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Court Forces Additional Environmental Review for New Bomb Plant at Y-12

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Posted by Marylia Kelley

Environmental Review for New Bomb Plant

The U.S. is in the midst of a $2 Trillion program to create and build new nuclear weapons and the means to use them, as outlined in the Trump Administration Nuclear Posture Review. The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) plan to build 80 or more uranium secondaries each year at the Y-12 Complex in TN is part of this overall nuclear “modernization” scheme. Secondaries are the latter stage of a nuclear explosion that makes the weapon a more powerful Hydrogen Bomb, or H-Bomb.

Litigation by the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance and others won a partial victory recently when the federal judge ordered NNSA to undertake additional environmental review, principally to include 2014 seismic data that the agency had ignored. The court order demonstrated NNSA was justifying its project in part by using outmoded data that understated the frequency and severity of seismic threats at Y-12.

The NNSA decided to undertake the court-mandated review in the form of a Supplement Analysis, which is a low-level, lesser review than an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act. Tri-Valley CAREs and groups across the country joined the plaintiff organizations in their call for the more comprehensive review.

At issue is the NNSA's decision to: (a) build a new Uranium Processing Facility to ramp up production of new secondaries for new weapons; and, also for new secondary production, (b) continue using two dangerous aging facilities that had been slated for closure years ago. At Y-12, as elsewhere, NNSA is prioritizing new weapons production over worker and public safety.

In the middle of a pandemic, NNSA released its draft SA for public comment in April 2020 with a scant 45-day public comment period. In doing so, the agency ignored calls from Tri-Valley CAREs and dozens of other organizations asking that the agency keep the comment period open until the national emergency was over.

The agency similarly ignored requests from the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance and other local folks to hold a public hearing in TN when safe. Indeed, no public hearing of any kind has been - or will be - held. This project is on the NNSA “fast track.”

Tri-Valley CAREs submitted comments on May 26, which was the NNSA deadline. We objected to the lack of a true public process as well as the many deficiencies in the draft SA itself.

Our succinct comment letter is below. We are also sharing the comments of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, Nuclear Watch New Mexico, seismic expert David Jackson, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California Los Angeles, and attorneys Nick Lawton and Geoff Fettus. We are providing a link to the draft SA as well.

CLICK HERE for Tri-Valley CAREs’ comments

CLICK HERE for Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance’s comments

CLICK HERE for Nuclear Watch New Mexico’s comments

CLICK HERE for Professor David Jackson’s comments

CLICK HERE for the comments submitted by attorneys Lawton and Fettus

CLICK HERE for the NNSA’s Draft Supplement Analysis

Virtual Livermore Meeting

Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

Tri-Valley CAREs monthly meetings are open to all interested members of the public. You are invited to join us and create a more peaceful, just and environmentally sustainable future. Together, we are moving our community and the world toward the abolition of nuclear weapons.

And, if Spanish is your first language, I'd love to provide translation on request. Contact me at raiza@trivalleycares.org. I hope to see you!

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 861 4457 4522 • Password: 766709

“Good Friday” Service for Peace and Justice Goes Virtual

Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Posted by Marylia Kelley

Historic Anniversary

Due to the global pandemic, this year’s Good Friday service and nuclear weapons protest will be held via Zoom and Facebook. Participants are asked not to gather in-person at Livermore Lab, but instead participate from the safety of their own homes. As part of the Good Friday program, Tri-Valley CAREs’ executive director, Marylia Kelley, will offer an update on Livermore Lab’s current nuclear weapons programs. Here are the details you need to know to join…

CLICK HERE for Good Friday information.

CLICK HERE for Zoom and Facebook information.

Nuclear Agency Releases Plans for a New Bomb Plant Amid Growing Pandemic

Posted on Friday, April 3, 2020

Posted by Marylia Kelley

Today, in the middle of the growing coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of Energy ignored the real national crisis and irresponsibly shifted its focus to planning for nuclear war, revealing plans to construct a new Plutonium Bomb Plant at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina.

