“The sky is blue. Water is wet. ‘Illinois Biggest Atomic Dump’” – says Bloomberg Press

PRESS STATEMENT 

“The sky is blue.  Water is wet. ‘Illinois Biggest Atomic Dump’”

 – says Bloomberg Press

Article on radioactive waste buildup captures public attention.  Finally.

Dave Kraft, Director, NEIS

October 25, 2013

An article in the Bloomberg Press of Oct. 25, 2013 titled “Illinois Biggest Atomic Dump

as U.S. Fails to Pick Site,”  has received a lot of media attention today.  While it should be and is appreciated that Bloomberg writes about radioactive waste issues at all, the article in reality is a lot like one about the sky being blue, or water being wet.

With 14 reactors total, and 11 constantly producing more high-level radioactive waste Print(HLRW) in the form of irradiated or “spent” fuel, as it is called, it’s no wonder we’ve accumulated over 9,000 tons of the nation’s HLRW in Illinois.

The real “story” of the story, though, seems to be to create a perceived “need” for what the nuclear industry, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and their political allies in Congress and the Obama Administration really want next – “centralized interim storage” (CIS)  facilities for the HLRW. Continue reading

Fundraiser for documentary “Crying Earth Rise Up!

m_CERU_postcard4.21X5STOP URANIUM MINING ON NATIVE LANDS!

A Fundraiser to support the completion of the documentary

CRYING EARTH RISE UP!

http://www.cryingearthriseup.com/

Wed. October 30, 7 – 9 p.m.

NEIS, 3411 W. Diversey, Chicago

       $20 suggested donation (no one turned away, but make an offering; popcorn incl.!)

Film screening and discussion with filmmaker,

Suree Towfighnia of Prairie Dust Films, Chicago

Give on Kickstarter before Nov. 7    kickstarter page: http://kck.st/16igesA

FB: www.facebook.com/cryingearthriseup         twitter: @cryingearthfilm  #cryingearthriseup

For more information:  NEIS, (773)342-7650, neis@neis.org

Why NOT Nuclear? Watch This! THE FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR ACCIDENT: ONGOING LESSONS

Hydrogen Explosion at Fukushima. March, 2011.

Hydrogen Explosion at Fukushima March, 2011

You may have wondered all this time whether the Fukushima disaster is as bad as is being reported.  Or, whether nuclear power is a good way to combat climate disruption.  Or, whether nuclear critics are being too harsh on the nuclear industry and its regulator agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

If you are sincere in your questioning, then you must set aside the time to hear – from the horses’ mouths – the answers to those questions:

http://new.livestream.com/accounts/5618637/events/2441546

Continue reading

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

Contact:

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

STUDY REVEALS LOW LOCAL DEATH RATES EXCEED STATE RATES SINCE PALISADES ATOMIC REACTOR STARTUP

 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

Release: Proposed Nuke Waste Legislation Could Make Illinois National Dumpsite

Flawed High-Level Radioactive Waste Legislation Introduced - Could put Illinois in crosshairs to become de facto national dumpsite

 For immediate release – June 27, 2013
Contact:  Dave Kraft, NEIS,  neis@neis.org,  (773)342-7650

CHICAGO—Controversial radioactive waste legislation was introduced into the U.S. Senate today that could result in Illinois becoming a de facto national high-level radioactive waste dumpsite until at least 2048.

The ‘‘Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2013’’ (S. 1240) was introduced by a bi-partisan group of Senators consisting of Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. – the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development – and Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. Continue reading

NEIS EVENTS — YOU’RE INVITED!

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:

1.)  COMMENTS DUE ON THE CENTRALIZED INTERIM STORAGE DRAFT LEGISLATION,  Friday, May 24:
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.

 

Mountain of Waste Conference materials now available online!

waste logoNEIS has set up a page (neis.org/2012-conference) dedicated to the highly successful “Mountain of Waste 70 Years High – Ending the Nuclear Age” Conference, which took place Dec. 1-3 in Chicago. We’re posting presenter PowerPoints, photos, media links, testimonials, and URLs for the various sessions as they become available, among other things.  If you missed this historic gathering, you will be able to see what you missed.  If you were there, you can use this page as a reference source for the rich material that was presented by our stellar cast of presenters.  And finally, events like this don’t come spontaneously out of the ether, and don’t come cheaply.  If you’d like to see more Conferences of this quality, please make a contribution to NEIS now to show your support.  Click here, or go to our homepage and click the “Donate” button on the right

CAN-TV Chicago to Air “Mountain of Waste” Conference

waste logoThe “Mountain of Waste 70 Years High – Ending the Nuclear Age” Conference held in Chicago Dec. 1-3 will be available for viewing in Chicago on CAN-TV’s cable Channel 21 the weekends of Jan. 12-13, and 19-20.  If you’re a Chicago cable customer, you’ll be able to see the various Conference presentations on TV.
CAN-TV will also be posting each weekend’s offering on YouTube, approximately a week after each of the segments airs.  NEIS will post the URLs for these programs on its upcoming Conference Website, which is scheduled to be posted to the NEIS website late in the week of Jan. 7th
Saturday December 1st programs: Air Dates Begin January 12th 

