Ban GMO Now due to Health & Environmental Hazards revealed

Originally posted on APP Advocate Precautionary Principle:

The Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) 50 page review on the harm of #GMOs is now freely available online: Ban GMOs Now due to Health & Environmental Hazards Especially in the Light of the New Genetics.

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Ban_GMOs_Now.pdf

Bt (GMO) crops’ claim to reduce pesticide use is based on excluding the Bt produced in the crops in total ‘pesticides applied’; but the Bt toxins leach from the plants and persist in soil and water, with negative impacts on health and the ecosystem comparable to conventional pesticides. Fungicide use and insecticide treatment of corn and soybean have gone up dramatically since the introduction of Bt crops.
The breakdown of Bt traits due to target pest resistance and secondary pests has resulted in increasing use of conventional pesticides; and pesticide companies are reporting 5 to 50% increase in sales for 2012 and the first quarter of 2013.
Contrary to industry’s claim that Bt…

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Articles for SCE/CEP members, dry casks problems

This will be a on going list of information on nuclear waste storage and dry casks. The below articles need to be read and understood by all concerned citizens and SCE/CEP members.

Open Generic Communications with NRC

http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/gen-comm/

Premature degradation of casks under environmental moisture
http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ ML1232/ML12320A697.pdf

Chloride-Induced Stress Corrosion Cracking of Austenitic Stainless Steel and Maintenance of Dry Cask Storage System Canisters http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ ML1231/ML12319A440.pdf

Thermal Issues during cask loading
http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ ML1110/ML111090200.pdf

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing this information notice (IN) to inform addressees of recent operating experience on environmental moisture causing premature degradation of structures and components important to safety during spent nuclear fuel storage operations.

http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1232/ML12320A697.pdf

See the map showing the location of existing independent spent fuel storage installations (ML13057A527).
http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1305/ML13057A527.pdf A important reference for us to be aware of.

The NRC has no experience in transferring failed (damaged) fuel from one cask to another and no procedures for doing this. In fact, no spent fuel bundle, damaged or not, has ever been transferred from one dry cask to another. Since high burnup fuel is more likely to fail sooner in storage, this becomes an even bigger and more urgent problem. And the failure could result in a breach of the cask, exposing radiation to the environment.

http://www.nirs.org/radwaste/exhibitaarjundeclaration122013.pdf

The Department of Energy (DOE) states fuel burnup as low as 30 GWd/MTU shows signs of cladding degradation. All current San Onofre dry casks have high burnup fuel assemblies over 30 GWd/MTU. San Onofre also has 95 failed spent fuel bundles stored in 15 dry casks. Continue reading

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To all who will help make California safe for our children’s future

Burden

Public meeting of the new SCE CEP (Community Engagement Panel) about the decommissioning of SONGS will be Tuesday, March 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. . The meeting will be held at the San Clemente Community Center and people will have a 3 minute comment period at some point in this meeting. San Clemente Community Center is located at 100 North Calle Seville, San Clemente, CA.

This is the start of a very important process for our community and all of Southern California. Please tell your friend and show up to this meeting if at all possible.

Just some of the issues we need talked about are at this meeting:

High burnup fuel at San Onofre
Waste storage at San Onofre
Dry Cask being storage in the safest way
If problem happens in the Cask what is SCE plan to mitigate this problem, if none exist then SCE needs to develop adequate strategies to detect and mitigate unexpected degradation during dry storage.
transportation casks for HBF does not exist

I will send another email with the latest document from Marvin Resnikoff and Donna Gilmore on High burnup fuel.

Sincerely,

Gene Stone ROSE
“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” Sitting Bull

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First Community Engagement Panel meeting

Public meeting of the new SCE CEP (Community Engagement Panel) will be Tuesday, March 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. . The meeting will be held at the San Clemente Community Center and people will have a 3 minute comment period at some point in this meeting.

This is the start of a very important process for our community and all of Southern California. Please tell your friend and show up to this meeting if at all possible.

San Clemente Community Center is located at 100 North Calle Seville, San Clemente, CA. 3861_SCE SONGS_Eng_Flyer_8.5x11_r5_0310 (1)

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Moving forward with Decommissioning San Onofre

nukewasste“ROSEMEAD, Calif. June 7, 2013 Southern California Edison (SCE) has decided to permanently retire Units 2 and 3 of its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).”

It was a great day for many individuals and groups who had come together to work for the greater good and safety of their communities. From LA to SD and points in between, and in fact across the nation. At times it was more than interesting to watch so many different individual opinions and ideas and methods coalesce to work together. The Angeles chapter Sierra Club, Peace Resource Center of SD, San Onofre Safety, Decommission San Onofre, San Clemente Green and ROSE, these working groups and more plus some individuals too numerous to mention became known as the “Coalition to Decommission San Onofre”. It was like the universe itself had appointed this time and place for these people and groups to come together and develop a vortex of energy for the purpose of speaking truth to power about the extreme dangers sitting on the California coastline at San Onofre known as San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Please believe me when I say it was not any one individual or one single group that did this alone. It was in fact everyone who informed themselves on the issues, worked, organized, prayed, donated time and money and showed up to speak at meetings all around Southern California. I am sure these coalition members and individuals are committed to staying strong and working for the continued good of the community. It seemed this time and place was appointed by something beyond ourselves.

