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Are the lives of farmworkers worth 14 times less than other Californians?

Wine And Water Watch - Sun, 01/22/2023 - 14:39
Are the lives of farmworkers worth 14 times less than other Californians? For Immediate Release: January 17, 2023   Contacts:             Jane Sellen, 530-575-0332, jane@pesticidereform.org Angel Garcia, 559-667-2966, angel@pesticidereform.org  REPORT: Are the lives of farmworkers worth 14 times less than other Californians? The case of 1,3-D Farmworker communities call on the State to Rewrite Regulation of Cancer-Causing Pesticide that exceeds State risk levels …

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Lawsuit Challenges County’s rezoning for Sonoma Development Center

Wine And Water Watch - Sun, 01/22/2023 - 14:30
Precedent Setting Rezoning Being Challenged   PRSC: Greetings All, It’s been a while since We’ve been in touch and we wanted to bring you up to date on some news. Sonoma County Tomorrow, Inc, the fiscal sponsor of PRSC, SAFER, Wine Water Watch and Friends of SMART, and the non profit that Warren Watkins handed …

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SF Rally To Demand President Biden Declare a Climate Emergency

XRSFBay - Fri, 01/20/2023 - 11:00
Join us at the SF Federal Building on Jan. 20th from 11am-1pm for a rally with speakers and art, as we demand that President Biden:  Declare a Climate Emergency  Stop All Fossil Fuel Projects  Honor Indigenous & Human Rights. Across the country - climate, indigenous, and allied groups are coming together for a Day of Action, in honor of the late & beloved Pipeline Activist and Water Protector Joye Braun. We are calling on Biden to Declare a Climate Emergency and bringing attention to our local fossil fuel fights, as well as our local environmental impacts, that require immediate, drastic action to protect our communities from further harm. Read more and RSVP at ActionNetwork.
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What Frick Park’s beaver means for the health of the restored Nine Mile Run

Allegheny Front - Fri, 01/20/2023 - 08:51

A beaver living in Nine Mile Run, a stream that was once filled with raw sewage, is a sign of its comeback.

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Ex-Pennsylvania DEP secretary: Agency’s underfunding will test its new leader

Allegheny Front - Fri, 01/20/2023 - 08:37

Despite some recent increases in its budget, DEP has been constrained by a decade of underfunding.

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SAVE THE DATE. Expert’s Panel on Radiation and Public Health. Jan. 26, 4 PM.

Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition - Fri, 01/20/2023 - 08:32

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Helen Caldicott and other experts on public health and radiation. Please help amplify this event and post to your social media and sending to anyone you know that might be interested.

Media Advisory
Critical Public Health and Safety Impacts of 
Decommissioning Indian Point • Expert Forum Series

Contact

Ellen Weininger, Grassroots Environmental Education
(914) 422-3141 (O) or (646) 210-0200

Judy Allen, United for Clean Energy
845-528-6643 (H), 914 382-1193 (C)

What:   First in a Series of Public Health and Safety Experts Forums  

When: Thursday, January 26th 4:00 PM EST

Where: Zoom Registration: bit.ly/3k9qYIh    

Who: 

  • Introduction by New York State Senator Peter Harckham, Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee
  • Moderated by Alfred Meyer, Physicians for Social Responsibility – NY
  • Dr. Helen Caldicott, Acclaimed author, Nobel laureate and co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, discussing nuclear facilities’ impacts on human health 
  • Eric Epstein, Three Mile Island Alert, Inc. discussing independent, state-of-the-art, radiation air monitoring around nuclear facilities
  • Diane Turco, Director of Cape Downwinders, Cape Cod, MA, discussing the release of radioactive wastewater and impacts on her community

Background: This forum series presents experts in their respective fields addressing important aspects of public health and safety that should be considered in decommissioning a nuclear facility and the handling of nuclear waste. 

Holtec International, the owner of the Indian Point nuclear facility conducting decommissioning operations, is seeking to discharge one million gallons of radioactive wastewater into the Hudson River from which seven municipalities source their drinking water and others rely on as a backup source. 

Event Co-Sponsors: Grassroots Environmental Education, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Physicians for Social Responsibility-NY, Safe Energy Rights Group, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group, United for Clean Energy, Upper Nyack Green Committee, WESPAC, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County 

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SAVE THE DATE. Expert’s Panel on Radiation and Public Health. Jan. 26, 4 PM.

