NUCLEAR INFORMATION & RESOURCE SERVICE

Rating: 5 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 6930 Carroll Ave Ste 340 Takoma Pk MD 20912 USA

Mission: NIRS/WISE is the information and networking center for citizens and environmental organizations concerned about nuclear power, radioactive waste, radiation, and sustainable energy issues. NIRS was founded in 1978 to be the national information and networking center for people and environmental activists concerned about nuclear power, radioactive waste, radiation and sustainable energy issues. We initiate large-scale organizing and public education campaigns on specific issues such as preventing new atomic reactors, showing how nuclear power is counterproductive to fighting climate change, stopping scientifically indefensible radioactive waste dumps like the proposed Yucca Mountain project, preventing the deregulation and out-of-control release of radioactive materials, pointing out the dangers of radioactive waste transportation, and for a safe, clean, sustainable energy future. Our affiliation with WISE-Amsterdam in 2000 means that we now have offices and programs across the globe.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

If it hadn't been for the work of Diane D'Arrigo and Mary Olson of NIRS, whose wrote an excellent report on low-level radioactive waste, we would never have known what an extensive problem we have here in Tennessee with nuclear waste.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Diane D'Arrigo has come to TN repeatedly to testify before the legislature on the dangers of nuclear waste in our state. She and Mary Olson helped organize a workshop here in Murfreesboro to educate the public on the dangers of nuclear reactors.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

This is the best environmental organization I know for working at the grassroots level.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

They are great, dedicated people, smart and hard working.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Bring more attention to the dangers of nuclear waste and nuclear expansion. And they could buy new computers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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I have served on the Board of NIRS. I can attest that this organization provides a high-quality robust service to all those concerned about nuclear power. The staff is hard-working, committed and extraordinarily intelligent. Their expertise over the years has provided guidance to activists, regulators, the media and policy-makers. At the time of its inception until now, the organization has seen the fortunes of the nuclear industry rise than ebb and now rise yet again. Through it all, these progressive social activists have steadily marched steadily forward toward a new day when many believe and hope that nuclear energy ceases to play a major part in that mix. 1. NIRS is an effective adviser to other groups and works effectively with other groups, which I know personally being heavily involved with the Government Accountability Project and Hanford Challenge. 2. I have read with interest its reports, monitor, Congressional testimony, and agency public comments. 3. NIRS is frequently quoted in this country and abroad.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working in coalition with NIRS over the years related to both nuclear power and nuclear power.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Competent and committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could saturate the media market with the critical information that we all need to know now that the heavily subsidized nuclear industry is pouring in bucks to revive the industry. They have the information and expertise, but they lack the resources.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I came to NIRS as a community and union organizer. I had spent years working on racial and economic justice issues, but had no previous contact with the activist in the anti nuclear power movement. I heard the phrase NO NUKES and knew about earlier incarnations of Ban the BOMB etc, but in the world of organizing I came from it was a distance echo. I join the board, invited by Mary Olson whom I met through another friend. My first board meetings were difficult because I was in a whole new sector, with its own language, tiers of organizations,

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

is the commitment to meetiing the needs of its constituency when possible. I also appreciate its willingness to take the Nuclear Industry by pulling back the layers of cover.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a stronger global network of anti nuclear activisits; conduct action camps, help communities leverage resources to stop the nuclear industry at the the street level, recruit and engage students and activists of color

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I'm working for anti-nuclear movement in Russia (sometimes in Europe) for about 20 years. Several years ago I joined NIRS Board. During last decade we've been organizing various events together aimed to inform and educate general public in various countries (not only USA and Russia) on nuclear threats. NIRS is not only important for the US, it also helps a lot to develop anti-nuke movement internationally. And international newsletter

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

preventing many dangerous projects of nuke industry; also capacity building in anti-nuke movement internationally

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get more great people in stuff and opened more campaigns internationally which again depends on funds

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

great stuff and executive director that i could work with forever

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great personally, good professionals

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

shut down nuke industry and make the world much safer and happier

Ways to make it better...

we'd fundraised couple of $ millions for next year

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of understanding among general public that nuke industry is up and trying to renaissance one more (hopefully last) time

One thing I'd also say is that...

