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• People generate electricity for their own homes and communities
• Local energy production and conservation create new local jobs
• Renewable energy is integrated into all of our homes and public buildings
• It is easy for everyone to access sustainable and affordable energy
• Clean, efficient energy use is standard practice
• Family farms and locally owned businesses are the backbone of our communities


Urgent Action Alert—Oppose H.R. 3053!

Tell your members of Congress to oppose the dangerous nuclear waste bill H.R. 3053 (Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017-2018), which will very likely go to the US House floor for a vote next week. This bill will put our nation’s nuclear waste storage policy on the wrong track yet again. It ignores environmental concerns, disregards states’ rights and consent to host the waste in the first instance, and attempts to truncate public review in order to force “solutions” (either Yucca Mountain or new consolidated interim storage sites) that are both unworkable and unsafe.

Both groups and individuals can take action,
or call your legislator.

More information and sign the petition:
SEED Coalition

Four Important Bills for Pilgrim

Call to Action! Four important bills of Pilgrim related legislation remain in extension in the Joint Committee on Public Health. The deadline for a vote is May 9 so we need one more push.
Call the Committee members for Public Health now!

H. 2472: Emergency plans for unique geographical locations.
H. 1131: Proposes an EPZ (Emergency Planning Zone) expansion to 20 miles.
H. 1133: Would increase radiation monitoring. 
H. 1147: Emergency plans to remain in place until the spent fuel is moved to dry cask storage.

More information here.
Cape Downwinders.

NDCAP Meeting

When: Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 6 - 9 PM.
Where: Brattleboro Union High School, Multi-Purpose Room, 131 Fairground Road, Brattleboro, VT.
What: The Panel will not meet in April 2018. Further details for the Panel's May 24, 2018, meeting, including a full meeting agenda, will be announced at a future date.
All meetings of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel are open to the public.

More information here.

No Escape from the Cape

When: Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018
Where: Sagamore Bridge on route 6, Bourne, MA.
What: The Sagamore Bridge is the the only way to escape from Cape Cod by land in case of a nuclear emergency. Join Cape Downwinders for a rally at the bridge. Meet at The Christmas Tree Shop parking lot.
More information here.

Building our Power

When: Friday, July 27 till Sunday, July 29, 2018.
Where: Shantigar Foundation, 63 Davenport Rd, Rowe, MA.
What: A training in mindful activism for community organizing with Syrus Marcus Ware, Michael Beer, and  CAN's Deb Katz.
Participants will be introduced to ways of working and understanding movement building through civics, strategy, and targets.
Our facilitators will offer powerful approaches for individual discovery and practical application when confronting today's biggest social challenges. Participants will return home inspired and better prepared to take action in their own communities. 

Full and partial scholarships are available, more information and registration here.

Chicago Summit Summary

The national grassroots high level waste summit in Chicago brought organizers from throughout the country March 16-18, 2018. It was a great networking event. there was a focus on environmental justice, onsite storage at reactor sites, decommissioning and strategic planning on these issues and others.

More young people participated in this summit and there is continued outreach to engage more young people in the movement.

At the last summit, committees formed to address issues related to high level waste—HOSS (hardening of high level waste at reactor sites to protect the fuel from acts of malice), Yucca Mountain and the targeting of the Southwest for a "parking lot" there. These committees will continue and a fourth committee on decommissioning was formed. With NorthStar committed with WCS to create a parking lot in west Texas and Holtec's focus on a parking lot in New Mexico, organizers came away committed to oppose these short term solutions and the targeting of Hispanic communities.

If you're interested in more information or help stop targeting these communities, contact CAN: 413-339 4374 or

Legislative Alert

HR 3053—the Nuclear Waste Policy Act Amendments of 2017-2018 authored by Representative Shimkus R-IL is an industry backed proposal to reopen the Yucca Mountain Repository for high level radioactive waste containment. The bill also gives the green light to establish so called parking lot dumps for “interim storage” of irradiated fuel rods. The nuclear industry is proposing two parking lot dumps, one in West Texas and the other in nearby New Mexico. CAN opposes the legislation and asks our members to call their members of Congress.

Yucca Mountain, located in Nevada, was defunded and the project halted in 2010. The site is prone to severe earthquakes and the mountain is porous. Two of the most important site criteria for storing irradiated fuel rods are keeping the canisters dry and stable geology. Yucca Mountain does not meet these crucial requirements. We need to be using sound scientific methodology not politics to solve our waste problem.

Parking lot dumps are a way to kick the can down the road. To move thousands of shipments to Texas or New Mexico only to have to move them again is dangerous. To say we will find a permanent repository in the future is quite possibly disingenuous. Once parked, the waste may never move again.

Demand NRC Close Pilgrim Now

Twenty-six community organizations call to enforce our right to safety.