Specifically, the DOE’s semi-autonomous National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) formally released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Plutonium Pit Production at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. The proposed action is to establish the production of plutonium “pits” (nuclear warhead cores) at SRS at a rate of up to 125 pits per year, with at least 50 pits per year by 2030 as the stated objective for the present at the South Carolina site.

The agency is giving the public 45 days to comment on its plans in the middle of a pandemic. Tri-Valley CAREs, Savannah River Site Watch, and Nuclear Watch New Mexico are demanding a longer comment period.

This move by NNSA starkly illustrates how the agency’s misguided priorities are focused on new nuclear weapons – and funding - that could be used for things like health care.

The three groups will continue opposing expanded pit production at SRS and at the Los Alamos Lab in NM. This Draft EIS, however, deals solely with the plans for SRS.

Marylia Kelley, executive director of Tri-Valley CAREs, told reporters: “The draft plutonium pit EIS presents the public and decision-makers with a cursory and flawed document that minimizes likely harm to human health and the environment while ignoring superior alternatives.”

Kelley also noted, “My organization and others submitted documentation that the ‘need’ for plutonium pit production in the 2030 timeframe is driven by a elective, new-design warhead at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that would require pits unlike any in the current stockpile or storage. We requested that the DEIS consider the ‘need’ if new pit designs are not electively created, as is the case with Livermore’s W87-1 warhead. The DEIS dodges the question altogether, thus fatally flawing the analysis under the law.”

CLICK HERE to read the full press release from the three organizations.

CLICK HERE to read the NNSA Federal Register Notice.

Tri-Valley CAREs Spring 2020 Newsletter is Ready for You to Read

Friday, March 20, 2020

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

The latest edition of Tri-Valley CAREs’ quarterly newsletter, Citizen’s Watch, is now ready. This 8-page edition is full of news, analysis of the budget request for nuclear weapons, and other updates.

We wish you and yours, and all people, safety and health in this time of pandemic.

In our newsletter, you will find...

Lab Budget Boosted.. Page 1

Print Bites. Page 2

Congress Briefed. Page 7

Plutonium and Environmental Law. Page 8

Federal Nuclear Budget Explodes. Insert

A Letter from our Director. Insert

Save the Date! Insert

Major Boost in Lab Budget – Why? New Nukes…

Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2020

Posted by Scott Yundt

The Administration’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been released. The numbers illustrate President Trump’s priorities in action at the Lab.

The overall FY21 budget for Livermore Lab is now more than $2 billion, up 7% from last year. The increase contains a 13% boost in funding for the budget line called Nuclear Weapons Activities, which includes the development of new and modified nuclear weapons. That increase for nukes comes at the expense of Defense Environmental Cleanup funds needed to Decontaminate & Decommission (D&D) heavily contaminated Lab buildings. This budget request puts workers and the public at risk.

The FY21 budget detail is contained in the Department of Energy (DOE) Laboratory Tables. The deeper one digs into them, the bleaker the truth that emerges.

The request for Livermore Lab in FY21 is $2,022,522,000, an increase of $134,713,000 (7%) over what the Lab received for the same programs last year. (Notably, is up 45% since Trump took office.)

Within that top line, here are the big winners and losers:

First, $200 million of the increase is for Nuclear Weapons Activities. As you can see in the pie chart, the FY21 request for Nuclear Weapons Activities is $1,794,430,000 (nearly $1.8 billion). This represents 88.7% of all the money requested for Livermore Lab in FY21.

And, within the Nuclear Weapons Activities budget, the funding for Stockpile Major Modernization - predominantly the development of three major new nuclear weapon designs, the W80-4, W87-1 and W93 - is up 77% over last year. That’s right, a 77% increase for three new nukes. Wow!

