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Alliance to Halt Fermi 3

Harvey Wasserman in Ann Arbor on September 27: Nuke-Free and Frack-Free Solartopia

Harvey Wasserman will present “Making Michigan Nuke-Free and Frack-Free: Getting to Solartopia” on Sunday, September 27 from 1-3 pm at the Ecology Center in downtown Ann Arbor. This timely event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsors include  the Alliance to Halt Fermi 3, the Ecology Center, the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan, Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, Sierra Club-Huron ValleyGroup, and Public Citizens of Washtenaw.

One of the best-kept secrets in Southeastern Michigan is that DTE is the only utility in the entire Midwest with a license to build a new nuclear power plant, Fermi 3. As we thankfully close several dirty coal plants and plan to meet the President’s Clean Power Plan to address the global climate crisis, we are at a historic crossroads and must make a collective choice—we will either spend $10-20 billion on Fermi 3 or we will make a historic commitment to solar, wind, and efficiency. Renewables are a far better climate strategy: quicker, cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable as nukes can be shut down at any time due to safety concerns. DTE wants to make this decision behind closed doors—it has already spent $100 million of ratepayer monies on paperwork and licensing fees without telling its customers—we need to force DTE to come clean and listen to its customers.

The oil and gas industry is not-so-secretly trying to extract every available fossil fuel out of the ground regardless of its impact on families and communities. High volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing – commonly known as fracking – is a relatively new technique for extracting oil and gas using millions of gallons of water and sand mixed with toxic chemicals, and then blasting the mixture underground under intense pressure to break up the subsurface rock formations to release oil and gas. We already have fracking in Michigan and the oil and natural gas companies want to expand it throughout the state. There is ample scientific evidence that this technology is inherently unsafe and destructive to human health and the environment. Only a ban can protect us.

Harvey Wasserman, a historian and advisor to Greenpeace USA, has been a leading visionary of the anti-nuclear power movement since the 1970s. He also created the vision of Solartopia, a democratic and socially just green-powered Earth free of all fossil and nuclear fuels. Harvey graduated from the University of Michigan in 1967 and was editor of the Michigan Daily. He helped found the legendary anti-war Liberation News Service. He has written more than ten books, and edits which posts cutting-edge articles on nuclear power and green energy.

The Ecology Center is located at 339 E. Liberty Street, Suite 300, in downtown Ann Arbor. Convenient parking is available at the Liberty Square Parking Structure with the entrance at 510 E. Washington Street. Light refreshments will be served, and donations will be accepted.

Click here for a map to the Ecology Center.

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March for Justice in Detroit, October 3

Staging at Roosevelt Park, Detroit in the morning; march to Hart Plaza begins at noon; rally and speakers at Hart Plaza in the afternoon. Alliance to Halt Fermi 3 has endorsed the event, and will have a contingent in the march. For updates, please register your name at:  Detroit4Justice

For additional information:
Contact Ethyl Rivera, or
Keith Gunter,; 734-838-8084

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Mid-October Canvass in Monroe

Alliance to Halt Fermi 3 wants to raise awareness of the ineffective (5% coverage) Potassium Iodide distribution system for a Fermi 2 reactor meltdown emergency. We can use all the help we can get to go canvassing in Monroe, MI for this purpose.

Here’s the background: If you have non-radioactive Potassium Iodide pills on hand, they can protect you from radioactive iodine that will be released in a meltdown. Everyone within ten miles of a nuclear reactor should have the pills, but near the Fermi 2 reactor, only 5% do.

In Canada, the pills (which cost less than $1 for an adult 24-hour dose) are distributed directly to households in the designated emergency planning zone for possible evacuation. Around the Fermi reactor, residents are informed that pills will be “available” for free at pharmacies in the zone. Only about 5% of households have actually gotten pills from those pharmacies.

In case of a meltdown requiring an evacuation, it is obvious there will be so much panic and chaos that practically no additional households will get the pills. Very few people will think to head to the nearest pharmacy and those who do are likely to find the pharmacy is not open for business.

We believe that DTE Energy prefers, for public relations purposes, that 95% of the population does not have potassium iodide pills sitting in their medicine cabinet to remind them daily of the dangers of a meltdown. However, we also believe that direct distribution of the pills now is the only way that most people will have them available if they are needed. The distribution system needs to change. We can change it.

Training for canvassing will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17, at U-M Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center, 4901 Evergreen, Dearborn, MI, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Training will be led by Chris Williams, Chairman, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, and Paul Gunter, Reactor Oversight Project, Beyond Nuclear. Refreshments provided. There will be a social gathering after.

