BEST/MATRR Voices Objections
for 19 Environmental Groups
to NRC's Proposed Weakening
of Radioactive Effluent Release Limits

Nineteen environmental groups around the country
signed onto our official Comments to the NRC
regarding the lessening of restrictions on effluent releases 
from U.S. nuclear reactors.

We protested the NRC new regulation proposal’s assumptions
(from the International Commission on Radiological Protection
(ICRP) 2007 Publication 103)
as untimely, since they fail to incorporate major studies
completed within the last decade;
and we asserted that the effluent limits and dose calculations
are based on inaccurate averaged data,
rather than accessible and verifiable real-time data.
We  protested the inaccurate data
used to regulate emission releases
and the outdated studies cited
as the basis for changes to effluent regulations. 

All nineteen organizations joined us
in calling for comprehensive real-time monitoring posted online,
as well as posted refueling and effluent release schedules,
to ensure the public is both informed
and protected from ionizing radiation exposures. 

We included this illustration
from our upcoming East Tennessee report.
The city of Chattanooga is only 17 miles downstream
of TVA’s Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant (SQN),
and the un-filterable tritium,
which bonds with water to become tritiated or H3 radioactive water,
has been rising steadily in Chattanooga’s drinking water
over the last two decades.

Our Multi-group Comments on Reactor Effluents
can be read by searching NRC.gov document ML 15286A236
Nuclear Costs for Our Nation

Garry Morgan explains the financial,
environmental and cultural costs
of nuclear power for the United States. 
He explores the financial inflation for families and businesses,
the terrible environmental and financial risks of disaster,
the health costs of ongoing radioactive waste releases,
and the insidious effect on American culture
of nuclear power management’s accepted
penchant for deceiving the public.

Morgan also addressed the TVA Board of Directors,
asking them to reveal the real costs of Watts Bar 2,
nearly double the costs claimed by TVA,
some 42 years into construction of the reactor unit,
to end the false claim that nuclear lowers pollution,
and to discontinue the costly pursuit of nuclear
at the Bellefonte site
in favor of utility scale solar power
and the development and implementation
of Combined Heat to Power (CHP) generators
to increase efficiency by using wasted heat to produce power.

Garry Morgan’s paper, “Nuclear Costs for Our Nation”
and Morgan’s presentation to the TVA Board of Directors


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