While I was hoping to take some time off to see the grandkids, finish some art pieces, and maybe take care of my health, California Edison called saying we would like someone from the anti-nuclear perspective to sit on their new Community Engagement Panel (CEP) for the decommissioning of SONGS, and would I as founder of ROSE do it? I had hoped as we all did that others from our highly energized coalition would be represented on the new CEP. At first I reluctantly said yes. But after thinking about it I can only hope that the universe has made a new appointment for us to help develop a new vortex of energy with the new CEP for the safe, sane and economical decommissioning of units 2 and 3 and the safest storage and removal in time of the extremely dangerous toxic nuclear waste sitting near our homes, and finally to restore the land to the pristine conditions for the future generations of Californians to come.

Residents Organized for a Safe Environment (ROSE) Response and Pledge to SCE’s statement of core principles and values for the decommissioning of San Onofre.

ROSE is pleased to see the SCE “Statement of core principles and values for the decommissioning of San Onofre” and is happy to sit on the Community Engagement Panel (CEP) with other community members. ROSE pledges to Southern California residents & SCE to help Southern California Edison keep these principles and core values alive every step along the way during this process. ROSE pledges to help SCE become a model for the nuclear industry in safe and sane decommissioning of our nation’s dangerous and aging nuclear fleet. ROSE pledges to stand for cleaning the SONGS site of radiation to the best degree possible in the most economical way for the ratepayers. ROSE pledges to stand for worker safety in all areas of decommissioning of San Onofre. ROSE pledges to help SCE understand and use best practices in the process even if we have to rethink them. ROSE pledges to stand for the removal of all radioactive materials from the site as soon as it is possible and restore this site to its natural condition.

It is clear that DOE and NRC studies pertaining to the storage of San Onofre’s High Burnup fuel have not been completed at this point in time, and the best practice for dealing with this extremely high radioactive fuel and the timeframe for doing so is unclear and has no consensus in the community and scientists working on this problem.

I hope other members of the newly appointed CEP will join me in this Pledge to the future of all Californians and the many generations to come.

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ROSE Response & Pledge to SCE’s statement of core principles and values

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

“Residents Organized for a Safe Environment (ROSE) Response and Pledge to SCE’s statement of core principles and values for the decommissioning of San Onofre

ROSE is pleased to see the SCE “Statement of core principles and values for the decommissioning of San Onofre” and is happy to sit on the Community Engagement Panel (CEP) with other community members. ROSE pledges to Southern California residents & SCE to help Southern California Edison keep these principles and core values alive every step along the way during this process. ROSE pledges to help SCE become a model for the nuclear industry in safe and sane decommissioning of our nation’s dangerous and aging nuclear fleet. ROSE pledges to stand for cleaning the SONGS site of radiation to the best degree possible in the most economical way for the ratepayers. ROSE pledges to stand for worker safety in all areas of decommissioning of San Onofre. ROSE pledges to help SCE understand and use best practices in the process even if we have to rethink them. ROSE pledges to stand for the removal of all radioactive materials from the site as soon as it is possible and restore this site to its natural condition.

It is clear that DOE and NRC studies pertaining to the storage of San Onofre’s High Burnup fuel have not been completed at this point in time, and the best practice for dealing with this extremely high radioactive fuel and the timeframe for doing so is unclear and has no consensus in the community and scientists working on this problem.

I hope other members of the newly appointed CEP will join me in this Pledge to the future of all Californians and the many generations to come.”

SCE DECOMMISSIONING SAN ONOFRE: STATEMENT OF CORE PRINCIPLES AND VALUES

The owners of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) recognize that the decommissioning of SONGS will be a long and complex process requiring the balancing of many interests. We acknowledge that, throughout this entire process, we have many responsibilities: To meet all federal and state regulatory and legal requirements; to be a responsible steward for our customers’ contributions to the Nuclear Decommissioning Trust; and to be a trusted partner to the communities surrounding SONGS.
As members of these surrounding communities ourselves, we aspire to meet these responsibilities and to do the right thing for our region. We want the decommissioning of SONGS to be the model for the industry. Therefore as the decommissioning process begins, we will operate under the following core principles and values:

SAFETY
· We commit to safely decommissioning SONGS.
· We are determined to complete the safe decommissioning of SONGS as expeditiously and cost efficiently as possible. Our immediate goal is to safely move the power plant’s spent fuel, now cooling in pools, into dry cask storage as quickly and as carefully as we can until the government creates the long-term storage option that it has committed to implement. We will continue to urge the government and other stakeholders to find a solution to provide the timely removal of spent nuclear fuel from the San Onofre site.

