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Wednesday
May232012

Beyond Nuclear meets with NRC Chair Jaczko at Palisades; campaign mounts to block Commissioner Svinicki's re-appointment to NRC 

There is a proud tradition of resistance to the Palisades atomic reactor. In this photo, Michael Keegan, Alice Hirt, and Kevin Kamps, board members of Don't Waste Michigan, call for Palisades' shutdown at the August 2000 Nuclear-Free Great Lakes Action Camp, with Lake Michigan and the reactor's cooling tower steam visible in the background.U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Gregory Jaczko, who announced his intention to resign earlier this week, has reached out to Beyond Nuclear to help set up a meeting with concerned citizens and environmental groups in South Haven, Michigan this Friday after he tours the problem-plagued Palisades atomic reactor on the Lake Michigan shore. Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps worked with Don't Waste Michigan's Alice Hirt to assemble a coalition including Clean Water Action, Coalition for a Nuclear-Free Great Lakes, Michigan Environmental Council (itself a coalition of over 70 organizations), Michigan Land Trustees, and Nuclear Energy Information Service, as well as numerous concerned local residents, to meet with NRC Chairman Jaczko. Jaczko plans to hold a 12:30 p.m. press conference at the Beach Haven Event Center in South Haven Township, MI, to be followed by the meeting with the environmental coalition at 1 p.m. Jaczko announced the upcoming visit on Monday, the same day as his resignation announcement, according to AP. However, NRC's website shows no such press release.

At the same time, a nationwide campaign to block the re-nomination and re-confirmation of Republican NRC Commissioner Kristine Svinicki is growing. Such Democratic U.S. Senate leaders as Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Majority Leader, Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee (which must confirm NRC nominees), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT, EPW Committee Member outspoken in his call for Vermont Yankee atomic reactor's shutdown), have expressed grave misgivings about NRC Commissioner Svinicki's voting record during her first term as an NRC Commissioner. Svinicki almost always votes in favor of nuclear industry interests, while Chairman Jaczko has often found himself the lone dissenting vote in favor of public safety. The Sierra Club has issued an action alert to block Svinicki's confirmation, as has NIRS. Please take action: call both of your U.S. Senators right away via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and urge them to do everything in their power to block NRC Commissioner Svinikci's confirmation!

Meanwhile, the Hill newspaper reports that President Obama has nominated Allison Macfarlane not only as a new NRC Commissioner, but also to serve as NRC's replacement for Jaczko as Chairman. Macfarlane's nomination now needs to be confirmed by the Democratic controlled U.S. Senate, beginning with the Environment and Public Works Committee chaired by Barbara Boxer (D-CA). U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has issued a statement. Click here for more information.

Wednesday
May232012

Angst or Arithmetic? Why Germans are so skeptical about nuclear energy

The first in a six-part series from the HeinrichBöll Foundation, deals with the roots of nuclear energy's unpopularity in Germany. It begins:

"The fact that Germany, in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, redoubled its efforts to phase out nuclear energy has nothing to do with hysteria or postwar angst. on the contrary, a majority of Germans, including much of the political class, has been unconvinced of its merits since the early 1980s; the source of this anti- atom consensus lies not in emotional populism but rather in the persuasive, fact- based arguments of a powerful, grassroots social movement that has long included nuclear physicists and other bona fide experts." By Paul Hockenos. Read the full report here.

This paper is part one of a six-part series on the German Energy Transition. The authors are experts on different issues such as renewable energies, rural communities, social movements, and nuclear power. 

Wednesday
May232012

Elephants and others threatened by uranium mine at World Heritage site

In June, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, meeting in Russia, will decide whether to change the boundaries of the precious Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania, a World Heritage Site, in order to allow a uranium mine. The Reserve is one of the largest remaining wilderness areas in Africa, harboring the largest elephant population on the continent.

The planned Mkuju River uranium mine, if allowed, would deal a major blow to the ecology of the region and have a devastating impact on economic and social fronts.

Please sign the petition we are co-sponsoring with the Uranium Network to urge the UNESCO World Heritage committee to keep the boundaries unchanged and discourage the Government of Tanzania from licensing the Mkuju River Uranium mine. Your emails will go directly to key committee members.

To learn more, read documentation sent to the Committee by the Uranium Network.

Tuesday
May222012

Kevin Kamps speaks with Peace Education Center, Lansing, MI

A May 2, 2012 conversation with Kevin Kamps from Beyond Nuclear, about the damage at Fukishima Daiichi.

Tuesday
May222012

A powerful message from Fukushima mother, Sachiko Sato

“Please do not repeat the tragedy of Fukushima! After Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, people used to say that such an accident would not happen in Fukushima.  But it happened. If we do not stop nuclear power, another accident will definitely happen again. And if another accident happens, children will be the first victims. My children and I are suffering. We cannot live in our house, which we love. We live everyday with fear that we may get ill one day. It is heart breaking to see children who can no longer laugh from their heart since 3.11. Do not victimize children simply because you want to generate power. For whom is economic development, if children must be its victims? Let Fukushima be the last one to suffer from such a tragedy. Aren’t children the treasure of any country? Is it not the minimum responsibility of adults to protect the children? If we cannot protect our children, there is no meaning for us adults to exist. We do not need nuclear reactors anywhere on this planet. Because everywhere on the earth, there are children living. Let us all protect the children of the world."

Sachiko was speaking through a megaphone (photo above left) to Japanese Prime Minister Noda, as well as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, both of whom had just exited their limousines a half block away, during a protest rally co-sponsored by Beyond Nuclear at the UN Plaza in New York City, September 2011. You can download the PDF of her statement - in English and the original Japanese, here.