INDIAN POINT SAFE ENERGY COALITION (IPSEC) - Fri, 01/20/2023 - 08:32

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Helen Caldicott and other experts on public health and radiation. Please help amplify this event and post to your social media and sending to anyone you know that might be interested.

Media Advisory
Critical Public Health and Safety Impacts of 
Decommissioning Indian Point • Expert Forum Series

Contact

Ellen Weininger, Grassroots Environmental Education
(914) 422-3141 (O) or (646) 210-0200

Judy Allen, United for Clean Energy
845-528-6643 (H), 914 382-1193 (C)

What:   First in a Series of Public Health and Safety Experts Forums  

When: Thursday, January 26th 4:00 PM EST

Where: Zoom Registration: bit.ly/3k9qYIh    

Who: 

  • Introduction by New York State Senator Peter Harckham, Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee
  • Moderated by Alfred Meyer, Physicians for Social Responsibility – NY
  • Dr. Helen Caldicott, Acclaimed author, Nobel laureate and co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, discussing nuclear facilities’ impacts on human health 
  • Eric Epstein, Three Mile Island Alert, Inc. discussing independent, state-of-the-art, radiation air monitoring around nuclear facilities
  • Diane Turco, Director of Cape Downwinders, Cape Cod, MA, discussing the release of radioactive wastewater and impacts on her community

Background: This forum series presents experts in their respective fields addressing important aspects of public health and safety that should be considered in decommissioning a nuclear facility and the handling of nuclear waste. 

Holtec International, the owner of the Indian Point nuclear facility conducting decommissioning operations, is seeking to discharge one million gallons of radioactive wastewater into the Hudson River from which seven municipalities source their drinking water and others rely on as a backup source. 

Event Co-Sponsors: Grassroots Environmental Education, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Physicians for Social Responsibility-NY, Safe Energy Rights Group, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group, United for Clean Energy, Upper Nyack Green Committee, WESPAC, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County 

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Pa. sets drinking water standards on two ‘forever chemical’ PFAS compounds

Allegheny Front - Fri, 01/20/2023 - 07:42

The standards impact public and private drinking water treatment plants, bottled water plants, and school and healthcare facilities.

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David Bernhardt ethics violation investigation findings released

Western Priorities - Fri, 01/20/2023 - 07:00

The Interior Department Office of Inspector General (OIG) released the findings of its investigation into former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s ethical obligations regarding Westlands Water District, a major water user and client of Bernhardt’s during his time leading the Natural Resources division of lobbying firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

The OIG found that while Bernhardt took numerous actions that were in the interest of Westlands, he did not technically violate his ethical obligations because Westlands, as a public agency, did not count as a “former client” under the Trump ethics pledge. Additionally, because the water issues that Bernhardt intervened on involved multiple water districts, his intervention did not technically violate federal ethics laws.

“This report is a step-by-step instruction manual for future swamp creatures who want to help their clients while skirting their ethical obligations to the American people,” said Center for Western Priorities Deputy Director Aaron Weiss. “The IG report reveals that David Bernhardt only accepted the job of Deputy Secretary after confirming that he’d be able to work on California water issues. He then put his finger on the scale every step of the way, even flying to California to meet with the career officials working on an environmental review of the Central Valley Project, which he knew would have major impacts on his former clients at Westlands Water District. Once he finished his work as Westlands’ inside man, Bernhardt went back to his old gig at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where he refused to cooperate with this investigation even as his firm continued to cash in and lobby Interior on Westlands’ behalf.”

BLM cites mining company for trespassing on endangered wildflower habitat

The Bureau of Land Management cited a mining company for trespassing on critical habitat for the endangered Tiehm’s buckwheat wildflower, which is known to grow only on roughly 10 acres of lithium-rich land in Esmeralda County, Nevada. BLM issued the citation after equipment owned by the company was found within Tiehm’s buckwheat habitat. The mining company, Ioneer, has 14 days to respond to the trespass notice. While most of the equipment has already been removed, BLM has directed the company to hold on further reclamation of the area until federal agencies can be present.

Quick hits Delays plague Biden’s push for rapid action on climate change

Washington Post

Energy secretary says Republican oil bill would weaken energy security tool, result in higher gas prices

The Hill

Study says ‘mature’ forests storing carbon can actually be pretty young

E&E News

BLM cites mining company for trespassing on endangered wildflower habitat

Las Vegas Review-Journal | 2News | News4 | Bureau of Land Management [press release]

Recent heavy snow is crucial to the Colorado River, but it’s not a drought ender

KUNC

Biden, Harris go West to spotlight climate agenda

E&E News

Montana study maps fences to improve wildlife migration corridors

Public News Service

Feds ramp up nuclear waste shipments to New Mexico repository

Carlsbad Current-Argus

Quote of the day

This work reinforces how essential mature forests on federal lands are to securing our climate future. It’s now up to the agencies to protect these carbon-storing champions from the chainsaw with formal safeguards.”

