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The Doomsday Statement 2019 – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will host a live international news conference at 10 a.m. EST/1500 GMT on Thursday, January 24, 2019, to announce the 2019 time of the Doomsday Clock. The news conference will take place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Watch the announcement live on our website, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter.

    Speakers for the Doomsday Clock announcement on January 24, 2019 include:
  • Jerry Brown, executive chair, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists; former Governor of California
  • William J. Perry, chair, Bulletin Board of Sponsors; former Secretary of Defense
  • Rachel Bronson, president and CEO; Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
  • Herb Lin, Bulletin Science and Security Board; Senior Research Scholar for cyber policy and security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, both at Stanford University
  • Susan Solomon, Bulletin Science and Security Board; Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Sharon Squassoni, Bulletin Science and Security Board; Research Professor of Practice at the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University

It is now two minutes to midnight

2018 Doomsday Clock Statement
Science and Security Board

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January 10, 2019 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Public Comments Requested on Portsmouth & Paducah Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride

Huntington News, January 7, 2019  “………IMPACTS OF POTENTIAL DISPOSAL OPTIONS

In December 2018, DOE issued the Draft Supplement Environmental Impact Statement for Disposition of Depleted Uranium Oxide Conversion Product Generated from DEO’s Inventory of Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride DOE/EIS-0359-S1 and DOE/EIS-0360-S1. The purpose and need for this action is to identify and analyze alternatives for the disposition of DU oxide. If a beneficial use cannot be found for the DU oxide, all or a portion of the inventory may need to be disposed of. The proposed scope of this DU Oxide SEIS includes an analysis of the potential impacts from three Action Alternatives and a No Action Alternative (in accordance with 40 CFR 1502.14). Under the Action Alternatives, DU oxide would be disposed of at one or more of the three disposal facilities: (1) the EnergySolutions LLC site near Clive, Utah; (2) the Nevada National Security Site in Nye County, Nevada; and (3) the Waste Control Specialists, LLC site near Andrews, Texas. Under the No Action Alternative, transportation and disposal would not occur, and DU oxide containers would remain in storage at Paducah and Portsmouth. All other aspects of the DUF6 conversion activities remain as described previously in the 2004 EISs and RODs and are not within the scope of this DU Oxide SEIS.

PUBLIC COMMENT

There is a 45-day public comment period open from December 28, 2018 to February 11, 2019. Public hearings will be web-based and on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Thursday, January 24, 2019, from 7:00 –9:00 p.m. (EST)

Comments will be accepted during the web-based public hearing, by mail, by email and through submittal of comment forms on the DU Oxide SEIS website.  Persons who wish to speak may sign up to speak before each meeting by submitting a request to DUF6_NEPA@em.doe.gov.  Join web-based public hearing via:

  • WebEx Meeting Room: https://doe.webex.com/join/duf6_nepa  (Copy and Paste into web browser).
  • Phone at US Toll: 1-415-527-5035, access code: 988 230 782 #. Global Call-In Numbers:
    • Australia Toll: +61-29037-2586
    • Belgium Toll: +32-289-53898
    • Japan Toll: +81-345-808170
    • Netherlands Toll: +31-20-794-1499
    • United Kingdom Toll: +44-203-457-5798
  • ……….http://www.huntingtonnews.net/161561

January 10, 2019 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

NRC Sets Hearing, Webinar on Pilgrim Nuclear Plant Decommissioning 

https://eponline.com/articles/2019/01/07/nrc-hearing-on-pilgrim-plant.aspx?m=1
The Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report includes a table showing that the entire period from shutdown of the plant to license termination will last 60 years. Jan 07, 2019

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting in Plymouth, Mass., on Jan. 15 to discuss and accept public comments on Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.’s Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report for the Pilgrim nuclear power plant, which is located in Plymouth, some 38 miles southeast of Boston, and entered commercial operation on Dec. 1, 1972. The report calls for placing the plant into long-term storage before dismantlement and decontamination work begins.

Pilgrim is the only nuclear power plant being operated in Massachusetts.

The NRC staff also will present a webinar on Jan. 8 for interested members of the public to participate in discussions regarding the decommissioning of the plant. The webinar will begin at 2 p.m.. It will provide key facts about the decommissioning process and explain how NRC regulates such activities through on-site inspections and other reviews.

