Highly Radioactive Liquid on the Road

News from Beyond Nuclear * Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility

Coalition for a Nuclear-Free Great Lakes * Northwatch * Nuclear Information and Resource Service * Savannah River Site Watch

For Immediate Release, May 15, 2017


Gordon Edwards, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility (CCNR) (514) 839 7214; Kevin Kamps, (240) 462-3216, kevin@beyondnuclear.org;

Michael Keegan, Coalition for a Nuclear-Free Great Lakes, (734) 770-1441, mkeeganj@comcast.net; Terry Lodge, environmental coalition attorney, tjlodge50@yahoo.com; Brennain Lloyd, Northwatch, northwatch@northwatch.org, office 705 497 0373  cell 705 493 9650.

 Highly Radioactive Liquid from Canada Raises Concerns about Worker Safety at the Savannah River Site

Hotspot on Unloading Equipment Reveals Failed Radiation Shielding 

Savannah River Site (SRS), South Carolina— According to a U.S. federal agency document just released on Friday May 12, the first of 100-150 truckloads of highly radioactive liquid waste from Canada has been unloaded at the Savannah River Site, and the transfer container has not provided fully adequate radiological shielding to protect workers.

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They Forgot To Put In The Toilet

Recently, the International Joint Commission (IJC) held public hearings to hear ideas on how the Great Lakes are being taken care of, and what still needs to be done. They heard plenty.

Carol Izant, Co-Chair of the Alliance to Halt Fermi 3 said, “Our overall concern is with the problem of routine radioactive nuclear releases from the 30 nuclear power plants along the shores of the Great Lakes.” She also said, “The IJC doesn’t consider radionuclides to be a chemical of mutual concern so they are not able to dial up the dollars to do the science to test and measure the impact of nukes on the Great Lakes Basin.” She continued, “Since nuclear power is the most expensive form of energy, it’s like they built a mansion but they forgot to put in the toilet.”

In short, she wants the IJC to make specific recommendations to keep nuclear waste out of the Great Lakes. Below, we have a video.

For a more complete story on these hearings, we recommend an article by Mary Ellen Geist in Great Lakes Now.

Featured image photo credit:  Great Lakes Now

KI coup: Changing the Conversation in Lansing

David Schonberger gave public testimony to the Michigan Senate Energy and Technology Committee on March 2, 2017.  Speaking truth to power, David withstood mockery and derision from unprofessional DTE utility employees to make a compelling link between federal nuclear waste policy and disaster preparedness in Michigan.  David redirected the conversation toward the state government’s inadequate potassium iodide (KI) distribution program which fails to protect the public health in nuclear power plant communities throughout Michigan.

See the video below:

Making Disaster Seem Acceptable

Saturday, March 11, 2017 will be the 6th anniversary of the triple meltdown disaster at Fukushima that is still dumping radioactive isotopes into the air and the ocean.  it is still decades away from being “cleaned up,” and will not be satisfactorily cleaned up during the lifetime of anyone alive today – unless we drastically change our standards as to what is acceptable. There is an organized effort to get us to change those standards. The press release below outlines some of that effort, and is packed with links to research and expert testimony that fully justifies refusing to accept new “standards” set for the convenience of the nuclear industry. Continue reading “Making Disaster Seem Acceptable”

Know Nukes Concert

Due to an unfortunate misunderstanding, we regret the necessity to cancel the “Know Nukes 2017” concert scheduled for March 31st at Unity of Livonia.

On Friday, March 31, 2017, Alliance To Halt Fermi 3 and Citizens for Peace will hold a joint fundraising concert starting at 7 pm at Unity of Livonia Church, 28660 Five Mile Road, Livonia, Michigan. The performers will be Charlie King

Charlie King

– songwriter, story teller and political satirist –

and special guest Julie Beutel

Julie Beutel

– a gem of the Detroit political music scene –

Tickets are $20 – or more if you want to donate more.

Call 734-838-8084 or send check to ATHF3, P. O. Box 511001, Livonia, MI 48151.

Make check payable to Alliance To Halt Fermi 3 or ATHF3 and put “Concert” in the memo line. We can send you an actual ticket, or we can just put your name on a list we will have at the door. Please include a note if you want us to send you a ticket. ATHF3 is a 501(C)3 organization, which means donations are tax-deductible.


CRAFT Contentions on Fermi 2

Below is the text from CRAFT’s legal argument on the subject of Fermi 2. The entire formal document (pdf) can be downloaded by clicking on this link.


Now comes Citizens’ Resistance at Fermi 2 (CRAFT) to reply to both NRC Staff and DTE filings against reopening the hearing and submitting a new contention regarding the proposed 20-year license extension for the aged Fermi 2 nuclear reactor. For the reasons set forth below, the Secretary of the Commission acted within its sound discretion when it halted the issuance of the 20-year license extension to DTE Electric Company, a subsidiary of DTE Energy, and should therefore allow the ALSB Hearing to be reopened and admit our new contention. CRAFT concurs with appreciation the Acting Secretary of the Commission for recognizing the legality of our Motion to Reopen the Hearing and present a new contention. NRC Staff filing continues to focus on the shortcoming of filing done by average citizens instead of a lawyer, and yet they fail to read the content while they focus on form. “CRAFT’s Motion to Reopen should also be denied because it is untimely and does not raise an exceptionally grave environmental issue.” (page 10, 1stparagraph) We believe that not protecting citizens to the fullest extend is a grave environmental issue. Continue reading “CRAFT Contentions on Fermi 2”