Carolyn Ramirez, Natural Resources Defense Council Picture this @BLM_MTDKs

The White Cliffs section of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument is the most popular floating stretch on the river. The typical float time required for this section is 2 nights & 3 days. #Anniversary #NationalMonument

(featured image: Former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, Bureau of Reclamation)

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Close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant? Weigh in by January 26

Sunflower Alliance - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 22:14

This is a chance to give the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) your opinion on decommissioning the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

An obsolete nuclear power plant sitting on an earthquake fault, dumping millions of gallons of heated water into the nearby ocean, creating a nearby pool of radioactive waste — what could possibly go … Read more

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What can a Ground-Source Heat Pump do for you? Join our webinar to learn more

Ontario Clean Air Alliance - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 13:53

We often don’t think about the heat beneath our feet, but there is lots of warmth in the ground (or even in water) on the coldest winter days. Ground-source heat pump systems tap that warmth by using fluid filled loops to collect heat and bring it into your home. In summer, they reverse the

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California’s top oil and gas regulator steps down – The Climate Center response

Center for Climate Protection - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 11:11

SAN FRANCISCO — Yesterday, Supervisor Uduak-Joe Ntuk announced that he will be stepping down as leader of the California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM). Ntuk was appointed to the role — which oversees permitting for oil and gas drilling, public health and safety, and compliance with environmental regulations — by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2019. ... Read more

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Statement on IG investigation into David Bernhardt’s work for Westlands Water District

Western Priorities - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 11:07

DENVER—The Interior Department Office of Inspector General (OIG) today released the findings of its investigation into former Interior Secretary David Berhardt’s ethical obligations regarding Westlands Water District, a major water user and client of Bernhardt’s during his time leading the Natural Resources division of lobbying firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. The OIG found that while Bernhardt took numerous actions that were in the interest of Westlands, he did not technically violate his ethical obligations because Westlands, as a public agency, did not count as a “former client” under the Trump ethics pledge. Additionally, because the water issues that Bernhardt intervened on involved multiple water districts, his intervention did not technically violate federal ethics laws.

The Center for Western Priorities released the following statement from Deputy Director Aaron Weiss:

“This report is a step-by-step instruction manual for future swamp creatures who want to help their clients while skirting their ethical obligations to the American people. The IG report reveals that David Bernhardt only accepted the job of Deputy Secretary after confirming that he’d be able to work on California water issues. He then put his finger on the scale every step of the way, even flying to California to meet with the career officials working on an environmental review of the Central Valley Project, which he knew would have major impacts on his former clients at Westlands Water District. Once he finished his work as Westlands’ inside man, Bernhardt went back to his old gig at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where he refused to cooperate with this investigation even as his firm continued to cash in and lobby Interior on Westlands’ behalf.

“The report shows that Bernhardt found narrow grounds to avoid violating the letter of the law and his ethics pledge, while looking for every opportunity to violate it in spirit. This investigation is not an exoneration—it’s an indictment of the Washington swamp, and the lengths that the ultimate swamp creature was willing to go to help his clients.”

Learn more

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How Does the Coastal Master Plan Impact Me?

Restore the Mississippi River Delta - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 08:58
Earlier this month, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority released its draft 2023 Coastal Master Plan (CMP). This plan serves as a guide for Louisiana’s coastal restoration and risk reduction efforts and is released every 6 years. The plan is the end product of thousands of hours of engineering, research and modeling to determine how to best spend Louisiana’s resources over the next 50 years in the face of climate change, sea level rise and land loss. At 100 ... Read The Full Story
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filtration of radioactive water

Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 08:30

Hi Manna Jo,

In response to your email, please note the following:

  • The presentation slides from the March 19th DOB meeting pertaining to the release of processed waste from IPEC is attached. Based on additional information there have been some changes made.
  • As you can see below, your questions (and the associated answers) are broken out based on the text of your email.  In addition, I have included the link to the NRC website where you can obtain a full copy of the Indian Point Energy Center 2021 Annual Radioactive Effluent Release Report. The tables referenced in some of the responses are from the report specifically.
  • The second attachment is your original email

With that said, note the following question from your email and our response: 

1.     Which Isotopes are able to be filtered out of the water before it is released into the Hudson River and which are not.   