Webinar participants will be able to view slides prepared by NRC staff and ask questions in writing via a web page set up to host the session. Online registration is required to participate.

Holtec Decommissioning International LLC has announced that it plans to acquire Pilgrim and conduct an expedited decommissioning of the plant. The commission is reviewing the license transfer application.

Pilgrim is scheduled to permanently cease operations by June 1, 2019. Entergy plans to use the SAFSTOR decommissioning method. Its report explains that the SAFSTOR approach means that, after a plant is shut down and defueled, the facility is placed in a safe, stable condition and maintained in that state (safe storage). The facility is decontaminated and dismantled at the end of the storage period to levels that permit license termination. During SAFSTOR, a facility is left intact or may be partially dismantled, but the fuel is removed from the reactor vessel and radioactive liquids are drained from systems and components and then processed.

The report includes a table showing that the entire period from shutdown of the plant to license termination will last 60 years.

January 8, 2019 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Taiwan to host Asian anti-nuclear forum in 2019 

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201811200015.aspx   Taipei, Nov. 20 (CNA) Taiwan is set to host the annual No Nuke Asia Forum (NNAF) next year, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Union (TEPU) said Tuesday.

Founded in 1993, the NNAF is an annual gathering that brings together experts and academics from various anti-nuclear groups across Asia to discuss and share their visions on how to counter nuclear energy.

Taiwan’s upcoming referendum on the government’s policy of phasing out nuclear power in Taiwan by 2025 has been a topic of popular discussion at this year’s NNAF, which was held in the Philippines Nov. 11-15, the TEPU said.

TEPU Chairman Liu Chih-chien (劉志堅), who attended the event, said Taiwan’s efforts to phase out nuclear energy also garnered widespread support from members from Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and India.

During the forum, the union also came to share Taiwan’s past experiences, including a referendum that helped stop the ongoing construction of the country’s fourth nuclear plant in 2014, Liu said.

According to the TEPU, the 26th Asian anti-nuclear forum is scheduled to be held toward the end of 2019.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and Ko Lin)
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November 22, 2018 Posted by | ACTION, Taiwan | Leave a comment

22 September – rally near Faslane naval base against nuclear weapons

Ekklesia 13th Sept 2018 , International anti-nuclear campaigners will address a major rally in
Scotland on 22 September 2018. Activists from the United States, Israel,
Russia, Iran, the Netherlands and South Korea will demand support for the
UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, as well as highlighting
the majority opposition to Trident in Scotland. The rally – called by
Scottish CND – will take place thirty miles from Glasgow at Faslane, home
to the naval base that hosts Britain’s nuclear submarines.
http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/26767

September 14, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Peace activists- anti-nuclear protests in Massachusetts 

Peace activists plan anti-nuclear protests in Massachusetts  https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Peace-activists-plan-anti-nuclear-protests-in-12947245.php BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) 25 May 18 — Peace activists are planning nonviolent actions to protest what they call nuclear escalation.

Massachusetts Peace Action says participants in Sunday’s demonstration will stand frozen for two minutes on Battle Green in Lexington. They’ll then walk about three miles to the gates of Hanscom Air Force Base to engage in “acts of peaceful, nonviolent civil disobedience.”

The action represents the frigid cold of a nuclear winter as well as the Doomsday  .

Clock, which is now at 2 minutes. It also commemorates those who worked in the 1980s to freeze nuclear stockpiles.

Organizers say they chose Hanscom because it’s the future site of a command post that would control weapons in a nuclear war.

The protest originally was set for mid-April but was rescheduled.

May 28, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

NDP and Greens call for closure of Pickering Nuclear Station in August

 http://www.cleanairalliance.org/ndp-greens-call-for-closure-of-pickering-nuclear-station-in-august/

We sent an all-candidates questionnaire to the leaders of the four major parties running in the provincial election. We asked their position on closing the Pickering Nuclear Station, and on water power imports from Quebec.

