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Join us in Livermore – AUGUST 9 - to Remember the Bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima

Updated, Thursday, July 21, 2016
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Act locally to support nuclear abolition globally

For more details regarding the August 9 rally and nonviolent direct action and the Peace Camp on August 8, click here.

Click here to check out (and like) the event's Facebook page.


Planning Our Program

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Posted by Marylia Kelley

On Saturday, July 16 Tri-Valley CAREs members, Board of Directors and staff gathered for our annual all-day Strategic Planning Retreat. The day includes an accountability piece, where we look back at the past year to assess our achievements and whether we met our goals.

Our staff prepares a detailed report for this accountability piece entitled "Looking Back, Looking Forward."

Then as a group, we examine the expected opportunities and challeges we face in achieving our mission over the coming year. Then the staff presents the potential program priorities to the group and the group votes on what they believe the top priorities should be. This years votes resutled in the following rank order list of priorities.

We ecourage participation of a wide variety of Tri-Valley CAREs members in our strategic planning. Contact us to get involved in the future.


Citizen's Watch Newsletter Summer 2016

Thursday, June 28, 2016
Posted by Marylia Kelley

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The Summer 2016 edition of Tri-Valley CAREs' newsletter, Citizen's Watch, is now ready for you to enjoy. Inside you will find:

  • Citizen's Watch Newsletter Summer 2016

    • TVC in DC - A Report Back from the Capital Page 1

    • Nagasaki at LLNL - The Power of Your Presence on August 9thPage 1 & Insert

    • We Are Suing DOE- Freedom of Information Lawsuit Page 3

    • Join Us - Annual Strategic Planning Retreat Page 3

    • Alerts for You - Upcoming Events Page 2

    • Site 300 - 80 Pounds of Depleted Uranium Found Scattered Page 4

    • A Letter from our Staff Attorney -Insert


    • Site 300's Hazardous Waste Operations- Under Review

      Updated, Tuesday, July 1, 2016
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has not issued a hazardous waste permit to Livermore Lab's Site 300 since 1997. After a failed permit process in 2007, in which public comment was taken, but then abandoned and never responded to, DTSC has recently issued a new Draft Hazardous Waste Permit for Site 300.

      The High Explosives Testing done at Site 300 (in support of nuclear weapons development) produces significant quantities of hazardous waste, which contains or is contaminated with high explosives and a slurry of other toxins. Much of these wastes are burned in on-site incinerators. Site 300 is a Superfund site, with serious contamination from historical mismanagement of hazardous waste. The hazardous waste operations continue to threaten the environment and human health.

      A public hearing was held in Tracy on April 27th in which the present community was given a short presentation and allowed to ask questions. The DTSC was unable to answer many of the questions. Comments were taken on the record.

      The public had until Friday, July 1st to submit their written comment to the DTSC.

      Click here to read Tri-Valley CAREs full comment.

      Tri-Valley CAREs drafted a short “sign and send” comment that you can sign and send electronically.

      Click here for an English version of the “sign and send” comment that you can download, print and mail in.

      Click here for an Spanish version of the “sign and send” comment that you can download, print and mail in. We are in the process of drafting more detailed comments.

      Click here for the Draft Permit's Environmental Review

      Click here for the Summary Report of Ecological Risk Assessment for the Operation of the Explosives Waste Treatment Facility at Site 300 of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

      Click here for the Soil Sample Report In Support of the Site 300 Explosives Waste Treatment Facility Ecological Risk Assessment and Permit Renewal


      YOUR PHONE CALL IS NEEDED NOW!

      Wednesday, June 15, 2016
      Posted by Marylia Kelley

      Congress to Vote on Funding Cut for the New Nuclear Cruise Missile, Called the LRSO, Perhaps as Early as Tomorrow!

      Today, the Rules Committee in the House of Representatives accepted an amendment offered by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) to the Defense Appropriations Bill. This means that every Representative will get the chance to vote on it, including yours. The vote could come as early as tomorrow (Thursday).

      The amendment would cut the budget for the new nuclear-tipped cruise missile, known as the Long-Range Stand Off (LRSO) weapon by $75.8 million and moves the savings to “deficit reduction” instead of a new nuclear weapon.

      The impact of this amendment would be to delay the development and production of the cruise missile. As you know, delay is often a necessary and crucial first step to cancellation of a new nuclear weapon system.

      Here is where you come in!

      CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AT 202-224-3121

      Click here for more.