Introduction & Those Impacted by Nuclear Energy (Field, Chavez, Iversen, Patterson, White Face, & Thurlow)
Sunday, January 13th, 9:00 AM, Channel 21
Thursday, January 17th, 8:00 AM, Channel 19The Way Forward Without Nuclear Energy: Carbon Free/Nuclear Free  (Dr. Arjun Makhijani)
Sunday, January 13th, 11:00 AM, Channel 21
Friday, January 18th, 8:00 AM, Channel 19

Fukushima: The Never Ending Story
Sunday, January 13th, 12:30 PM, Channel 21
Friday, January 18th, 9:30 AM, Channel 19

The Nuclear Power & Weapons Connection (Benedict, Gunter, Alvarez, Ulrich)
Sunday, January 13th, 1:30 PM, Channel 21
Thursday, January 17th, 10:00 AM, Channel 19

Nuclear Reactors & Weapons (Benedict & Gundersen)
Saturday, January 12th, 9:00 PM, Channel 21
Monday,  January 14th, 8:00 AM, Channel 19

Dr. Norma Field Keynote Presentation
Saturday, January 12th, 10:30 PM, Channel 21
Monday,  January 14th, 9:30 AM, Channel 19

Sunday, December 2nd programs: Air Dates Begin January 19th

History & Treatment of Waste (Gunter, D’Arrigo, Makhijani)
Sunday, January 20th, 9:00 AM, Channel 21
Monday,  January 21st, 1:00 PM, Channel 21

Transport & Future of Waste (Frishman & Kamps)
Sunday, January 20th, 10:30 AM, Channel 21
Tuesday,  January 22nd, 12:00 PM, Channel 21

A Hibakusha’s View of the Nuclear Age
Sunday, January 20th, 12:00 PM, Channel 21
Wednesday,  January 23rd, 12:00 PM, Channel 21

The Way Forward Without Nuclear Power & Weapons (Junjohann, Yoshida, Makhijani)
Sunday, January 20th, 1:00 PM, Channel 21
Thursday, January 24th, 12:00 PM, Channel 21

Commemoration of Victims of Nuclear Disasters
Saturday, January 19th, 8:00 PM, Channel 21
Monday,  January 21st, 12:00 PM, Channel 21

Web postings for Mountain of Waste Conference

Here is a growing list of the postings on YouTube of the Mountain of Waste 70 Years High: Ending the Nuclear Age Conference in Chicago, Dec. 1-2, 2012

Media coverage:

70 years after first atomic reaction, anti-nuclear movement presses on
by Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy Newsletter

Anti-nuclear groups visit waste site in Palos Township
by Steve Metsch, Southtown Star

Videos of Conference:

Day One of the Conference (raw footage from Multi-Kulti Center, Chicago):

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_NjEaUmQHQ&feature=youtu.be
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5GIOZxPHJI&feature=youtu.be
  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Swol0YyMKI&feature=youtu.be
  4. Parts 3 and 4 combined as 3
  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvzJNNVQfVc&feature=youtu.be
  6. Keynote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN8YHu0tpfc&feature=youtu.be

Dr. Norma Field, Keynote address (Sat. Dec. 1, 2012):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drTeb3Tq34Y

Day Two

Fukushima: the Never Ending Story — Akiko Yoshida, Friends of the Earth, Tokyo (Sun. Dec. 2, 2012; CAN-TV Chicago): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c32EjEmLwA 

Memorial Observance at the Henry Moore Sculpture to Nuclear Power (Sun. Dec. 2, 2012; CAN-TV Chicago): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKiUteVBrR8

Day Three

Has not been posted yet.

Moore-Atom-Splitting-Sculpture

December Conference: A Mountain of Waste 70 Years High: Ending the Nuclear Age

Photo by Blanche H. Schroer

“Won’t you please come to Chicago – no one else can take your place!  We CAN change the world!…”
– Graham Nash

A Conference observing the 70th Anniversary of the 1st sustained chain reaction, and the birth of the Nuclear Age

On December 2, 1942, an experiment at the University of Chicago led by Enrico Fermi produced the world’s first human-made sustained chain reaction, and launched the Nuclear Age.  The Nuclear Age has not been kind to everyone –  beginning with the people of Japan.   The Faustian bargain continues to this day – with the Japanese again becoming nuclear victims after Fukushima, and the world threatened by the continued presence of both nuclear weapons and nuclear power radiation releases and wastes.

Building on the observation of previous conferences first 40, then 30 years ago, this Conference notes that to this day, not a single ounce of radioactive waste has been permanently disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. And it bears witness to those fellow humans to whom the Nuclear Age has been less than kind.

This is a call to come to the very birthplace of the Nuclear Age – memorialized by Henry Moore’s sculpture to Nuclear Energy (photo above), on the very site where Fermi’s experiment occurred – to remember its victims, and seriously question whether that Age has the right to continue among civilized human beings.

For more information, to offer help, or make tax deductible contributions:

CONFERENCE INFORMATION:

Downloadable PDFs of Conference Materials:  (available the week of October 8th)

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