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Tell Congress to Hold the LYNE
Stop Trump’s “More Usable” Warheads

Monday, October 8, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

The Trump Administration is pushing ahead with the development of a new, dangerous and more usable nuclear warhead. With your help, we can stop it!

As described in the President’s Nuclear Posture Review and fiscal 2019 budget, the new nuke will be a submarine-launched “low yield” variant to sit atop Trident D5 missiles. According to Trump it will make a U.S. strike more “credible.” In actuality, it lowers the threshold for nuclear use and makes nuclear war more likely.

Representatives Adam Smith (D-WA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), John Garamendi (D-CA), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), along with Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), have responded by introducing a bicameral bill, the Hold the LYNE – Low Yield Nuclear Explosive – Act. This crucial piece of legislation, if passed, would prohibit any funds from being used for the research, development, production or deployment of this new warhead.

Here is where you come in. October is Hold the LYNE month to increase the number of co-sponsors on the bill in the House of Representatives. Your immediate phone calls, emails and letters are needed to accomplish this. Further, your member of Congress will be holding local “town halls” and other meetings this month - you can attend and publicly request his/her co-sponsorship. Or, ask any congressional candidate of your choice to commit to co-sponsoring the bill if elected.

The bill’s formal title is H.R. 6840, the Hold the LYNE Act. Here are three ways you can support this crucial legislation and prevent nuclear war before it starts:

CLICK HERE for more.


New DOE Order and a Reorganization Plan Threatened the Effectiveness of the Safety Board – And We Responded

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Posted by Kathy Crandall Robinson

The federal Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) plays a crucial role in providing safety investigation and oversight for activities at Livermore Lab and at many other facilities throughout the nuclear weapons complex. Recently, the role and effectiveness of DNFSB has been put at risk by two challenges.

Tri-Valley CAREs led efforts to counter both challenges, and we have some good news to report.

CLICK HERE for more.


Public Involvement is Key

Friday, September 30, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Under the Superfund law, a Community Involvement Plan (CIP) is a crucial part of the overall remedy for heavily polluted sites, including at Livermore Lab. Indeed, the CIP is intended to be the strategy that enables public participation throughout the decades-long process of cleaning up hazardous wastes that have leaked into the environment.

In establishing Superfund, the U.S. Congress made clear its intent that members of the public must have a say in cleanup decisions that affect their communities.

At Livermore Lab the Main Site was placed on the Superfund list in 1987. The Site 300 high explosives testing range was placed on that list in 1990. The cleanup process involves a smorgasbord of commingled toxic and radioactive contaminants in soils, multiple groundwater aquifers and some surface waters.

The Livermore Lab cleanup is slated to take many decades, perhaps until 2080 at some locations. If a thorough cleanup does not occur, the existing pollution will threaten our future generations’ access to clean air, land and water.

Recently, the Department of Energy Livermore Field Office released an updated CIP covering the Livermore Lab Main Site and Site 300. This document will determine how – and if – residents in the communities surrounding these polluted sites will be brought into the decision-making process. Because the CIP will drive community involvement activities over a number of years, Tri-Valley CAREs believes it is one of the most important documents to come out of the Superfund process.

Our analysis finds it is flawed in significant ways that will prevent significant segments of the populations surrounding the Livermore Lab Main Site and Site 300 from learning about the Superfund cleanup and participating in decisions.

In particular, we were troubled to read that the Lab’s CIP contains zero commitment to translate any materials into Spanish or to assist Spanish speakers provide testimony at public hearings and meetings. Read on for Tri-Valley CAREs recommendations to improve the CIP.

CLICK HERE to read Tri-Valley CAREs’ comments on the Community Involvement Plan

CLICK HERE to read the Community Involvement Plan


TVC gets Strategic!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Posted by Scott Yundt

Tri-Valley CAREs board members, staff, interns and representatives from our membership met on Saturday to review our commitments from last year’s strategic planning retreat and plan our program priorities for the coming year.

The group looked carefully at strategic opportunities and potential threats anticipated in the coming year, balanced against Tri-Valley CAREs’ current strengths and weaknesses, and then voted on which program areas should rise to the top.

Click here for a copy of the Program Priorities chosen for the coming 12 months.

Click here to read “Looking Back,” an accounting of the group’s progress and accomplishments since last year’s strategic planning retreat.

Participants also engaged in a series of organizational development exercises. Let us know if you want to join us for next year’s Strategic Planning!


March with us September 8: No Nukes! No Wars! No Warming!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley CAREs and Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation

Thousands of Northern Californians will “Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice” on Saturday, September 8 at the Embarcadero Plaza in San Francisco, beginning at 10 AM. The march is part of a global day of action. Tri-Valley CAREs is an endorser.

A powerful opportunity has opened up to link movements. On Hiroshima Day, speaking at the Livermore nuclear weapons lab rally, Pennie Opal Plant, a Climate, Jobs, and Justice organizer and Idle No More-SF Bay cofounder, made a compelling appeal for us to rise up together as one human family to address the twin existential threats posed by climate change and nuclear weapons. Pennie invited us to march together, as an anti-nuclear contingent, in the largest climate march on the west coast! Click here to watch a short clip of Pennie’s remarks.

