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“Hell-Bent” to keep nuclear out of the energy mix. Boot the nuclear lobby out of Congress

senator voinovich, a republican from ohio, says he's "hell-bent" to give 54 billion start up $ to new nuclear! heads up! be hell-bent to boot the nuclear lobby out of congress! no new nukes no matter how small and cute and ready to be put in your backyard or cracker jack box! nuclear of any kind is not sustainable. vote pro-nuke out.
CALL OR WRITE THE DELEGATION. Tell 'em you'll vote 'em out if they're pro new nukes.

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley
107 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510
Phone (202) 224-3753, Fax: (202) 228-3997
Email:  http://wyden.senate.gov/contact/

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden
223 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510-3703
Phone: (202) 224-5244, Fax: (202) 228-2717
Email:  http://wyden.senate.gov/contact/

District 1 Rep. David Wu
2338 Rayburn HOB, Washington, D.C.20515
Phone: (202) 225-0855 Fax: (202) 225-9497
Email:  http://www.house.gov/wu/email.shtml

District 2 Rep. Greg Walden
2352 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-6730 Fax: 202-225-5774
Email:  http://walden.house.gov/ContactGreg.ContactFormIQ.shtml

District 3 Rep. Earl Blumenauer
2267 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4811 Fax: (202) 225-8941
Email:  https://forms.house.gov/blumenauer/webforms/issue_subscribe.html

District 4 Rep. Peter DeFazio
2134 Rayburn Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225.6416 Oregon office: 1-800-944-9603
Email:  https://forms.house.gov/defazio/IMA/contact.html

District 5 Rep. Kurt Schrader
1419 Longworth Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5711 Fax: (202) 225-5699
Email:  http://schrader.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=4&sectiontree=4

All nuclear reactors, even the "new" cute small ones produce toxic waste which we do not know how to treat safely. Nuclear waste will be with us for tens of thousands of years. Waste "reprocessing" is a very dirty process, a complete misnomer and double speak. Reactors, even the ones just the size of little washing machines will produce waste and water pollution. It is the height of folly to streamline reactor licensing! The USA has a big enough irradiated mess as it is!!! Could the nuclear lobby be responsible for disinformation? Are they throwing themselves into the breach of the energy crisis? What about efficiency combined with truly sustainable energy like solar and wind? "Clean" coal and "new" nuclear are still dirty. Smart countries such as Germany and Spain have foregone "new" nuclear and gone with solar and wind.



SEE: article below........

US senator to introduce bill this week to boost nuclear
Washington (Platts)--29Jun2010/653 pm EDT/2253 GMT

The Energy Department's budget for developing advanced small modular
reactors would be almost tripled, and the agency would have tens of billions
of dollars more in loan guarantee authority for nuclear power projects, under
legislation soon to be introduced by Senator George Voinovich.

The Ohio Republican told a DOE workshop on SMR that his "Establishing the
Nuclear Renaissance Act" would add $54 billion to DOE's authority to guarantee
loans for new nuclear power plants. Currently DOE has $18.5 billion in
authority, and has asked for $36 billion more in authority in its fiscal 2011
budget request.

The Voinovich bill also would provide $100 million/year for 10 years for
SMR research and development. DOE has requested $39 million for such R&D in
fiscal 2011, but currently has no formal SMR program.

"I'm hell-bent to accelerate this SMR development effort," Voinovich
said. "If you look around the world, in the countries that are actively moving
forward with new nuclear power plants, the projects are backed and funded by
their governments. Strategically, these new reactors represent a real
opportunity for us to reestablish US global leadership in nuclear power."

Energy Secretary Steven Chu has been a strong proponent of small modular
reactors, saying they could make the construction of nuclear power plants much
cheaper and faster. Current nuclear power plants, which are about 1 GW or
more, require a lengthy licensing process and cost billions of dollars.

The House and Senate appropriations committees are currently considering
DOE's budget request, and it is unclear how much the agency will receive.

Voinovich, who sits on the Senate appropriations energy and water
development subcommittee, said he is pushing for an additional $16 million,
for a total of $55 million, in the 2011 appropriations bill to support SMR

Voinovich's bill also seeks to streamline the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission's reactor licensing process, as well as establish an independent
government-run corporation to manage spent nuclear fuel.

The bill comes as the White House and Senate Democrats discuss how to go
forward with broad energy legislation that could contain provisions to support
nuclear power.

Voinovich spoke in Washington at DOE's first workshop on small reactors,
which was attended by hundreds of representatives from industry, DOE, DOE
national labs, other government agencies and universities.

--Derek Sands,  derek_sands@platts.com