Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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Friday, February 15, 2013
It has become apparent from the most recent pump failure and emergency shutdown at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan NY that there is a pressing need to decommission the nuclear power plants closest to densely populated areas.
Rock The Reactors and the Green Party of Connecticut have identified 5 nuclear power plants in the United States top of the list for putting the public at greatest risk, not only in case of catastrophic accident, but also from long term exposure to chronic mishaps, leaks and daily venting of radioactivity.
The reactors with the most neighbors within a radius of 50 miles are:*
Indian Point, near Buchanan, N.Y., 41 miles upriver from the center of New York City, with 17.2 million people within 50 miles.
San Onofre, near San Clemente, Calif., and 45 miles from San Diego, 8.5 million.
Limerick, near Limerick, Pa., and 28 miles from Philadelphia, 8.0 million.
Dresden, near Morris, Ill., and 43 miles from Chicago, 7.3 million.
Peach Bottom, near Delta, Pa., and 36 miles from Baltimore, 5.5 million.
Hope Creek and Salem, both near Hancocks Bridge, N.J., and 43 miles from Philadelphia, 5.5 million.
The financial firm UBS has recommended to Entergy, owners of the Indian Point Energy Center, that they need to shut down their smaller nuclear power plant in Brattleboro VT to remain financially soluble. This is a Mark 1 reactor, the same design as built by General Electric in Fukushima, Japan. The state of Vermont has accused Entergy of not having sufficient funds in escrow, as required by law, to decommission Vermont Yankee. A similar situation may exist for Indian Point according to our sources.
Remy Chevalier, director of Rock The Reactors, founded in 2006 to enlist the participation of the arts and fashion community in the fight to shut down Indian Point, feels residents of Fairfield County, who live and work in the Indian Point 50-mile evacuation zone, should have a say in their future.
Riverkeeper and other local environmental organizations are in the courts fighting to prevent the NRC from awarding Indian Point a renewed operating license which would allow Indian Point to continue playing Russian Roulette with the lives of 20 million people for another 20 to 40 years, or until an accident permanently shuts down the plant.
Riverkeeper has demonstrated that Indian Point only provides a small portion of electricity to New York City and New York's 19th district, comprising Westchester, Orange, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess counties. Electricity today can easily be made up through conservation, improved technologies like LEDs, and alternative energy generation like solar or wind.
Rock The Reactors and the Green Party of Connecticut ask that our local representatives in Fairfield County raise their voices in opposition to the relicensing of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in solidarity with our neighbors in New York.
Green Party state senate candidate
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Weston CT 06883
Green Party state representative candidate
Secretary, Fairfield County Green Party
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New Canaan, CT 06840
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Romancing the Atom: Nuclear Infatuation from the Radium Girls to Fukushima
The book consists of ten nonfiction historical vignettes, including the women radium dial painters of the 1920s, the expulsion of the Bikini Island residents to create a massive "petri dish" for post-World War II bomb and radiation testing, the government-subsidized uranium rush of the 1950s and its effects on Native American communities, and the secret radioactive material development facilities in residential neighborhoods. In addition, the book includes original interviews of prominent historians, writers, and private citizens involved with these poignant stories.
Go to www.romancingtheatom.com
Monday, December 10, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
Moral of all this I think, sadly, is that until or unless there's another major accident, in the US, within our borders, nobody is going to give a shit. Until then, we'll keep getting poisoned to death slowly by leaks and spills. I always said that the only way to shut down nuclear power is to shut down Indian Point, because that's like starting the dominoes tumbling. It's also the most vulnerable because so many affluent and influential people want to see it shut down, and they give Riverkeeper a lot of money to make it happen.
What Rock The Reactors tries to do is create links between the serious, professional, legal shut down IP community, and professionals in fashion and media in the New York area... We do what we can, but it could not reach as far as Washington DC, because in New York fashion trumps politics, and ultimately nobody in New York cares about politics, because they know that media can succeed where politics fail.