With our colleagues at Western States Legal Foundation, SF Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Livermore Conversion Project, we at Tri-Valley CAREs have taken up the call.

CLICK HEREfor more...


California Leads the Country with Two Groundbreaking Resolutions!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Our thanks go to the hundreds of you who made phone calls and wrote letters to support two exceptional resolutions putting California in the national forefront on nuclear weapons policy and disarmament.

Now, we have exciting news from both houses of our State Legislature. On August 28, 2018, you succeeded. Assembly Joint Resolutions 30 and 33 both passed the Senate, having previously passed the Assembly. This is a major victory!

Assembly Joint Resolution 30 (AJR 30), introduced by Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), urges the U.S. Congress to pass legislation to restrict the President’s ability to launch a nuclear first strike on his sole authority. No checks or balances are presently in place. AJR 30 specifically supports legislation introduced by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA).

California is the first State in the Union to pass such a resolution. We can expect California’s action to embolden other states to pass similar measures to restrict the first use of nuclear weapons. Further, California’s action will move the Markey-Lieu federal effort forward.

Assembly Joint Resolution 33 (AJR 33), introduced by Monique Limon (D-Santa Barbara), puts the State of California on record in support of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted by 122 countries at the UN last year. AJR 33 describes the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons. It calls on the U.S. to undertake a series of key disarmament measures - and to sign the Treaty.

Its historic passage by the California legislature will speed other states (and even more cities!) to pass similar resolutions. This is a revolution in values, and California’s action assures that nuclear disarmament remains part of the national discussion. Further, AJR33 is part of changing U.S. norms, a necessary step in achieving a world free of nuclear weapons.

Our particular thanks go to Assembly members Aguiar-Curry and Limon for their vision in introducing these measures and their fortitude in shepherding them through the process. Kudos go out as well to the entire California legislature for stepping up to vote in favor of these important resolutions. Finally, we offer appreciation to the peace and disarmament groups across the state that worked with us toward this day.

With these votes, and with 12% of the country’s population, California has risen to lead toward a safer, saner and nuclear weapons-free future for all life. Well played, Cali!


Tri-Valley CAREs, National Alliance to Testify at DC Hearing on Nuclear Safety

Monday, August 27, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley and Kathy Crandall Robinson

Tri-Valley CAREs and colleague groups in the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability have joined forces to preserve nuclear safety at Livermore and other sites in the U.S. nuclear weapons complex.

The fundamental ability of the federal Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board to obtain access to information, operations and Dept. of Energy nuclear weapons facilities has been put at risk by DOE Order 140.1. This Order significantly curtails Safety Board oversight and endangers nuclear site workers and the public.

Kathy Crandall Robinson, a senior policy consultant to Tri-Valley CAREs, is scheduled to offer testimony on the Order at DNFSB Headquarters in Washington, DC on Tuesday, August 28.

Click here to read the Tri-Valley CAREs/ANA Press Release

Click here to read a 2-page Factsheet re: What’s at Stake

Click here to read the ANA letter to DOE Secretary Perry

Click here to read the DNFSB Notice in the Federal Register


Two Measures to Support Nuclear Disarmament Move Forward!
A phone call or email to your CA State Senator is needed ASAP!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

We have exciting news. California is poised to play a key role to promote the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to support legislation to restrict the President’s ability to launch a nuclear first strike.

We need your help to put these measures over the top! Assembly Joint Resolution 30 (AJR 30) puts California on record supporting federal legislation to restrict the President's ability to launch a nuclear surprise attack on his sole authority. Assembly Joint Resolution 33 (AJR 33) supports the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Here is the current state of play: On Tuesday, August 14, both AJR 30 and AJR 33 were voted on in the Public Safety Committee in the state Assembly. They passed! Next, both resolutions went to the full Assembly Floor for a vote. On Monday, August 20, the full Assembly passed both of them! However, these important “joint” measures are only halfway to final passage.

Next, both AJR 30 and AJR 33 will go to the Senate Committee on Public Safety, likely this week. If they pass in committee, both resolutions will go to the full Senate Floor for a vote. Again, that could be very soon.

Here is what you can do: First, please look at this list of the members of the Senate Committee on Public Safety. Do you see your state Senator there? If so, click in and contact him or her today.

Committee Members:

Senator Nancy Skinner (Chair)
Senator Joel Anderson (Vice Chair)
Senator Steven Bradford
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
Senator Holly J. Mitchell
Senator Jeff Stone
Senator Scott D. Wiener

Next, as we noted, we must be ready for these two measures to go to the full Senate Floor very quickly for a vote. Use this tool from the state of CA website to connect with your state Senator ASAP. Click in…

http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

With your help, we can pass both of these measures. Tri-Valley CAREs is tracking the process, and we will post the final outcome. Check this spot again soon. And, thank you!


Testifying in Sacramento for Nuclear Disarmament

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley and Rick Wayman

On August 14, 2018, two long standing California nuclear disarmament organizations were invited to speak at a legislative hearing held at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

Marylia Kelley, Executive Director of Tri-Valley CAREs, and Rick Wayman, Deputy Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, testified in support of Assembly Joint Resolution 33, a resolution in support of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

The resolution was introduced by Asm. Monique Limon, who represents Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The resolution, if passed by the Assembly and State Senate, "urges our federal leaders and our nation to embrace the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and make nuclear disarmament the centerpiece of our national security policy."

