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Monday
Apr162012

Vermont solidarity vigil with Occupy Portland Hanford protest

From "Shut Down Vermont Yankee As Scheduled:" About a dozen of us stood in solidarity with Hanford, WA on the same day as their big rally out west. It was the day after about 2,000 folks showed up for a rally here (which is a high number by Vermont standards!) so we were in good spirits and hope the people out in Hanford felt some of that.

Sunday
Apr152012

More than 1,000 rally to hear Sanders, Shumlin, Sorrell in Vermnot

Friday
Apr132012

Entergy retreats, drops charges against "The Activists" in New Orleans

Entergy is dropping charges against seven activists, including Paul Gunter, who occupied the New Orleans headquarters on March 22, 2012. The group was protesting the nuclear power company’s criminal trespass against the State of Vermont where its reactor, Vermont Yankee, continues to generate hazardous nuclear waste in the State without a permit.  The action was in solidarity with a simultaneous rally in Brattleboro, VT of more than a 1,000 protesters, 166 of whom were arrested in front of Entergy’s VT headquarters. An affinity group of five others were arrested at the White Plains, NY regional Entergy office.  The New Orleans action can be seen in our 2-minute “silent movie style” film, “The Activist(s)”. Please share and forward widely!

Thursday
Apr122012

Now Unit 2 at San Onofre reactor shows signs of unusual wear

Reports the Associated Press: "The operator of an idled nuclear plant on the California coast announced Thursday that more unusual wear has been found on tubes that carry radioactive water, deepening a mystery involving the design of the plant’s massive steam generators. Southern California Edison, the operator of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, said in a statement that investigators found wear in its Unit 2 generators that is similar to degradation in its sister, Unit 3, though at a lower level."

Thursday
Apr122012

"Fighting the Legacy of Enrico Fermi"

NRC file photo of Fermi 2Michael Leonardi of Occupy Toledo has published an essay in Counterpunch, re-run at Ecowatch, about the resistance to the Fermi nuclear power plant on the Lake Erie shoreline near Monroe, MI. Leonardi links to Beyond Nuclear's involvement in "Freeze Our Fukushimas" efforts to shutdown Fermi 2 (see photo, left), the largest Fukushima Daiichi twin GE Mark I reactor in the world, with around 550 tons of high-level radioactive waste stuck in its storage pool, more than Fukushima Daiichi Units 1 to 4 put together.

Leonardi also mentions the struggle to nip the proposed new "Fermi 3" reactor, a GE-Hitachi "Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor" (ESBWR), in the bud. Beyond Nuclear's website hosts the compiled submissions by the the environmental coalition resisting Fermi 3, submitted in response to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Beyond Nuclear, along with Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination, Citizens Environment Alliance of Southwestern Ontario, Don't Waste Michigan, and the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter -- represented by Toledo attorney Terry Lodge -- continue to officially intervene against Fermi 3 in the NRC's Atomic Safety (sic) and Licensing Board proceeding.