i believe in NIRS ability

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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As the ED of a Canadian NGO working on nuclear issues, I found NIRS an invaluable resource. The international link was maintained through WISE in Amsterdam and through the engagement of NGOs anywhere around the world working on nulear issues. The link to Chernobyl has been powerful. When I left Sierra Club of Canada to run for leadership of the Green Party of Canada, I cut ties to every NGO with which I worked -- except NIRS. In domestic terms, it is awkward for NGOs to be associated with a political party. Internationally, working with an NGO makes no sense for a federal political leader in Canada (at least in terms of party strategy.) I continue to work with NIRS as leader of the Green Party of Canada because I believe in the group's work. No other group is doing the steady, solid, credible work of NIRS. In global terms, we are indebted to NIRS.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In tackling the so-called "nuclear rennaissance," opposing new plants throughout the US and helping small local groups gain access to technical expertise.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Exceptionally talented, well-informed and dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

NIRS is one of those organizations you can't imagine NOT being around, simply because we have come to rely on them taking on the nuclear industry for so long. However, we can't take their work for granted; they deserve our renewed support. Without NIRS' campaigners' historical memory, trusted roots in the anti-nuclear community, and savvy campaigns, people claiming to be solving the climate crisis will bring this bloated, life-annihilating industry back from the dead while robbing clean, safe, renewables of their chance to flourish.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, informed, committed, and working long hours to make the planet a safer place for our grandchildren.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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4 people found this review helpful

My first major experience with NIRS was back circa 1990 when Diane D'Arrigo lit a fire under me re the implications of the radioactive waste dump then-planned for California. We had already been working with NIRS to stop the BRC (below regulatory concern) program that would have allowed radwaste to be mixed into the scrap metal destined for consumer use. Through Diane, Michael, Mary et al's help and NIRS in general, we were able to mount a sucessful campaign to defeat the nuclear industry plans. NIRS continues to provide in depth information, catalyze action and promote solutions to the daunting and longest lasting environmental hazard, ionizing radiation. They've been consistently professional, thorough and persistent in the face of this extreme challenge. Their work is vital in the U.S. as well as in concert with others globally. We'd have a more radioactive world if it weren't for NIRS.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the feeling of deep kinship in facing the nuclear menace. For many, many years they've connected us with experts, information and know-how to empower us and other activists here in the U.S. and beyond. Knowing they're on the job brings me comfort.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Nuclear issues, including energy, mining, waste and weapons, are very important to me. I constantly use the NIRS website and action alerts to stay involved and knowledgeable about the complex environmental, social and economic impacts of nuclear energy - nationally and globally. NIRS provides an invaluable resource to those who are committed to pushing for energy policies that protect the environment. The staff and publications of NIRS provide information that lay people can understand, yet is based on sound scientific research and peer review. NIRS helps advocates for alternative energy sources stay efficiently engaged.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping defeat the proposed Yucca Mountain and Skull Valley nuclear waste storage facilities and raise public awareness around the deadly danger of nuclear waste production and transportation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The staff are knowledgeable and deeply committed to engaging the public in these efforts. They add scientific and passionate depth to any publication or presentation.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, helpful and committed to finding alternatives to nuclear energy.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help shift the policy away from subsidizing new nuclear energy production to finding alternative energy sources and creating sound scientific means of dealing with the looming nuclear waste problem and cleaning up the environmental catastrophe.

Ways to make it better...

NIRS had more staff to work with regional organizations around the country and in providing public officials with scientific information and resources to make sound decisions regarding nuclear issues.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of funding and public knowledge of the important issues that NIRS tackle.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am proud to be a supporter of NIRS and am grateful for their efforts to provide me and other environmental activists with the tools we need to push for change.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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4 people found this review helpful

This nonprofit provides an invaluable service to members of the general public interested in learning more about nuclear energy. Their site is easy to navigate and their science is well-documented. They're the group that I refer people to when I get questions about nuclear power. Keep up the good work.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that they're arguments are based in sound science.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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4 people found this review helpful

NIRS plays a key role in providing the public with the information we need to know in the face of tough questions about how to face climate change.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their ability to boil complicated issues down into relevant and essential facts.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

well-informed, passionate, but not pushy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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