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CAN Annual Meeting

 
When: Sunday, November 6, 2022 from 5:00 - 6:00 PM.
Where: Via Zoom
What: Join us for the CAN 2022 Annual meeting.
We will update you about Citizens Awareness Network's activities and planning. We will tell you about our role in the brand new national organization, NRWC. And election of the Board of Directors will take place.

Please email veronique@nukebusters.org to receive the Zoom link to the meeting.


 Save Our Bay—Plymouth Rally & Speak Out


Where do the Vermont Congressional Candidates Stand on
Vermont Yankee's Radioactive Waste?

Vermont Yankee shuttered in 2014, but problems remain. Over 40 years Vermont Yankee created a serious amount of atomic waste. Now, 1,600 tons of the most highly radioactive waste sits in 58 casks out in the open near the banks of the Connecticut River. Neither Vermont nor the federal government knows what to do with it. Yet release of the radiation from these casks would leave our region uninhabitable for decades. Vermont isn’t alone with this problem; it’s the same at all reactor sites around the country.

The nuclear industry and politicians in Congress are pushing to send this waste to “temporary” Consolidated Interim Storage (CIS) sites in working poor, Hispanic, and Indigenous communities in the Southwest, an area that already carries a heavy burden of nuclear contamination. The folks there don’t believe the move will be temporary and don’t want the waste there. CIS is environmental racism, pure and simple.

We all want the waste from Vermont Yankee gone, but we need to think about where it would go. Do we want “our” waste to contaminate someone else’s home?

Recently, the Vermont legislature passed The Environmental Justice Act (Act 154) requiring State agencies to incorporate environmental justice (EJ) into their work, rules, and procedures as they affect Vermonters. 
Act 154 says that Vermont will no longer allow the Vermonters the most burdened by pollution—rural, Indigenous, people of color—to be unjustly treated. It sets out a principled, ethical standard for our state to follow. Does this standard of environmental justice end at the border?! We need to let our House candidates know that plans for Consolidated Interim Storage are unjust and contrary to Vermont’s values.

 

ASK THE CANDIDATES WHERE THEY STAND!

  • Are they aware of Consolidated Interim Storage plans? What do they think about them? Will they stand for environmental justice in Congress?
  • Why isn’t there more government and industry investment in developing a permanent waste solution?
  • With its waste problem, why is nuclear promoted as a “green” solution to climate change?

MAKE SURE THEY KNOW YOU’RE CONCERNED AND WATCHING!
And let us know what you learn.

 

VT Congressional Candidates

In addition to Senator Becca Balint (bbalint@leg.state.vt.us) and Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray (https://ltgov.vermont.gov/form/contact) the following Democrats are running for the US House of Representatives from Vermont:
• Sianay Chase Clifford (together@sianayclifford.com)
• Louis Meyers (https://louismeyersforcongress.com/#cta)

Republican candidates for the US House of Representatives are:
• Ericka Redic (contact@erickaredic.com)
• Anya Tynio (https://anyatynioforcongress.com/contact/)

The Progressive candidate for the US House of Representatives from Vermont is:
• Barbara Nolfi

The independent candidate for the US House of Representatives from Vermont is:
• Liam Madden (https://rebirthdemocracy.com)


Nuclear Power—Myth, Lure, Danger and Reality, a Climate Solution or a Dangerous Detour

with speakers M.V. Ramana (Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security), Diane Turco (Executive Director of Cape Downwinders), Deb Katz (Executive Director of Citizens Awareness Network), and David A. Kraft (Co-founder and current director of Nuclear Energy Information Service), hosted by Massachusetts Peace Action.


Speak Out!
Tell Congress: No Backdoor Authorization of Illegal Nuclear Waste Dumps

 

A provision (Section 308) of the pending FY 2022 Energy and Water appropriations bill would authorize and direct the opening of supposedly temporary nuclear waste dumps.

The Section 308 provision would trigger a dangerous, unnecessary, decades-long, massive high-level nuclear power waste transport campaign through most Congressional districts in the continental US, including through densely populated cities and productive farmland.

Congress must not undo protections in the Nuclear Waste Policy Act with an obscure provision buried in the appropriations package. Shipping irradiated “spent” fuel and storing it at supposedly interim sites is dangerous and violates consent-based siting, environmental justice principles, and federal law.

Citizens Awareness Network is asking our supporters to call, write or email their Senators ASAP and tell them to remove Section 308 from S 2605 today!

