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White House & NRC Recommend 50 Mile Fukushima Evacuation, Yet Insist US Safe With Only 10

By at June 6, 2011 | 10:02 am | 94 Comments

White House & NRC Recommend 50 Mile Fukushima Evacuation, Yet Insist US Safe With Only 10

Fairewinds’ chief engineer Arnie Gundersen emphasizes the need to enlarge evacuation zones around US nuclear plants to 50 miles. Reducing US evacuation zones to only 10 miles during a nuclear power accident compromises public safety.

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What’s wrong with this picture?

By at June 5, 2011 | 10:32 pm | 0 Comment

What’s wrong with this picture?

Entergy’s CEO’s total annual compensation, 2010, was $27.32 million. Example: Pilgrim is the same design as the failed Fukushima reactors – all are GE, Mark I, BWRs.  Almost forty years ago, the NRC identified a serious design flaw in these reactors – in certain accident scenarios the containment would fail in the event of pressure […]

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Superior Court Judge Serving Illegally?

By at May 2, 2011 | 10:08 am | 95 Comments

Superior Court Judge Serving Illegally?

Does eight or ten years strike anyone as “temporary judicial service”? What’s the practical difference between a judge elected for a permanent ten-year term and a judge appointed for a temporary ten-year term? But the most important point is this: A judge who serves for ten years should be elected, not appointed.

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Searching for Statesmen, Fire in the Pennsylvania Senate

By at March 31, 2011 | 3:42 pm | 45 Comments

Searching for Statesmen, Fire in the Pennsylvania Senate

In this edition of Searching for Statesmen the importance of fire sprinklers and the fight in Pennsylvania’s legislature to repeal a new mandatory law requiring all new construction of single and double family homes come equipped with sprinklers. Host Mark Singel explores why the Sprinkler Law (H.B. 377) is so important. Singel a former Lt. Governor is urging everyone to reach out to their Senators and urge them not to repeal H.B. 377 — mandatory sprinklers could save as many as 200 lives a year in Pennsylvania.

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Parsing PSU’s Budget

By at March 17, 2011 | 11:09 am | 446 Comments

Parsing PSU’s Budget

Scott Paterno is spending his days combing PSU’s budget to alleviate the burden in the wake of Governor Corbett’s proposed budget cuts.

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Auditing Three Mile Island

By at March 16, 2011 | 10:30 am | 7 Comments

Auditing Three Mile Island

By anyone’s standards –- even the nuclear industry, 31 years is a long time; not only are the years since the nuclear core-melt down at Three Mile Island stacking up, so, is the money.

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What’s Wrong With the NRC’s Fact Sheet on the TMI Accident?

By at March 14, 2011 | 12:52 pm | 90 Comments

What’s Wrong With the NRC’s Fact Sheet on the TMI Accident?

Rock The Capital’s Eric Epstein has spent years documenting facts against the spoken word concerning the accident at TMI. This fact-checking piece was composed years ago, but its worth another look in light of the Japanese nuclear disaster.

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Markey Queries NRC on Seismic Safety of Nuclear Reactors in Wake of Japan Earthquake

By at March 14, 2011 | 9:05 am | 0 Comment

Markey Queries NRC on Seismic Safety of Nuclear Reactors in Wake of Japan Earthquake

Congressman Markey wants to know what kind of impact the nuclear disaster in Japan will have on America’s nuclear industry. Markey penned a letter asking that the NRC not approve Westinghouse’s design for a new nuclear reactor.

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PA Governor Gives Energy Executive Supreme Authority Over Environmental Permitting

By at March 11, 2011 | 2:26 pm | 1 Comments

PA Governor Gives Energy Executive Supreme Authority Over Environmental Permitting

Wait till you see the dots ProPublica connects from Governor Corbett to his new head of Department of Community Economic Development.

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Is Fred Phelps God?

By at March 3, 2011 | 10:38 am | 2,806 Comments

Is Fred Phelps God?

The Supreme Court decision in the Westboro Church picketing of a soldiers funeral has irked Rock The Capital’s Eric Epstein. Epstein wonders how can it be that this is not harassment, intimidation and clearly psychological terrorism. How is it not tantamount to a Hate Crime?

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