Walk With Us July 31

It’s a busy time, with lots of events calling for our attention; political conventions, police shootings, shootings of police, airport bombings, coup attempts, and a seemingly endless list of similar events. These are all important events, not silly distractions like Pokemon Go. Especially to people directly involved, each one can seem like the most important thing in the world, deserving all our attention right here and right now.

It’s not easy to remember, in the midst of all the flashing lights and sirens, to pay attention to long-term issues that are not yet so immediate. Even so, that’s what we are doing with our “Got KI?” Campaign. That’s because there’s no plan or schedule for a nuclear reactor meltdown. Nobody wants it to happen. Many steps are taken to prevent it happening.  And yet it does happen. Continue reading “Walk With Us July 31”

At Risk Nuclear Plants

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Nuclear Plants at Risk For Closure

This is a worthwhile article from UBS. They say:

A spate of planned nuclear closures, pushed by cheap gas and market structures that don’t reward carbon-free power, will likely continue, according to UBS. But while plants under long-term contracts may have more revenue stability, market pressures will continue to force them offline as customers search for cheaper alternatives.

 

 

Chernobyl + 30: Half-Lives, Half-Truths

April 26, 2016

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 
CONTACTS:
 
Keith Gunter, Co-Chair, Alliance To Halt Fermi-3 (ATHF3)
(734) 838-8084
 
Carol Izant, Co-Chair, Alliance To Halt Fermi-3 (ATHF3)
(248) 930-3173
 
 
     On this 30th anniversary of the onset of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, the Alliance To Halt Fermi-3 (ATHF3), in association with the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery (33 East Adams, Detroit, MI) is proud to announce the opening of “Chernobyl + 30:  Half-Lives, Half-Truths” by photojournalist Gabriela Bulisova. The display will begin on Friday, May 27th, 2016 from 6 PM until 9 PM and extend into Summer 2016.
 
     Ms. Bulisova traveled to the region in the 2000’s and captured startling images of Chernobyl landscapes and the affected population.  Her artist statement and captions, coupled with the photos, reflect the story not only of an environmental and human health disaster, but also of a monstrous event resulting in an enormous psychological toll on millions of people.
 
     “Alliance To Halt Fermi-3 is profoundly grateful to the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery for giving us the opportunity to display Gabriela Bulisova’s extremely powerful work,” said Keith Gunter, Co-Chair of ATHF3.  “This will be a tremendous opportunity for Detroiters to have a long look at what the after effects of a nuclear meltdown look like.”
 
     Carol Izant, the Alliance’s other Co-Chair, added “This exhibit should give residents of this area reason to pause and think, since a partial meltdown occurred at Detroit Edison’s Fermi-1 reactor on October 5, 1966.  We’ve already had our own close call.”
 
     Admission to the exhibit will be free, and will include a display addressing the situation at Chernobyl as it stands three decades later.  “Chernobyl + 30” will open simultaneously at the Gallery with another exhibit addressing the compelling issues surrounding drones.
 
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Worry About Terrorists Much?

(Originally published March 28, 2016 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)

If you do, you should consider how easy it would be for a small group to attack a nuclear power plant and cause a meltdown, and how horrible the consequences of that would be. Once you think of nearly 100 large reactors of the United States as nearly 100 targets, you see another reason to shut them all down before one of them shuts us down. Continue reading “Worry About Terrorists Much?”

Don’t Nuke Michigan …

(Originally published February 8, 2016 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)

… and Ontario and Lake Huron and Lake Erie and all the rest downstream. This article, by Kevin Kamps, the keynote speaker at Alliance To Halt Fermi 3’s annual meeting yesterday, spells the issue out in detail:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/26/after-flint-dont-let-them-nuke-the-great-lakes-next/ Continue reading “Don’t Nuke Michigan …”

Absurd as it is …

(Originally published January 19, 2016 on https://athf3.wordpress.com/)

… radionuclides – radioactive isotopes, many of which are water-soluble – are not officially considered “chemicals of concern” by agencies that are supposed to watch over water quality in the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes are surronded by numerous nuclear power plants which create large quantities of intensely harmful isotopes in their reactor cores. An accident like Fukushima could dump large quantities into the Great Lakes. “Normal” reactor operations regularly dump smaller quantities. Continue reading “Absurd as it is …”