|published Wednesday, May 16, 2012 ||3372 Views :: 2 Comments|
For Immediate Release: May 16th, 2012
Contact: Katherine Fuchs , Alliance for Nuclear Accountability - firstname.lastname@example.org, 414-324-4228
Aaron Albright, Rep. George Miller’s office – email@example.com, (202) 226-0853
This week, the full House will debate two important amendments to last week’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) related to nuclear safety: one offered by Representatives Miller (CA), Visclosky (IN), and Sanchez (CA) to strike NDAA provisions that would erode safety standards and weaken oversight, and another offered by Rep. Smith (WA) that would strike provisions removing nuclear weapons from the Secretary of Energy’s jurisdiction.
The Miller et al. amendment would protect the “adequate protection standard” that has guided nuclear safety oversight for more than a quarter century, ensure that nuclear oversight agencies retain a “transactional” oversight model, and prevent new layers of bureaucracy from undermining technical experts. TheSmith amendment would preserve the authority of the Secretary of Energy over the National Nuclear Security Administration.
|published Monday, January 23, 2012 ||983 Views :: 0 Comments|
January 19, 2012
By The Associated Press
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — An accident at the Idaho National Laboratory that exposed 16 employees to plutonium radiation could have been prevented, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Inadequate safety measures and ineffective training contributed to the November contamination and lab officials missed several opportunities to make changes, states a report released Wednesday by the Energy Department’s Office of Health, Safety and Security.
2009 Fact Sheet Permanently Ending Nuclear Testing|
|published Monday, February 23, 2009 ||660 Views :: 2 Comments|
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) prohibits countries from conducting nuclear weapon explosions and establishes an extensive verification system through the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). U.S. ratification of the CTBT would be a key component in repairing an already damaged non-proliferation regime.
Download 2009 Fact Sheet: CTBT Fact Sheet 2009.pdf
|published Wednesday, April 12, 2006 ||6 Views :: 0 Comments|
Nearly 2,000 nuclear weapons tests have been conducted worldwide. The U.S. alone conducted 217 aboveground tests. About half of them were exploded at the Department of Energy’s Nevada Test Site from the early 1950s to the early 1960s. Atmospheric fallout from the aboveground tests, and the thirty underground tests known to have “vented” significant radiation contained harmful radionuclides and was carried thousands of miles from the Test Site. The government assured the public that testing was a safe and necessary part of protecting America.
In 1983 Congress directed the National Cancer Institute
(NCI) to study the health impacts of U.S.
nuclear testing fallout, in particular radioactive iodine,
I-131. After more than a decade and much pressure
from public interest groups and Congress, the
study was released in 1997.
Download PDF: Health2006.pdf
|published Thursday, April 01, 2004 ||7 Views :: 0 Comments|