San Onofre nuclear waste issues still unsettled for many environmentalists

Today’s article will present two press releases with somewhat different points of view on Southern California nuclear waste situation. Let ROSE know what you think.

PRESS RELEASE — QUARANTINED UNTIL 1:30PM PDT 8/28/2017 Continue reading

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San Onofre Nuke Dump ACTION ALERT APRIL 14, 2017 2pm

Dear Friends

This is an important action and I hope as many of you as possible will attend.
San Onofre Nuke Dump ACTION ALERT
Hearing rescheduled for APRIL 14, 2017 2pm
Case Number: 37-2015-00037137-CU-WM-CTL
Citizens Oversight filed suit and Aguirre & Severson LLP will argue the case to pull the plug on this insane plan to store 3.6 million pounds of nuclear waste only 100 ft from the seawall. PLEASE COME AND FILL ALL THE SEATS IN THE COURT ROOM!
The Honorable Judge Judith Hayes
San Diego Superior Court, Dept C-68
330 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

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Let the Rivers Flow

This is my wife Joyce’s personal story of her childhood experience growing up with river pollution.

In February, 2017, Donald Trump signed a measure to cancel the Stream Protection Rule written by the Obama administration. This rule sought to protect 6,000 miles of streams near coal mining sites.

As children, my brother and I lived in a house on a hill overlooking the Acushnet River in Massachusetts. We were surrounded by fields and trees where we spent hours with our friends, playing baseball and searching for arrowheads. Our parents allowed us the freedom to roam within a mile of the river. We could go no further as they told us the river was poisoned and we would become ill if we went too close. We believed them because of the constant foul odor in the air, the unnatural looking color of the water, and the foam which we sensed did not belong in a river.

From our home, we could see the many factories lining the banks of the Acushnet River. As we grew older, we learned that these factories were responsible for the daily dumping of refuse into the river. Over the years, many people had been employed by the factory owners and enjoyed middle class lifestyles in small New England towns because of the consistent salaries provided by the work. My brother and I were among the recipients of this prosperous arrangement. Our parents worked at a factory which released some of the worst chemicals into the water. Along with an improved regional economy came destruction and pollution. The dumping of PCBs and other chemicals made the once beautiful natural resource unuseable for swimming or harvesting of food.


In 1899, the local Board of Health declared that going swimming in the river would be detrimental to health. By 1904, the river was closed to swimming and fishing. It was not until 1983 that the Acushnet River was designated a Superfund site by the EPA and today, after a massive clean up project, PCBs still linger in the sediments at the bottom of the river.

It was reported in an article from The Atlantic, dated March 27, 2013, that the EPA found half of all U.S. rivers and streams cannot support healthy aquatic life. According to a summary done by Food and Water Watch, approximately 3.5 billion people in 2025 will face water shortages due mainly from water pollution.

When I first read about Donald Trump’s executive order to allow coal companies to dump coal dust into the rivers again, I could hardly breathe. First, I felt disbelief, then anger, then finally deep grief. How could he so blatantly ignore the lessons of the past? How could he and his administration be so unaware or uncaring about the future of this planet and its inhabitants which cannot survive without clean water? How long will we allow the desecration of our earth and water?

We should not destroy our streams and rivers for short term financial profits. There are many alternatives to turning the clock back to 1899. We do not need to pollute any more waterways. The future holds the possibility of many jobs and economic growth connected with the clean energy industry. If you agree, please join Gene and I in considering the following actions:

1. Starting in March send postcards to the White House and tell #45 and the Congress that we will not go back to 1899’s environmental standards.
2. Stand in solidarity with Standing Rock. WATER IS LIFE NoDAPL
3 Call and visit your Senators and Representatives and tell them environmental standards must be improved, not destroyed. Clean renewable energies are our future, not dirty fuels of the past like coal and oil. Cleaning up our environment instead of polluting it will be the economic future of good jobs for years to come. We want to start the cleanup now.
4. Join your local groups taking actions now. Join the Resistance to the trump agenda.
5. Join together with others to take away the Republican majorities in the House and Senate in 2018. We must unite.
6. Please download the postcard below to send your note to your elected officials.
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Peace, Joyce and Gene

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Send a postcard to 45 let him know what you think of him and his administration.

This is a postcard I made for anyone to send to #45. Anyone is welcome to download and print for your personal use to send to him and his administration.


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Environmental and Politically Action Alert

My dear Environmental and politically concerned friends,

An action alert for your consideration. As a member of the resistance to trump’s fascist and racist coup of our government I would like to suggest we make a concerted effort to let corporations and their CEOs know that we will not tolerate their support of trump’s attack on our environment or women’s rights/human rights, civil rights or our freedom of religion and that means any religion. We also stand with our native brothers and sisters at Standing Rock and in solidarity of native Sovereign lands. And our public lands are not for sale. If they expect us to buy their products we expect them to support these rights.

Everytime I see a senator or representative (state or federal) make a tweet, I Tweet back to them and suggest strongly if they want my support in 2018 they will stand strong with the people against the trump agenda. I am also doing this whenever I see a tweet from any Corporation and let them know that if they expect me to spend my shopping dollars with them that I will not do business with companies or corporations that support his fascist agenda. My wife and I started by calling L.L.Bean and letting them know that we would never buy from them again. They had gotten quite a number of calls and tried desperately to let us know they wanted our business. We told them we wanted their support for freedom. We have been using all types of social media, emails and the telephone. After seeing on the news how many of the large corporations acquiesced immediately when they thought their bottom line would be affected, I believe this to be a sound and important strategy and defense of Human Rights and the rights of the people to demand the government work for us and not the corporations.

