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Nuclear Information and Resource Service

Nuclear Information and Resource Service
Logo of Nuclear Information and Resource Service
Formation 1978
Headquarters Takoma Park, MD,
 United States
Exec. Dir.
Michael Mariotte

The Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) is an energy efficiency, solar power, wind power and plug-in hybrids.

As of 2007, NIRS claims to initiate "large-scale organizing and public education campaigns on specific issues,"[1] such as to "bring technical expertise and strategic sense to grassroots environmental groups."

In 2000, NIRS' affiliation with

  • Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS)
  • World Information Service on Energy (WISE)
  • Beyond Nuclear
  • "The world's worst nuclear power disasters". Power Technology. 7 October 2013. 

External links

  1. ^ a b c About NIRS
  2. ^ Nuclear Engineering International. Public opinion: how do we get it on our side?. 21 January 2008.
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ U.S. Allows Radioactive Materials in Ordinary Landfills
  5. ^ Manual Shutdown of U.S. Reactors on Fire May Be Allowed
  6. ^ Japan Quake Kills At Least 9; Nuclear Plant Damaged
  7. ^ Matthew L. Wald. Sluggish Economy Curtails Prospects for Building Nuclear Reactors, The New York Times, October 10, 2010.


See also

NIRS counts the following celebrities among its supporters:[1]

Famous supporters

In October 2010, Michael Mariotte, executive director of NIRS, predicted that the U.S. nuclear industry will not experience a nuclear renaissance, for the simple reason that “nuclear reactors make no economic sense”. The economic slump has driven down electricity demand and the price of competing energy sources, and Congress has failed to pass climate change legislation, making nuclear economics very difficult.[7]

On 17 July 2007, regarding the leakage of water from the spent fuel pool of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant after the 2007 Niigata earthquake, Michael Mariotte, spoke on behalf of the NIRS and commented "The leak itself doesn't sound significant as of yet, but the fact that it went unreported is a concern, when a company begins by denying a problem, it makes you wonder if there's another shoe to drop."[6]

On 3 August 2004, NIRS issued a report stating that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission may allow the illegal practice of manually shutting down nuclear power plants in the event of fire.[5]

On 15 May 2007, NIRS issued a report claiming that radioactive scrap, concrete, equipment, asphalt, plastic, wood, chemicals, and soil from U.S. nuclear weapons facilities are being released to regular landfills and could get into commercial recycling streams."[4]


NIRS and WISE have merged their operations and WISE has relay offices in Amsterdam, Argentina, Austria, the Czech Republic, India, Japan, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, and the Ukraine.[3] The bi-weekly WISE News Communique merged with the NIRS Nuclear Monitor and covers the resistance movements working against nuclear power world wide as well as chronicling the failings of the industry. Spanish, Russian and Ukrainian versions of this newsletter are also printed.

International offices

Some of the policies endorsed by NIRS include strict controls on nuclear waste disposal, bans on nuclear weapons and new power plants. NIRS is opposed to ineffective nuclear waste reprocessing, unsafe transportation of nuclear waste, and the implementation of large-scale nuclear waste repositories like Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. NIRS also does not view nuclear energy as a remedy for climate change.

Issue stances


  • Issue stances 1
  • International offices 2
  • Press 3
  • Famous supporters 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

The magazine Nuclear Engineering International has said that it runs easily the best website on uranium mining throughout the world.[2]


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