80 Groups Urge Canada: Reject Great Lakes Nuke Dump!

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CACC is proud to have signed this letter. We are dedicated to stopping nuclear power at every turn. The following was written by Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Watchdog for Beyond Nuclear. 

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and Washington, D.C. – Outlining the legal grounds for the Canadian federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna to reject Ontario Power Generation’s bid to bury radioactive wastes right beside Lake Huron, 80 public interest groups from Canada and the US have issued a joint letter as pressure mounts on McKenna to make the right call. McKenna is due to issue her decision on or before March 1, 2016.

Thanking McKenna for responding positively to the joint letter sent by NuclearWaste Watch in November by extending the timeline for issuing a decision statement on Ontario Power Generation’s proposal to bury up to half a million cubic metres of radioactive wastes beside Lake Huron, the February 8th correspondence restates that the Joint Review Panel (JRP) recommendation that Ontario Power Generation’s proposed Deep Geologic Repository for Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Wastes be allowed to move to licensing was in error, and sets out several examples of how Ontario Power Generation failed to meet the requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA 2012), the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines, and the JRP Agreement, which are the three legal requirements.

Ontario Power Generation’s proposal was to bury 200,000 cubic metres of low and intermediate level radioactive wastes produced during reactor operations deep underground in a series of underground caverns carved out of limestone. Weeks before the federal hearing began in September 2013, OPG publicly acknowledged its intention to double that amount by adding decommissioning wastes – including radioactive reactor components and contaminated building materials and rubble – through a license amendment after approval based on the initial proposal has been issued.

The proposal faces large and growing public opposition. 184 municipalitiesrepresenting more than 22 million people have passed resolutions opposing OPG’sproposed waste repository. On November 5, 2015, a bipartisan group of six U.S. Senators and 26 U.S. Representatives from a number of Great Lakes states wrote to Prime Minister Trudeau urging him to block the deep geological repository.

“Momentum continues to build against this burial scheme,” said Kevin Kamps, a radioactive waste specialist with Takoma Park, Maryland, U.S.A.-based organization Beyond Nuclear, a national and international watchdog on the nuclear power industry.

“McKenna made a good call in November, extending the deadline for the decision statement on the Joint Panel Report, which allowed her and her staff more time to get to know this file,” commented Brennain Lloyd, a spokesperson with Northwatch.

“Now comes the bigger test: rejecting Ontario Power Generation’s nuclear waste burial scheme.”

The Feb. 8th letter to Canadian Environment Minister McKenna is posted online HERE

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The Supreme Court just burned us on climate change

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Tuesday, Republican Supreme Court Justices used their majority to derail what stands to be the most meaningful climate action ever taken by the US

While Supreme Court Justices are supposedly non-partisan actors, the US Supreme Court is clearly divided along party lines, with five Republicans and four Democrats.

While the Democrats voted to allow the rules to take effect, the majority Republican group opposed that vote, and issued orders:
“the Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units,’ is stayed pending disposition of the applicants’ petitions for review in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and disposition of the applicants’ petition for a writ of certiorari, if such writ is sought.”
Because of the Supreme Court’s schedule and the complex nature of this case, Tuesday evening’s order could delay the rules until after President Obama leaves office. In fact the rules may never go into effect because they are now dependent on the outcome of this year’s presidential election.

Permanent link to this article: http://caccmi.org/court-burned-us-on-climate-change/

General Membership Meeting June 5

 

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Join us for our General Membership Meeting!
June 5th – 9:30 am
Bengel Wildlife Center  –  Bath, MI   (near Lansing).

The center is operated by the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy.
We will be meeting in the DeVlieg Conservation Hall.

See the facilities

Click or tap for THE MAP – your journey awaits! 
Registration begins at 9:30 am. The meeting will end around 4:00 pm.
We hope you can make it for the whole day, but better late than never!
Feel free to walk in any time between 9:30 and 4:00
Lunch is at noon. 

 

Inventor Brad Kallio presenting at the 2015 GMM

Inventor Brad Kallio at the 2015 GMM

 

This is a pot-luck-lunch event. Please bring a dish to pass. 
For those unfamiliar with the custom, the pros often bring well prepared items in crock pots or dishes, but if that sounds intimidating just grab something simple like a snack tray at a grocery store. Don’t panic. It’s just lunch.

 

 

Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear presenting at the 2015 gmm

Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear at the 2015 GMM

We raise funds at this event through a silent auction.
Please consider bringing useful or entertaining things to donate. It’s really a lot of fun. Last year’s auction included a solar oven! Selected items will be sold in a live “not-so-silent” auction, hosted by our joyous and perennial auctioneer Stas Yascolt. We hope you’ll join in the fun of bidding!

 
The dish to pass for lunch and a donation to the auction are the suggested admission for this event, and we hope those who are able will embrace their communal nature. BUT, If all you have is the shirt on your back and a love for the Earth in your heart, please don’t let anything stop you from attending. We know the feeling and we will bring extra soup.

 

approximate schedule:

10:00 : guest presenter (to be announced)

12:00 : potluck lunch (please bring a dish to pass)

1:00 :  board of directors election

2:00 : not-so-silent auction

3:00 : short film – The Last Farmer in Fukushima

4:00 : See ya later!
Walk the grounds if you want.
The trails through the wildlife center are open until dusk!

Keep checking caccmi.org/gmm for updated information! 

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