Commemoration of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, Sun, Aug 6, Columbia, SC

Join us next Sunday August 6th in remembering #Hiroshima and renewing our commitment to work toward a more peaceful world where nuclear weapons will never be used again. Featuring music, poetry, dance, and children’s activities including making origami peace cranes. 2:30pm-4:30pm at Edventure’s Canal Room, 211 Gervais St. FREE.
Sponsored by Carolina Peace and the Columbia Friends Meeting (Quakers)
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July 13 Telebriefing on EPA Proposal to Increase Levels of Radiation Allowed in Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has quietly proposed to raise the allowable levels of radioactivity in drinking water a nuclear incident to hundreds of times their current limits. If this guidance goes through, EPA’s action will allow people to drink water with concentrations of radioactivity at vastly higher levels. — Read more

ACTION ALERT: Oppose German HEU Nuclear Waste Coming to SRS

UPDATE: Both the Aiken Standard and the Augusta Chronicle have come out with op-eds opposing dumping German HEU nuclear waste at SRS:

Don’t Dump on Us” and New German Waste Another Bad Signal”

TAKE ACTION…Submit your comment by MONDAY July 21st! See info below…


 

ACTION ALERT: Oppose German HEU Nuclear Waste Coming to SRS

The Department of Energy (DOE) is considering proposals to bring German HEU (Highly Enriched Uranium) commercial spent fuel to the Savannah River Site for processing and disposal.  But there is no place to dispose of it for the long-term meaning it would wind up dumped at SRS for decades if not permanently.  Environmentalists and concerned citizens have already spoken out at a DOE Hearing in North Augusta in opposition on Tuesday June 24th… now it is your TURN TO SPEAK UP!

TAKE ACTION! Tell DOE to Consider the Environmental & Financial Liabilities of Dumping German Nuclear Waste at SRS.

The DOE is soliciting comment from the public to make an Environmental Assessment (EA) on whether bringing German HEU Nuclear Waste to SRS would have a “significant impact” on the local community, thus requiring a more researched “environmental impact statement” (EIS) under federal law.  Boosters and supporters of bringing German HEU Nuclear Waste to SRS are urging a finding of “no significant impact” to avoid an environmental impact statement. Tell DOE to consider the environmental & financial liabilities of dumping German nuclear waste at SRS. Please include any additional factors…environmental or socioeconomic… that should be weigh in on considering a community impact.

Submit Comments to Andrew Grainger at drew.grainger@srs.gov

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SUBMIT COMMENT BY MONDAY JULY 21st

For More Background…

 

UPDATE: Both the Aiken Standard and the Augusta Chronicle have come out with op-eds opposing dumping German HEU nuclear waste at SRS:

Don’t Dump on Us” and New German Waste Another Bad Signal”

TAKE ACTION…Submit your comment by MONDAY July 21st! See info below…


 

ACTION ALERT: Oppose German HEU Nuclear Waste Coming to SRS

The Department of Energy (DOE) is considering proposals to bring German HEU (Highly Enriched Uranium) commercial spent fuel to the Savannah River Site for processing and disposal.  But there is no place to dispose of it for the long-term meaning it would wind up dumped at SRS for decades if not permanently.  Environmentalists and concerned citizens have already spoken out at a DOE Hearing in North Augusta in opposition on Tuesday June 24th… now it is your TURN TO SPEAK UP!

TAKE ACTION! Tell DOE to Consider the Environmental & Financial Liabilities of Dumping German Nuclear Waste at SRS.

The DOE is soliciting comment from the public to make an Environmental Assessment (EA) on whether bringing German HEU Nuclear Waste to SRS would have a “significant impact” on the local community, thus requiring a more researched “environmental impact statement” (EIS) under federal law.  Boosters and supporters of bringing German HEU Nuclear Waste to SRS are urging a finding of “no significant impact” to avoid an environmental impact statement. Tell DOE to consider the environmental & financial liabilities of dumping German nuclear waste at SRS. Please include any additional factors…environmental or socioeconomic… that should be weigh in on considering a community impact.

