An environmental coalition, including Beyond Nuclear, has filed a lawsuit seeking to block up to 150 unprecedented truck shipments of highly radioactive liquid wastes, from Chalk River Nuclear Labs in Ontario, Canada through multiple states, to Savannah River Site nuclear weapons and radioactive waste complex in Aiken, South Carolina, U.S.A. Beyond Nuclear delivered a statement on a press conference call sponsored by NIRS (which has provided instructions for listening to the audio recording), which generated substantial media coverage. The press release, the lawsuit (Complaint), and associated exhibits, and additional background documents, are posted online, as is a map of one of multiple routes these "Mobile Chernobyls on steroids" could take. More
Montreal Declaration for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World caps week-long anti-nuke theme at World Social Forum in Quebec, Canada
The Second Thematic World Social Forum for a Nuclear-Free World took place in Montreal from August 8 to 14 (the First was held in Fukushima and Tokyo, Japan last April). The Montreal Declaration for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World already has 168 organizational endorsers, and is open to more if you'd like to sign your group on. The week of anti-nuclear weapons and power activism addressed each stage of the uranium fuel chain, from mining to radioactive waste dumping. It included international networking and strategizing, an anti-nuke contingent in the World Social Forum kick off rally and march, and a dozen workshop sessions. More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Public Citizen and D.C. Solar United Neighborhoods (DC SUN) today are filing a court challenge to the D.C. Public Service Commission’s (PSC) decision to approve Exelon’s takeover of Pepco. The groups believe the merger is not in the public interest, and the petition being filed today is the first step in asking the D.C. Court of Appeals, the district’s highest court, to block the merger.
The $7 billion merger will lead to higher electricity rates and stymie the District’s efforts to shift to renewable energy, the groups maintain. The PSC on June 17 rejected requests by Public Citizen and other groups to reconsider its decision to allow the merger. Since then, Pepco has asked for an $85.5 million rate increase.
Kamps' prepared statement for press conference re: highly radioactive liquid waste truck shipments from Canada to U.S.A.
Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear's Radioactive Waste Watchdog, delivered a statement to members of the news media on a press conference call sponsored by NIRS. An environmental coalition, including Beyond Nuclear, has filed a lawsuit seeking to block up to 150 unprecedented truck shipments of highly radioactive liquid wastes, from Chalk River Nuclear Labs in Ontario, Canada through multiple states, to Savannah River Site nuclear weapons and radioactive waste complex in Aiken, South Carolina, U.S.A.
See the press release and invitation to a NIRS-hosted press tele-briefing here. (The audio recording from the tele-briefing is available online. See below in the Update.*)
*Diane D'Arrigo of NIRS, who hosted and facilitated the press briefing, has posted the following instructions for accessing the audio recording:
The press briefing from earlier today is available on my Google drive – sharing with everyone…
It will say
There was a problem playing this audiofile.
BUT CLICK either
at top OPEN WITH MUSIC PLAYER FOR GOOGLE DRIVE
DOWNLOAD in the blue box
We will get it up on our website in a few days without the WHOOPS message.
Coalition of environmental groups weigh in on DOE's "Consent-Based Siting" for radioactive waste dumps
Thanks to everyone who responded to our action alerts, and helped achieve a large number of quality comments by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) July 31st deadline! Check out the comments submitted by such groups as Fairewinds, NRDC, NIRS, Public Citizen, and grassroots groups across the country, in addition to Beyond Nuclear's. More.