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Press Release – Study Reveals Low Local Death Rates Exceed State Rates Since Palisades Atomic Reactor Startup

As a courtesy to our colleagues in Michigan, we forward this press release concerning the radioactive releases from the Palisades nuclear power station in Covert Michigan, across Lake Michigan from Chicago.  Please contact the sources in the release directly for more information.
Clearly any public official claiming to be concerned about the quality of the Great Lakes should intervene in the Palisades situation.  A disaster there would affect the drinking water supply for 16 million people.
Stay well,
–Dave Kraft–
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   August 19, 2013


Joseph Mangano, Executive Director, Radiation & Public Health Project, (609) 399-4343

Bette Pierman, Michigan Safe Energy Future—Shoreline Chapter, (269)369-3993

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, (240) 462–‐3216


 Van Buren County also has highest death rate for all cancers combined  of the 34 most populated Michigan counties

Covert, MI–‐–‐The results of a detailed investigation released today reveal potential health hazards from radioactive emissions for residents near Entergy’s Palisades atomic reactor. The study, NUCLEAR CONTAMINATION AND HEALTH RISKS FROM THE ENTERGY PALISADES NUCLEAR REACTOR, was written by Joseph Mangano, MPH, MBA, Executive Director of the Radiation & Public Health Project, and  is based on state and federal government health data, as well as documented radioactivity releases and contamination levels.

Mangano’s main findings include that the Van Buren County death rate from all causes was 3 to 6  percent below the state in the 1970s and early 1980s, but has risen since, to a level 12.5% greater than Michigan (2003–‐2010). This change suggests that  1,330 “excess” deaths have occurred in the county since the Palisades atomic reactor started operating in 1971. Elevated levels were observed for all age groups (especially children/young adults), both genders, and all major causes of death. Continue reading Press Release – Study Reveals Low Local Death Rates Exceed State Rates Since Palisades Atomic Reactor Startup


Greetings All —

We hope you will be able to participate in the many upcoming events and activities currently in the works.  Please visit the NEIS Calendar on the NEIS webpage for more details and events:

Sen. Wyden’s Energy Committee just released a draft of the legislation  for public review and comment.  The comments from the public are due on Friday, May 24th online, and in hard copy. The webpage and instructions on how to submit comments on the draft bill can be found on the committee’s website here. The discussion draft, a one-page summary, section-by-section analysis, list of questions, and alternative policy options offered by Senators Alexander and Feinstein can be found here.  Documents from Oak Ridge National Laboratory indicate that Illinois near the top of the list of candidate sites.

NEIS opposes the CIS plans in the draft legislation.  If you would like background information on the CIS, contact NEIS, or visit the Beyond Nuclear webpage.

2.)  THURSDAY June 6, 7-9 p.m., NEIS office :  “NIGHT WITH THE EXPERTS #3” – Dr. Arjun Makhijani of IEER, speaking on Small Modular Reactors and Thorium Reactors:

IEER’s President Dr. Arjun Makhijani will join us for the third installment of the new “Night with the Experts” program NEIS has initiated. He will speak on the issue of Small Modular Reactors, Integral Fast Reactors and Thorium Reactors.  It would be helpful to submit questions in advance by e-mail to NEIS before June 4th, so we can submit them to Dr. Makhijani for preparation.

NWTE is a program set up to provide the latest information and training on nuclear issues, and sound environmental alternatives to the business as usual from the nuclear industry and the regulators.  Sessions are the first Thursday of each month and held at NEIS, 3411 W. Diversey #16, Chicago.

Please RSVP your intentions to come by Wednesday, June 5th, 6 p.m.

3.)  IL FRACKING LEGISLATION COMING CLOSE TO A VOTE IN SPRINGFIELD:  The Chicago Tribune reports that a “compromise” has been reached on the controversial “regulatory” fracking bill.  This means the IL Legislature may soon vote on the issue.  Please contact your Reps and Senator, and the Governor with your opinions about fracking.


ACTION ALERT — National Anti-Nuclear Action Days

National Days of Anti-Nuclear Action

Greetings All —
For the first time in years, organizations from around the US are coordinating a national day of action to protest against the abuses of nuclear power.
The “tolerance” for what has happened at Fukushima by the people entrusted with protecting the health and safety of the public and the environment, and their willingness to continue the failed nuclear experiment no matter the cost the the Planet is no longer tolerable.  It is time to take concerted, coordinated action against this energy source and its backers.  And the time to begin this is — NOW.
While the main event will take place in New York City on Saturday, October 1, NEIS is conducting TWO actions, Friday and Saturday of this week.  We hope you will be able to come to one or both:

Friday,  Sept. 30,  11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Meet at State of Illinois Bldg.  plaza, Chicago for lunchtime leafleting and march

Saturday, Oct. 1, 1-4 p.m., movie/talk

“Into Eternity”
A documentary about radioactive wastes — like you’ve never seen or thought about before.
DePaul Univ.  Levan room 506,  2322 N. Kenmore,  Lincoln Park Campus,  free,  open to the public
Discussion to follow film
(shown in cooperation with Dept. of Religious Studies)

Download the flyer here.