Let’s compare the funds for Nuclear Weapons Activities to the Lab’s budget request for (non-weapons) Science, which is a mere 1.7% of the total. And, as you can see from the pie chart, research on Energy Efficiency and Renewables doesn’t even crack 0.5% of the request. And Defense Nuclear Non-Proliferation is struggling at the 8% mark.

This is a budget request that supports and accelerates a new global nuclear arms race, in line with the Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review. While this may not surprise, the lack of consideration given to public safety and the environment, via cleanup and Decontaminating & Decommissioning (D&D) contaminated buildings, is shocking.

Last year the budget included $128 million to D&D abandoned, heavily contaminated buildings at Livermore Lab (called “High Risk” facilities in a report by the Inspector General). The Lab was in the process of finalizing contracts when this year’s budget request was released. Here is what the FY21 budget states: “Provided further, That of the unobligated balances from prior year appropriations available under this heading for LLNL Excess Facilities D&D, $109,000,000 is hereby permanently cancelled.”

To our dismay, the D&D budget request has been reduced to zero for FY21 despite the fact that much more money is required to finish the job - which has already languished for years.

One of the Livermore Lab “High Risk” buildings requiring priority D&D is the old, contaminated (with radiation and other toxins) nuclear reactor located just within the Lab’s fence line off Vasco Road and Westgate Drive. This old reactor has huge cracks in the walls and shielding that can be seen with the naked eye. The Lab is using rebar to try and hold the structure together at present. How long will that hold?

Moreover, there are other “High Risk” buildings on site at Livermore Lab. For some years now, Tri-Valley CAREs members have raised the alarm in Washington, DC and locally about these heavily contaminated, abandoned buildings at Livermore Lab and other sites in the nuclear weapons complex. It’s infuriating that the government is letting this worker and public risk persist indefinitely while simultaneously throwing money at the development of new nuclear weapons.

We have a long way to go in transforming Livermore into a “Green Lab” dedicated to a civilian science mission and the moral obligation to clean up the environment from decades of nuclear weapons programs. In fact, the FY21 budget request rapidly moves LLNL in the opposite direction. But we will continue to challenge this momentum. Our work in in the coming months and years will seek to change what gets funded at Livermore Lab.

We aim to centrally change Livermore Lab’s mission and, in doing do, achieve ours. Join us!


Join Us at Tracy's Earth Day Celebration

Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis and Marylia Kelley

Tracy will hold an Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Lincoln Park, 2 E. Eaton Ave.

We invite you to come to the Tracy Earth Day event for lots of family fun. Together, we will celebrate our planet’s special day with community activities, entertainment and information that embraces the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Earth Day 2020 motto. Tri-Valley CAREs’ booth will address nuclear pollution locally and the imperative to eliminate these weapons globally.

Tracy Earth Day is all about saving our planet. The day will feature a festival of non-profit organizations, educational booths, green vendors, entertainment, food trucks and family activities, including a kid’s bike rodeo ride.

Our group is co-sponsoring the 2020 event with the Tracy Earth Project, the City of Tracy, and other civic organizations. As in prior years, Tri-Valley CAREs will offer literature in English and Spanish about environmental pollution and cleanup activities at the Site 300 high explosives testing range. Site 300 is located on Corral Hollow Road just west of Tracy, and is used primarily to develop nuclear weapons. We will also have art activities for kids.

Tracy residents, you can ride your bicycle to Lincoln Park for the festivities or take a free transit ride with Tracer. If you are coming from surrounding communities, we ask you to please carpool if possible.

For more information in English or Spanish, send an email to raiza@trivalleycares.org. Or, give us a call at (925) 443-7148.

I hope to see you!

Clic aquí para leer la invitación en Españól.


Inside the Fence: Community Tours of the Superfund Cleanup at Livermore Lab

Posted on Friday, March 6, 2020

Posted by Marylia Kelley and Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will be hosting two special environmental restoration, or “Superfund,” tours in 2020 to inform the public about the status of the soil and groundwater cleanup efforts at the Lab’s Main Site in Livermore and Site 300 High Explosives Testing Range near Tracy.