New England Delegation on Senate Appropriations Committee:

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT, Chairman) https://www.leahy.senate.gov/contact
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) https://www.murphy.senate.gov/contact
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) https://www.shaheen.senate.gov/contact/contact-jeanne
Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) https://www.reed.senate.gov/contact
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) https://www.collins.senate.gov/contact

Senators phone list: https://www.senate.gov/general/resources/pdf/senators_phone_list.pdf

 

Here is a sample message:

Dear Senator______,

⁠I am writing today because I am concerned about Section 308 of S.2605. Section 308 authorizes the DOE to create a pilot project for Centralized Interim Storage of spent nuclear fuel. We should not be moving fuel until we have figured out where it is ultimately going to be disposed of. Section 308 also allows for the use of the Nuclear Waste Fund. The fund is ratepayer money to be used for disposal of the waste. We should not allow the fund to be tapped for a parking lot dump with no permanent disposal site as yet determined.

Similar proposals have been stricken from previous appropriation bills and this proposal deserves the same fate. We need to get moving on a scientifically sound, environmentally just solution. We don’t need to waste ratepayer dollars kicking the can down the road.

Sincerely,
[your name]

 

Time is of the essence! Please write today. Thank you so much!



ACTIVIST COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
Nuclear power and the climate emergency


Watch the video from Tuesday October 5, 2021

 

 

Why should climate activists fight for a carbon-free AND nuclear-free energy future?
How can anti-nuclear and climate activists work more closely together?

Citizens Awareness Network invited members of Climate Action Now, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, the Resistance Center for Peace and Justice, Safe and Green Campaign, and Sunrise to give information and have a conversation about these questions.

May this event be a starting point for future conversations and actions in our advocacy for the best solutions for all of us.
We hope that we can link arms and fight for a carbon free and nuclear free energy future.

Special thanks to Climate Action Now for providing technical support at this event.

If you have questions or would like us to organize an event with your group, please contact us at info@nukebusters.org.


Greg Jaczko: Funding Nuclear Energy Is A WASTE of

Government Resources, The Industry Is DYING

 


 Call your Reps & Senators!

Say No to Parking Lot Dumps & Bailouts

Citizens Awareness Network has been part of nationwide effort to create a national coalition to bring grassroots pressure to the ongoing policy debate concerning High-Level Radioactive Waste. This summer the National Radioactive Waste Coalition will officially kick-off a national campaign to advocate for several key policies.

  • Stop the Yucca Mountain Repository.
  • Prevent Centralized Interim Storage (CIS) of commercial irradiated fuel.
  • Implement Hardened Onsite Storage (HOSS) of commercial irradiated fuel at current locations until a permanent facility is established.

Expensive and risky schemes to move spent fuel across the country to temporary parking lot dumps in the Southwest are irresponsible and short sighted. The United States has tens of thousands of tons of long lived waste that must be permanently sequestered from the biotic world. The National Radioactive Waste Coalition will work from coast to coast to see to it that policymakers hear from the citizenry and not just from an industry that has not acted in good faith to deal with the waste problem it has created.

Please contact your Senators and your Representative and let them know that Centralized Interim Storage is not an acceptable plan for dealing with power plant waste.

Also, this summer, as Congress debates a massive infrastructure bill, the nuclear industry has been calling for huge subsidies for old nuclear units around the country. Congress should be working the to strengthen Clean Energy Standards instead of bailing out dirty nuclear plants. The money for the bailouts would come from funds intended to mitigate climate change through investments in renewable energy generation, energy storage technology, and energy efficiency. In our view this is misguided and stupid.

Say NO to Parking Lot Dumps and Bailouts. Please contact your Senators and your Representatives now. 

 

President Biden & MA Representatives
(More NE Representatives below; click "Take Action Now") 

Find sample phone messages and phone numbers for your representative:

TAKE ACTION NOW

 

Please let us know if you get a response from your legislator: info@nukebusters.org


Ask your state legislators to co-sponsor SD.2622


AN ACT to improve public health and safety standards in communities around aging nuclear power plants and high level nuclear waste dump sites.

SD.2622 needs support! Please contact your state representative and state senator via email and follow up phone call and request they sign on to the bill as a co-sponsor. Find your legislator here: https://malegislature.gov/search/findmylegislator

Dear [Legislator],
As a ________member, I strongly support SD.2622., an act increasing the state public safety law expanding the current designated 10-mile “Nuclear Power Plant Area” to a 50-mile area including inactive nuclear power stations that store decades of nuclear waste in the spent fuel pool or in dry casks at their Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) until all the waste leaves the site. For the full bill, go here: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/192/SD2622

We expect the Commonwealth to protect the public and environment from radiation contamination and nuclear waste accidents. Our current state law does not take into account the long term storage of nuclear waste which remains dangerous for thousands of years. At the shuttered Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission has abdicated its responsibility to protect the public and environment by allowing Holtec to use substandard canisters and insufficient plans to protect against bad actors. At the federal level, Senator Markey and Representative Keating have sponsored legislation identifying the 50 mile radius as impacted areas but none have passed into law. Now to maximize our safety, the state must step up!

Please take action to support this bill by co-sponsoring SD.2622 currently in the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. We also support the companion bill, H.3868.

#SafetyIsAHumanRight


 Nuclear Power to Save the Climate?

You Gotta be Kidding!