“Once or twice in every generation a line is crossed so egregiously that where you stood on the issue will forever define you.” Kara Vallow
If you agree with this action please share it with your list and Friends, thank you for your time.


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Prayers for the Earth

We live in a time when it is now more important than ever to rise above the sense of separateness from the natural world. We are invited by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples from around the world, poets and mystics to become aware of the inter-connectedness of everything and everyone in the universe. The Oneness of the Circle of Life. horsetail-falls-yosemite-national-park-ca

Examining our world, we can see clearly everything that needs our care – the land that feeds all creatures, the air we breathe, the water which gives us life – and we know in our deepest spiritual self that life is sacred and we are each responsible for doing our part to live in harmony with the earth.

Come add your prayers for the Earth and the life she gives to all. As we drum, sing and dance ours prayers into sacred actions that will heal all creation. November 30, 7PM at the Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley. 1201 Puerta Del Sol Suite 100 San Clemente, Ca. 92673.

“This we know. The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth. All things are connected, like the blood that unites one family. Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the children of the Earth. We do not weave the web of life; we are only a strand of it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.” Chief Seattle

“The beauty of the trees,
the softness of the air,
the fragrance of the grass
speaks to me,
the summit of the mountain,
the Thunder of the sky
the rhythm of the sea
speaks to me,
And my heart soars” Chief Dan George

“Air, water, plants, animals and humans give themselves to each other. It is in this giving-themselves-to-each-other that we actually live.” Kodo Sasaki

“Sowing the seed,
My hand is one with the earth.

Wanting the seed to grow,
My mind is one with the light.

Hoeing the crop,
My hands are one with the rain.

Having cared the the plants,
My mind is one with the air.

Hungry and trusting,
My mind is one with the earth.

Eating the fruit,
My body is with the earth.” Wendell Berry

Oh Great Spirit, Grandfather, Grandmother,
You walk together hand-in-hand
across the sky of the Sacred Earth Mother,
walking with great beauty
with your robes of stars trailing along behind you as the milky way,
you walk on rainbows
coming to us in the sacred hoop.

Your gifts of love keep the heart of we,
the two legged people, beating with the breath of life.
We stand before you with our hearts filled
from the Sacred Mountain.

We ask only to give away and share the gifts of this hoop,
this sacred ceremony, as we come out of this circle
into this land of beauty that you have asked us to hold
and take care of for you, Grandfather.

We see many of our brothers and sister
are sick in their hearts and bodies,
and the Earth Mother cries with tears of the souls
of many who now walk upon the rainbows with you.

We know that if one child cries or is sick
it is because the sacred hoop of love is broken by hate and lies.
We have only to listen to our hearts and speak the truth
that is spoken within the great circle of life.

The power of our vision, Oh Great Spirit, is within our hands.
We have only to speak it and share it, each in our own way.
I hear you speaking Grandfather, form the Sacred Place,
from Pa-ha Wast-ta: The Mountain Beautiful.

You call to us to sing in a sacred way,
and to dance in a sacred way
so that we might heal ourselves.
In doing so also heal others, as the sacred circle fills
and ever expands with all human beings
and our understanding of all living things grows,
with the light from within.

So that we may stand before you Grandfather,
in a Sacred Way. Eagle that Flies through Two Skies

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Residents Organized for a Safe Environment (ROSE) is Burdenencouraging environmental activists to organize their members to visit/contact all of their state and federal elected officials to demand they take action on our nation’s critical nuclear waste issues, “what and where to put America’s growing stockpiles of waste?” Many of us working on this think that now is the time for a big push. With 14 nuke plants decommissioning and more to come soon we cannot wait any longer for strong action to be taken. Let’s get organized across the country!

We all know that in the beginning of the nuclear madness, it was promised that in 40 years the solution to nuclear waste would be figured out by the time it was needed. This did not come true, it has not been figured out. Instead, in August 2014 the Nuclear Regulatory Commission turned all NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS into NUCLEAR WASTE DUMPS for a minimum of 200 years. US taxpayers over these past years have now subsidized the nuclear industry with over 14 trillion dollars. Also, the Department of Energy is paying these nuclear plants MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MORE EACH YEAR TO STORE THEIR NUCLEAR WASTE ONSITE IN YOUR BACKYARD! WE MUST STOP MAKING MORE NUCLEAR WASTE NOW. We also know that it is no longer satisfactory to let our elected officials keep kicking this nuclear canister down the road. We must demand action from our government and the nuclear industry to find the solutions that are needed, and our anti-nuclear activists must have a seat at this table. Our generation of activists cannot be the one that lets this INACTION continue for another 200 years! Yes, of course,I know some of us have been working on this for years, but few have been listening to us, but now the “times they are a changin.” More people are now listening to us and WE MUST ACT NOW!

Listen to former chairperson of the NRC, Allison MacFarlane’s talk at the June 22nd CEP meeting. This nuclear waste information is very important if you want to get the DOE and the government moving on the waste issue. Video 1, start the video at 1:55:30 to hear the entire talk at:

Please take action by using the links below to contact your elected officials:
US Senate
House of Representative

As a reminder, the Invitation for Public Comment closes on Sunday July 31st at 11:59 PM ET. Please email your comments to or submit them using the options listed in the Federal Register notice before the closing date to have them considered in the draft summary report. Additionally, we are posting comments received to our website, and the first batch reflecting public input through July 1st is provided below. Comments received from July 1st – 31st will be posted in a similar manner after July 31st.

Link to the document:


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