This year’s tours are scheduled for the following dates and times:

Livermore Lab Main Site in Livermore
Thursday, April 9th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Livermore Lab Site 300 near Tracy
Thursday, April 16th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A bit of logistics: The tours will be led by the Lab’s Environmental Restoration Department and Public Affairs Office. They are free and open to U.S. citizens 18 years of age and older. Site access badges will be required. On-site transportation will be provided. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Spanish language assistance can be provided upon request.

If you would like to join a Lab Superfund tour, send an email to tours@llnl.gov. You will receive information from the Lab on selecting a tour, and additional instructions in preparation for your visit. Further, Tri-Valley CAREs staff will be on the tours and can offer additional perspectives.

A bit of background: The Livermore Lab Main Site was founded in 1952 and placed on the federal EPA’s Superfund list of most contaminated sites in the country in 1987. The pollutants in soils and the groundwater aquifer include multiple chemically hazardous materials and radioactive tritium. The Superfund tour will visit on-site groundwater treatment facilities, including several areas where new technologies for remediating soils and water are being tested. The Main Site contains the majority of the Lab’s nuclear weapons development facilities, including the plutonium facility and vaults, hardened engineering test building, tritium facility, National Ignition Facility, radioactive and hazardous waste treatment facilities, and more.

The Site 300 High Explosives Testing Range was established in 1955 to conduct open-air bomb tests with toxic and radioactive materials in service of the Lab’s nuclear weapons mission. Current operations include both contained and open-air detonations, high explosives R & D, machining and manufacturing and waste burning and storage. Site 300 as placed on the federal EPA’s Superfund list in 1990. The Superfund tour will include views of unlined toxic and radioactive waste pits, a visit to at least one of the open-air firing tables, and some of the groundwater treatment equipment in use.

Both Lab sites have hazardous pollutants that have migrated off-site in the groundwater, and both sites are cleaning on-site and off-site contaminate plumes pursuant to the Superfund law.

On the tours, you will see that much has been accomplished since both sites’ inclusion on the Superfund list – and you will see, too, that there is much still to be done at both locations. Important decisions, including the final cleanup level, have yet to be made at some of these areas. Community input will be key to ensuring a positive outcome.

CLIC AQUí para leer el PDF en Españól.

Exploding Nuclear Budget

Exploding Nuclear Budget:
The Just-Released Numbers for New Bombs

Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2020

Posted by Joseph Rodgers, Tri-Valley CAREs’ Policy Analyst

National Nuclear Security Administration’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Request:

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has just released its detailed budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, which starts on October 1st of this year. The NNSA will use the requested funding to “modernize,” or redesign, U.S. nuclear warheads. The NNSA request is 20% higher than last year’s request and more than 50% higher than the annual funding level when President Trump took office in 2016.

This is the President’s funding request, yet the power of the purse ultimately lies with Congress. Therefore, it is important to note that the money request has to be authorized and appropriated. The budget will go through “markups” in the Senate and House Energy and Water Appropriations subcommittees. Then, it will be marked up in the full Senate and House Appropriations committees. The House and the Senate will seek to resolve differences between their two versions of the bill. Then, each chamber will vote on the resultant bill. A similar process happens in the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, which authorize nuclear spending limits. When final bills are passed by both chambers, they will be sent to the President to sign into law.

This process will likely take most of the year, and in some years a stalemate has resulted in a “continuing resolution” to fund the government. Expeditiously passing a budget during an election year - particularly one in which the President has been impeached – may prove difficult. This also means that the budget request can be altered substantially by Congress before it goes to the President to sign it into law.

Throughout the coming year, Tri-Valley CAREs and allies will be working to curb this dangerous escalation in nuclear weapons spending.

CLICK HERE to read more.

On this Historic Anniversary, Act for Nuclear Abolition

Posted on Monday, February 17, 2020

Posted by Marylia Kelley

Historic Anniversary

On this historic 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we invite you to bring the power of your presence to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where more than 80% of the funding is spent on nuclear weapons.

