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How the New Mexico Anti-Nuclear Campaign Achieved a Major Victory


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Kit
- 1027 days ago - truth-out.org
On February 13, the President released his proposed fiscal year 2013 budget. On page 26 of the document "Cuts, Consolidations, and Savings: Budget of the U.S. Government" we find, "The Administration proposes deferring the construction of the Chemistry->



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Kit B. (276)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 2:52 pm

On February 17, as I was stepping out the door for an exhibition opening of my arctic photographs and to participate in an environmental panel at Fordham University with former New York State assistant attorney general Robert Emmet Hernan, I received an email news update from Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, a Santa Fe, New Mexico based NGO that began with these words, “We have reason to celebrate with the ‘abandonment’ of the proposed Nuclear Facility as part of the Chemistry & Metallurgy Research Replacement Project (CMRR) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) by President Obama and the Department of Energy.”

On February 13, the President released his proposed fiscal year 2013 budget. On page 26 of the document “Cuts, Consolidations, and Savings: Budget of the U.S. Government” we find, “The Administration proposes deferring the construction of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement facility... for at least five years.” Then on February 17 the Albuquerque Journal reported, “Chu [U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu] told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that the Department of Energy decided to abandon—at least for now—a planned LANL plutonium lab because of budget constraints.”

Abandoned or postponed—either way, this is a major victory for the New Mexico anti–nuclear activists and community members who have been fighting this issue since 2003. So far the news has mostly escaped the radars of the national mainstream and progressive media—I found one Associated Press article, and few articles in the New Mexico newspapers. But this story has local, regional and national significance, so I’ll share a bit more with you.
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Craig Pittman (47)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 2:53 pm
Very nice Kit. Chalk one for the good guys eh. Thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 4:44 pm
Another huge win!!!

We are effective---yea, we are one!

Alone, we can do almost nothing.

Together, we can save our planet.

And we're doing it.
 

Anne F. (17)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 7:17 pm
Congratulations. Keep working, there are so many battles.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 7:40 pm
good!
 

Tim C. (2065)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 8:10 pm
ty
 

Susanne R. (249)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 10:36 pm
While it's great news that the proposed Nuclear Facility as part of the Chemistry & Metallurgy Research Replacement Project (CMRR) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has been abandoned, I was saddened to learn that the Obama administration approved Shell’s spill response plan for the Chukchi Sea in arctic Alaska. The author states, "That project is moving forward without a thorough Environmental Impact Statement, and the government knows full well that Shell does not have either the technology or preparedness to respond to a BP–like spill in the harsh environment of the frozen arctic seas."

If anyone else finds this information distressing, you might want to view the the following:
HELP STOP SHELL!
 

Susanne R. (249)
Sunday February 26, 2012, 10:45 pm
Forgot to note that a petition is circulating to stop Shell from drilling in arctic Alaska. I hope that anyone who sees this will click and sign. Thank you!

KEEP SHELL OUT OF THE ARCTIC!
 

pam w. (191)
Monday February 27, 2012, 8:23 am
Nice when there's good news! (I signed, Susanne!)
 

Stella AWAY W. (258)
Monday February 27, 2012, 12:26 pm
Yes, good news, but we have to keep up the fight - one small drop of water won't even quench your thirst but all the drops put together makes one mighty ocean that can result in a tsunami - and that's what we have to aim for!
 

Tom Sullivan (98)
Monday February 27, 2012, 1:01 pm
Right on,
 

Robert O. (12)
Monday February 27, 2012, 2:25 pm
Thanks Kit. Every victory counts, especially since they seem to be harder to achieve these days.
 

Brian M. (202)
Monday February 27, 2012, 2:36 pm
What if nuclear power is the only way we can quickly wean humanity off of fossil fuels and have any hope of fighting climate change before it goes too far? We are already in the midst of a mass extinction event. Solar, wind, and other alternative sources do not provide sufficient energy at this time to end this nation's addiction to fossil fuels (or any other nation's either).I know this view is wildly unpopular. I know there are many who aren't willing to accept nuclear energy under any circumstances. My question is what if the circumstances are human extinction and a hothouse earth that is so parched and scorched that nothing but the hardiest bacteria will survive? I agree with the idea of the strictest regulations and controls on nuclear energy. I agree with the idea that much more research and safety is needed. But quite simply, I don't think our species can survive without research and development of a new generation of nuclear reactors.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday February 27, 2012, 2:53 pm
Great news--thanks Kit.
 

Many Feathers (133)
Monday February 27, 2012, 5:02 pm
good stuff kit...
 

Sue H. (7)
Monday February 27, 2012, 7:52 pm
Excellent! Thanks for posting this very good news.
 

Michael T. (82)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 9:09 am
You are right Brian that we must wean ourselves away from the use of fossil fuels. We have nearly exhausted them and need something, many things to replace those fuels. BUT. I am not able to trust the AEC or corporations to provide safe nuclear energy. They keep failing. I just moved to FL and discovered that I am within 15 miles of an antiquated nuclear facility. Since we haven't built any within the past 20 years or so (anybody correct me on the actual number) it means that the technology of these existing facilities is 10 years older than that. It takes about 10 years I think to propose a facility before it can become licensed and is then licensed on the technology presented at the time of the application. I'm not supporting granting acceptance of a new site in a shorter time period, because flaws can be missed.

If mine goes, at least I'm close enough the end for me will be quick and hopefully relatively painless.
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday February 28, 2012, 1:15 pm

Texas is a building a new reactor near Corpus Christ, as that is obviously on a fault line, and the same company that build the reactor in Japan. I don't see that we are learning from past mistakes. There are a number of active and leaking reactors in the United States, little attention is paid, and almost none on the national news scene.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 11, 2012, 1:56 am
Don't spend our money on suicide.

Pay the bills.
 

Anne P. (251)
Sunday March 11, 2012, 7:52 am
Fabulous news. I am so proud of all the anti-nuclear activists in my home state! Si se puede, Nuevo Mexico!
 

bharathi A. (2)
Monday March 19, 2012, 6:56 pm
Very nice Kit
 

bharathi A. (2)
Monday March 19, 2012, 6:56 pm
Very nice Kit
 

bharathi A. (2)
Monday March 19, 2012, 6:56 pm
Very nice Kit
 

bharathi A. (2)
Monday March 19, 2012, 6:56 pm
Very nice Kit
 

bharathi A. (2)
Monday March 19, 2012, 6:57 pm
Very nice Kit
 

bharathi A. (2)
Monday March 19, 2012, 6:57 pm
Very nice Kit
 

bharathi A. (2)
Monday March 19, 2012, 6:57 pm
Very nice Kit
 

bharathi A. (2)
Monday March 19, 2012, 6:57 pm
Very nice Kit
 

bharathi A. (2)
Monday March 19, 2012, 6:57 pm
Very nice Kit
 

bharathi A. (2)
Monday March 19, 2012, 6:57 pm
Very nice Kit
 

Rich Blue (72)
Thursday March 22, 2012, 12:28 pm
great news! thank you!
 
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