  • All radioisotopes can be filtered with the exception of tritium which is consistent with  Nuclear practices across the country. 

2.     For those that are able to be filtered, how effective is treatment?  

  • Plant waste processing systems are routinely maintained by operations and chemistry personnel to ensure that the efficiency of the removal filtration systems is optimized. This ensures that the actual dose compared to off-site regulatory limits remains well below guidelines.  
  • Consistent / repetitive sampling of the effluent combined with changing the filtration media  ensures the effluent concentrations are maintained low. 

3.     How much of each isotope is able to be filtered out of the water before it is discharged?   

  • Filtration removal efficiencies range generally between 90% to over 99.5% of the isotopes being removed.  
  • The way we assess the efficiency of the removal process is evaluation of the releases vs the limits to ensure we remain a small fraction (<1%) of what the NRC requires. 

4.     It is important to know that they meet NRC standards, but people are asking for real numbers. 

  • The way the nuclear power industry is required to manage the amount of radioactivity that can be released is to ensure that we remain well below the effluent release limits in the NRC regulations. The limits are presented in terms of dose (e.g. units of mrem). 
  • To explore “real numbers” one can refer to the Effluent Release Report. The report provides numbers that describe the amounts and isotopes released both in terms of activity amount in curries (e.g. Ci) and dose (mRem). 

    To aid in reviewing the data in the report: 
  • Table 6-1 Summation of Dose Assessments indicates that the total dose associated with liquid releases (i.e. after filtration) is less than 1% of the annual NRC limit of 3 mrem. Note, this includes tritium which is not affected by filtration as previously noted
    In 2021 for example, the dose reported in Table 6-1 for liquid releases to the Hudson is 0.014 mrem which is less than 1% of the 3 mRem limit
  • Tables 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4 provide the names of the isotopes measured and reported as well as the amount of each isotope released. The sum of all the radionuclides released as listed in these tables results in the doses reported in Table 6-1.

5.     The link to the Annual Radioactive Effluent Release Report at NRC.gov is: Indian Point Energy Center – Resubmittal of the 2021 Annual Radioactive Effluent Release Report (nrc.gov) 

If additional information, or interpretation of the report is needed for clarity, I would like to have a meeting , preferably face to face, to accommodate discussion. Let me know if this is needed.

Respectfully,
Richard J. Burroni
Site Vice President – Indian Point
Holtec Decommissioning International
450 Broadway, Buchanan, NY 10511
Phone: +1 914 254 6705
r.burroni@holtec.com
www.holtec.com

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filtration of radioactive water

INDIAN POINT SAFE ENERGY COALITION (IPSEC) - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 08:30

Hi Manna Jo,

In response to your email, please note the following:

  • The presentation slides from the March 19th DOB meeting pertaining to the release of processed waste from IPEC is attached. Based on additional information there have been some changes made.
  • As you can see below, your questions (and the associated answers) are broken out based on the text of your email.  In addition, I have included the link to the NRC website where you can obtain a full copy of the Indian Point Energy Center 2021 Annual Radioactive Effluent Release Report. The tables referenced in some of the responses are from the report specifically.
  • The second attachment is your original email

With that said, note the following question from your email and our response: 

1.     Which Isotopes are able to be filtered out of the water before it is released into the Hudson River and which are not.   

  • All radioisotopes can be filtered with the exception of tritium which is consistent with  Nuclear practices across the country. 

2.     For those that are able to be filtered, how effective is treatment?  

  • Plant waste processing systems are routinely maintained by operations and chemistry personnel to ensure that the efficiency of the removal filtration systems is optimized. This ensures that the actual dose compared to off-site regulatory limits remains well below guidelines.  
  • Consistent / repetitive sampling of the effluent combined with changing the filtration media  ensures the effluent concentrations are maintained low. 

3.     How much of each isotope is able to be filtered out of the water before it is discharged?   

  • Filtration removal efficiencies range generally between 90% to over 99.5% of the isotopes being removed.  
  • The way we assess the efficiency of the removal process is evaluation of the releases vs the limits to ensure we remain a small fraction (<1%) of what the NRC requires. 

