Below is the text from CRAFT’s legal argument on the subject of Fermi 2. The entire formal document (pdf) can be downloaded by clicking on this link.
CITIZENS’ RESISTANCE AT FERMI 2 (CRAFT) REPLY TO NRC STAFF AND DTE LAWYERS OPPOSITION TO THE CRAFT MOTION TO REOPEN THE HEARING AND SUBMIT A NEW CONTENTION
Now comes Citizens’ Resistance at Fermi 2 (CRAFT) to reply to both NRC Staff and DTE filings against reopening the hearing and submitting a new contention regarding the proposed 20-year license extension for the aged Fermi 2 nuclear reactor. For the reasons set forth below, the Secretary of the Commission acted within its sound discretion when it halted the issuance of the 20-year license extension to DTE Electric Company, a subsidiary of DTE Energy, and should therefore allow the ALSB Hearing to be reopened and admit our new contention. CRAFT concurs with appreciation the Acting Secretary of the Commission for recognizing the legality of our Motion to Reopen the Hearing and present a new contention. NRC Staff filing continues to focus on the shortcoming of filing done by average citizens instead of a lawyer, and yet they fail to read the content while they focus on form. “CRAFT’s Motion to Reopen should also be denied because it is untimely and does not raise an exceptionally grave environmental issue.” (page 10, 1stparagraph) We believe that not protecting citizens to the fullest extend is a grave environmental issue. Continue reading “CRAFT Contentions on Fermi 2”
By Keith Gunter
Before Fukushima, before Chernobyl, before Three Mile Island, there is the legendary story of Fermi-1: “We Almost Lost Detroit.” It was the title of the popular nuclear power primer by John Fuller and the classic and famous anti-nuclear anthem by the late Gil-Scott Heron.
On October 5, 1966, the Fermi-1 experimental fast breeder reactor (designed to produce plutonium) suffered a partial meltdown when a piece of zirconium plating became dislodged by the flow of the reactor’s liquid sodium coolant. The melting of the highly-enriched uranium fuel was an extremely precarious situation and it would be nearly nine years before the harrowing story would be made public in Fuller’s account. Continue reading “FERMI-1 AT 50: ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN”
This is a worthwhile article from UBS. They say:
A spate of planned nuclear closures, pushed by cheap gas and market structures that don’t reward carbon-free power, will likely continue, according to UBS. But while plants under long-term contracts may have more revenue stability, market pressures will continue to force them offline as customers search for cheaper alternatives.
(Originally published January 1, 2016 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)
CRAFT Comments to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Regarding their Recommendation to Extend the Fermi 2 Reactor License
For an Additional 20 Years Continue reading “Citizens’ Resistance At Fermi Two (CRAFT)”
(Originally published December 31, 2015 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)
Great news!! On December 11, 2015, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) issued a decisive ruling in Case No. U-17767 (in particular, see pages 36-39 of the Order) which completely rejected DTE Electric Company’s request for reimbursement from DTE customers for the $102 million which the utility budgeted to complete a federal license application to construct and operate a potential Fermi 3 Nuclear Power Plant in Southeast Michigan. Continue reading “MPSC Ruling Protects DTE Ratepayers from Fermi 3 Fiasco, for now…”