 The NDP and the Green Party are calling for the closure of the Pickering Nuclear Station when its licence expires this August.
The Liberal Party supports the continued operation of the Pickering Nuclear Station until 2024.
The PC Party did not respond.
To read the parties’ full responses to our questionnaire, please click here.
The Pickering Nuclear Station is the fourth oldest nuclear plant in North America. It was originally designed to operate for 30 years, but it has now been running for nearly half a century. More than two million people live within 30 km of the Pickering Station – at least twice the number of any other nuclear station on the continent.
A recent report looked at what would happen in the GTA if a major accident occurred at Pickering – similar in scale to the accident that took place at the Fukushima Nuclear Station in Japan. The report found that an accident at Pickering could lead to the evacuation of more than 650,000 people for 30 to 100 years, cause 13,000 cancer deaths, and result in $125 billion in lost real estate value just for single-family homes.
Replacing Pickering’s electricity with water power from Quebec would lower our electricity costs by $1.1 billion per year and eliminate our need to export surplus electricity to the U.S. at a financial loss.
By immediately dismantling and decommissioning Pickering after it closes, we can create 32,000 person-years of direct and indirect employment between now and 2032. This will permit most of the 300 hectare Pickering waterfront site to be revitalized and returned to the local community by 2032.
The full cost of decommissioning can be funded by money that is already in Ontario Power Generation’s Nuclear Decommissioning Fund.
Ask candidates where they stand when reaching out for your vote, and let them know where you stand.

May 18, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

14 April Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) Welsh Forum conference gathers anti-nuclear groups

Powys County Times 8th April 2018, ANTI-NUCLEAR campaigners from all across the UK will be descending on
Machynlleth next week to take part in a one day conference. The Nuclear
Free Local Authorities (NFLA) Welsh Forum is holding a special one day
conference with four other groups (WANA, PAWB, CADNO, CND Cymru) and three
supporting environmental / Welsh language NGOs on Saturday, April 14, in
the Owain Glyndwr Parliament House Centre from 11am to 3.30pm. By the close
of the conference, the groups are expected to make a “Powys
Declaration” against Nuclear Energy outlining the next steps in their
campaign.
http://www.countytimes.co.uk/news/16139618.Machynlleth_hosts_anti_nuclear_conference/

April 11, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Westinghouse, Quit India! [Sign Statement Against Kovvada Nuclear Project]

Why sign this petitition?  Who has launched it?  Whom are we addressing?
Please sign and circulate this international statement against the Kovvada nuclear plant launched as Westinghouse officials visit India next week.
For more info about the project, please see:
Kovvada: a wake-up call?
Kovvada nuclear plant expensive and dangerous: India’s former Power Secretary warns CAG
In Kovvada, villagers displaced forcibly even as the prospects of Westinghouse’s nuclear project remain uncertain

February 12, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

“The Human Cost of Nuclear Weapons”

HANT 27th Jan 2018, Highland Against Nuclear Transport AGM 1st February. “The Human Cost of
Nuclear Weapons” A Talk by DR. JUDITH MACDONALD (Cromarty Peace Group /
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons / MEDACT : Health
Professionals for a Safer World) Dr. Judith Macdonald’s talk will cover
her own involvement with ICAN leading to the historic signing of the
Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty (signed by 122 countries in July 2017 ), MEDACT
(Medical Practitioners Against Nuclear Weapons) and will focus on “The
Human Cost of Nuclear Weapons” This will be followed by a discussion, a
short report on HANT’s activities in 2017 and plans for 2018 with
elections to the HANT Committee.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1261608800650823/

January 29, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Art exhibition highlights connections between the nuclear plants at Fukushima and Sellafield.

Comic Arts Festival (accessed) 28th Jan 2018, A ground-breaking exhibition of comic art by Fumio Obata, On the Palm of
Unknown, has gone on display at the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven, Cumbria,
running until 25th March 2018. Commissioned by Lakes International Comic
Arts Festival, the art project makes surprising connections between the
nuclear plants at Fukushima and Sellafield. Originally from Japan, Fumio
has spent years researching the aftermath of the devastation caused by a
massive tsunami at the Fukushima power plant in 2011. In experimental and
abstract artworks Fumio explores the invisible connections and sentiments
between the two different worlds.
https://www.comicartfestival.com/news/fumio-obatas-palm-unknown-exhibition-opens-whitehaven