We will stand, together, with the Hibakusha to say “Never Again” to the use of a nuclear bomb. We will take action for the global abolition of nuclear weapons at the place where new warheads are being developed for possible use tomorrow.

Join us on August 6, 2020 at 8 am at the northwest corner of Livermore Lab, at Vasco Rd. and Patterson Pass Rd. We will have ample parking, a stage, folding chairs, and amazing speakers and musicians to mark this anniversary.

Following the rally, we will march to the Lab’s West Gate with colorful banners and signs (bring one if you like). Upon arrival, our Japanese friends will lead us in a traditional Bon Dance and a “die-in” to honor those who perished.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, scores of peace advocates who choose will peaceably risk arrest.

Tri-Valley CAREs will have updates regarding speakers, musicians, drummers, and more as we confirm the program. The event is organized by the umbrella coalition, Livermore Conversion Project, and there are opportunities for peace and justice oriented groups to cosponsor the event. Email marylia@trivalleycares.org for details.

Stark Priority for New Nukes in the Budget Request

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2020

Posted by Joseph Rodgers

Stark Priority for New Nukes

The Department of Energy (DOE) released some of the “topline” dollar figures for its Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget request on February 10. That’s the day that all agencies of the federal government were scheduled to make their budget numbers public.

However, the DOE’s full budget request is delayed, and so it will not be released for a few days - or weeks - according to the agency. Here is what we know now.

The Department of Energy is requesting $35.4 billion for FY2021, which begins on October 1 of this year. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi-autonomous department within the DOE, is requesting the majority (55%) of the Department of Energy’s total budget, or $19.8 billion. The NNSA’s request is about 20% higher than last year’s request, and over 50% higher than its budget when President Trump took office in 2016.

Meanwhile, the DOE’s Defense Environmental Cleanup budget request for FY21 is reduced by about 20%, meaning that toxic and radioactive pollution will be left in place and allowed to spread at nuclear weapons locations across the nation. The full amount requested this year by DOE falls below $5.1 billion.

These numbers are astounding, and represent the current administration’s priorities. Accelerating a new global arms race in the name of “security” is the number one aim of this budget request.

Much of the NNSA’s increases will go towards “modernizing” nuclear warheads, establishing plutonium pit production facilities, and continuing the uranium processing facility.

The NNSA is currently “modernizing” five nuclear warheads, the B61-12 gravity bomb, the W88 which sits atop the Trident Sea Launched Ballistic Missile, the W80-4, a Livermore design that will sit atop the new Long-Range Standoff Cruise Missile, and two fully brand new warheads.

The first new warhead design, the W87-1, will sit atop the replacement to the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, which is temporarily called the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent.

The topline budget for FY2021 also indicated that the NNSA is pursuing an additional new warhead, which the agency titled the W93. The W93 is intended to sit atop the replacement Trident Sea Launched Ballistic Missile. (Last year, the NNSA estimated that it would request $2,387,206,000 in 2021. However, the specific amount requested for FY21 is not yet public. Will it be the same? Larger, due to the “topline” dollar increase?)

The NNSA plans to produce at least 80 plutonium pits per year at two facilities by 2030. The NNSA intends to have the Los Alamos National Laboratory produce 30 or more pits per year and the Savannah River Site produce 50 or more pits per year. This would be an entirely new mission at the Savannah River Site, which has never produced plutonium pits before. Last year, NNSA estimated that it would request $976,813,000 in FY2021 for “plutonium sustainment”, which is mostly plutonium pit production. Tri-Valley CAREs will bring you the actual number in the FY21 request when it is released by the agency. Will it be the same? Or, larger?

The Uranium Processing Facility will also receive a chunk of the budget. The NNSA wants to produce uranium bomb cores at Y-12 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to build new nuclear weapons. Last year, NNSA estimated that it would request $750,000,000 in FY2021 for the Uranium Processing Facility. Here, too, the actual number for FY21 has not been released publicly.