4.     It is important to know that they meet NRC standards, but people are asking for real numbers. 

  • The way the nuclear power industry is required to manage the amount of radioactivity that can be released is to ensure that we remain well below the effluent release limits in the NRC regulations. The limits are presented in terms of dose (e.g. units of mrem). 
  • To explore “real numbers” one can refer to the Effluent Release Report. The report provides numbers that describe the amounts and isotopes released both in terms of activity amount in curries (e.g. Ci) and dose (mRem). 

    To aid in reviewing the data in the report: 
  • Table 6-1 Summation of Dose Assessments indicates that the total dose associated with liquid releases (i.e. after filtration) is less than 1% of the annual NRC limit of 3 mrem. Note, this includes tritium which is not affected by filtration as previously noted
    In 2021 for example, the dose reported in Table 6-1 for liquid releases to the Hudson is 0.014 mrem which is less than 1% of the 3 mRem limit
  • Tables 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4 provide the names of the isotopes measured and reported as well as the amount of each isotope released. The sum of all the radionuclides released as listed in these tables results in the doses reported in Table 6-1.

5.     The link to the Annual Radioactive Effluent Release Report at NRC.gov is: Indian Point Energy Center – Resubmittal of the 2021 Annual Radioactive Effluent Release Report (nrc.gov) 

If additional information, or interpretation of the report is needed for clarity, I would like to have a meeting , preferably face to face, to accommodate discussion. Let me know if this is needed.

Respectfully,
Richard J. Burroni
Site Vice President – Indian Point
Holtec Decommissioning International
450 Broadway, Buchanan, NY 10511
Phone: +1 914 254 6705
r.burroni@holtec.com
www.holtec.com

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Citizen groups cast wary eye on health impacts of decommissioning

Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 08:27

By Regina Clarkin
January 19, 2023

Bringing facts to area residents about the health and safety implications of decommissioning the Indian Point nuclear power plant is the goal of several local environmental organizations who have scheduled  a speaker series that begins on January 26th on a 4 p.m. Zoom webinar.  

 The ‘Public Health & Safety Impacts of Decommissioning Indian Point’ series is co-sponsored by Grassroots Environmental Education, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater,  Physicians for Social Responsibility-NY, Safe Energy Rights Group, Sierra Club Atlantic  Chapter, Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group, United for Clean Energy, Upper Nyack Green  Committee, WESPAC.

The sessions are set for Thursday, January 26, and Thursday, February 16, 2023 on Zoom. This series presents experts in their respective fields addressing important aspects of public health and safety that should be considered in decommissioning a nuclear power plant, and the handling of nuclear waste. 

Dr. Helen Caldicott, a Nobel laureate will speak about health implications of  nuclear power plants.

Speakers for the first session at 4 p.m. on January 26 include an introduction by New York State Senator Peter Harckham, chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. The panel will be moderated by Alfred Meyer, of Physicians for Social Responsibility – NY, Dr.Helen Caldicott, an acclaimed author, Nobel laureate and co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility will discuss nuclear facilities’ impacts on human health. Other panelists include Eric Epstein of Three Mile Island Alert, Inc. who will discuss independent, state-of-the art, radiation air monitoring around nuclear facilities and Diane Turco, Director of Cape Downwinders, Cape Cod, MA, discussing the release of radioactive wastewater and impacts on her community.

To register for the free sessions, go here.

Holtec International – the Florida-based company charged with decommissioning the former Indian Point Energy Center – is proposing to release one million gallons of wastewater into the Hudson River, where seven Hudson Valley municipalities source their drinking water and others rely on as a backup source.  

The public safety forum on Thursday, February 16th will include presentations by the experts Michel Lee on site contamination, Paul Blanch on “hot particles” aka Discreet Radioactive Particles (DRP), and Donna Gilmore on nuclear rod casks, cannisters, and storage issues.  For more information, Ellen Weininger, Grassroots Environmental Education (914) 422-3141 (O) or (646) 210-0200  or Judy Allen, United for Clean Energy  845-528-6643 (H), 914 382-1193 (C) 

By Regina Clarkin
Source: https://peekskillherald.com/6585/uncategorized/citizen-groups-cast-wary-eye-on-health-impacts-of-decommissioning/

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Citizen groups cast wary eye on health impacts of decommissioning

INDIAN POINT SAFE ENERGY COALITION (IPSEC) - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 08:27

By Regina Clarkin
January 19, 2023

Bringing facts to area residents about the health and safety implications of decommissioning the Indian Point nuclear power plant is the goal of several local environmental organizations who have scheduled  a speaker series that begins on January 26th on a 4 p.m. Zoom webinar.  

