|published Monday, April 22, 2013 ||479 Views :: 0 Comments|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2013
CONTACT: Snake River Alliance
Liz Woodruff, Executive Director
208-344-9161 (w); 208-871-4597 (c)
BOISE – If Thursday’s complaint by two Idaho National Laboratory workers exposed to plutonium shows anything, it is that the Department of Energy and its INL contractor must be more vigilant about the hazards of the materials handled at the Idaho site but also more transparent when dangerous accidents occur and more responsible in helping injured workers, the Snake River Alliance said Friday.
INL workers Ralph Stanton and Brian Simmons say INL contractor Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) not only created a dangerous work environment but also retaliated against the two when they raised concerns about their exposure to plutonium in a November 2011 accident that affected more than a dozen workers.
On Thursday, Seattle attorney Jack Sheridan filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor alleging the retaliation but also that BEA downplayed the significance of the workers’ plutonium exposure, transferred them to lower level jobs and took various forms of disciplinary actions against them.
|published Wednesday, August 15, 2012 ||1449 Views :: 0 Comments|
August, 15, 2012
In conjunction with the New Mexico Community Involvement Fund and the Social and Environmental Research Institute, we are excited to announce the completion of our Community Guide to Improving the Links Between Future Land-Use and Clean-Up Decisions.
The purpose of this Community Guide is to give residents living near DOE facilities a deeper understanding of how clean-up decisions and future use planning become interconnected and indeed entangled when pressures for site reuse and restricted clean-ups bring to the planning process a diverse set of interests.
|published Tuesday, August 07, 2012 ||2550 Views :: 0 Comments|
By T.S. Last
From the Albuquerque Journal
LOS ALAMOS — Six people were arrested in an act of civil disobedience at the entrance to Los Alamos National Laboratory on Monday — the 67th anniversary of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
They were charged with three misdemeanor offenses of criminal trespass, obstructing a right of way and disobeying an officer.
“We weren’t resisting arrest,” emphasized Cathie Sullivan of Santa Fe, one of the people arrested. “This was entirely nonviolent and peaceful. That’s what this is all about.”
Los Alamos Police Department Capt. Randy Foster said about 35 protesters blocked the road at the intersection of Diamond Drive and West Jemez Road shortly before 8 a.m., backing up traffic and delaying entry into the lab for about an hour.
|published Monday, August 06, 2012 ||1836 Views :: 0 Comments|
Aug. 6, 2012
ANA's Director Susan Gordon discusses the possibility of a Manhattan Project National Park on CBS This Morning
|published Tuesday, July 31, 2012 ||735 Views :: 0 Comments|
July 26, 2012
By Staci Matlock
From the Santa Fe New Mexican
Tougher drinking water standards, especially for radioactive contaminants, are needed to protect fetuses and infants, according to a nuclear fusion expert speaking by Skype to a packed audience Thursday at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.
An estimated 100 people listened to experts and clean-water advocates discuss the latest efforts in preventing natural and man-made radioactive waste and other contaminants from reaching drinking water supplies.
The conference hosted by a coalition of groups called Communities for Clean Water, continues today at Northern New Mexico College in Española. The conference was specifically to address concerns raised about the impact of waste on water following last year’s Las Conchas fire that burned thousands of acres around Los Alamos and Santa Clara Pueblo.
|published Wednesday, May 16, 2012 ||3374 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 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 ||2041 Views :: 0 Comments|
In the following op-ed, ANA Director Susan Gordon argues that Rep. Martin Heinrich is not acting in New Mexico's best interest when advocating for funding a new plutonium facility at Los Alamos. Gordon states that what New Mexico really needs is funding to clean up Los Alamos' legacy of radioactive and toxic waste.
May 16, 2012
By Susan Gordon
From the Albuquerque Journal
More than a decade late and 10 times more expensive than originally forecast, the new Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement mega-building at the Los Alamos National Laboratory is a textbook example of how Congress misspends the taxpayers’ dollars.
The main mission for the facility originally would have been to support expanded production of plutonium pits – the fissile cores of nuclear weapons. Today, however, the National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees the nuclear weapons complex, has determined that it does not need the new CMRR.
|published Monday, April 23, 2012 ||563 Views :: 0 Comments|
April 22nd, 2012
By Clark Corbin
From the Idaho Falls Post Register
All 800 Idaho National Laboratory workers at the Materials and Fuels Complex west of Idaho Falls will spend the next two weeks evaluating mistakes made during two accidents at the complex Monday.
Phil Breidenbach, director of nuclear operations at the complex, said workers will not resume research and development activities or work with radioactive materials until the safety and training exercises are completed
"We're trying to further analyze the events with employees to make sure they understand where we fell down and didn't meet expectations and standards, and how that applies to their jobs," Breidenbach said.
|published Friday, February 10, 2012 ||3301 Views :: 2 Comments|
for release February 10, 2012
For further information: Katherine Fuchs (202) 544-0217
The overriding issue for the Monday, Feb. 13 budget release is: Will the Obama Administration continue to increase funding for unnecessary nuclear programs in light of current fiscal constraints? The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA), a national network of communities downwind and downstream from U.S. nuclear facilities, is concerned that out of control spending on nuclear weapons and nuclear facilities will divert resources from legally required environmental cleanup, sustainable energy programs, and critical nonproliferation efforts. Here are some key questions that the Department of Energy (DOE) budget should address:
- In light of economic reality, will the Administration rein in funding for oversized, unnecessary nuclear facilities to produce plutonium and highly enriched uranium components for weapons? At a time when nuclear stockpiles are being cut, why does the US need expanded production capacity for plutonium pits (the fissile cores or “triggers” of nuclear weapons) and highly enriched uranium (secondaries)? The Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement-Nuclear Facility would directly support production of plutonium pits, yet the JASONs determined that plutonium pits have a shelf life of 85+ years. The Uranium Processing Facility as planned is oversized and should be redesigned to dismantle warheads and down-blend uranium.
|published Tuesday, January 31, 2012 ||1792 Views :: 0 Comments|
For immediate release: January 27, 2012
For further information, contact:
Dr. Arjun Makhijani (301) 270-5500, cell (301) 509-6843
Commission Recognizes French Style Reprocessing Will Increase Proliferation Risks Without Solving Waste Problem
Progress on Consent-Based Approach to Geologic Repository Siting
Takoma Park, Maryland -- Arjun Makhijani, Ph.D., President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, today commented on some of the recommendations of the final report of the Presidential Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on America’s Nuclear Future, released yesterday. The commission was created to address U.S. nuclear waste issues after the Obama administration cancelled the Yucca Mountain program.