January 29, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

11/11 Rally-Speak Out At SF Japan Consulate-Stop Abe Government From Restarting NUKE Plants

11/11 Rally-Speak Out At SF Japan Consulate-Stop Abe Government From Restarting NUKE Plants & Defend the Children and Families of Fukushima https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/11/07/18804266.php

Rally Speak Out
Saturday November 11, 2017 3:00 PM
San Francisco Japanese Consulate
275 Battery St. near California St.
San Francisco

Despite the denials by the Japanese Abe government, Fukushima continues to contaminate the population of the area and the world. The government has declared that the area has been decontaminated but the radioactive water continues to accumulate in thousands of tanks. The clean-up has failed to even remove the radioactive material from the reactors that melted down due to the deadly high level of radiation that has even destroyed robots. There is already 22 million cu. meters of contaminated waste yet the government continues to claim that it is safe to return and is pushing to restart additional nuclear reactors.
The government is also pushing ahead to demand that the residents including families return to Fukushima or face the removal of their subsidies. This despite the fact that the courts have ruled that TEPCO now controlled by the government is financially responsible for the costs of this disaster for the people.
The government at the same time has declared that it is preparing for a massive Nankai Trough earthquake on Japan’s Pacific coast that according to even the government’s own estimate might kill 320,000 people yet it is planning to reopen nuclear plants in the very places it says there is a danger of a major historic quake that would create many nuclear meltdowns and a massive nuclear cloud of radioactive contamination threatening not just Japan but entire humanity and the environment.

The effort to reopen the nuclear plants is now combined with growing repression of the people with a secrecy bill and conspiracy law that will allow the government to charge journalists and citizens with crimes who are working to get information out about the dangers of Fukushima and the nuclear power industry.
The Abe government is now working with Trump to remilitarize and remove Article 9 of the constitution which forbids offensive war and Trump is demanding that Japan buy more military equipment and weapons. Over 40,000 people marched in Tokyo last weekend to oppose war and militarization yet the government is pushing ahead despite mass opposition.

It is time to speak out to defend the people of Fukushima and oppose the restarting of Japan’s nuclear plants and oppose militarization of Japan including the development of nuclear weapons.

Make sure your voice be heard.

Speak Out and Rally initiated by
No Nukes Action Committee
http://nonukesaction.wordpress.com/

November 8, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Conference No War 2017: War and the Environment September 22-24 in Washington, D.C

No War 2017: War and the Environment,    http://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2017/ September 22-24 Conference in Washington, D.C. Just following the International Day of Peace, and in the tradition of No War 2016: Real Security Without Terrorism, and the best speech any U.S. president ever gave, this year’s conference will focus on activism, including activist planning workshops, addressing how the antiwar and environmental movements can work together.

We encourage and can help you to hold similar events in other locations, and this event will be livestreamed so that other events can watch it.

WHO: Speakers will include: Medea Benjamin, Nadine Bloch, Max Blumenthal, Natalia Cardona, Suzanne Cole, Alice Day, Lincoln Day, Tim DeChristopher, Dale Dewar, Pat Elder, Bruce Gagnon, Philip GiraldiWill Griffin, Seymour Hersh, Tony Jenkins, Larry Johnson, Kathy Kelly, Jonathan King, Lindsay Koshgarian, Peter Kuznick, James Marc Leas, Annie Machon, Ray McGovern,  Rev Lukata Mjumbe, Elizabeth Murray, Anthony Rogers-Wright, Alice Slater, Gar Smith, Susi Snyder, Mike Stagg, Jill Stein, David Swanson, Robin Taubenfeld, Eric Teller, Brian Terrell, Brian Trautman, Richard Tucker, Donnal Walter, Larry Wilkerson, Diane Wilson, Emily Wurth, Kevin Zeese. Read speakers’ bios.

And special guest: Chelsea Manning.

Music by The Irthlingz Duo: Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz, and by Emma’s Revolution, and by Bryan Cahall.

WHEREAmerican University Katzen Art Center
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
All events in the Recital Hall. Workshops on Sunday in the Recital Hall, and in Rooms 112, 115, 123, and 128.
How to get there.