      Here are some resources to further inform your LRSO activism!

      To read about the LRSO (pages 3 and 4) in the 2016 report, “Trillion Dollar Trainwreck” by Tri-Valley CAREs and other organizations in the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, click here.

      For a blog by Tri-Valley CAREs’ intern Joseph Rodgers summarizing key facts about the new LRSO and cruise missile, click here.

      For an op-ed in the Washington Post by former Secretary of Defense William Perry and former Assistant Secretary Andy Weber, titled, “Mr. President, Kill the New Cruise Missile,” click here.

      For additional information, check back issues of our Citizen’s Watch newsletter click here.

      You can also call us at 925-443-7148 to find out how you can stay involved with Tri-Valley CAREs throughout the coming year to stop this new nuclear weapon and the $1 trillion new nuclear arms race of which it is a part.

      Remember, your call now can make a huge difference! Call 202-224-3121.


      Suing the Government for Information

      Friday, June 10, 2016
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      Today, Tri-Valley CAREs filed a lawsuit in Federal Court for the Northern District of California against the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration for failures to comply with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) with respect to four outstanding FOIA requests.

      The information requested is time sensitive and crucial to our mission. In some cases we have been waiting up to four years for responses. The requested information includes:

      - Plutonium use in Livermore Lab's National Ignition Facility;

      - Management of Livermore Lab and Site 300's High-Risk Excess Facilities, which pose a risk to the public;

      - Details of the Agencies' plans to meet their plutonium pit manufacturing requirements, which might include work at Livermore Lab;

      - And, details of an improper Anthrax shipment to Livermore Lab's bio facilities.

      We will update this blog with the progress in our lawsuit and any important information learned.

      Click here to read our Complaint.

      Click here to read our Press Release.


      Walk the Talk, Mr. President

      Thursday, May 12, 2016
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      This week the White House formally announced that Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. President to visit Hiroshima, Japan on May 27, 2016.

      Secretary of State John Kerry went to Hiroshima last month. His visit was widely seen as a “trial balloon,” presaging the just-announced Presidential journey. Marylia Kelley told Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman, “Kerry went empty-handed. The United States needs to go with a concrete plan to roll back its own nuclear weapons program. You cannot preach abstinence, in terms of nuclear weapons, from the biggest bar stool in the room.”

      The U.S. continues to rely heavily on nuclear weapons and is embarking on a $1 trillion program over 30 years to upgrade every aspect of its nuclear arsenal, including with new warheads, missiles, subs, bombers and nuclear weapons production facilities.

      Herein coexist a fundamental policy contradiction, a huge challenge for peace activists and, quite possibly, an unparalleled opportunity to influence the future.

      Tri-Valley CAREs and colleague organizations are urging President Obama not to go to Hiroshima empty-handed. We are not asking Obama for a big speech full of lofty rhetoric and fancy words. Our message is: “Actions speak louder than words, Mr. President.”

      We are calling on President Obama to take concrete action to roll back aggressive U.S. nuclear weapons programs. Click here for more...


      30th Anniversary of Chernobyl Disaster, Reminds us of Ongoing Risk

      Tuesday, April 19, 2016
      Posted by Marylia Kelley

      Amy Goodman interviewed Tri-Valley CAREs Executive Director, Marylia Kelley on her show, Democracy Now! about the pollution in Livermore. She specifically referred to the new report titled "Trillion Dollar Trainwreck: Out-of-control U.S. nuclear weapons programs accelerate spending, proliferation, health and safety risks" which Kelley co-authored.

      Click here to read the transcript of the interview.

      Click here to read more about US nuclear waste and cleanup at US nuclear sites in the new report "Trillion Dollar Trainwreck: Out-of-control U.S. nuclear weapons programs accelerate spending, proliferation, health and safety risks."


      Tri-Valley CAREs in DC 2016!

      Wednesday, April 20, 2016
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      Tri-Valley CAREs 2016 DC Days Delegation with California Senator Dianne Feinstein (R to L - Vecky Elliot, Scott Yundt, Senator Feinstein, Marylia Kelley, Julie Kantor)

      Tri-Valley CAREs Executive Director Marylia Kelley giving an award to California Sentator Dianne Feinstein for her work to stop the Long Range Stand-Off nuclear weapon at the 2016 Alliance for Nuclear Accountability DC Days.

