16259A147 or https://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/main.jsp?AccessionNumber=ML16259A147
ML16259A149 or https://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/main.jsp?AccessionNumber=ML16259A149
I've only reviewed one of the four files so far, but there seems to be useful stuff hidden amongst lots of admin noise.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
No: II-16-034 August 19, 2016
NRC Schedules Public Meeting to Discuss Results of Augmented Inspection at Westinghouse
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled a public meeting in Columbia, S.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 27, to discuss the results of an Augmented Inspection Team review of the unexpected accumulation of an excessive amount of uranium-bearing material in a component of the Westinghouse fuel fabrication facility.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Gervais Street Room of the South Carolina State Museum at 301 Gervais St. The meeting is open to the public and the NRC staff will be available to answer questions after the meeting.
Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Unit 2-Request for Additional Information Regarding Temporary Change of Unit 2 Technical Specifications 3.7.1 & 3.8.7 to Allow Replacement of Unit 1 480 Volt Engineered Safeguard System Load Center Transformers(MF7298)Submitted by webEditor on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 05:32
Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Unit 2-Request for Additional Information Regarding Temporary Change of Unit 2 Technical Specifications 3.7.1 & 3.8.7 to Allow Replacement of Unit 1 480 Volt Engineered Safeguard System Load Center Transformers(MF7298)
SUSQUEHANNA STEAM ELECTRIC STATION: PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION AND RESOLUTION INSPECTION REPORT 05000387/2016008 AND 05000388/2016008Submitted by webEditor on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 05:29
SUSQUEHANNA STEAM ELECTRIC STATION – PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION AND RESOLUTION INSPECTION REPORT 05000387/2016008 AND 05000388/2016008
MID-CYCLE ASSESSMENT LETTER FOR BEAVER VALLEY POWER STATION UNIT NOS. 1 AND 2 (REPORT 05000334/2016005 AND 05000412/2016005)