Lodging and rides board.

WHEN:
Friday, Sept 22: 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept 23: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept 24: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Click here to register (includes 2 catered vegan meals and a copy of the new 2017 edition of A Global Security System: An Alternative to War). The venue seats 211, and we will close registrations when we need to.

September 11, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Pledge for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

ICAN Parliamentary Pledge    http://www.icanw.org/projects/pledge/   Parliamentarians played a major role in realizing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Now we are seeking their help to promote the signature and ratification of the treaty by all nations. The Parliamentary Pledge is a commitment by parliamentarians around the world to work for their government to join the treaty.

Download the Pledge →

Pledge for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
We, the undersigned parliamentarians,warmly welcome the adoption of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 7 July 2017 as a significant step towards the realization of a nuclear-weapon-free world.

We share the deep concern expressed in the preamble about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences that would result from any use of nuclear weapons and we recognize the consequent need to eliminate these inhumane and abhorrent weapons.

As parliamentarians, we pledge to work for the signature and ratification of this landmark treaty by our respective countries, as we consider the abolition of nuclear weapons to be a global public good of the highest order and an essential step to promote the security and well-being of all peoples.

August 18, 2017 Posted by | ACTION, opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

11 June: New Zealand celebrates 30 years of Nuclear Free policy

People from all walks of life are joining together to form a giant human peace symbol. Its intention is to convey a unified message of world peace supporting a world free of nuclear weapons.

This may be the first time for the younger generation to celebrate our historic New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone and take part in creating a message of world peace.

New Zealand supports Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty: public event in Auckland Domain, June 11th.

30th Anniversary of Nuclear Free New Zealand http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1706/S00132/30th-anniversary-of-nuclear-free-new-zealand.htm 10 June 2017, New Zealand Peace Foundation On Sunday 11 June at 12.00 midday in Auckland Domain The Peace Foundation is organising a public peace event to mark the thirty year anniversary of New Zealand saying “no” to nukes in the Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987 statute.

The free public event in the Auckland Domain involves our Mayor Phil Goff, one of more than 7000 ‘Mayors for Peace’ globally who are committed to the abolition of nuclear weapons.
The Mayor will unveil a peace plaque beside a Pohutukawa tree, in honour of Nuclear-Free New Zealand and those who work for peace, and to support the United Nations Nuclear Weapon ban treaty negotiations that start in New York next week.

“The Nuclear Free New Zealand 30th anniversary celebration is a time to reflect on the horror of war, to learn lessons from our past and do everything we can to prevent the future use of Nuclear Weapons. New Zealand is proudly nuclear free and we must continue to strive for a peaceful world free of nuclear arms” says Mayor Goff.

“There are at least two undeniable existential threats to human survival – climate change and nuclear weapons. On the 30th anniversary of New Zealand’s Nuclear Free Zone status, it’s heartening to see our Government taking a strong stand on nuclear disarmament. We should always remember that our nuclear-free status was created by the people of New Zealand and in the process, they set an example that the rest of the world can follow” – Dr Russel Norman, Greenpeace New Zealand Executive Director.

 Helen Clarke, former NZ Prime Minister, tweeted: “30 years and going strong. NZ became a nuclear-free nation by law in 1987. I chaired the parliamentary committee which examined the new law.”
Significant public support is expected at the Auckland rally which is the first of its kind and one of many nationwide being organised throughout this year to mark the staying power of this important legislation.

The Auckland event is an opportunity for people to take a stand for peace by forming a giant human peace symbol like one done publicly in 1983. (see attached Picture)

Join the citizens of Auckland as we recreate the largest Human Peace symbol in New Zealand to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of “No Nukes” in the land of the long white cloud, the very same peace symbol we created in 1983. Help send a signal to the world that together we stand for peace.

People from all walks of life are joining together to form a giant human peace symbol. Its intention is to convey a unified message of world peace supporting a world free of nuclear weapons.

This may be the first time for the younger generation to celebrate our historic New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone and take part in creating a message of world peace.

New Zealand supports Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty: public event in Auckland Domain, June 11th.

The recreation of the human peace symbol is scheduled for midday.

June 10, 2017 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment