|published Monday, January 23, 2012 ||987 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.
|published Monday, December 19, 2011 ||1619 Views :: 0 Comments|
ANA member Tom Carpenter and 2011 whistleblower awardee Dr. Walt Tamosaitis were interviewed on the Rachel Maddow show on December 15th. They discussed problems at the Waste Treatment Plant which is supposed to process millions of gallons of nuclear waste currently leaking underground in Washington State.
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|published Tuesday, May 17, 2011 ||3448 Views :: 1 Comments|
For immediate release: May 11, 2011
Contacts: Rachel MacNair, firstname.lastname@example.org; Ann Suellentrop, email@example.com
Some 4,959 KC voters have signed a petition to prohibit the city’s involvement in supporting production of parts for nuclear weapons and instead to recommend support for green-energy jobs. Putting the petitionon the Nov. 8 ballot requires 3,572 verified signatures.
The KC Peace Planters* will sponsor a news conference about the petitiontomorrow, May 12, in Ilus Davis Park at 9th and Locust at 12:30 p.m. The petition focuses on the new nuclear weapons plant being constructed on Mo. Hwy. 150 between Botts Road and Prospect Avenue, close to Grandview. The new plant is designed to replace the current Kansas City Plant at Bannister Federal Complex. After the news conference, the KC Peace Planters will march to City Hall to deliver the signed copies of the petition (see below).
|published Monday, January 03, 2011 ||2090 Views :: 1 Comments|
For immediate release Dec. 29, 2010
Contacts: Ann Suellentrop, 913-271-7925; Donna Hand, 608-921-9940; Wayne Knox, 678-575-2172
That’s what’s dished up at town hall sessions and one-on-one consultations for current and former employees of Bannister Federal Complex (BFC) at Bannister and Troost. The workers say contaminants at the complex have made them and/or their family members sick, and they need help getting compensation from the federal government.
Help will be on tap at a town hall session sponsored by the KC Peace Planters* Jan. 8 at St. Paul School of Theology’s library, 1535 Van Brunt Dr., Kansas City, Mo., from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. After the town hall, experts will give one-on-one consultations from 1:15 to 4 p.m. for the workers and family members of deceased workers.
|published Wednesday, April 21, 2010 ||3689 Views :: 2 Comments|
Tom Udall Leads Bipartisan Group in Introducing RECA Amendments Act of
2010: Bill Would Expand Relief for Americans Sickened by Radiation
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today led a
bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Radiation Exposure
Compensation Act (RECA) Amendments of 2010, which would provide expanded
restitution for Americans sickened from working in uranium mines or
living near atomic weapons tests.
Originally appeared as a press release on Senator Udall's website.
|published Thursday, January 14, 2010 ||1861 Views :: 0 Comments|
KC breaks silence about environment
By: Alexia Lang
Consider the silence broken in Kansas City.
hundred Kansas Citians gathered Jan. 8-9 at the Reardon Convention
Center in Kansas City, Kan. for the third annual Breaking the Silence
Organized by Building a Sustainable
Earth Community, the theme for the conference this year was how health
and the environment connect.
Richard Mabion, founder of the
conference and popular voice on KKFI, said the conference is about
making connections with other people who are passionate and
|published Tuesday, November 03, 2009 ||3410 Views :: 3 Comments|
The Path to Zero
by Jill Ragar Esfeld
SHAWNEE — Good Shepherd parishioner Ann Suellentrop loves the number
zero. To her, it is the most important number in the world. And she
truly believes, with God’s grace, the world can reach the number zero
in her lifetime – global zero, that is; total nuclear disarmament.
Suellentrop’s dreams may be global, but her focus is local. She is a
member of Physicians for Social Responsibility and a board member of
PeaceWorks Kansas City, the metro area’s leading voice against the
nuclear arms race.
Originally published at www.theleaven.com.
|published Saturday, October 24, 2009 ||3012 Views :: 1 Comments|
PLUTONIUM AND PEOPLE DON’T MIX
WHY THE ROCKY FLATS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
SHOULD REMAIN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC
by LeRoy Moore, PhD, Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center, October 13, 2009
Soon after completion in 2005 of the “cleanup” of the site of the defunct Rocky Flats nuclear bomb plant near Denver, the Department of Energy (DOE) transferred about three-fourths of the nearly 10 square mile Rocky Flats site to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to operate as a wildlife refuge. FWS had already decided to open the future refuge for public recreation. This paper elaborates three reasons why this decision should be reversed:
• The site is contaminated with an unknown quantity of plutonium and americium.
• Standards for permissible exposure to plutonium and americium adopted for the site provide inadequate protection for potential visitors to the refuge because the standards are based on a flawed method of risk assessment and a truncated view of the toxicity of these materials.
• In addition, those responsible for the Rocky Flats “cleanup” did not consider some crucial data regarding environmental conditions at the site.
• Together, these points add up to a great weight of uncertainty that underscores the need for caution. The conclusion to this paper looks at alternatives for dealing with the refuge, including a visionary approach for nuclear guardianship.
To read full paper, click here
2009 Fact Sheet Radiation Standards|
|published Monday, February 23, 2009 ||395 Views :: 0 Comments|
Many federal regulations governing public and worker exposure to ionizing radiation fall short because they rely on Reference Man.
"Reference Man" is the hypothetical person on which many federal radiation protection standards are based. These standards affect many areas of people’s lives, including limits on radioactive contaminants in air and drinking water, clean-up of contaminated sites, and workplace exposures. Ionizing radiation is classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a known human carcinogen.
Download Fact Sheet 2009 Radiation Standards: Healthy5 final.pdf
|published Thursday, April 12, 2007 ||6 Views :: 0 Comments|
Nearly 2,000 nuclear weapons tests have been conducted worldwide. The U.S. alone conducted 217 above-ground tests, about half of them at the Department of Energy’s Nevada Test Site (NTS), from the early 1950s to the early 1960s. Atmospheric fallout from these tests, and from the 30 underground tests known to have “vented” significant radiation, contained harmful radionuclides and was carried thousands of miles from the test site. At the time, the U.S. government assured the American public that testing was safe and necessary to protect them.
Download PDF: Health FS 2007.pdf