Thousands of people from across the state are calling for the immediate closure of the Pilgrim nuclear reactor in Plymouth. Entergy should not be permitted to threaten our communities for their profit.  

Read the letter to Senators by Diane Turco, here.

Sign the petition

Save Residential Solar Systems in Eversource territory

We need 100% renewable energy by 2050. One necessary step to get there is with distributed solar PV generation on every viable rooftop, house and business. The Dept of Public Utilities (DPU) and utilities think otherwise.

The DPU (in Docket 17-05) ruled that the Eversource’s rate case can add Minimum Monthly Reliability Charges (MMRC) consisting of 1) Increased Fixed monthly charge, 2) Demand charges, and 3) Reduced net metering credits (NMC) for all new residential solar installations starting in Jan 2019.

You can help by contacting your legislator.

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HD 4413—An Act Increasing Nuclear Power Plant Protections to a Fifty Mile Radius

HD 4413-increasing nuclear power plant protections to a fifty mile radius.  
This bill was formerly H. 2031 and passed the Joint Committee on Public Safety last session (2015/16), the first time a bill was introduced for a 50 mile expansion.  In lieu of refiling this legislative year, Rep. Peake filed H. 2472 so Boston Downwinders approached Rep. Balser to late-file this bill. 

Please contact your Massachusetts legislator to support this bill.

Call to Action

Cape Downwinders completed a successful ballot question campaign to move fuel out of the pool at Pilgrim to dry cask storage. All 15 towns supported the measure. This was a good opportunity to discuss the reality that Plymouth is a nuclear waste dump and citizens should have some say about it.

We are now encouraging other towns to take up this measure. For information on how to get started—and it is easy—email

Cape Downwinders have testified at the MA State House on bills related to emergency planning, radiation monitoring, and decommissioning funds. For links to the bills, go to: 



We are at a tipping point in insuring that our children have a safe and clean future. Don’t let the Trump administration undermine all the good work that we have done.

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Environmental Justice and Nuclear Waste:
The Road from Vermont Yankee to Texas
Friday, May 5, Montpelier, VT
With speakers Kevin Kamps, Rose Gardner, and Deb Katz.
Video by Orca Media

Contact Your Senator!

On September 11, 2017, 57 National, regional, and local groups from all across the US have signed the coalition letter, urging all 100 U.S. Senators to vote against confirming Trump's nominees to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Annie Caputo and David Wright.
Contact your senator to follow up about this matter, to bolster our case and chances.

Don't Let #DirtyEnergy Trump the Climate

Trump refuses to spend any money to support climate action, but he can’t wait to give mountains of our hard-earned cash to dirty energy executives for more global warming and nuclear waste. We need to stop him, and move toward 100% renewable energy now. 

Help us stop the Trump administration's attack on renewable energy!

Hurricane Harvey's path narrowly missed a direct hit on the South Texas Project nuclear reactors, which was nearly flooded by the Colorado River. 

Sign the petition

Say NO to the "Nuclear Waste America" Bill!

Nuclear power produces highly radioactive nuclear waste with no place to go because, guess what—there is no safe place to store it! Moving highly radioactive nuclear waste is INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS!

                                               Say NO!

Or contact your U.S. Representative directly, look up their phone number here.

In June, a group letter went to Shimkus and his Co-Chair OPPOSING THE BILL, signed by 49 organizations. The letter is a great source of talking points. You can also send the letter itself if you email your US Representative.

Does your Rep have nuclear waste transport routes in his/her congressional district? Find out here.

Stop the Nuclear Tax Bailout!

Last month, we told you about a bailout the nuclear industry is trying to push through Congress. Despite a multi-billion-dollar price tag, they are still at it. And if they can’t win a vote on the bill (HR 1551), they may resort to sneaky tricks, like adding the tax breaks to the budget bill or another energy bill. If we can stop them, it could stop new reactors and end the so-called “Nuclear Renaissance” (what we call a "Relapse"), once and for all.

Contact your senators now: “Stop the Nuclear Tax Bailout!”

Say NO!

 . . . The world no longer needs to build nuclear power plants to avoid climate change and certainly not to save money. If you have any doubt about that fact please read the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017.

Foreword by S. David Freeman

The report makes clear, in telling detail,
that the debate is over

Couldn't join the nuclear waste tour in New England, but want to find out about

nuclear waste? 

Watch this video with the presenters in Brattleboro, VT on May 6, 2017— by BCTV.

Waste tour in Brattleboro May 6, 2017



Watch this video from Deb Katz about HLNW and Yucca Mountain 

Volunteer(s) Wanted CAN is looking for volunteers to rehab our mock high-level waste cask. No experience with radiation necessary!

Mock High Level Nuclear Waste Cask—Then

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 To The Village Square

To the Village Square: From Montague, Massachusetts to Fukushima, Japan 1975-2014

A book by Lionel Delevingne, Photographer

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