 The ‘Public Health & Safety Impacts of Decommissioning Indian Point’ series is co-sponsored by Grassroots Environmental Education, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater,  Physicians for Social Responsibility-NY, Safe Energy Rights Group, Sierra Club Atlantic  Chapter, Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group, United for Clean Energy, Upper Nyack Green  Committee, WESPAC.

The sessions are set for Thursday, January 26, and Thursday, February 16, 2023 on Zoom. This series presents experts in their respective fields addressing important aspects of public health and safety that should be considered in decommissioning a nuclear power plant, and the handling of nuclear waste. 

Dr. Helen Caldicott, a Nobel laureate will speak about health implications of  nuclear power plants.

Speakers for the first session at 4 p.m. on January 26 include an introduction by New York State Senator Peter Harckham, chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. The panel will be moderated by Alfred Meyer, of Physicians for Social Responsibility – NY, Dr.Helen Caldicott, an acclaimed author, Nobel laureate and co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility will discuss nuclear facilities’ impacts on human health. Other panelists include Eric Epstein of Three Mile Island Alert, Inc. who will discuss independent, state-of-the art, radiation air monitoring around nuclear facilities and Diane Turco, Director of Cape Downwinders, Cape Cod, MA, discussing the release of radioactive wastewater and impacts on her community.

To register for the free sessions, go here.

Holtec International – the Florida-based company charged with decommissioning the former Indian Point Energy Center – is proposing to release one million gallons of wastewater into the Hudson River, where seven Hudson Valley municipalities source their drinking water and others rely on as a backup source.  

The public safety forum on Thursday, February 16th will include presentations by the experts Michel Lee on site contamination, Paul Blanch on “hot particles” aka Discreet Radioactive Particles (DRP), and Donna Gilmore on nuclear rod casks, cannisters, and storage issues.  For more information, Ellen Weininger, Grassroots Environmental Education (914) 422-3141 (O) or (646) 210-0200  or Judy Allen, United for Clean Energy  845-528-6643 (H), 914 382-1193 (C) 

By Regina Clarkin
Source: https://peekskillherald.com/6585/uncategorized/citizen-groups-cast-wary-eye-on-health-impacts-of-decommissioning/

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Experts Forum Jan. 26, 2023 at 4 pm EST via Zoom on Public Health and Safety During Decommissioning of Indian Point

Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition - Thu, 01/19/2023 - 08:20

Media Advisory

Critical Public Health and Safety Impacts of

Decommissioning Indian Point • Expert Forum Series

Contact: 

Ellen Weininger, Grassroots Environmental Education 

(914) 422-3141 (O) or (646) 210-0200 

Judy Allen, United for Clean Energy 

845-528-6643 (H), 914 382-1193 (C) 

What: First in a Series of Public Health and Safety Experts Forums

When: ThursdayJanuary 26, 2023 at 4:00 PM EST 

Where: Zoom Registration: bit.ly/3k9qYIh 

Who: 

• Introduction by New York State Senator Peter Harckham, Chair of the Senate  Environmental Conservation Committee 

• Moderated by Alfred Meyer, Physicians for Social Responsibility – NY 

• Dr. Helen Caldicott, Acclaimed author, Nobel laureate and co-founder of  Physicians for Social Responsibility, discussing nuclear facilities’ impacts on  human health 

• Eric Epstein, Three Mile Island Alert, Inc. discussing independent, state-of-the art, radiation air monitoring around nuclear facilities 

• Diane Turco, Director of Cape Downwinders, Cape Cod, MA, discussing the  release of radioactive wastewater and impacts on her community 

Background: This forum series presents experts in their respective fields addressing  important aspects of public health and safety that should be considered in  decommissioning a nuclear facility and the handling of nuclear waste. 

Holtec International, the owner of the Indian Point nuclear facility conducting  decommissioning operations, is seeking to discharge one million gallons of radioactive  wastewater into the Hudson River from which seven municipalities source their drinking  water and others rely on as a backup source. 

Event Co-Sponsors: Grassroots Environmental Education, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater,  Physicians for Social Responsibility-NY, Safe Energy Rights Group, Sierra Club Atlantic  Chapter, Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group, United for Clean Energy, Upper Nyack Green  Committee, WESPAC.

Suzannah Glidden
United for Clean Energy
(914) 485-1052
suzannahglidden@optonline.net

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The Fine Print II:

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