Nearly two years after Fukushima, the NRC has yet to require any safety improvements to these reactors. The NRC staff, through its Fukushima Task Force, has recommended installation of filtered containment vents to make hydrogen explosions less likely and radiation releases smaller than they otherwise would be. The NRC Commissioners are expected to vote before Christmas on whether they will implement that recommendation. But the nuclear industry has been lobbying hard in favor of rejection and the status quo.
Our position is that all of these reactors should be closed permanently. Taken together, they supply only about 5% of the nation's electricity; there is ample--and much safer--reserve capacity. But we also believe the Commissioners need to make a statement in favor of public protection by voting to require these filtered containment vents.
Note: the letters also call for the preferred course of permanent shutdown of these unnecessary and dangerous reactors. As always, you may edit the sample letters to reflect your own concerns.
Our friends at Pilgrim Watch in Massachusetts have submitted detailed comments to the NRC on the containment venting issue. You can read their comments here.