      "TRILLION DOLLAR TRAINWRECK" - This new report was co-authored by Tri-Valley CAREs Executive Director, Marylia Kelley, and several other experts from the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) in prepartion for "DC Days," ANA's annual lobbying week. We distributed the report widely to Members of Congress and administration officials.


      Citizen's Watch Newsletter Spring 2016

      Wednesday, April 19, 2016
      Posted by Marylia Kelley

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      The Winter 2016 edition of Tri-Valley CAREs' newsletter, Citizen's Watch, is now ready for you to enjoy. Inside you will find:

      • Citizen's Watch Newsletter Winter 2016

        • Nuclear Warheads - In the Budget & the Labs Page 1

        • Our Director - On Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman Page 2

        • Lawsuit Progress - #NuclearZero case heard in International Court Page 2

        • Save the Date - August 9th in Livermore Page 2

        • New Report - Trillion $ Trainwreck Page 3

        • Alerts for You - Upcoming Events Page 3

        • Hazardous Waste - Public Hearing in Tracy - April 27th Page 4

        • DC Days - Speaking Truth to Power in Washington Insert


        • Tri-Valley CAREs on Democracy Now!

          Wednesday, April 13, 2016
          Posted by Scott Yundt

          Amy Goodman interviewed Tri-Valley CAREs Executive Director Marylia Kelley on her show, Democracy Now!, today. Marylia shared information about the $1 trillion dollars the U.S. is planning to spend on its nuclear weapons over the next 30 years. She specifically referred to the new report titled "Trillion Dollar Trainwreck: Out-of-control U.S. nuclear weapons programs accelerate spending, proliferation, health and safety risks" which Kelley co-authored.

          Click here to read the transcript of the interview.

          Click here to read the new report "Trillion Dollar Trainwreck: Out-of-control U.S. nuclear weapons programs accelerate spending, proliferation, health and safety risks."


        New Report: Trillion $ Trainwreck

        Wednesday, April 13, 2016
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        The nuclear weapons "TRILLION DOLLAR TRAINWRECK" is here. This new report was co-authored by Tri-Valley CAREs Executive Director, Marylia Kelley, and several other experts from the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) in prepartion for "DC Days," ANA's annual lobbying week. We will be distributing the report widely to Members of Congress and administration officials.

        Click here for the report; Click here to help your Tri-Valley CAREs team take the report's recommendations to Capitol Hill; work with us throughout the year to prevent these destabilizing new weapons programs and shift the money to cleaning up the mess from past nuclear weapons activities.

        Click here for more...


        Updated Chart of Nuclear Spending vs. Arsenal Size

        Tuesday, April 12, 2016
        Posted by Robert Civiak

        Click here to download the chart showing the massive increase in U.S. spending for nuclear warheads, despite a shrinking arsenal. We will be using it in meetings in Washington, DC next week...

        Click here for additional commentary on this chart from the Ploughshares Fund.


      Fiscal Year 2017 Livermore Lab Budget Request - $1 Billion on Nukes

      Tuesday, February 9, 2016
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      The DOE NNSA released the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request to Congress. For Livermore Lab, Nuclear Weapons Activities still dominate the budget, increasing to over 86%. The Lab's overall budget request is up 6% to $1.239 billion, over a billion of which is for Nuclear Weapons Activities. Click on the pie chart to see more...

      Click here to download the pie chart...


      Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request for Nuclear Weapons Programs - Blog #1

      Tuesday, February 9, 2016
      Posted by Marylia Kelley

      President's Budget Drives Stake into the Heart of Plutonium Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Plant; Project Terminated

      The Mixed-Oxide Fuel Facility (MOX), at the DOE's Savannah River Site in South Carolina, has been a boondoggle of epic proportions. Tri-Valley CAREs and other groups have long opposed it as a dangerous and wasteful approach to surplus plutonium disposition, for which cheaper and safer alternatives exist.

      Click here for more...

      Click here for the White House Office of Management and Budget FY2017 Dep't of Energy Budget Overview


      Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request for Nuclear Weapons Programs - Blog #2

      Tuesday, February 9, 2016
      Posted by Marylia Kelley

      President’s Budget Accelerates Dismantlement of Retired Nuclear Weapons

      Here, too, we a piece of good news to report. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget request accelerates the schedule for dismantlement of retired U.S. nuclear weapons by 20%.

