NIRS exists to nurture and empower people to help end nuclear power based on sound knowledge and principled action.
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 believe a safe, clean, affordable nuclear-free carbon-free energy future is both attainable and necessary.
We still fulfill that core function, but have moved on both programmatically and geographically. For example, 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.
1. Our energy future must be nuclear-free and carbon-free. The health and very existence of our planet depends on it.
2. Nuclear waste and radiation should be isolated from the environment
3. Truly sustainable energy sources such as wind and solar should be used instead of fossil fuels and nukes