STEWARDSHIP
· We are committed to leaving the community better off as a result of having been home to SONGS for 40 years and we will be open to exploring opportunities for doing so with our landlord, the U.S. Navy, and the community.
· Substantial dollars have accumulated in Nuclear Decommissioning Trusts through customer contributions and judicious investing, and the owners recognize their legal responsibility to spend those funds wisely and return any unused monies to ratepayers.

ENGAGEMENT
· We want the SONGS decommissioning process to be managed in an inclusive, forward-thinking and responsible way. In particular, the current and previous owners of SONGS1 are committed to creating an advisory Community Engagement Panel (CEP) to bring together diverse stakeholders and open a conduit of information and ideas between the owners and the public. The CEP would ensure that all key interests are included and heard: Elected representatives of the surrounding cities and counties, the military, local environmentalists, business, labor, customer interests, and academia.

Working together with the community and stakeholders, we believe that all of the various interests can be balanced for the good of all. We are committed to these core principles, and we are determined that the SONGS decommissioning process will be guided by these fundamental values.

1 The current owners of SONGS are Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric, and the City of Riverside. The City of Anaheim is a previous owner of the power plant. Current and previous owners have responsibility for decommissioning.
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GROUPS LAUNCH TWO NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS

For Immediate Release: January 23, 2014

GROUPS LAUNCH TWO NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS

HIGH BURNUP NUCLEAR FUEL: Pushing the Safety Envelope
and
MAKE RADIATION VISIBLE

Organizations from across the country are kicking off two campaigns in Washington DC this week, calling on congress and regulatory agencies to address growing nuclear power hazards: the dangers of hotter-than-ever radioactive waste being generated in US nuclear reactors, and the routine, invisible-yet-harmful radioactivity released from every nuclear power reactor.

The first, HIGH BURNUP NUCLEAR FUEL: Pushing the Safety Envelope, led by Dr. Marvin Resnikoff of Radioactive Waste Management Associates [VT], a renowned radioactive waste specialist and nuclear physicist, will bring awareness to the extra-hazardous high level radioactive waste referred to as High Burnup Fuel (HBF) – nuclear fuel that is used for longer than originally designed for and which has led to fuel failures and leaks in nuclear plants across the country and even greater storage and transport challenges. Resnikoff cautions that the policy of burning fuels longer to improve profits was accepted by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) without adequate scientific evaluation or public knowledge. The consequences include zirconium fuel cladding corrosion in storage pools and dry storage casks. He cautions the continuance of this policy may be endangering public safety. ‘Burning’ longer in the reactors means the nuclear fuel becomes even more adioactive, as much as doubling its heat and radioactivity. The group declares nuclear fuel casings were not designed for this added stress. The resulting corrosion and cracks are allowing leaks and putting citizens at reactors and along transportation routes at risk. Dr. Resnikoff says, “My concern is the NRC is running an experiment in the field, increasing the transportation and disposal risk.”

The second campaign calls for steps to MAKE RADIATION VISIBLE. A group of concerned citizens in the Tennessee Valley, Mothers Against Tennessee River Radiation (MATRR), is proposing a plan to reveal these invisible toxins. First, they call on the NRC to upgrade monitoring rules, replacing outdated quarterly averaging currently reported only once a year with real-time online data about radiation levels around nuclear power plants. Second, just like odor markers for natural gas and propane, they call for florescent dyes to be dispersed with emergency radiation plumes, providing immediate warning about where the radioactive releases are traveling – which could be a critical life-saver for the public and first-responders. Third, they call for public health alerts when these known carcinogens and mutagens are released into the environment. Says the MATRR group’s co-founder, Gretel Johnston, “We have weather alerts, smog alerts, and even pollen alerts – why not radioactivity alerts when these poisons are both routinely and accidentally released into our air and water? We are alerted to other hazardous substance spills, why not radiation alerts?”

The committee was organized by long-time nuclear activists Gene Stone, founder of Residents Organized For a Safe Environment (ROSE), and Priscilla Star, founder of Coalition Against Nukes. Among the groups meeting with NRC Commissioners, EPA radiation specialists, and other government officials this week are the Coalition to Decommission San Onofre, Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, the Bellefonte Efficiency and Sustainability Team / Mothers Against Tennessee River Radiation (BEST/MATRR), and Nuclear Information and Resource Service.

See enclosed Factsheets:
HBFfactsheet01-09-2014 and MakeRadiationVisible

Links for more information:

CoalitionAgainstNukes.org
IPSECinfo.org
Clearwater.org
http://www.nirs.org
SanOnofreSafety.org
http://www.MATRR.org
http://www.rwma.com
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