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Wednesday
Apr252018

Humanitarian care for Chernobyl's children

When the Chernobyl disaster struck, Belarus, just across the border from the Ukraine Chernobyl site, was the hardest hit. Children, especially, were seriously affected and continue to be. When Adi Roche set up her organization, Chernobyl Children International, in 1991 in Ireland, others were inspired to follow. One such was Linda Walker, who founded Chernobyl Children’s Project UK in 1995, not only to bring Belarussian children out of the country for "radiation vacations," but also to deliver humanitarian aid to those affected by Chernobyl inside Belarus. Her work continues today. Read our story about her at Beyond Nuclear International.

Wednesday
Apr252018

Dogs in the Chernobyl Zone are finally getting medical care

When the Chernobyl zone was evacuated, people left with what they could carry. As with Fukushima, many thought they would quickly return. The dogs left behind have proliferated, but at a terrible price. Many suffer from malnutrition and disease and are preyed upon by wolves. At least 250 have gathered around the Chernobyl reactor site where sympathetic workers have been feeding them. Now they are finally getting help.

Read Beyond Nuclear board member, Lucas Hixson's story on how he, and his Clean Futures Fund, is providing food and medical care for Chernobyl's strays.

Wednesday
Apr252018

Help halt Holtec! National public comment opportunity via NRC phone-in/webinar on Wed., April 25th, 7-9pm Eastern

Members of the public nationwide can submit verbal comments at the following U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) public meeting re: environmental scoping for the Holtec International/Eddy-Lea [Counties] Energy Alliance, NM highly radioactive waste centralized interim storage facility scheme targeted at southeast New Mexico:

Wednesday, April 25, from 7-9pm Eastern Time

The call-in telephone bridgeline is (888) 946-8389, and the passcode is 6408603.

As recommended by NRC, to register in advance for the webinar, go to  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7824864004787186434, fill out the requested info., and submit it.

Once you register, instructions will be sent to you via email re: How To Join the Webinar, as well as how to choose your audio option (call-in phone #, or Webinar ID #).

Those who live in the Washington, D.C. area could also attend this meeting, to be held at NRC HQ in Rockville, MD, located at 11555 Rockville Pike, to provide verbal comments in person. For more info. on this NRC meeting, click here. For sample comments you can use to prepare your own, click here.

Tuesday
Apr242018

Getting too close to the "too late" time say First Nations

First Nations chiefs and other indigenous and non-indigenous activists came together at the UN in New York on April 23 to hold a special event — “Radioactive Waste and Canada’s First Nations”. They were there to denounce the failure of the Canadian government to consult with -- or listen to -- First Nations peoples about the deadly and permanent damage a proposed radioactive waste dump near the Ottawa River in Ontario could do to people, the land and the environment. They called for respect for Mother Earth and warned that our abandonment of radioactive waste along with inaction on climate change could have catastrophic consequences.

The UN event took place on the same day as a press conference in Ottawa, Canada’s capital. There, the Anishinabek Nation, Ottawa Riverkeeper, the Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area, and Ralliement Contre la Pollution Radioactive, called on the International Atomic Energy Agency “to investigate why radioactive waste abandonment plans in Canada are proceeding despite a policy vacuum at the federal level, and with scant attention to international obligations as laid out in the UN Joint Convention on radioactive waste.”

Read our coverage of the UN event -- Mother Earth and the "too late" time: We are getting perilously close, warn First Nations -- at our Beyond Nuclear International blog site. 

Tuesday
Apr242018

UN Side Event Webcast April 23: Radioactive Waste and Canada's First Nations

Message from Dr. Gordon Edwards of CCNR (Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility):

The following is a link to the United Nations archived webcast of a special event, “Radioactive Waste and Canada’s First Nations”,  held on April 23, 2018, on the occasion of the 17th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. 

Speakers are:

1. Candace Neveau, youth and mother, Bawating Water Protectors, Anishinabek Nation.
2. Grand Chief Joseph Norton, Mohawk Nation of Kahnawà:ke, Iroquois Caucus.
3. Grand Chief Patrick Madahbee, Anishinabek Nation, Union of Ontario Indians.
4. Dr. Gordon Edwards, President, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility.
5. Chief April Adams-Phillips, Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne, Iroquois Caucus.
6. Dr. Ole Hendrickson, Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area, Ottawa, Ontario.
7. Chief Clinton Phillips, Mohawk Nation of Kahnawà:ke, Iroquoid Caucus.
8. Chief Troy Thompson, Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne, Iqoquois Caucus.