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HELP CLOSE DANGEROUS GE MARK I NUCLEAR REACTORS

BECOME A CO-PETITIONER TO FORMAL PETITION TO SUSPEND MARK I LICENSES AND HOLD HEARINGS NEAR EVERY MARK I SITE


June 9, 2011

Dear Friends,

Thank you to everyone who called the NRC yesterday afternoon and tried to participate in their public meeting on the petition submitted by our friends at Beyond Nuclear to immediately suspend the licenses of all GE Mark I reactors.

Hundreds of people tried to call in and completely overwhelmed the NRC's system, delaying the meeting by 1/2 hour. Eventually, more than 100 people managed to successfully call in and hear great presentations by Beyond Nuclear, and co-petitioners like Pilgrim Watch, Nuclear Energy Information Service, New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution and GE Stockholders Alliance. However, the NRC allowed only formal co-petitioners to speak.

We are told that a second meeting on this petition will be held this summer.

Now it's time for all of us to become Co-Petitioners! You can submit your request here.

Background Information
On April 13, Beyond Nuclear submitted a formal emergency petition to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to immediately suspend the operating license of all General Electric Mark 1 reactors in the U.S. (the same reactor design that failed so catastrophically at Fukushima) and to hold public meetings near every Mark I site. A list of the Mark 1 reactors can be found here. A factsheet on the 40-year history of the design deficiencies of the Mark I's can be found here. The full text of the petition can be found here.

Now we are asking every organization and every individual--especially the more than 7,500 who already have sent letters to their Congressmembers and President Obama demanding shutdown of these dangerous reactors--to join NIRS and other organizations and individuals in becoming Co-Petitioners to this petition. Let's make sure the NRC doesn't get off easy--let's make sure they know the people of the world are watching them.

The Mark I's account for less than 4% of the U.S. electricity supply. Unlike the homes and livelihoods of the people near Fukushima, their power can easily be replaced. We need to close these reactors now.

You can submit your request to be a Co-Petitioner here.

Note: please read the special instructions on the action page for this action before submitting your request to the NRC.

Please contact us at nirsnet@nirs.org if you have any questions.

Thanks for all you do,

Michael Mariotte
Executive Director
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
nirsnet@nirs.org
www.nirs.org

We rely on your activism and financial support to do our work. Thank you for both! Please make a tax-deductible donation after submitting your Co-Petitioner request or by going here now.

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