Speaking to the Assembly Public Safety Committee, Marylia Kelley said, "It is right...that my state is poised to take a principled position to help ensure that nuclear weapons are never again used, that the international Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is supported, and that the elimination of nuclear weapons occurs at the earliest possible date." Kelley's full remarks are available here.

Rick Wayman said, "California has a long and proud history of setting positive legislative trends and kick-starting the process of change nationwide. ... We must do everything in our power to eliminate nuclear weapons before they eliminate us." Wayman's full comments are available here.



Thursday, August 9, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley and Valeria Salamanca

For Tracy Area Residents. RSVP requested to marylia@earthlink.net


Tri-Valley CAREs Files Technical Comment on Proposed Toxic Bomb Blasts

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley and Scott Yundt

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s preliminary decision to grant an air permit to allow Livermore Lab’s Site 300 to increase the weight of high explosive compounds in open-air blasts involves potential adverse impacts with regard to air toxics and overall air quality, noise, encroaching population, re-suspension of radioactive particles in soils, cumulative effects, worker and other risks, endangered species, waste management and the Superfund cleanup of the present contamination at the outdoor Firing Table on which the new blasts would be detonated.

Tri-Valley CAREs submits this public comment on behalf of its more than 5,700 members…

CLICK HERE TO READ THE GROUP’S COMMENT TO THE AIR DISTRICT


August 7 Deadline for Public Comments to Stop Toxic Bomb Blasts

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Posted by Valeria Salamanca

The deadline is looming! Act today! Many of you have attended events and spoken out to oppose the Livermore Lab proposal to increase the size of its toxic bomb blasts, conducted in the open air, at Site 300 near Tracy, CA. We thank you!

Whether you have participated in this campaign since its beginning last year - or are hearing about it for the first time - we ask you to send a public comment before August 7, 2018 to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Tell the Air District NOT to issue a permit for these huge detonations (up to 1,000 pounds at a time) of high explosive compounds. According to Livermore Lab, the blasts would contain 121 hazardous constituents.

The Air District issued a preliminary decision to give Livermore Lab the “Authority to Construct for open detonation” at Site 300, meaning a permit to go ahead with the outdoor blasts.

In order to do this, the Air District improperly exempted this Site 300 project from our state’s environmental law, called the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA. Tri-Valley CAREs members and our environmental justice allies are demanding that a full analysis, under CEQA, be conducted before any permit is issued.

Here is how you can help. We need everyone to submit a written public comment to the Air District to let the agency know you are concerned about the potential impacts of the project.

CLICK HERE for a comment letter you can sign and send.

Send your comment letter via email to: publicnotices@valleyair.org
Or mail it to: Arnaud Marjollet, Director of Permit Services, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, 4800 Enterprise Way, Modesto, CA 95356.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Posted by Eric Luna

CLICK HERE to see the gas, van or bus rental limited reimbursement form, if you are bringing a group of people

CLICK HERE to read a review by Paul Rea of Daniel Ellsberg’s memoirs, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner


Victory! Lab's Hazardous Waste Permit Remanded for Improvements...

Friday, July 20, 2018
Posted by Scott Yundt

We have monitoring Livermore Lab’s Hazardous Waste Management, and its many problems, for years. The Lab handles, stores and treats hazardous and mixed radioactive waste (which means its radioactive stuff and hazardous stuff mixed together. This waste is regulated by the State of California’s Department of Toxic Substances (DTSC). After a 6 year delay, the DTSC began the Hazardous Waste Permit Renewal process for Livermore Lab’s Main Site back in 2016. Tri-Valley CAREs, along with hundreds of other commenters, was very critical of the inadequate and poorly prepared draft permit during the public comment process. Read on to hear more about our recent victory in challenging the permit…

On July 18, 2018 a DTSC Permit Appeals Officer issued a Final Appeals Decision and Order on Tri-Valley CAREs’ Petition for Review of the final permit decision for the DTSC’s Hazardous Waste Facility Permit for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s main site.

The Permit Appeals Officer’s job included reviewing a very complicated administrative record compiled over the past 3 years. This included: The Hazardous Waste Permit (which was issued on April 30, 2015); Tri-Valley CAREs’ Comments to that permit (made orally on June 3, 2015 and in writing on August 3, 2015); The DTSC’s Responses to Comments (March 9, 2016); Tri-Valley CAREs’ Petition for Review of the Permit (submitted April 21, 2016 in response to the DTSC’s Final Permit Approval); The DTSC Permit Appeals Officer’s “Order Partially Granting Petition for Review and Denial of Review” (Issued December 1, 2016 and granting only some of our issues review); Tri-Valley CAREs’ Appellate Brief (February 13, 2017) and the DTSC Permitting Division’s Brief (April 3, 2017).

