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BREAKING NEWS

February 24, 2022: The relicensing of the Point Beach Nuclear Power Plant located near Two Rivers, Wisconsin has been paused due to a lawsuit initiated by several non-profit organizations. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a memorandum on subsequent license renewals for nuclear reactors in the United States.

This memorandum is due to the above-mentioned lawsuit and pressure from other organizations to force the implementation of internal NRC regulations and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The NRC determined that before a subsequent license extension could be granted an updated environmental statement needed to be completed under NEPA. Thus, the Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) previously used was not adequate for a subsequent license renewal.

“Because of the work and diligence of many organizations and citizen voices across the country, including those right here in Wisconsin, the NRC was held accountable to environmental regulations. This is a victory for all those voices,” said Hannah Mortensen, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility Wisconsin (PSR WI).

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SCRAM REPORT

On Saturday, July 31, 2021, Point Beach Nuclear Reactor Unit 1 was scrammed. Scram is the sudden shutting down of a nuclear reactor, usually by rapid insertion of control rods, either automatically or manually by the reactor operator. Also known as a "reactor trip".

We have issued a press release about the scram and our request to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for an Augmented Inspection Team to evaluate the event. The NRC has denied our request and you can view their response here >>

 

We hired Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates to provide a report of what occured. You can read it here >>

 

Here is the event report from the NRC.