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Friday
May272016

Plan to store nuclear waste near Great Lakes proves radioactive

Grassroots environmental opponents to Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) scheme to dump radioactive waste on the Great Lakes shore at Bruce Nuclear Generating Station (the world's largest nuclear power plant, with eight operable reactors) in Kincardine, Ontario have long felt like voices in the wilderness. But in the past few years, first state legislators, and then the federal congressional delegation, in Michigan have helped lead a growing groundswell against this risk to the drinking water for 40 million people in eight U.S. states, two Canadian provinces, and a large number of Native American First Nations. Resolutions have been passed by 185 local governments in both countries, representing nearly 23 million residents, opposing the dump. Now the Washington Post has reported on the issue, the first U.S. national media coverage in 15 years. OPG has said it will provide the Canadian Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna, the additional information she has requested by the end of the year, in hopes she will then approve the dump. See updates on this fight at our Canada website section, including how to take action to help stop this dump!

Friday
May272016

U.S. radioactive waste storage pool fire could dwarf impacts of Fukushima nuclear catastrophe

As reported by Science Magazine, a study by Princeton University researchers has revealed that U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) estimates of the catastrophic consequences of a high-level radioactive waste storage pool fire in the U.S. are dramatically downplayed. The researchers, Frank Von Hippel and Michael Schoeppner, report that nearly 39,000 square miles of land downwind of a pool fire could be contaminated with Cesium-137 at levels requiring mass, long-term (300 years) evacuation. Princeton's calculations are more than three times NRC's land contamination estimate, and the relocation of 18.1 million people is about five times NRC's estimates. Please contact  President Obama and your Members of Congress, urging Hardened On-Site Storage of high-level radioactive waste, as a wise alternative to proposals to rush into parking lot dumps, and the large numbers of Mobile Chernobyl shipments by road, rail, and/or waterway through most states that would be launched. More

Thursday
May192016

Senate steals $30 million of our dollars to transport and dump nuclear waste

The U.S. Senate has voted 90 to 8 to appropriate $30 million for the high-risk transport of irradiated nuclear fuel from atomic reactors targeted at so-called "consolidated interim storage" (CIS) sites that will likely become de facto permanent.  Please join us in our actions to stop these radioactive waste parking lot dumps and Mobile Chernobyls! Contact the White House and your U.S. Representative and Senators (or reach your Members of Congress, via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard, at (202) 224-3121) to voice your opposition.)  And submit comments to the Department of Energy using the Beyond Nuclear We do NOT CONSENT! talking points.  The top targets for CIS are Waste Control Specialists, LLC in Andrews County, West Texas, and the nearby Eddy-Lea Counties, in Southeast New Mexico near DOE's Waste Isolation Pilot Project.  Others could include the DOE's Savannah River Site, SC, Native American reservations, and the Dresden, IL, nuclear power plant.  The DOE is touring the country with dog and pony shows, offering "incentives" (that is, bribes) to entice so-called "Consent-Based Siting."  The next is scheduled for Denver on May 24.  More

Thursday
May192016

Remembering Michael Mariotte

Tributes have been flowing in recognition of the immense contribution to our movement made by Michael Mariotte, who died on May 16 after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer.  The Executive Director and then President of Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Mariotte was a keenly perceptive observer, savvy public advocate, and thorn in the side of the nuclear industry, its regulators, lobbyists and government lackeys.  He was also a leader in efforts to keep nuclear power off the table as a climate change solution.  Michael was a fearless, committed campaigner and a compelling and insightful writer who worked almost to his final days on his GreenWorld blog, calling out the corruption and collapse of the nuclear industry.

Thursday
May192016

Please sign these petitions from Japan!

Petitions from Japan.  Please sign! 
Hibakusha (survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings) have launched a petition campaign, calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons (with Obama's May 27thvisit to Hiroshima just days away.) Please support it!  Find the petition here.  And Friends of the Earth Japan is circulating a petition urging the Japanese government to block a proposal to use radioactively contaminated soil from Fukushima in public works projects across the country.  Sign here!  Please help circulate both petitions to your networks.  More