The Permit Officer did not agree with all of our arguments, but the Appeals Officer did find that there were significant flaws in the Permit that require it to be remanded back to DTSC’s Permitting Division to correct the deficiencies. Specifically, the Permitting Division will need to correct, and in some instances expand, the Permit sections concerning the air impacts of miscellaneous units, macroencapsulation of waste, delayed closure, and permit modifications. This will all result in a second public process with another public comment period (the date of which has not been announced).

We will keep you posted.


People to Air District: Stop the Permit!

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Scores of community members from Tracy, Livermore and surrounding towns demonstrated the true power of grassroots democracy Thursday night at the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s Public Hearing on the proposal to increase the size of open-air toxic bomb blasts at Site 300 near Tracy, CA.

More that 80 people, some with babies in strollers and some with service dogs, representing all ages and backgrounds came together to challenge the Air District’s preliminary decision to grant Livermore Lab a permit to detonate bomb tests with up to 1,000-pounds of exotic high-explosive compounds and 121 hazardous contaminants in each blast on an outdoor “firing table.”

CLICK HERE for more information...

CLICK HERE for a comment letter you can sign and send to the Air District before the August 7, 2018 deadline


Tri-Valley CAREs’ Summer 2018 Newsletter, Citizen’s Watch

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

The Summer 2018 edition of Tri-Valley CAREs’ newsletter, Citizen’s Watch, is now ready for you to enjoy. This edition is chock-full of news, reports, announcements, and upcoming actions.

The first PDF contains the 4-page newsletter. The 4-page insert follows as a separate PDF.

SUMMER 2018 CITIZEN’S WATCH

In our Summer 2018 newsletter, you will find…

  • Public comment period begins on bomb blast permit
  • Trump’s new, low yield sub-launched warhead
  • Plutonium bomb core production plans
  • DC Days report back
  • Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons turns one
  • Calendar of events for you
  • August 6 (Hiroshima Day) at Livermore Lab
  • Tri-Valley CAREs is in the news
  • Letter from our Executive Director

For the 4-page newsletter click here

For the 4-page insert click here


Warning. Speak Out! Urgente. Di Algo!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Posted by Valeria Salamanca

Livermore Lab’s Site 300 high explosives testing range is poised to detonate huge toxic bomb blasts, lofting 121 hazardous contaminants high into the open air including beryllium, phosphine, hydrogen cyanide, vinyl chloride and dioxin.

What regulatory agency would let that happen?

Click here for more...

Please check out our flyer, below. And, under the flyer is the SJVAPCD notice in Spanish and English. Speak Out! Di Algo! Our children deserve better. Thank you!

Click below to enlarge

CLICK HERE to read the SJVAPCD public hearing and public comment notice in Spanish and English.

CLICK HERE for some "talking points" for the Public Hearing...


Congress Debates Trump’s New, Low-Yield Nuclear Weapon

Sunday, July 1, 2018
Posted by Kathy Crandall Robinson

This May and June, Congress debated and voted on measures to restrict the Trump Administration’s proposed low-yield W76-2 nuclear warhead planned to be deployed on a Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile. This new weapon is featured in the Trump Nuclear Posture Review and is being pushed forward rapidly, rushing the regular budget and congressional oversight process. (See the TVC Spring 2019 Citizen Watch Newsletter.)

While the congressional debate was constructive and evidenced rising champions in Congress opposing this dangerous and destabilizing new weapon, much work is needed now. Members of Congress must better understand the dangers of this weapon and it is now it the crucial moment for them to hear concerns about this weapon from constituents.

CLICK HERE to read more.


PROTEST on FRIDAY, JUNE 29 at 9 AM
U.S. EPA Headquarters, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco
(Between Howard & Folsom, 2ND & 3RD Streets)

 

Thanks to EPA whistleblowers, our colleagues at Greenaction have confirmed that Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. EPA and polluter-in-chief, will be in San Francisco on Friday. We will be there to raise our voices in protest. We support Environmental and Climate Justice! You are invited to join us!

Rally Sponsors include: Greenaction, the California Environmental Justice Coalition (Tri-Valley CAREs is a co-founding member), Bayview Hunters Point Mothers and Fathers Committee, ANSWER, and the Sierra Club. For more information, or to have your organization endorse, contact greenaction@greenaction.org or call 415-447-3904 x 102.


Nuclear Weapons Pose the Ultimate Threat to Mankind

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Source:
The Nation

Tri-Valley CAREs’ work is recognized in the Nation magazine today! Read all about it…

Read the full story...




Monday, June 18, 2018
Posted by Eric Luna


March for Nuclear Abolition & Global Survival Livermore Lab, 8 AM on August 6, 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Mark your calendar today for this major Rally, March and Nonviolent Direct Action on Monday, August 6th. Join us to commemorate the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan at the site where new nuclear weapons are being developed for use today.

We will gather at Livermore Lab to stop the creation of novel, “more usable” nuclear warheads that the Trump Administration proposed in its Nuclear Posture Review and fiscal 2019 budget, both released earlier this year. We will join millions of peace advocates around the country and the world on this memorable day to say “never again” to the use of nuclear weapons – and to call for their global abolition. Our keynote speaker will be Daniel Ellsberg, perhaps best known as the whistleblower who released “The Pentagon Papers” to hasten an end to the war in Vietnam. He has been an analyst at RAND Corp. and a consultant to the Defense Dept., specializing in problems of command and control of nuclear weapons, war plans and crisis decision-making. Ellsberg recently released his critically acclaimed memoirs, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.

Click here for more information...


Snapshots of Tri-Valley CAREs at DC Days

Monday, May 28, 2018
Posted by the DC Days 2018 team of Marylia Kelley, Scott Yundt, Valeria Salamanca, Tricia Moore and Joseph Rodgers

Tired, but elated, Tri-Valley CAREs has returned from Washington, DC, where we participated with the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability in the network’s 30th annual DC Days. It was amazing, effective, inspiring - and a marathon - all at once!

Our team of five, including two young people, joined scores of ANA activists who, like us, are impacted by the Dept. of Energy (DOE) nuclear weapons complex. Together, we conducted 100 meetings over the course of three days with members of Congress, key staff and senior administration officials.

Click here for the whole story...


Trump Budget Intensifies Nuclear Risks, Here’s How You Can Help

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Call Congress While Tri-Valley CAREs is in Washington, DC

The President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request to Congress rolled out from the Dept. of Energy (DOE) this spring. The federal fiscal year starts on October 1.

This article contains a summary of some of the key budget numbers, followed by our recommendations for action before Congress appropriates any money to fund it. We ask you to make calls on May 21, 22, or 23, while we will be in DC conducting meetings on these and related topics. The capitol switchboard number is at the end of this summary.

Click here to read the whole article...


TVC in DC Demands Cleanup, not Warheads

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 17, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

TRI-VALLEY CAREs WILL JOIN GROUPS ACROSS THE U.S. IMPACTED BY NUCLEAR WEAPONS POLLUTION TO DEMAND “MORE CLEANUP, NOT WARHEADS”

Livermore Lab Watchdogs to Meet in DC with Trump Administration and Congress

Five members of the nuclear weapons watchdog group Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) will join activists from 20 U.S. states in Washington, DC next week to challenge the Trump Administration’s 2018 Nuclear Posture Review and its recommendation for four new warhead designs and the new plutonium and enriched uranium bomb plants to produce them.

“The fiscal year 2019 budget request advances nuclear bombs and production facilities for tomorrow while leaving our communities vulnerable to the radioactive and toxic poisons that are leaking into our environment today,” charged Tri-Valley CAREs’ Executive Director, Marylia Kelley. “We will demand more funding for cleanup, not warheads.”

The Livermore, CA-based group will participate in the 30th annual Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) “D.C. Days” from May 20 to May 23. ANA is a network of more than 30 local, regional and national organizations whose members live downwind and downstream from U.S. nuclear weapons sites. Tri-Valley CAREs and other ANA groups will conduct scores of meetings with members of Congress, committee staffers, and top administration officials responsible for nuclear policies and budgets.

“I am traveling to our nation’s capital to convince decision-makers to secure a safer tomorrow for my community,” said Tri-Valley CAREs’ Outreach Specialist, Valeria Salamanca. “My top priority is to speak truth to power about radiation exposures and environmental degradation stemming from weapons programs at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and its high explosives testing range near my home in Tracy, CA,” she continued. Salamanca will meet with Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Tracy), among others.

Tri-Valley CAREs was founded in 1983 by neighbors and workers at the Livermore Lab, one of two locations in the country that designs every nuclear weapon in the U.S. stockpile. The group has 5,700 members; most live near or work at the Lab.

“This event will feature a special 30th anniversary reception honoring members of Congress and others who have acted to constrain nuclear proliferation this past year,” noted Tri-Valley CAREs’ Staff Attorney, Scott Yundt, who serves on the national DC Days planning committee and will present an ANA award to Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Additional information about DC Days is available at www.ananuclear.org. Media are invited to the special 30th anniversary ANA awards reception on Tuesday, May 22. It will be held in the Gold Room, 2168 Rayburn House Office Building, from 6pm to 8pm. Honorees include Rep. Barbara Lee and Sen. Ed Markey.

The DC Days team members from Tri-Valley CAREs available for interviews in CA or while in DC are:

• Marylia Kelley – Executive Director - Livermore, CA
• Tricia Moore – Community Member - Livermore, CA
• Scott Yundt – Staff Attorney - Oakland, CA
• Valeria Salamanca – Bilingual Outreach Specialist - Tracy, CA
• Joseph Rodgers – Nuclear Policy Analyst - Sonora, CA and presently a Masters Candidate at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey, CA

CONTACT: Marylia Kelley, Executive Director, 925.255.3589 (cell), marylia@trivalleycares.org
Scott Yundt, Staff Attorney, 415.990.2070 (cell), scott@trivalleycares.org
Valeria Salamanca, Bi-lingual Outreach Specialist, 209.601.8489 (cell), valeria@trivalleycares.org

More information about the group is available at www.trivalleycares.org

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Valley Air District to Host Public Hearing on Site 300 Permit Decision

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Posted by Valeria Salamanca

You will soon have an important opportunity to voice your concerns about bomb blasts at Site 300 directly to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD)!

Tri-Valley CAREs has been alerted that the air district will host a public hearing in Tracy and offer a public comment period after it releases its draft permit and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review for Livermore Lab’s proposal to increase the size of its high explosives detonations in the open air at Site 300 near Tracy.

Click here to read more...


Statewide Coalition Opposes Bigger Bomb Blasts at Site 300

Monday, April 30, 2018
Posted by Eric Luna

The California Environmental Justice Coalition is a broad, inclusive, grassroots coalition uniting more than 70 urban, rural and indigenous communities in resistance against environmental racism and injustice, and committed to environmental, social, and economic justice.

The CEJC passed a Resolution this month calling on the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to deny Livermore Lab a permit to detonate toxic, open-air explosions at its Site 300 experimental test location near Tracy, CA.

to these proposed bomb blasts and the contamination they will spread.

Click here to read the Resolution and view the list of participating groups...


Tri-Valley CAREs’ Spring 2018 Newsletter, Citizen’s Watch

Tuesday, April 18, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

The Spring 2018 edition of Tri-Valley CAREs’ newsletter, Citizen’s Watch, is now ready for you to enjoy. This special, 14-page edition is chock-full of news, analysis, announcements, and upcoming actions.

The first PDF contains the 4-page newsletter and 8-pages of inserts (collated together). The 2-page petition in English and Spanish follows as a separate PDF.

SPRING 2018 CITIZEN’S WATCH

  • Trump Budget Intensifies Nuclear Risks. Page 1
  • Print Bites. Page 2
  • Your Gift, Doubled! Insert
  • “DC Days” Team Photos. Insert
  • August 6 “Save the Date”. Insert
  • Your Guide to the Nuclear Posture Review. Special 4-Page Insert
  • Petition to Air Board. Insert
  • Alerts 4 U. Page 3
  • Tell Air Board to Reject Bomb Blast Permit Page 4

For the first 12 pages of the newsletter, collated, click here

For newsletter pages 13 & 14 (petition in English and Spanish), click here


Strategy Forum: Stopping Site 300’s Proposal

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Posted by Valeria Salamanca

We invite you to join us in Tracy, CA for an evening of action planning to protect our Valley air. While the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) continues to review Livermore Lab’s Site 300 air permit required for its proposal to increase the size of its toxic outdoor blasts, we must take action!

(To learn more about this issue and sign the petition to call on the SJVAPCD to reject the air permit required for Site 300’s proposal, click on the following link: https://www.change.org/p/reject-air-permit-for-hazardous-bomb-testing-in-california)

During this meeting, we will be hearing from the following speakers regarding updates and strategy planning:

  • Scott Yundt, Staff Attorney, Tri-Valley CAREs – Updates on Livermore Lab’s Site 300 Final Environmental Assessment and Response to Comments, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Process
  • Yvonne Eder, President, Indivisible Tracy – Discussion on Community Organizing
  • Eric Luna, IT Specialist, Tri-Valley CAREs – Social Media for Issue Advocacy
  • Valeria Outreach, Tri-Valley CAREs – Strategy Session, Q&A

Come learn about this urgent issue and how you can get involved!

For questions, contact Valeria, (209) 601-8489 or email valeria@trivalleycares.org
Hope to see you all there!


Tell the Air Board to Reject the Air Permit for Site 300!

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Posted by Valeria Salamanca

Have you signed yet? We ask you to sign the petition calling on the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) to reject the air permit for large, open-air bomb detonations at Livermore Lab’s Site 300!

On February 22, 2018, Livermore Lab released a “Finding of No Significant Impact” for its proposal to increase the daily weight limit of explosives used in its outdoor toxic blasts from 100 pounds a day to 1,000 pounds a day AND increase the annual limit from 1,000 pounds a year to 7,500 pounds a year!!! To summarize, Livermore Lab Field Office assessed its own impact and gave itself approval to continue with the proposal.

Now more than ever, we, the community, must stand up and voice our disagreement with the proposal to the SJVAPCD. The SJVAPCD is the last barrier before Site 300 could have full permission to detonate toxic bomb blasts in the open air under the proposed action!

Click on the link below to sign the petition and share with friends! Thank You!

If you have any questions on the petition or how to get involved, feel free to email valeria@trivalleycares.org or call me (209) 601-8489.

To download petition in PDF form click here.


Thursday, March 29, 2018
Posted by Scott Yundt


Livermore Lab Budget Request - More $ for Nukes

Friday, March 16, 2018
Posted by Scott Yundt

The Livermore Lab Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2019 was finally released in mid-March. The Chart above shows the Administration’s priorities in action at Livermore – more weapons. The overall budget request for the Lab increased $92 million over the 2018 request ($44 million over the 2018 Annualized Continuing Resolution).

But the real news is in how the money is being spent. Nuclear Weapons Activities total 88.6% of the Lab’s request. Within that, the “Directed Stockpile Work” at Livermore Lab is getting a 61% increase in the request over last year! The “Science” budget request is down by 27% compared to the 2018 request. “Energy Efficiency and Renewables” is down 28% from the 2018 request. While the “Non-Proliferation” and “Defense Environmental Cleanup” budgets received a slight increase, all other non-weapons programs were at the Lab were cut.