Canvassing will happen in Monroe, Sunday, Oct. 18. We need as many people to go door-to-door as possible. This is partly to make residents aware of the possibility of a meltdown directly, and partly to get some media coverage of the action. If you can help, please register below.  (Please scroll through registration window.):

For additional information:
Contact Ethyl Rivera, or
Keith Gunter,; 734-838-8084

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The Future of Energy (film)

In celebration of National Energy Awareness Month, the Alliance to Halt Fermi 3 invites you to attend a free showing of the newly-released documentary “The Future of Energy.” It has a very broad scope – global, in fact – combining people thinking about why fossil fuels need to be eliminated, what can be done with renewable energy in the next several decades, and what steps different individuals and communities have already taken in that direction. It’s something that we all are thinking about, or at least should be thinking about. After the film, we’ll have a discussion along with some light refreshments. It’s all free and open to the public. Please come, and bring your friends.

On Monday, October 5 from 7-9 pm, the film will be shown at
Livonia Civic Center Library
32777 5 Mile Road, Livonia, MI

On Thursday, October 8 from 7-9 pm, the film will be shown at
Birmingham Congregational Church
1000 Cranbrook road, Bloomfield Hills, MI

On Wednesday. October 14 from 7-9 pm, the film will be shown at
Ferndale Public Library
222 East 9 Mile Road, Ferndale, MI

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fukushima update

Halt Fermi 3; Act Now or Pay Later

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On Sunday, April 19, 2015, we ran a booth at Veg Fest in Novi. We found out that a lot of people didn’t even know that DTE Energy is planning on building a new nuclear reactor in Michigan – but now they do. Of the more than 100 people who stopped by the booth, only two were in favor of the idea. If we can manage to reach enough people with the information, we can stop DTE’s dangerous, expensive and unneeded project.

vegfest 2015 apr 19

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Halt Fermi is our blog, a way of publishing opinion pieces and allowing people to comment on the issues and viewpoints represented. You’ll find it at

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Our “Fermi Fallout” newsletter (Volume 1, Issue 1) is available for download as a pdf file:

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Also, if you have a FaceBook account, you might want to visit our FaceBook page and join our Facebook group.

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Detroit Edison’s license to operate Fermi 2 will expire in 2025. They are applying to extend the term of this license for an additional 20 years. We think this is a terrible idea. For more on this topic, see

Detroit Edison thought they were done with the requirement to produce an environmental impact statement for their proposed Fermi 3 nuclear power plant. They were wrong. The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) ruled early in July of 2014 that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the 29 mile electrical transmission corridor from the proposed Fermi 3 to Milan, MI will be required.

Detroit Edison’s proposed 29 mile by 300-foot-wide transmission line corridor would cross nearly 11 miles of previously undeveloped land, including wetlands, grasslands, and forests that threatened and endangered species also call home. However, there is no mitigation plan whatsoever for this habitat loss.

Click here to download the detailed press release from Beyond Nuclear.

Or, see some commentary from an ATHF3 board member:

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Our billboard at Michigan & Trumbull:


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Here’s our latest recommended article, “Fukushima’s Children Are Dying”:

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As a citizen of Michigan, I DO NOT want the Michigan Public Service Commission to issue a Certificate of Need to DTE Electric Company for the proposed Fermi 3 nuclear reactor, NOR do I want the Commission to approve rate increases associated with the Fermi 3 project or for Fermi 3 “Construction Work in Progress (CWIP).”

You can sign online or, if you want to circulate a paper version, download the printable pdf. In the online petition, your email address and phone number are optional entries. We hope you will fill in these lines so we can contact you for future events.

Click here for the online petition.

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Summary of the problem

Detroit Edison wants to build a new nuclear power plant, Fermi 3, next to Fermi 1 and Fermi 2. Nuclear power plants were dangerous and expensive in the 20th Century. Now that we have experienced meltdowns at Fermi 1 (1966, 1 reactor), Three Mile Island (1979, 1 reactor), Chernobyl (1986, 1 reactor) and Fukushima (2011, 3 reactors), we should better understand just how dangerous they are.

Fermi 3 is planned as a new, untried design. Construction is estimated to cost upwards of $15 Billion. Billions of “unexpected” additional costs are to be expected. Building it next to Fermi 2 will make both reactors less safe – and Fermi 2 is the world’s largest example of the GE Mark 1 containment, exactly the design that failed multiple times at Fukushima. Finally, The electricity from Fermi 3 is simply not needed in Michigan.

For these reasons, the Alliance to Halt Fermi 3 is opposed to building Fermi 3, and we believe Fermi 2 should be shut down before it melts down. We will hold public meetings in conjunction with allied community groups; make videos, speakers, printed materials and presentations available; and attempt to educate the public and political leaders by way of the press, letters from individuals and any other lawful actions we can think of.

We support clean energy, sustainable jobs and non-violent resistance to nuclear power. Here on the website, you’ll find upcoming events, print-your own leaflets, a way to sign up for our newsletter, and much more. We hope you will think it over and join us, or at least donate to the effort.

Download a copy of our bylaws:  ATHF3 Bylaws