Tell EPA, don’t sacrifice Navajo water for uranium mining!
Former uranium mine worker and Navajo leader, Larry J. King (pictured), has gathered 10,000+ signatures and growing on a petition to stop new uranium mines that will contaminate Navajo drinking water supplies. Hydro Resources requested a permit 23 years ago to mine from an aquifer at four sites in two New Mexico towns: Church Rock and neighboring Crownpoint. It has since received permits from the EPA and NRC and the state. The Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mininghas been fighting the plan since 1994. The site is on private land but within the Navajo community. The Navajo Nation has banned uranium mining on its own lands. Mining from the aquifer for uranium will pollute the water under the two towns and make it undrinkable. Read more and please sign the petition to the Environmental Protection Agency which is revisiting its decision to grant Hydro Resources a permit.
Down to the wire on latest "Mobile Chernobyl" bill, action needed!
The next week or two are crucial for stopping the "consolidated interim storage" legislation that already passed the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, ironically enough on April 26th, the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. The bill would effectively transfer liability from high-level radioactive waste generators to American taxpayers, while "playing" a risky radioactive waste "shell game" on our roads, rails, and waterways. The temporary parking lot dumps could simply see the deadly wastes "returned to sender" someday, for lack of a permanent disposal plan, effectively doubling transport risks. Major metropolitan areas would face accident ("Mobile Chernobyl") and terrorism ("dirty bombs on wheels") risks. Please call U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office at (202) 224-3542. Urge that he block this bill from reaching the Senate floor. Likewise, phone your own two U.S. Senators' offices via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard, (202) 224-3121, and urge they stop this dangerous bill dead in its tracks. More.
Urge U.S. government to take action on Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4
Despite a high profile visit by Japanese nuclear and environment minister Goshi Hosono, Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4's high-level radioactive waste storage pool remains at risk of another earthquake draining away its cooling water supply and causing a catastrophic radioactive inferno with very large-scale releases directly into the environment. Urge your two U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative to support U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden's (D-OR) call for the U.S. to offer assistance to the Japanese government to accelerate removal of the irradiated fuel from the precarious pool. Phone your Congress Members via the Capitol Switchboard at(202) 224-3121. Also contact the White House with the same urgent request.More.Universities’ study links radioactive bluefin tuna caught off California coast to Fukushima disaster.
Beyond Nuclear has posted several media accounts of a joint scientific study by Stanford University and Stony Brook University finding “unequivocal evidence” that massive radioactive contamination from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe turned up in fish caught off the coast of California. The scientific report concludes that Fukushima has "caused significant local and global concern regarding the spread of radioactive material." The authors published their study Pacific bluefin tuna transport Fukushima-derived radionuclides from Japan to California in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More.
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