The NRC Atomic Safety & Licensing Board has dealt a major blow to efforts to restart the crippled San Onofre reactor. The Board has ruled that the restart is a de facto license amendment proceeding which requires an adjudicatory hearing to determine if the reactor s safe. A recent CBG study on San Onofre was cited by the judges . . . Read more
Rather than the nuclear revival hoped for by the industry, the gearshift has been thrown hard in reverse. Instead of a proliferation of new plants, existing reactors are getting shut down long before their licenses expire. And this is due largely to short-sighted safety shortcuts by the industry . . . Read more
EPA has just issued (April 15, 2013) new Protective Action Guides (PAGs) for dealing with radioactive releases. The new PAGs are in many ways worse than the extremely weak PAGs Bush tried to push out in the last days of that Administration that Obama pulled back. The PAGs eliminate requirements to evacuate people when thyroid . . . Read more
CBG’s Hirsch calls it “Hang ‘em now. We’ll give ‘em a fair trial later.”
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the repair costs for San Onofre are exploding. Meantime, after years of employee complaints, KPBS reports that federal regulators are now looking into claims that San Onofre’s cyber-security training is outdated, at best. The San Diego Union Tribune also reports that 70% . . . Read more
In a stunning development, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed reversing a twelve year old policy that prohibits the use of recycled radioactive scrap metal materials in consumer goods.
In a letter to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, CBG’s Dan Hirsch notes that the proposed policy change would “allow . . . Read more
Below you will find a link to CBG’s 2012 annual report as well as a link to our annual report archive. The annual report discusses CBG’s work for the year.
You may download a PDF of CBG’s 2012 annual report by clicking here
The archive is located here. . . . Read more
After a three-year study, the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed that the SSFL site suffers from excessive levels of radioactive contamination.
CBG’s Dan Hirsch is quoted by the Ventura County Star regarding the news:
“We get bulldozed over constantly,” Dan Hirsch, of the watchdog nuclear group . . . Read more