Submit Comments to Andrew Grainger at drew.grainger@srs.gov

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SUBMIT COMMENT BY MONDAY JULY 21st

For More Background…

 

One million tennis ball sized graphite fuel spheres each containing 1 gram of highly enriched uranium (HEU) could be headed to the Savannah River Site (SRS) for disposal under proposals being considered by the Department of Energy (DOE).  Left over from mothballed experimental reactors in Germany, the HEU commercial spent fuel would be “chemically digested” and “downblended” to low enriched uranium (LEU), rendering it unusable in a nuclear weapon or a radiological weapon often called a “dirty bomb.”  Due to these nonproliferation concerns, the international community decided to phase out HEU commercial fuel in the 1990s. DOE is considering 1. Taking No Action (not accepting the nuclear waste from Germany), 2. Reprocessing the Waste into Nuclear Fuel,  3. Processing the Nuclear Waste and Vitrifying for Long-Term Disposal.  4. Processing the Nuclear Waste and Only Vitrifying Some, Storing the Rest.  The waste would be shipped through the port of Charleston and delivered to SRS via rail.

While Germany would bankroll processing of the HEU waste at SRS to the tune of $1 billion, it is unclear what will be done with the nuclear waste afterwards with no clear disposition path for long-term disposal.  Wastes would include the the HEU (to be downblended to LEU), thorium, and fissile products, as well as chemicals used in the downblending process.  With DOE already vexed by the failure of Yucca Mountain and with no plan to dispose of long-term waste… both military “legacy” materials and the piling up commercial nuclear waste at US reactors, it is highly likely that this German HEU commercial spent fuel would wind up as waste at SRS for decades if not permanently. The SRS Community Advisory Board (CAB) recently issued a resolution opposing storing commercial nuclear waste from

Nuclear industry boosters supporting the import of German nuclear waste and environmentalists opposing it dueled in 3 minute testimonies at a DOE Hearing in North Augusta soliciting comment on the proposals this past Tuesday June 24th.  Tom Clements of Savannah River Site  Watch lead the critics speaking which included local citizens and representatives from Don’t Waste Aiken, the Sierra Club, Georgia WAND, Nuclear Watch South, the League of Women Voters and the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL), all opposing accepting the German waste, noting the lack of a disposition path for the waste and calling for consideration of the long-term environmental and health impacts.s.  Advocates of bringing German nuclear waste to SRS, included members of Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA), nuclear industry retirees, and the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, who stressed the financial benefit, the technical capacity and safe operating track record at SRS, and the nonproliferation imperative of dealing with the HEU nuclear material.  Supporters also urged that DOE Environmental Assessment find “No Significant Impact” and thus eliminate the requirement of  an environmental impact statement (EIS).

 

DOE is soliciting “scoping” imput for an “EA,” an “Environmental Assessment” that will determine if a significant impact from the proposal requires and environmental impact statement (EIS) as required under NEPA (National Environmental Protection Act).  Any factors that should be considered… environmental, financial or socio-economic… and should weigh on a decision.

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CAROLINA PEACE’S POSITION: German HEU commercial nuclear waste should not be accepted for processing at SRS. This nuclear waste has no definite disposition path and is likely to remain at SRS for decades if not permanently. It would also open the door to processing commercial nuclear waste at SRS… something the SRS Community Advisory Board (CAB) roundly rejected recently. Any Environmental Assessment should include consideration of the possibility of long-term impact of nuclear wastes remaining at SRS in all aspects including the environmental and financial liabilities. Further, we affirm that transporting German HEU from Germany to the US is a proliferation risk and leaves the nuclear material open to terrorist attack. Securing the German HEU nuclear waste in place is preferable as is developing a process to convert the HEU waste to LEU waste with minimum transport over the long term to fulfill nonproliferation needs. As a modern, stable NATO ally, Germany’s holding of HEU waste is not an urgent issue for nonproliferation in the short term.

