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Christopher Paine, NRDC alum, Washington, DC

Christopher Paine

Recent Posts

US Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Deployment Fades Further into an Uncertain Future

Posted June 13, 2014 by Christopher Paine

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Today, both small and large nuclear reactor proponents confront a US economic landscape that has shifted against nuclear power in the near term, while the longer-term outlook remains cloudy and uncertain at best, even with the prospect that gradual carbon...continued

US Nuclear Safety Regulators Continue to Ignore Lessons of Fukushima for Severe Accident Hydrogen Explosion Risk at US Reactors

Posted March 6, 2014 by Christopher Paine

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Three years after Japan’s nuclear disaster, US reactors remain vulnerable to the threat of runaway hydrogen production and leakage in a severe nuclear accident, with little or no capacity to safely reduce or vent potentially explosive concentrations of this gas,...continued

NRDC Response to "Coming Full Circle in Energy, to Nuclear," by Eduardo Porter, New York Times, August 21, 2013

Posted August 23, 2013 by Christopher Paine


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In his recent article “Coming Full Circle in Energy, to Nuclear,” Eduardo Porter offers up nuclear energy as the best alternative to coal in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Regarding the real possibility that humankind will burn vast additional...continued

"Public Participation" or Citizen Pacification: What Does the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Really Want?

Posted February 14, 2013 by Christopher Paine

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On January 31, 2013, I appeared before the five-member Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in Rockville, Md., to present NRDC’s views on the agency’s rules governing (and sharply limiting) the public’s participation in the nuclear licensing and rulemaking process.  As fate...continued

Minimizing the Risk of Hydrogen Explosion from a Reactor Meltdown at Indian Point: Entergy and NRC Counter Substantive Citizen Safety Petition with Spin

Posted November 28, 2012 by Christopher Paine

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Citing the risk that hydrogen produced in a severe nuclear accident could accumulate and explode with sufficient force to breach Indian Point’s Unit 2 and 3 containment buildings and expose the public to a large radiological release, the New York...continued

NRC Task Force on Lessons of Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Reveals Serious Gaps in US Reactor Safety Regulation

Posted July 18, 2011 by Christopher Paine

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As the four severely damaged reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station continue their slow progression toward a cold shutdown condition, more has become known about how the accident unfolded. States, regulatory agencies and experts around the world are...continued

A Question of Balance

Posted February 15, 2011 by Christopher Paine

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Obama’s Department of Energy Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2012 Is Still Top Heavy with Funding for Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Energy While the final DOE budget for FY 2011 remains highly uncertain, due to ongoing Republican efforts to impose...continued

Packing the Nuclear Pork Barrel is the Wrong Approach to Low-Carbon Energy

Posted May 21, 2010 by Christopher Paine

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The “American Power Act,” the long-awaited Kerry-Lieberman-[ Graham?] “discussion draft” of a Senate climate bill released last week on Capitol Hill, is stuffed with taxpayer giveaways and new regulatory loopholes for the nuclear power industry. These financial subsidies and licensing...continued


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