Action Alert - Due Aug 29, 2016 - Letter of Support to Nominate Radionuclides as a Chemical of Mutual Concern in the Great Lakes under the GLWQA
Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear and Don't Waste Michigan
Letter of Support to Nominate Radionuclides as a Chemical of Mutual Concern in the Great Lakes under the GLWQA
Due Date: Aug 29, 2016
We are sending you this email to seek your support in the nomination of radionuclides as a chemical of mutual concern under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA), Annex 3, Part B, Sec. 2. On March 2, 2016, over 110 organizations and advocacy groups signed an open letter to the Great Lakes Executive Committee (GLEC) Co-Chairs in support of the nomination. As Parties to the GLWQA, the United States and Canadian governments will review the nomination of radionuclides in the upcoming months.
We would appreciate if you could share this Action Alert with your lists or members who may consider submitting a letter in support of the nomination of radionuclides under the GLWQA to the US and Canadian governments.
A letter of support would play an important role in highlighting the concern expressed by the groups which submitted the nomination for radionuclides in March 2016, and in stressing to the governments that it is critical for them to take preventive action to protect the Great Lakes from risks posed by radionuclides – through designating them as a Chemical of Mutual Concern.
The due date to send a letter of support is August 29, 2016. We appreciate that summer is a busy time for families with vacations and scheduling challenges; please be assured that if you are only able to send in your letter of support later on in September, it will still be reviewed and considered. Please keep us in BCC when sending your letter, or forward us a copy if it has already been submitted, so that we can keep track of the letters sent.
[Linked here] you will find the NGO nomination letter signed by 110 groups along with a report prepared for CELA by John Jackson, titled “Radionuclides as a Chemical of Mutual Concern in the Great Lakes Basin,” and a sample letter which may provide a helpful framework. We have also included copies of letters that were submitted by the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and Great Lakes Fishery Commission in support of the nomination of radionuclides.
Thank you for your consideration and support. Should you have any questions with this request, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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