We are pleased to present a self-produced video explaining why atomic power is completely unsuitable as a “bridge” energy source to a sustainable future. This video features CAN organizers addressing five lies the industry promotes about nuclear power.

 


CAN Has Signed on in Solidarity

Groups—Stand in Solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives' Demands and Week of Action

As organizations striving for climate justice and environmental protection, we cannot be silent in the face of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless others. This moment has laid bare the long and shameful history of institutional and systemic racism against Black and Brown people in this country. We demand action.

We stand in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) and endorse the following demands and the M4BL week of action.

We will advocate for these demands, and we will engage our supporters, members, and allies to take action to confront the police violence, inequality, and racism plaguing this country.

TAKE ACTION NOW 


 The Hazards of Transporting VY Nuclear Waste


Guests Diane D’Arrigo of Nuclear Information and Resource Service and Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear talk with host Margaret Harrington about the hazards of transporting Vermont Yankee nuclear waste by Northstar to proposed centralized interim storage sites in Texas and New Mexico.

Click on the image below to watch the video

 

 


 


NUCLEAR FREE FUTURE: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND NUCLEAR WASTE
Leona Morgan, Diane D'Arrigo, and Deb Katz talk with host Margaret Harrington, Town Meeting Television, CCTV Burlington, VT.
(Click on the image above to watch the video)

More news from the Waste Tour:
Nuclear waste awareness tour begins in Vermont

 

 At the Boston Statehouse, October 3, 2019

 Diane D’Arrigo, Leona Morgan, Deb Katz, Karen Hadden presented in Amesbury near Seabrook


 


 

MA State House, September 21, 2018
For more news and pictures from the waste tour, go to our blog

 

Thank You!


Putting this tour together is a lot of work! We are so thankful for the people and organizations who helped us to make this happen, from the rehab of the cask, to the people who'll give us food and a place to sleep on the tour, to the speakers who coming in from far and near, and the hosts for the events, our sponsors, and our supporters.

Special Thank You:

Replacing nuclear and fossil fuel one house at a time with Solar PV installations!

 


Oppose H.R. 3053 Bill!

Legislative Alert—H.R. 3053 Update

The Nuclear Waste Policy Act Amendments of 2017-2018 passed the US House of Representatives on May 10, 2018 by a vote of 340 to 72. The bill will now move to the Senate where a more vigorous fight is expected. Action in the Senate is expected to take place after the mid-term elections. It is essential that all New England Senators hear from their constituents. CAN opposes HR 3053. Yucca is a geologically unsuitable site for permanent storage of irradiated fuel and parking waste in Texas and New Mexico is unacceptable.

HR 3053 The Nuclear Waste Policy Act Amendments of 2017-2018 authored by Representative Shimkus R-IL is an industry backed bill 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.

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.

—Chris Williams
   CAN Board

This dangerous bill must be stopped!

Sign the Petition

 

Check here to see how your Rep voted on nuclear waste HR 3053 (Shimkus). 300+ voted for this bad bill!

Find your Rep


Tell NRC: No Reactors without Evacuation Plans

We Need Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear Power!
The nuclear industry is back at it again: promoting dirty, dangerous, expensive reactors at the public’s expense. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is reviewing an “Early Site Permit” application for up to a dozen reactors in Tennessee—with potentially no evacuation plans. This would be a dangerous precedent.

Read more and send a public comment to NRC


Action Needed!

State senate passes clean energy bill

Late on Friday afternoon, Rep. Frank Smizik, Chair of the Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change and a long-time friend of the solar industry in Massachusetts, sent out a request to his colleagues asking them to sign a letter calling for the House to take quick action on several clean energy bills.

The House leadership needs to hear from you that there is strong grassroots support for taking decisive action to support our solar industry and accelerate the Commonwealth's transition to 100% renewable energy.

Please call—and also ask your friends and family to call—the State representatives to ask them to sign on to Rep. Smizik's clean energy letter. Do it now. The main number for the House is 617-722-2000. https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator
We can't afford to wait another two years for action on these crucial topics.

Read more


 

 

Thank you for your support, Nukebusters!
With your help we can get our mock high-level waste cask back on the road. By driving our mock cask throughout New England, we’ll be educating and engaging people, and bring awareness of the Department of Energy’s plan to transport thousands of shipments of irradiated nuclear fuel from New England to temporary parking lot dumps in Nevada, Texas, and New Mexico.
There is no scientifically sound, environmentally just solution to the monstrous problem of nuclear waste disposal.


No Escape from the Cape


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 info@nukebusters.org.


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.

 


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.

More info


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 capedownwindersinfo@gmail.com.

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: http://bit.ly/2Afx4hr 


 

 

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.

Donate now  

 

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 

 

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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Giraffe Heroes

Deb Katz: 2000 Giraffe Hero Commendation, given to people who stick their necks out for the common good  


   

 
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