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Learn More:

www.srswatch.org

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-06-23/public-meeting-tuesday-potential-german-waste-shipments-srs

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POSTCARD CAMPAIGN: Urge Senator Graham to Ratify the START Treaty

The Carolina Peace Resource Center is sponsoring a postcard campaign asking Senator Lindsey Graham to vote YES to ratify the START treaty.  Senator Graham is seen as a pivotal swing vote who may be able to help bring the START Treaty to the floor of the Senate for a vote before Congress ends.  Already over 120 yellow postcards have been signed and sent to Senator Graham’s office… we are hoping to reach a thousand!  We need your help: SEND YOUR OWN POSTCARD IN, VOLUNTEER TO COLLECT SIGNATURES (Sept-Oct), DONATE TO COVER POSTAGE.

Contact David 1-803-215-3263/ aiken_peace   AT  yahoo.com  SUBJECT: Postcards

Don’t Nuke Our Future!! National Call in Day to Congress

$54 Billiion for Nukes?!? What about Efficiency, Solar, and Wind?

President Obama wants to triple the loan program for construction of new nuclear reactors, to $54 billion. $8.3 has already been given to Georgia Power for their 2 proposed reactors near Augusta, Ga.

As Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) pointed out last week, these are not loan “guarantees”–they are direct taxpayer loans to wealthy nuclear utilities from the government’s Federal Financing Bank. And this is just a proposal–it’s not a done deal.

$54 Billiion for Nukes?!? What about Efficiency, Solar, and Wind?

President Obama wants to triple the loan program for construction of new nuclear reactors, to $54 billion. $8.3 has already been given to Georgia Power for their 2 proposed reactors near Augusta, Ga.

As Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) pointed out last week, these are not loan “guarantees”–they are direct taxpayer loans to wealthy nuclear utilities from the government’s Federal Financing Bank. And this is just a proposal–it’s not a done deal.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

 

  • It’s YOUR money!
  • Radioactive waste lasts for thousands of years and there is no where to put the millions of pounds that are already stacking up all over the country.
  • 27 of the 104 operating reactors are leaking radioactive tritium into the water supply. Google Vermont Yankee + Tritium for more info.
  • WE NEED WATER TO LIVE: Nuclear is the most water intensive energy source there is, requiring up to 50 million gallons of water per day per reactor.
  • We need energy that will create JOBS! For every $1 million invested, nuclear creates only 4 jobs, compared to 13 for solar and 13 for wind.

 

A coalition of organizations is coming together to tell Congress that we want solutions, not more problems! It’s our money they are promising to these nuclear projects, it’s high time we take a stand and say NO. NIRS and other groups won this battle twice last year. And together, we can do it again!

On Thursday, February 25, join National Call-Congress Day and call your Representatives and your Senators. Tell them to stop the tripling of the nuclear loan program. You can reach all of your Congressmembers at 202-224-3121. Rather write than call? Click here for the original action alert from NIRS:

For more detailed information on the loan guarantees, please visit here.

For more on why nukes are just another Problem when we need Solutions, see this.

To learn how much of a financial failure nukes were the last go around, check this out:

Here are some talking points from NIRS:

  • The American people are tired of corporate bailouts. In this case, taxpayers would provide the loans and take all the risk. The large utilities would take any profits, and taxpayers would pay for all losses. That is fundamentally unfair to the American people.
  • Congress should wait and see how the current loans (to the Vogtle reactors in Georgia and likely one or two more reactors) fare before risking even more taxpayer money on nuclear loans.
  • Nuclear power remains dirty and dangerous, as demonstrated by the recent toxic tritium leaks at the Vermont Yankee reactor and elsewhere.
  • It would be folly to repeat the mistakes of the past and encourage new reactor construction when we still don’t know how to handle the radioactive waste from existing reactors.
  • We need to address the climate crisis with the fastest, cheapest, cleanest and safest means possible of reducing carbon emissions. Nuclear power is the slowest, most expensive, dirtiest and most dangerous technology available. And nuclear power is not carbon-free: its carbon footprint is about six times that of wind, 2-3 times greater than solar, and many times greater than energy efficiency.
  • Our goal should be to attain a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy future. Anyone who believes this isn’t possible just isn’t paying attention.

{jcomments on}So, make sure to call on Thursday! Here is the number again:

202-224-3121