While nuclear weapons funding is receiving drastic increases, the Department of Energy is requesting less money for programs that are truly vital to national security. We already noted funding cuts to DOE’s Defense Environmental Cleanup. To dig down within the DOE NNSA budget a bit further, it is notable that Nonproliferation funding, perennially too low, is being reduced by 7% in the FY21 request. Again, the administration’s priorities are being demonstrated here in stark relief.

Tri-Valley CAREs will release the important, specific details when the official budget request is rolled out in its entirety. This will include information about the amounts allocated to each warhead, as well as additional information about NNSA’s plans to enhance subcritical nuclear testing underground in Nevada.

Stay tuned!

Update: Gov’t Decision on New Bomb Cores

Posted on Friday, February 7, 2020

Posted by Scott Yundt and Marylia Kelley

Decision on New Bomb Cores

Tri-Valley CAREs continues its campaign to prevent the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) from increasing more than four-fold its production of plutonium bomb cores, or pits. The government plan is to produce 80 or more new pits annually at two locations, the Los Alamos Lab in NM and the Savannah River Site in SC. The new pits are slated to go into a new warhead being designed at Livermore Lab, called the W87-1.

Earlier this year, NNSA announced its final decision to forego undertaking a thorough “programmatic” environmental review before proceeding the upgrade and build new plutonium pit production facilities. A programmatic review would analyze the environmental impacts of expanding pit production at multiple locations and take the legally required “hard look” at connected actions and consequences. For example, a programmatic review would include analysis of the increase risks of producing wastes that may have nowhere to go as well as the dangers of driving plutonium back and forth across the country.

The agency decision not to bother following the law was made in a cursory document called a Final Supplement Analysis (SA) and announced in the Federal Register (FR). Under the National Environmental Policy Act (which is the name of the law being violated here) a federal agency cannot issue a Record of Decision for at least 30-days following its announcement in the FR.

So, our staff attorney Scott Yundt and executive director Marylia Kelley drafted comments on the Final SA and submitted them today (February 7) during that 30-day window.

We are pleased that colleagues at Savannah River Site Watch and Nuclear Watch New Mexico joined in our comment. Each of our three organizations had submitted extensive comments on the deficiencies that were in the Draft SA, and we hope to send a strong message to the NNSA by submitting this joint comment on the Final SA.

We are anticipating response from the NNSA soon. Stay tuned.

CLICK HERE to read our comment on the Final SA

Livermore Meeting

Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2020

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

Tri-Valley CAREs monthly meetings are open to all interested members of the public. You are invited to join us and create a more peaceful, just and environmentally sustainable future. Together, we are moving our community and the world toward the abolition of nuclear weapons.

And, if Spanish is your first language, I'd love to provide translation on request. Contact me at raiza@trivalleycares.org. I hope to see you!

At the Tri-Valley Women's March 2020

Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2020

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis and Mary Perner

Historic Anniversary

Tri-Valley CAREs was proud to table and march “for our rights” on Saturday, January 18. Locally, hundreds of people of all ages took part in the Tri-Valley Women’s March. The event took place at Amador Valley High School. Following the program, participants marched through downtown Pleasanton.

The marquee event also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The amendment empowered women to move closer to true equality, job opportunities, fairer wages, and education. It also encouraged women to run for elected office.

The 2020 Women’s March was filled with colorful signs, smiling faces, and activities for kids. Nonprofit organizations were eager to show their hard work and dedication, and individual participants expressed deep-felt frustration as well as their aspirations on a range of local and national issues.

Mary Perner, President of the Tri-Valley CAREs Board of Directors said she was struck by the number of young people, including many young women from Amador High School, who circulated around the nonprofit tables to learn about the different organizations and what they had to offer. The students showed keen interest in learning more about local initiatives to make the world a better and more equitable place for all. Mary continued: “There were a number of student groups listening intently to what we had to say about Tri-Valley CAREs. Later, as we marched, some of these same young people led us and joined the chanting.”

