Activist Toolkit

Interested in nuclear power safety and technology, but confused by the jargon? Our advocate-oriented “Nuclear Energy Activist Toolkit” series is just for you.


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NRC Restores Public Access to Information

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

Nuclear Energy Activist Toolkit #64

In July 2014, UCS learned that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission had for nearly a decade been blanket withholding all documents it received from nuclear plant owners about fire protection and emergency planning.

In November 2014, I wrote the NRC Chairman on behalf of UCS, Beyond Nuclear, Greenpeace, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, and Enformable.com requesting that the Commission revisit this policy and revise it to restore the public’s access to non-sensitive information. Read more >

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Nuclear Plant Lifetimes

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

Nuclear Energy Activist Toolkit #63

The original licenses issued by the NRC for nuclear power reactors permit operation for up to 40 years. Owners can, and many have, applied to the NRC for license renewals that permit operation for up to 20 more years.

While calendars are involved, the owners and the NRC use other means to determine nuclear plant lifetimes.

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Shh! Secrets of the Cooling Towers

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

Nuclear Energy Activist Toolkit #62

Go up to almost anyone on Main Street, Anytown, USA and ask them what this picture shows and the most common answer you will hear is “a nuclear plant cooling tower.” Read more >

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Planes, Trains & Automobiles – Lessons from the NTSB

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

Nuclear Energy Activist Toolkit #61

Planes, Trains & Automobiles is a 1987 comedy film starring Steve Martin and the late John Candy. The title also describes several of the travel modes that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigates when things go wrong. Read more >

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Nuclear Safety Chapeaux

, director, Nuclear Safety Project

Nuclear Energy Activist Toolkit #60

Hard hats are ubiquitous within nuclear power plants and construction sites. They protect the heads of the wears from failing objects and from bumps against low overhead piping and such. Read more >

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