To get the media you have to give it what it wants, so without a scandal, a riot, exposing yourself like FEMEN, whatever it takes to get on the cover of the NYPost, nobody pays any attention... Interesting that those celebrities most often associated with the anti-nuclear community like Alec Baldwin or Christie Brinkley so often keep their names in the headlines by behaving like children... one would suspect it's all an act, the fame game.
Problem is finding useful idiots who will play that game in the anti-nuclear community to put and keep nuclear on the front page. It hasn't been easy, discouraging... Images of peace flags don't cut it, it pigeonholes the issue... the movement isn't growing, except online, where it remains invisible. Other than that, I'm kind of out of steam and ideas at this point... something needs to give somewhere.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Well the same forces which caused FUSE USA's fearless leader Sherwood Martinelli's early retirement, now only a ghost presence on this blog, are once again in action having penetrated the sanctity of the Coalition Against Nukes, the group organizing the Rally for a Nuclear Free Future in Washington DC.
It wasn't for lack of early warning mind you. Yet, despite my best efforts, the CAN committee decided to go against my advice and wishes, chose to disrespect my one and only condition for participation. In other words, after all the long hours I put into their effort, they picked a wrong choice of speaker over of my continued opposition.
I feel betrayed and helpless, not quite sure what my next move will be. My options have certainly been limited by this chain of events. I want the rally to be a smashing success because we need the blowback to influence the NRC's decision to shut down Indian Point. But I won't have anything to do with anyone who continues to reward illegitimacy in the anti-nuclear community.
The nuclear power industry feeds on internal conflicts, using the dishonesty within the community to divide and conquer. A house divided cannot stand, and yet, strangely, the press rarely investigates, afraid to take a stand. It leaves the door wide open for all kinds of two-bit crooks and charlatans to easily take the helm, raise lots of cash and aspirations from gullible anti-nuclear supporters looking for articulate voices to carry their message, giving false hope for a fat pay check.
There's no point harping on the situation. In my case, it's checkmate, and most probably, like Sherwood Martinelli, I will fade away, pushed out of this new anti-nuclear community I helped bring together, out of desperation.
The decision rests with the CAN committee, but I already know what they will do... nothing. They will, as usual, as always the case, hope I will just go away... hope I won't get too angry, or make too many waves... as the effectiveness of their work mysteriously evaporates, losing intensity and focus, wondering how it all dissipated so quickly.
The rally will be great, Americans will finally get a chance to vent their anger towards nuclear power in the Capital, something they haven't done in a long time. But then what? What happens afterwards? Yes, there will be "strategy" meetings, but it's always the same thing. Accommodation after compromise, short of a miracle, we'll be right back where we started, the same tired faces, with 100+ reactors still in operation threatening hosting communities, waiting for the next accident to happen to again "reconsider" nukes.
From excluding green corporate sponsors, to now allowing known spoilers into their ranks, CAN is setting itself up to suffer the same fate as all other anti-nuclear coalitions before it, again relegating license renewal fights to under funded, under staffed regional organizations, overwhelmed by the power of the Federal Government, the military-industrial complex and now Homeland Security which has stamped anti-nuclear activists as a terrorist threat!
Let's see what happens... I'll be paying close attention, albeit with deep regret, at what happens after September 22nd. The Hudson Valley liberal left anti-nuclear community feared FUSE USA and destroyed it. Let's see what they do to the Coalition Against Nukes! The de-clawing and de-fanging process has already started... just in time for Halloween.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
JOIN THE COALITION AGAINST NUKES FOR A NUCLEAR FREE CONVERGENCE ON OUR NATION’S CAPITOL
It’s time to really FOCUS on nuclear power issues BEFORE the 2012 presidential election! The Coalition Against Nukes is organizing an anti-nuclear convergence in Washington, DC, Sept. 20-22, 2012 to FULLY EXPOSE the nuclear crisis in Japan and its relevance to the insidious nuclear industry in the United States.
This is a GRASSROOTS effort and we need YOUR INVOLVEMENT for these events to be successful! We must maximize AWARENESS before the election to bring attention to the dangers of nuclear power. We would like to engage the pro-nuclear presidential candidates in this discussion and welcome the participation of all anti-nuclear candidates, especially the likely Green Party nominee, Jill Stein.