      The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration Congressional Budget Request (Volume 1, page 8) highlights the “goal” of dismantling warheads retired from the U.S. stockpile before 2009 by 2021. Given the snail’s pace by which retired nuclear weapons are being disassembled, this is a modest goal for certain. Plus, on page 75 of the same document, the target date for taking apart warheads retired before 2009 is listed as “the end of 2022,” a full year later (a DOE typo?).

      Click here for more...


      Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request for Nuclear Weapons Programs - Blog #3

      Tuesday, February 9, 2016
      Posted by Marylia Kelley

      Budget Favors Provocative New Warhead Development

      The DOE budget request for nuclear weapons activities reveals the policy direction that President Obama wants to hand over to his successor. And, that trajectory is not merely in conflict with Obama’s 2009 “Prague speech” pledging leadership toward a world free of nuclear weapons. It’s an outright repudiation. Instead, it increases spending to “improve” nuclear war-fighting capabilities.

      Make no mistake. The FY 2017 budget request is a down payment on $1 trillion in upgrades to U.S. nuclear weapons over the next thirty years. While much of that spending will be in the Pentagon for new subs and planes its driving force is found in the DOE budget request, which contains the funding for the new U.S. nuclear bombs and bomb plants.

      Click here for more...


      Questions on the Dep't of Energy Upcoming FY2017 Budget Request for Nuclear Weapons and Cleanup

      Wednesday, February 3, 2016
      Posted by Marylia Kelley

      The Obama Administration’s nuclear weapons policy is revealed much more by its spending plans than its rhetoric. On February 9, the Fiscal Year 2017 Department of Energy (DOE) budget request will illuminate the programs that President Obama wants to pass on to his successor.

      Will it increase funding for additional nuclear weapons programs despite warnings that “modernization” is leading to a new arms race? Will the President keep faith with communities harmed by nuclear weapons activities and request the funds needed to stabilize nuclear materials and clean up contaminated land and waters at DOE sites across America?

      The DOE Fiscal Year 2017 budget request will answer these and other questions of great importance to the American people and the world. The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA), a 29-year-old network of groups from communities downwind and downstream of U.S. nuclear sites, will be looking at the following issues. For details, contact the ANA leaders listed at the end of this Advisory.

      Click here for more.

      Click here to download our Media Advisory


      Doomsday Clock Remains at 3 Minutes to Midnight

      Wednesday, January 27, 2016
      Posted by Joseph Rodgers

      The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic representation of how close humanity is to global catastrophe. Since 1947, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has changed the time displayed on the clock’s face to reflect annual modifications to the continuous dangers that humanity is faced with. The clock reflects the world’s two largest existential threats: climate change and nuclear weapons.

      On the 22nd of January, 2016 the Bulletin decided to leave the clock at three minutes to midnight. While the Bulletin leaders applaud the Iran Deal and the Paris Agreements, they believe that these diplomatic achievements were not enough.

      Click here for more.


      Keeping Perspective on North Korea's Nuclear Test

      Wednesday, January 13, 2016
      Posted by Joseph Rodgers

      North Korea conducted its third known nuclear weapons test on January 6, 2016. The North Korean Central News Agency claims that the test was a successful small hydrogen bomb explosion. In the past, North Korea is believed to have only successfully detonated one-stage atomic weapons.

      Hydrogen weapons are hundreds or even thousands of times more powerful than atomic weapons. Hydrogen bombs are two stage weapons that rely on the energy released by atomic fission to create the conditions necessary for hydrogen fusion.

      Based off of initial CTBTO seismic readings, North Korea likely did not produce a successful hydrogen explosion. The January 6 test produced a magnitude 5.1 seismic event. North Korea’s 2013 atomic bomb test created a magnitude 5 seismic event.

      Click here for more.


      Citizen's Watch Newsletter Winter 2016

      Wednesday, December 23, 2015
      Posted by Marylia Kelley

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      The Winter 2016 edition of Tri-Valley CAREs' newsletter, Citizen's Watch, is now ready for you to enjoy. Click into the PDF link, and you will find:

      • Thank You - To the Individuals and Foundations that Support Us Page 1

      • Poison Soil & Tainted Water - Site 300 Community Meeting & Acceptance Criteria Page 1 & Insert

      • Print Bites - All the News that Fits to Print Page 2

      • Youth Video Contest - Winners! Page 2

      • Irradiated - Sick Worker Problems Continue Page 2

      • We are Accomplished - Successes of 2015 Page 3

      • Alerts for You - Upcoming Events Page 3

      • Hell No LRSO - Stopping the Long-Range Stand Off Weapon Page 4


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