Livermore Lab is where the priorities of Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review hit the pavement and become the new nukes that are fueling a dangerous new arms race. Tri-Valley CAREs will be going to Washington, DC in May to stir up outrage in our elected officials about this budget and policy nightmare.

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Trump’s New Warheads and a Willingness to Use Them:
Key Policy Initiatives in the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Posted by Kathy Crandall Robinson

On February 2, 2018, the Trump Administration released its Nuclear Posture Review. This document outlines the President’s U.S. nuclear weapons policy and strategy including:

1) The roles and purposes of nuclear weapons in U.S. security strategy;

2) The number and variety of U.S. nuclear weapons and plans for maintaining and upgrading nuclear weapons delivery systems and warhead production and infrastructure requirements, and;

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3) The approach to controlling nuclear threats and stopping the spread of nuclear weapons outside of the United States – arms control and nonproliferation.

Nuclear Posture Reviews reflect the policy and political perspectives of the President and the geopolitical environment of the moment. This NPR is brought to us by the same President who and has questioned why we couldn’t use nuclear weapons and on February 12, 2018 followed up his NPR with a statement that it is indeed his Administration’s intention to expand the U.S. arsenal “far, far in excess of anybody else."

Click here for more...

Click here for the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review...


Californians Have a Unique Opportunity to Take President Trump’s Finger Away from the Nuclear “Red Button”

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Many of you may be familiar with Rep. Ted Lieu’s bill, HR669, and its companion measure in the Senate, S.200. These bills would restrict the President's ability to launch a nuclear first strike on his sole, unchecked authority. Now we have a California measure, Assembly Joint Resolution 30, that if passed will throw our state's full support behind the national bills.

ACTION: Call, write or email your CA Assemblymember to ask him/her to join California Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) by supporting the Resolution she introduced, AJR 30. All of the info you need to take action is a quick “click” away.

CONTACT: The state has a great website at: http://assembly.ca.gov/
You can also go directly to: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

TALKING POINTS:

  • The President’s absolute nuclear authority is a direct threat to Californians. Moreover, it is dangerous and contrary to basic principles of democracy for a single person to be able to unilaterally launch a first strike with nuclear weapons.
  • Trump’s bellicose rhetoric directed toward North Korea could spark a nuclear exchange that could endanger California directly (along with our beautiful planet).
  • The California State Assembly can have a major impact and reduce the risk of nuclear war. Our state can set the example for others and send a strong message to Congress to pass HR669 and S200 to make California and the world safer.

For more information to inform your phone call, email or letter, here is an article from the Lake County Record-Bee announcing Assembly Joint Resolution 30.

Click here to read the whole story...


Groups Host an Olympic Closing Ceremony “Watch Party” to Call for Extension of the Olympic Truce

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Representatives of Bay Area peace groups, including Tri-Valley CAREs, will gather Sunday, February 25, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm to watch the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, and call for dialogue and diplomacy with North Korea.

The watch party will take place at the Café Valparaiso, 1403 Solano Avenue, Albany, California. RSVP is required to Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation, at wslf@earthlink.net or to Marylia Kelley at marylia@trivalleycares.org. Media are encouraged to attend.

In November 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for an Olympic Truce, or a cessation of hostilities during the Winter Games, which gained the support of 157 Member States including both Koreas and future hosts of the Olympic Games: Japan, China, France and the United States. The truce period spans the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, from February 2 – March 25, 2018

Click here to read the whole story.


Daniel Ellsberg to Deliver Keynote Address at Nuclear Weapons Protest

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Mark your calendar for 8 AM Monday, August 6, 2018. Tri-Valley CAREs and hundreds of peace advocates from around the state will commemorate the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan at Livermore Lab, where the U.S. is spending billions to create new “more usable” nuclear bombs in accordance with the Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review and budget.

The keynote speaker will be Daniel Ellsberg, perhaps best known as the whistleblower who released “The Pentagon Papers” to hasten an end to the war in Vietnam. He has been an analyst at RAND Corp. and consultant to the Defense Dept., specializing in problems of command and control of nuclear weapons, war plans and crisis decision-making. Daniel Ellsberg recently released his long-awaited memoirs, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.


Further Actions: Site 300 Proposed Bomb Blasts

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Posted by Valeria Salamanca

You are invited to join us in the next step in the process to stop Site 300’s proposal to increase toxic open-air blasts.

Over 2,000 public comments were submitted to Site 300 opposing the proposal this past December, including letters from the City of Tracy, and Tracy Hills, the new residential development closest to Site 300.

Right now, we are waiting for Site 300 to respond to the public comments and publish its final Environmental Assessment (EA) in the upcoming weeks. Upon the release of the final EA, Site 300 will request a permit from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD).

We must act and not simply wait! Tri-Valley CAREs has crafted a new petition (in English and Spanish) with a message to the SJVAPCD to reject the proposal. We need your help to distribute this petition to neighbors, family, and friends!

If you have any questions on the petition or how to get involved, feel free to email valeria@trivalleycares.org or call me (209) 601-8489.

Haga clic aqui para ver la petición en español.


