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Groups Fire Back at Feds’ Move to Dismiss Plutonium Pit Lawsuit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 26, 2021 Media Contacts: Leslie Lenhardt, South Carolina Environmental Law Project, (843) 527-0078, leslie@scelp.org Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley CAREs, in CA, (925) 255-3589, marylia@earthlink.net Tom Clements, SRS Watch, in S. Carolina, (803) 834-3084, tomclements329@cs.com Jay Coghlan, Nuclear Watch NM, (505) 989-7342, c. (505) 470-3154, jay@nukewatch.org Queen Quet, Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition gullgeeco@aol.com Groups Fire Back at Feds’ Move to Dismiss Plutonium Pit Lawsuit Federal agencies continue to reject a full review of the public safety and environmental risks of producing nuclear bomb cores across multiple cross-country sites AIKEN, S.C. —...

Media Advisory; For Immediate Release: August 3, 2021

Media Advisory; For Immediate Release: August 3, 2021 Hybrid Live/Virtual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Rally and March at the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab Fri., Aug. 6, 9:00 am PDT (live/pre-recorded); Mon., Aug. 9, 9:00 am PDT (rebroadcast) Contacts: Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley CAREs, Livermore; cell, 925-255-3585, marylia@earthlink.net Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation; cell 510-306-0119, wslf@earthlink.net Grace Morizawa, Asian Americans for Peace and Justice; cell, 510-289-1285, gmorizawa@yahoo.com WHAT: “Nuclear Weapons & Climate Change: Shine a Light, Stop the Hate, Lower the Heat,” annual rally and protest at the gates of Livermore Nuclear Weapons Laboratory. This year, the...

Groups File Lawsuit Over Plutonium Bomb Core Production

Complaint alleges that the government’s refusal to review nationwide impacts of plutonium pit production is illegalToday, a coalition of community and public interest groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). This legal action is prompted by the agencies’ failure to take the “hard look” required by the National Environmental Policy Act at their plans to more than quadruple the production of plutonium pits and split their production between the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. A plutonium pit is the heart and trigger of a nuclear bomb. Production...

National Network of Groups at Contaminated Nuclear Weapons Sites Calls for New Leadership to Head Environmental Management at U.S. Department of Energy

For immediate release, July 12, 2021For more information, contact Marylia Kelley, ANA Board President, marylia@earthlink.net, 925.255.3589 Today, more than thirty nuclear watchdog organizations sent an urgent letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Janet Granholm and the White House, noting that she and the Biden administration face a critical decision that will have far-reaching environmental justice implications: the nomination of the Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management (EM). The letter cites the “inadequate cleanup, missed milestones, and broken cleanup promises” that have characterized EM in recent years and catalyzed today’s call for “big and bold...

Lawsuit Filed Against Biden Administration Over Nuclear Bomb Core Production Plans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 29, 2021 Media Contacts: Leslie Lenhardt, South Carolina Environmental Law Project, (843) 527-0078, leslie@scelp.org Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley CAREs, in CA, (925) 255-3589, marylia@earthlink.net Tom Clements, SRS Watch, in S. Carolina, (803) 834-3084, tomclements329@cs.com Jay Coghlan, Nuclear Watch NM, (505) 989-7342, c. (505) 470-3154, jay@nukewatch.org John Pope, ReThink Media, (717) 386-9270, john@rethinkmedia.org Federal agencies’ refusal to review cross-country expansion of plutonium pit production violates the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedures Act, groups say. AIKEN, S.C. – Today, a coalition of community and public...

Media Advisory: What to Look for in the U.S. Department of Energy’s FY 2022 Nuclear Weapons and Cleanup Budget Request

The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability: A national network of organizations working to address nuclear weapons production and waste cleanup May 26, 2021 For use with DOE’s scheduled budget release on Friday May 28, 2021 Marylia Kelley, ANA Board President, Tri-Valley CAREs, cell (925) 255-3589, marylia@earthlink.net Key contacts from ANA groups are listed below The White House is releasing its detailed Fiscal Year 2022 budget on Friday, May 28. A so-called “skinny budget” was released on April 9 that increased Department of Energy (DOE) funding to $46.1 billion, which reportedly includes major new investments in clean energy and climate change abatement. That said, historically roughly...

South Carolina Environmental Law Project, Nuclear Watchdogs from Across the U.S. to Hold Virtual Press Conference

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2021 WHAT: Public interest groups will hold a Zoom press conference for a major announcement of a forthcoming legal action as the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration forge ahead with plans to drastically expand production of plutonium pits, the cores of nuclear weapons, at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina and the Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico. The legal action follows previous unanswered requests from the groups to DOE and NNSA as seen in correspondence in February and April. We ask reporters to join the Zoom press conference with their video on so the panelists see you as you ask...

Groups Notify Biden Admin of Impending Lawsuit Over Nuclear Bomb Core Plans

News release from South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP), lawyers on the plutonium pit issue for Tri-Valley CAREs, Savannah River Site Watch, and Nuclear Watch New Mexico - see other groups below that supported the letter: For immediate release, April 21, 2021 Multi-state coalition says DOE’s plans to massively expand plutonium pit production violate a major environmental law and constitutes an environmental injustice. CHARLESTON, S.C. — A coalition of public interest organizations notified (PDF below) the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) urging a comprehensive review of plans to vastly ramp up production of nuclear bomb...

Biden Administration Asked to Review Plutonium Pit Expansion Plans

South Carolina Environmental Law Project • Tri-Valley CAREs • Nuclear Watch New Mexico • Savannah River Site Watch For immediate release, February 11, 2021 Media Contacts: Leslie Lenhardt, South Carolina Environmental Law Project, (843) 527-0078, leslie@scelp.org Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley CAREs, in CA, (925) 255-3589, marylia@earthlink.net Tom Clements, SRS Watch, in S. Carolina, (803) 834-3084, tomclements329@cs.com Jay Coghlan, Nuclear Watch NM, (505) 989-7342, c. (505) 470-3154, jay@nukewatch.org Public interest organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requesting that it address calls for a rigorous environmental review of plans to expand production of nuclear...

LIVERMORE LAB EVENT MARKS “BEGINNING OF THE END OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS” Nuclear Watchdogs to Celebrate Ban Treaty’s Entry Into Force; Highlight Next Steps for U.S.

For immediate release: January 20, 2021 For use re: Entry Into Force 1-22-21 of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, Celebration at Livermore Lab West Gate 8am, 8-foot banners, distancing observed For more information: Marylia Kelley, executive director, marylia@earthlink.net, 925.255.3589, Scott Yundt, staff attorney, sjyundt@gmail.com, 415.990.2070 Contacts for events at nuclear weapons sites in other states listed below January 22, 2021, will be a historic day for nuclear weapons. On that day, at midnight, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) will enter into force, establishing in international law a categorical ban on nuclear weapons, seventy-five years...

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