August 18, 2009
PSEG Nuclear Submits Salem and Hope Creek License Renewal Applications to NRC
Salem Unit 1's current 40 year operating license expires in 2016 unit 2 expires 2020
Hope Creek’s operating license expires in 2026 (nothing like asking now while the climate is still good)
These plants represent the second largest nuclear facility in the United States,
The NRC is expected to spend 22 to 30 months to review PSEG Nuclear’s applications before making a decision. The public will have opportunities to participate in this process. ( so far all applications for license renewals have been approved public participation has not been successful)
“Each of the 52 requests has been given a rubber stamp approval”
“ The major threat posed by nuclear reactors is not the addition of new reactors. But continuing to operate old and corroding ones….”
Nuclear power is being “sold” to help climate change !
The big lie !
The utilities, of course, fail to report that greenhouse gases are emitted throughout the entire nuclear fuel cycle, and operating the reactor itself is the only exception. Both the nuclear reactor industry and its support industries spew radioactive materials into local air and water, posing a serious health hazard, warns Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition and Professor emeritus Environmental & Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health….
The major threat posed by nuclear reactors is not the addition of new reactors, but continuing to operate old and corroding ones, says Dr. Epstein. U.S. reactors are granted licenses for 40 years, and many are approaching that mark. Many utilities have asked regulators to extend their licenses for an additional 20 years…
"Each of the first 52
requests has been given a rubber-stamp approval, even though operating a 60 year
old reactor would be a huge risk to human health," says Joseph Mangano, MPH,
MBA, executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project.
Notable exceptions are state government officials in New York and New Jersey, who are opposing the attempts to extend licenses for reactors in their states..
About 80 million Americans in 37 states live within 40 miles of a nuclear reactor, including residents of New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Miami, Phoenix, Cleveland, and Boston. "If a meltdown were to occur, safe evacuation would be impossible and many thousands would suffer from radiation poisoning or cancer," warns Dr. Epstein.
Samuel S. Epstein, MD
Professor emeritus Environmental & Occupational Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
Chairman, Cancer Prevention Coalition