We are also seeking the support and endorsement of high profile members of the film, arts and music industries. It is time to step up and demonstrate your true colors for a Nuclear Free future! Your action is needed NOW MORE THAN EVER!!
Please send us an endorsement and/or solidarity statement from you and/or your organization as soon as possible! Send endorsements to C.A.N. by clicking on the contacts section on this page. We call on citizens across the country to mobilize their communities by working from now until September to get to Washington, DC for these events.
We also urge you to call or email your elected representatives and URGE them to attend the congressional briefing. C.A.N will also invite our congressional representatives to the briefing on Sept. 20th at the Cannon Bldg, Rm 121, 2-4pm.
Schedule of Events:
Thursday September 20th
Mothers (parents) against Nukes Rally on the Capitol steps
This rally will take place before our congressional briefing Sept. 20th.
Congressional Briefing 2:00pm – 4:00pm Cannon Building – Room number 121 (confirmed) This briefing has several aims:
1. It is meant to focus attention on the medical effects of radiation exposure.
2. It is meant to call for an immediate phase out of Nuclear Power in the United States beginning with our GE Mark 1 and 2 boiling water reactors and any reactors with serious glaring concerns or located in a seismic/tsunami prone area.
3. It is meant to heighten the focus on the continuing catastrophe in Fukushima, Japan and especially in regards to spent fuel pool in the number 4 reactor which will hopefully still be intact by September.
This briefing will include medical testimony on the effects of radiation from Dr. Andy Kanter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (confirmed), testimony from Alice Slater of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (confirmed) on the relationship of nuclear weapons to nuclear power, testimony on the state of our decrepit nuclear fleet in the United States from Michael Mariotte of NIRS (confirmed) and testimony from Beyond Nuclear‘s Paul Gunter (confirmed) on the Freeze Our Fukushima’s campaign and why it is imperative that we immediately close all of our dangerous GE Mark 1 and Mark 2 boiling water reactors in the United States.
We need to mobilize the grassroots to lobby their congress people to attend with letters and phone calls from now until then. C.A.N. will send a formal letter of invitation to all congressional members. Dennis Kucinich, whose office reserved the room will send a dear colleagues letter closer to the event. (During this briefing, some banner drops in effective locations around D.C. could be done by affinity groups)
Nuclear Free Film Screening/Live Music/Speakers Busboys and Poets 7pm-11pm evening film screenings/live music/speakers at one of the Busboys and Poets D.C. Locations. 5th and K st. location. screening of anti-nuclear film, speakers and live music. (confirmed)
Friday September 21st
International NUKE FREE Solidarity/Occupy the Japanese and Indian Embassies 9:30am – 11:30am: Presentation of demands to the Japanese embassy and the Indian embassy (Koodankulam solidarity), other embassies French (for example) could be included.
No Nukes No War Rally / Occupy The NRC @ 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, This will include a peaceful protest outside the building and a public meeting inside the building if possible. we are trying to reserve the NRC’s auditorium for that day. This rally will have a NO NUKES/NO WAR theme and Speakers will address the numerous nuclear fiascos across the country from Vermont Yankee to Indian Point to North Anna to Palisades to Davis Besse to Fermi to San Onofre and beyond!
Speakers will also address the crime against humanity enabled by the NRC when they allowed depleted uranium, previously considered Nuclear Wastes to be used in bombs being dropped around the planet by the US military. 2pm -5:00pm (confirmed)
Friday morning could also include a round table with organized labor if it materializes. This would be to discuss the job creation possibilities in concrete terms from a post baseload and beyond nuclear energy production model.
Some initial outreach has been done with the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) on this and if they are willing we have experts ready to come to the table to lead this discussion. This would happen simultaneously to the embassy row march and rally.
Film Screening/Live Music/Speakers venue TBA
After Dark: NO Nuke NO War candlelight vigil — possible TBA
Saturday September 22nd
No Nukes Strategy Meeting at a location yet to be determined. this will focus on taking strategies home for a regional NO NUKES blitz at the end of October or beginning of November
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