FERMI-1 AT 50: ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN

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”

Life-threatening Issues

We are all downwind.

Let’s imagine – I know this is far-fetched, but for purposes of discussion, we might try it anyhow – a political atmosphere dominated by fear of terrorists and their bombs. There are shoe bombs, pipe bombs, pressure cooker bombs, fertilizer bombs, tannerite bombs, suicide bomb vests, car bombs, truck bombs, improvised explosive devices, drone bombs, commercial airplanes used as bombs …

Whoa, there’s a lot to be worried about. Fear of terrorists and their bombs can be used to make an argument for lots of countermeasures. Obviously, all airplane travelers need to be searched before they board airplanes. Police need to be able to search anyone’s house when they are chasing a possible terrorist. Suspected terrorists who are caught by the police need to disappear into secret prisons forever … Continue reading “Life-threatening Issues”

Citizens’ Resistance At Fermi Two (CRAFT)

(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)”

Fermi 2 Re-lice and Pestilence

(Originally published December 30, 2015 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)

Fermi 2’s original 40-year operating license expires in 2025. DTE Energy has applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a 20-year extension of this license. Continue reading “Fermi 2 Re-lice and Pestilence”

Morally Bankrupt Regulators

(Originally published September 8, 2015 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release                                    Contact: David Kraft, Nuclear Energy Information Service

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2015                                                  (773)342-7650 (w); neis@neis.org

 

“MORALLY BANKRUPT” REGULATORS PULL PLUG ON NUCLEAR RADIATION STUDY Continue reading “Morally Bankrupt Regulators”

Fermi 3, Round 2

(Originally published Thursday, May 21, 2015 on http://haltfermi.blogspot.com/)

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has given DTE Electric (DTE) the license it needs in order to build Fermi 3. They plan to build this new nuclear reactor on the shore of Lake Erie adjacent to Fermi 2.

The Sierra Club along with the Alliance to Halt Fermi 3, Beyond Nuclear and other anti-nuclear groups, was opposed to this license. We delayed its issuance by more than 3 years. There are still open objections which should have been resolved before the NRC issued the license, but that part of the process is finished for practical purposes. Continue reading “Fermi 3, Round 2”