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Monday
Aug152011

Calls to Action from VT No Nukes groups to shut down Vermont Yankee

Cooling tower collapse in 2007 resulting from a 20% power uprate at the aged, decrepit Vermont Yankee atomic reactorThe Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance, Citizens Awareness Network, Shut It Down Affinity Group, and Safe and Green Campaign have issued the following call to action:

"Greetings Friends - We're pleased to be holding a CLOSE IT DOWN! ACTION CAMP at Wheelock Mountain Farm  on the evening of Friday, Sept. 9th and all day Saturday Sept. 10th.

The focus of the Action Camp will be to develop and prepare a response to any effort to keep Vermont Yankee operating beyond the end of it's Vermont license in March of next year.

You are all invited to help strategize, organize and realize a campaign to ensure that Vermont's democratic process, it's laws and the people's will be respected.  I've attached a poster for distribution, and would very much appreciate your help in getting these up and the word out.

Below is a portion of a Call To Action by members of the Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance, the Citizen's Awareness Network, the Shut it Down Affinity Group and the Safe and Green Campaign co-sponsors the Action Camp. Please let me know how you'd like to be involved.

Many Thanks,
Robin Cappuccino
Wheelock Mountain Farm
Greensboro Bend, VT
member of the Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance

We, the people, cannot allow a mega-corporation like Entergy to subvert democracy and continue irradiating our region while adding to the tons of high level nuclear waste stored high above the banks of the Connecticut River. The people of this region - by means of petitions, letters, public hearings as well as demonstrations, and votes by the Vermont legislature and annual town meetings - have long and repeatedly expressed their will to close Vermont Yankee and replace its power with safe, renewable alternatives.

Many nations - including Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Japan - are taking action to halt the continued use of nuclear power. Vermont has done the same.
 
Entergy is determined to keep the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant operating. In a last ditch effort, Entergy is suing in federal court to prevent the sovereign will of Vermont from prevailing in the shutdown of Vermont Yankee.  If the courts rule against Vermont or if Entergy defies Vermont law we must take action for the sake of our lives, democracy, future generations, and the environment. 
 
PLEASE JOIN US! In a People's Campaign to Close Vermont Yankee." The coalition also put out a poster.

Wednesday
Aug102011

Statewide coalition forms to shut down California nuclear plants

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace has put out a media release today:

"Following the August 7 MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) anti-nuclear concert, more than 60 California groups met in San Mateo for the first statewide Anti-Nuclear post-Fukushima Summit. Participants committed to continuing work towards the shut-down of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant and San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, both of which are immediately adjacent to major earthquake faults. In addition, summit members focused on energy conservation and clean, safe, renewable solutions to establish a nuclear-free California.

Among the groups participating were the following: Abalone Alliance Clearinghouse; Alliance for Survival; Coalition For Responsible Ethical Environmental Decisions (CREED); Ecological Options Network (EON); Friends of the Earth; Green Leap Forward; Greenpeace; Los Angeles Greens; No Nukes Caucus Veterans for Peace; No Nukes on Faults; Peace and Freedom Party; Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles; Redwood Alliance; Residents Organized for a Safe Environment (ROSE); Sacred Sites Peacewalk for a Nuclear Free World; San Clemente Green; San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace; Veterans for Peace Chapter 162 East Bay San Francisco; Women's Energy Matters.

The MUSE concert was a fund-raiser for the victims of the Fukushima disaster and for clean, safe energy. See Guacamole Fund website and Facebook for more information about the artists and the concert.

Photos of the MUSE concert, featuring Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and others are available at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mothers-for-Peace/183225733141
and at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guacamole-Fund/231062476903972." 

For more info., contact Jane Swanson with San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace at Janeslo@me.com, (805) 595-2605, or cell (805) 440-1359.

Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) helped pull the coalition meeting together. Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps was in attendance.

Wednesday
Aug102011

Japan Held Nuclear Data, Leaving Evacuees in Peril

"In interviews and public statements, some current and former government officials have admitted that Japanese authorities engaged in a pattern of withholding damaging information and denying facts of the nuclear disaster — in order, some of them said, to limit the size of costly and disruptive evacuations in land-scarce Japan and to avoid public questioning of the politically powerful nuclear industry. As the nuclear plant continues to release radiation, some of which has slipped into the nation’s food supply, public anger is growing at what many here see as an official campaign to play down the scope of the accident and the potential health risks.

'From the 12th to the 15th we were in a location with one of the highest levels of radiation,” said Tamotsu Baba, the mayor of Namie, which is about five miles from the nuclear plant. He and thousands from Namie now live in temporary housing in another town, Nihonmatsu. “We are extremely worried about internal exposure to radiation.' 

The withholding of information, he said, was akin to 'murder.'" New York Times

From Associated Press :

"Japan's system to forecast radiation threats was working from the moment its nuclear crisis began. As officials planned a venting operation certain to release radioactivity into the air, the system predicted Karino Elementary School would be directly in the path of the plume emerging from the tsunami-hit Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.

But the prediction helped no one. Nobody acted on it."



Friday
Aug052011

“Into Eternity” – A haunting look at the future of radioactive waste

Beyond Nuclear is proud to announce that we are the non-theatrical NGO distributor of  the new film, Into Eternity, hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a rare hybrid: an information-packed documentary crossed with an existential art film . . .  one of the most provocative movies of the year.” You can partner with us in screening this extraordinary and thought-provoking film.

Into Eternity explores the utter impossibility of storing nuclear waste for 100,000 or even a million years. It is, on the one hand, a documentary about the Onkalo storage facility presently under construction in Finland, and on the other hand, a startlingly beautiful work of art and an urgent provocation that ponders the question of who – or what – will remain on this earth when that time frame has elapsed.

Please log on here if you would like to collaborate with Beyond Nuclear –  and our partner, Specialty Studios – to screen this important film in your community – whether at a house party or at a larger public venue. Specialty Studios will work with you to provide promotional materials. Please contact Beyond Nuclear for printed information, follow-on action items, our flier and – where feasible and desirable – a speaker.

Friday
Aug052011

Hiroshima: World Conference against A & H Bombs Declaration

Nuclear weapons abolitionists gathered in Hiroshima at the site of the first atomic bombing of Japan, sixty-six years ago on August 6, 1945 to declare an end to all nuclear weapons, a strengthened resistance to the increasingly dangerous proliferation policy of "nuclear deterrence" and the creation of more nuclear free zones.  This year's international observance deeply sympathized with Japan's terrible loss of life from the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the new radiation victims suffering from the continuing nuclear crisis released by the Fukushima Dai-ichi catastrophe.