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NEIS sponsors a week of activities against premature, hazardous radioactive waste transport through Illinois

NEIS hosted a week of events and activities in response to recent House Congressional legislation that would prematurely place hazardous high-level radioactive waste (HLRW) on our roads, build expensive and unnecessary HLRW storage facilities in Texas and New Mexico, and would reopen development of the flawed site at Yucca Mt., Nevada as the nation’s HLRW disposal repository.

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear

Kevin Kamps, radioactive waste specialist at Beyond Nuclear of Takoma Park, Maryland was the featured guest speaker at a number of events sponsored by NEIS in Chicago the week of November 12th.

Both Beyond Nuclear and NEIS are part of a national coalition of grassroots, environmental, anti-nuclear and environmental justice groups opposing the HLRW plans advocated in H.R. 3053, sponsored by Rep. John Shimkus (R., IL-15).  The bill – Amendments to the High-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act – passed the House in early 2018.  However, the Senate has not acted on the bill.  If the Senate does not take it up before Dec. 31st, 2018, the bill is dead and would have to be reintroduced into a now Democratic-controlled House in 2019.

The week got off to a poor start when both Sens. Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth declined to meet with Kamps and NEIS in Chicago before returning to the Senate for the year-end session. Read more

Dr. Norma Field (l), and Dr. Yuki Miyamoto await interview on WBEZ’s “Worldview”,  Aug. 16, 2018.

August 16, 2018

Dr. Norma Field, professor emeritus of Japanese Studies at the University of Chicago, and Dr. Yuki Miyamoto, ethicist and professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University are interviewed by Jerome McDonnell on his “Worldview” program, on WBEZ-FM 91.5 public radio Chicago.

The Japanese Government has been engaged in a program to dismantle ongoing radiation monitors in the Fukushima Zone, while relocating former residents back into areas which still show signs of contamination.  Activities such as these are preparatory for assuring the world that Japan’s nuclear contamination is nothing to worry about at the upcoming Olympics – although both Olympic baseball and softball games are to be played in Fukushima.

The 16-minute Worldview segment can be heard on the “Worldview” page on WBEZ’s website.

In other Fukushima news, the Japanese utility TEPCo has also announced its intention to release all of the tritium contaminated water it currently stores onsite awaiting decontamination treatment, into the Pacific Ocean.  Japanese activist organizations are circulating a worldwide letter/petition directed at the Japanese Government to prohibit this ocean dumping and contamination.