|published Thursday, May 10, 2012 ||1137 Views :: 0 Comments|
May 10, 2012
By Michael Coleman
From the Albuquerque Journal
WASHINGTON – Rep. Steve Pearce, a New Mexico Republican, and Rep. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, don’t agree on much, but they teamed up this week to try to block federal subsidies to a uranium enrichment plant in Kentucky.
The congressmen wrote a letter to House leaders negotiating details of a transportation bill and asked them to reject a Senate proposal to include in the legislation $150 million in federal subsidies to the United States Enrichment Corp. Pearce, who represents southern New Mexico, told the Journal that the subsidies would give USEC, based in Paducah, Ky., an unfair advantage over a similar firm in New Mexico.
Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican who ran as a champion of the fiscally conservative tea party, is among the biggest backers of the federal subsidy for USEC, arguing that about 1,400 jobs are at stake. Pearce called the Kentucky firm a “great big black hole where taxpayer dollars have been disappearing.”
|published Tuesday, February 14, 2012 ||1778 Views :: 0 Comments|
The following analysis of how President Obama's FY 13 budget request will impact Kentucky includes quotes from ANA member Don Hancock regarding Cold War nuclear waste cleanup in Paducah and around the country.
Feb. 13, 2012
By James R. Carroll
From the Louisville Courier-Journal
At the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, continued operations to clean up decades of chemical and radiological contamination from nuclear weapons work would be funded at $132.2 million, about the same amount as in the current year.
Most environmental cleanup projects overseen by the Department of Energy at nuclear facilities are being funded at roughly the same levels as the current budget, said Don Hancock, nuclear waste program director with the Southwest Research and Information Center in Albuquerque, N.M., one of the organizations that belongs to the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability.
The Paducah plant’s facility to convert depleted uranium into a more stable state was behind schedule in 2011, but is now operating.
Hancock said the Energy Department is not asking enough for cleanup at Paducah and other sites.
|published Monday, August 10, 2009 ||2930 Views :: 0 Comments|
LIVERMORE — About 75 protesters gathered at Lawrence Livermore
Laboratory early Thursday to commemorate the Aug. 6, 1945 bombing of
Hiroshima as well as to protest the development and use of nuclear
The protest was peaceful but 22 people were arrested by Lawrence
Livermore Lab security for blocking the lab's entrance said Bob
Hirschfeld, a lab spokesman. Those arrested were handcuffed, cited and
Originally published in the Contra Costa Times: http://www.contracostatimes.com/environment/ci_13009155
|published Thursday, June 25, 2009 ||3299 Views :: 1 Comments|
Oppose Additional F-22s Paid for with Environmental Cleanup Funds
June 23, 2009
Please support any amendment to the FY10 defense authorization bill, H.R. 2647, to eliminate funds for advance procurement of 12 F-22 Raptor fighter jets and restore the money for environmental cleanup.
Defense Secretary Gates requested four additional F-22 fighters in the FY09 Supplemental Appropriations Act, completing the fleet at 187 planes and ending production. Money to purchase those final four aircraft has already been appropriated. We oppose the additional twelve aircraft sought by the Committee in the FY10 defense authorization at a cost of $369 million for FY10.
The funds for F-22s were taken from money intended for cleanup of nuclear weapons sites, and we believe this is unwise. More than six decades of U.S. nuclear weapons research, testing, and production activities have left dozens of Department of Energy sites contaminated by radioactive and hazardous waste. The contamination threatens workers, communities, and the environment,
including major water supplies. Cleaning up that contamination should remain a priority for Congress and the administration. Inadequate funding in 2010 can lead to missing legally obligated cleanup milestones, allows contamination to spread, and can result in additional spending to pay fines and penalties. Funding shortfalls in one year also require additional spending in future years.
If you would like your organization to sign onto the letter, email email@example.com with your name, title, organization's name, and state.
2009 Fact Sheet Nuclear Weapons Environmental Cleanup|
|published Monday, February 23, 2009 ||799 Views :: 0 Comments|
Six decades of U.S. nuclear weapons research, testing, and production activities have left dozens of Department of Energy (DOE) sites polluted with massive amounts of radioactive and hazardous wastes. Most DOE sites are now on the Superfund list of the nation’s most environmentally dangerous facilities. Their contamination threatens millions of people living near the sites or along major waste transportation routes. Some of the nation’s most important water resources are endangered.
Download 2009 Fact Sheet: Cleanup5.1 final.pdf
|published Tuesday, November 25, 2008 ||6217 Views :: 2 Comments|
Alliance for Nuclear Accountability
Testimony by Susan Gordon
November 20, 2008
Global Nuclear Energy Partnership PEIS
Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) is a network of more than 36
local, regional and national organizations representing the concerns of
communities in the shadows of the U.S. nuclear weapons sites and
radioactive waste dumps. Many of our member organizations are in areas
targeted for reprocessing facilities and are gravely concerned that
their communities will become nuclear waste dumps just like West
Valley, New York, Pocatello, Idaho, Richland, Washington, and Aiken,
Grassroots Groups by Nuclear Site|
|published Monday, October 20, 2008 ||370 Views :: 0 Comments|