Teal McConn, also a member of Tri-Valley CAREs, specially enjoyed doing face painting for children and adults, and they all had fun as they chose symbols and colors to be painted.

Tri-Valley CAREs was honored to be able to celebrate all the accomplishments of women and girls. We recognize that there is much work to do ahead, but at the same time we were proud to see that more and more young people are speaking out and taking responsibility for the shape of the world to come. As the saying goes… “Another World is Possible!”

NNSA Flouts the Law by Refusing to Undergo Programmatic Review of Plutonium Plans

Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2020

Posted by Marylia Kelley and Scott Yundt

NNSA Flouts the Law by Refusing

Four public interest groups, Tri-Valley CAREs, Natural Resources Defense Council, Nuclear Watch New Mexico and Savannah River Site Watch, issued a joint press release today condemning National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) decision to forego undertaking a national programmatic review pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and an existing Federal Court order. At issue is NNSA’s plan to massively expand U.S. plutonium pit production at two locations, Los Alamos Lab in NM and the Savannah River Site in SC.

Pits are the radioactive, fissile cores of nuclear weapons. Government records show that that the production will entail novel pits, unlike any in the stockpile, which will be used in a new-design warhead under development at Livermore Lab in CA.

Tri-Valley CAREs’ Executive Director Marylia Kelley said, “NNSA’s refusal to complete programmatic environmental review before plunging ahead with plans to more than quadruple the production authorization for plutonium bomb cores flies in the face of our country’s foundational environmental law, the National Environmental Policy Act, and a standing Federal Court order mandating that the government conduct such a review. The order was obtained in prior litigation by Natural Resources Defense Council on behalf of itself, Tri-Valley CAREs, and additional plaintiffs.”

She continued, “Today, I find myself shocked but not surprised that NNSA would so flagrantly flout the law. Moreover, use of a speculative untested pit in a new Livermore Lab-design warhead will degrade, not enhance, the safety and reliability of the U.S. stockpile. My group stands ready to uphold NEPA and the specific court order.”

Click here for the joint press release from the four organizations.

Click here for the NNSA Notice in the Federal Register.

Click here for the NNSA Final Supplement Analysis.

The 1998 court order that requires DOE to prepare a supplemental PEIS when it plans to produce more than 80 pits per year is available as Natural Resources Defense Council v. Pena, 20 F.Supp.2d 45, 50 (D.D.C. 1998).

Click here to read about the 1998 court order.

Tri-Valley Women’s March

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

On Saturday, January 18 join the Tri-Valley CAREs team for the 2020 Women’s March. Stand up (and march) for our collective human rights, constitutional protections, nuclear disarmament, the environment, and all of our hard-won social and political gains. Let’s unite against war and show our support for all women and "our bodies, rights and freedoms."

The event will start at 12:00 p.m. and will feature a festival with non-profits, and then music and a rally on the Amador High School football field at 1155 Santa Rita RD., Pleasanton. These events will be followed by a march to downtown Pleasanton and back.

Tri-Valley CAREs will have a table that will feature literature and face painting. We will have lots of signs and banners; you are welcome to help us carry them in the March.

In addition, there will be a designated area at the High School for kids to do crafting. That space will also have face painting available. Here is the schedule of events.

NOON Festival/Expo with nonprofits begins

1:00-1:30 pm Music starts

1:30-2:15 pm Rally and speakers

2:15 pm March begins

4:00 pm Return to Amador High School

For more information contact Marylia Kelley or Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

New Year. Fresh Ideas.

Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

Happy New Year! You are invited to join us at our first meeting in 2020!

Tri-Valley CAREs monthly meetings are open to all interested members of the public. Together, we create a more peaceful, just and environmentally sustainable future. In 2020, we aim to move our community and the world toward the abolition of nuclear weapons.

And, if Spanish is your first language, I'd love to provide translation on request. Contact me at raiza@trivalleycares.org. I hope to see you!

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