FirstEnergy’s plans to shut down nuclear power plants has focused the attention of clean energy boosters on environmental impacts. FirstEnergy’s three nuclear plants under threat generate more zero-carbon power than all of the mid-Atlantic region’s wind andsolarpower put together. On Monday, research firm Brattle Group released its own analysis in the wake of FirstEnergy’s planned nuclear closures, underscoring a worrisome combination of environmental and economic costs. Brattle Group’s study was conducted for industry advocacy group Nuclear Matters. It looks at the effects of closing FirstEnergy’s two Pennsylvania plants and one Ohio plant, in combination with Exelon’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. All four plants are losing money in the face of competition from cheap natural gas, flat demand for energy, and rising operations costs.
Green Tech Media 16th April 2018 read more »
A SENIOR OFFICIAL WITH America’s largest nuclear plant operating company is predicting a dim future for nuclear power in the U.S. William Von Hoene, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Exelon, said last week that he doesn’t foresee any new nuclear plants being built in the United States due to their high operating costs. “The fact is – and I don’t want my message to be misconstrued in this part – I don’t think we’re building any more nuclear plants in the United States. I don’t think it’s ever going to happen,” S&P Global quoted Van Hoene as saying at the annual U.S. Energy Association’s meeting in Washington, D.C. “I’m not arguing for the construction of new nuclear plants. They are too expensive to construct, relative to the world in which we now live.”
US News 16th April 2018 read more »
The Navajo Nation is home to 521 abandoned uranium mines, four abandoned mills and more than 1,100 uranium waste sites, the Environmental Protection Agency says. The contamination is the legacy of corporations that from 1944 to 1986 mined nearly 30 million tons of uranium ore for the U.S. nuclear weapons program. The cleanup is decades and billions of dollars away from completion. Uranium exposure is linked to high rates of cancer, kidney damage and diabetes. Uranium-contaminated water in unregulated wells is blamed for increased rates of birth defects, miscarriages and developmental delays.
Santa Fe New Mexican 15th April 2018 read more »