An Overview of “Brand New” Nukes and the Budget

Monday, February 12, 2017
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Today, while his Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget for nuclear weapons was being delivered to Congress, President Trump boasted: "We're increasing arsenals of virtually every weapon… We will have a nuclear force that will be absolutely modernized and brand-new.”

The Department of Energy (DOE) is the cabinet-level agency in charge of US nuclear weapons and the cleanup of contamination that comes with them, along with other programs. The DOE FY19 budget request is $30.6 billion.

The DOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is the big budget winner. The President’s FY19 request provides $15.1 billion to create new and modified nuclear warheads and the bomb plants to build them in alignment with the recently released Nuclear Posture Review. This represents an increase of $2.2 billion (17%) over the current profligate annual spending level for NNSA.

Click here to read the whole story....


Half-Day Conference: Stop the War Machine

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Posted by Eric Luna

Tri-Valley CAREs’ Executive Director, Marylia Kelley, and longtime member Fred Norman, also active with Veterans for Peace, will be among the speakers at a half-day conference addressing the Military-Industrial Complex and its impacts on our people, communities and planet.

Our allies in the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center and Veterans for Peace have joined together to organize this event from 1 PM to 5 PM on Saturday, March 17 at the Orinda Community Church.

The line-up includes eighteen internationally renowned speakers on US militarism and its consequences. Each will give an incisive presentation of 10 minutes max, giving participants bite-sized morsels of valuable information on myriad aspects of the war machine and ways to stop it. There will also be a chance to network informally and pick up a wealth of more detailed resources and literature.

See the flyer, below, for details


Ugly & Coming Monday: Trump's Nuclear Budget

Friday, February 9, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Here is a press release we just released along with our colleagues in the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. It is crafted to give reporters probing questions to ask DOE regarding the nuclear weapons and cleanup budget for Fiscal Year 2019, which is scheduled to be released on Monday by the President. We will provide additional analysis following its public release. Read on...

Click here to see our press release.


Saturday, January 27, 2018
Posted by Brendan Phillips

The specter of self-destruction once again looms over the world. Scientists associated with The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board have moved the Doomsday Clock’s hands to two minutes before midnight; an estimation of risk unsurpassed, even at the height of the Cold War.

Failure of world leaders, particularly within the United States, to effectively respond to new nuclear threats has made the possibility of a thermonuclear exchange far more likely. The current US president has repeatedly disparaged our allies while pursuing a policy of economic nationalism. In addition, our president has responded to North Korea’s nuclear testing with his own bellicose rhetoric; exacerbating an already pugilistic relationship between the two countries.

Click here to read the full Doomsday Clock statement of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Click here to read the whole story...


Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

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OAKLAND WOMEN'S MARCH.
Onward, together!

Monday, January 22, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

OAKLAND WOMEN'S MARCH, rallying for nuclear abolition with Ann, Valerie, Gail, Tavi, Lou, Rahul and friends. Here are a few pics from an amazing day. Onward, together!


Trump “Nuclear Posture” Approves New Warheads & Factories; Opens the Door to Testing

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Posted by Joseph Rodgers

On Saturday, Hawaiians received a notification of incoming ballistic missiles on their cell phones. It took 38 minutes for the false alarm to be rescinded. Thousands of Americans called their loved ones for what they thought to be the last time. In those 38 minutes, citizens of Hawaii experienced first hand the radical contingency of life in the nuclear era.

Three days before the Hawaii incident, the Huffington Post leaked a draft of the Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, a Pentagon document that dictates the overall strategy for United States nuclear forces.

The leaked document, which is rumored to be the final draft, demonstrates an aggressive shift from the Obama posture review by mandating “more usable” low-yield nuclear weapons, doubling down on building new bomb plants, and lowering the threshold to resume nuclear weapons testing.

Click here to read the whole story....

Click here to read the leaked draft Nuclear Posture Review.


Saturday, January 13, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

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Prevent Open-Air Toxic Bomb Blasts at CA’s Site 300
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CLICK HERE to sign the petition.

Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) calls all CA residents and environmentalists everywhere to sign our petition to prevent open-air toxic bomb tests.

1. Help us oppose a proposal by the Livermore nuclear weapons Lab to increase outdoor tests at its Site 300 from 100-pounds of high explosives daily to 1,000-pounds daily (10x).

2. Livermore Lab lists more than 120 hazardous poisons that will be in these huge outdoor blasts, including beryllium, vinyl chloride, phosphine, hydrogen cyanide, and dioxin to name just a few.

3. These tests are for nuclear weapons, according to Livermore Lab.

Site 300 is Livermore Lab’s high explosives testing range located in the hills a mere 7,000 feet from the City of Tracy. Site 300 is on the U.S. EPA Superfund list of most poisoned sites in the country. Open-air blasts there used radioactive materials, such as Uranium 238, without commencing the appropriate cleanup of the detonation area (firing-table). Therefore, the proposed larger detonations can re-suspend radioactive particles in the soils.

CLICK HERE to sign the petition today.

This petition will be delivered to:

* The photograph in this email is an actual open-air bomb test at Site 300. If you look carefully, you can see buildings that are dwarfed by the size of the detonation. The toxic materials drift on the wind.

Click here to read Tri-Valley CAREs’ 14-page comment letter opposing these open-air blasts.


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