NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSIONS hears comment.
CALL NOW to arrange an opportunity to hear two upcoming
NRC meetings in Rockville, Md. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 29 & 30.
A toll-free bridge line and a toll-free conference call are available to
listen in on two meetings in Rockville, Maryland at NRC headquarters, 10
miles north of DC. There is a conflict of schedules on November 30, so you
may have to choose between these concerns. On Nov. 30 Traprock Peace Center
in Deerfield, MA will dedicate two phone lines and speaker phones to the
process, beginning at 8:30 am and continuing to the close of NRC business
expected to be at 8pm. We encourage town boards of health and public service
organizations to make this service available at public locations.
> 1. Leave a message now? Ralph Caruso, (301 415-8065)
If you get the machine you can ask for the toll-free number, and the access
code. Ask Mr. Caruso to sign you up to hear the Advisory Committee on
Reactor Safeguards, which is hearing testimony early this week on the
hazards (and the smooth sailing imagined) for the proposed uprate at New
England’s oldest reactor in Vernon, Vermont.
Recent fires, loss of highly radiated spent fuel, prior failure of tests
on meeting threats, requests for exemption of stack radiation monitors,
indicate lack of readiness for additional risks. In written comment you may
want to ask about corrosion, cracking, vibration or containment
overpressure, hazards the NRC sees of greatest concern. Ralph Caruso gave
me the address to send your comments, which could be considered on Dec. 7.
(At the ACRS meeting in Brattleboro, VT on Tuesday, November 22, one member
of this advisory committee said he felt uncomfortable about the timeline
pressuring the committee to come to a decision soon.)
Advisory Com. On Reactor Safeguards
Attn. Ralph Caruso (or particular member)
US RRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
Washington, DC 20555
Members of the committee can be addressed individually. Their names are
posted at www.nrc.gov
PLEASE CALL NOW if you agree that a thorough Safety Assessment is needed.
> 2. Steven Hoffman (301 415-3245)
For information on how to listen in from home or work, on an NRC meeting at
10am on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the NRC offices in Rockville, MD, call Steven
Hoffman, 301 415-3245.
Entergy Nuclear will propose to lump together license renewal requests
for the nuclear reactors they manage in Plymouth MA and Vernon, Vermont.
You may have an opportunity to comment, before the call ends mid-day. Ask
for the toll-free number, the access code, and the exact time to call.
Steven Hoffman said fifteen lines were available when I called last
Wednesday for Traprock. (I recommended adding more lines. Your early call
will help them to prepare.)
Saturday, Dec. 10
*** SAVE THE DATE!!! ***
12:30-6:30 pm, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005
Confer with experts and neighbors,
this Human Rights Day,
Greenfield Community College
*** Greenfield, Mass. ***
This is in the Cafeteria, but the cafeteria food service is closed. Please
come after lunch. Co-sponsors can set up a card table for literature or a
display beginning at noon. Doors pen for the public at 12:30.
Keynote speaker Ernest Sternglass, PhD., formerly a GE employee, speaks at
1PM and shows graphs on downwind health effects following nuclear testing
and reactor operations. There’s reason to address the 26% increase in breast
cancer mortality over a 30-year period in Franklin County. Ernest is a
brilliant man with both practical and theoretical understanding. He designed
the instrument that captured the first image of the earth rising, from the
moon. He once had a 5-hour conversation with Einstein. Students will enjoy
conversation with him over tea. He is 82 but looks and acts 62, visiting
here from Pittsburg, PA.where he has retired as a professor.
Sally Shaw of Gill will introduce Ray Shadis, the Technical Advisor for the
New England Coalition. He will speak about the particular hazards of the
proposed power uprate at New England’s oldest reactor. Ray is from Maine and
can answer questions about how a thorough safety assessment of the Maine
Yankee reactor, proclaimed to be well maintained, was shut down after a
thorough safety assessment, because there was simply too much wrong to fix.
It’s not enough to be grateful that Ray and Sally work hard on these issues.
Please pitch in. Ask your questions! Make a phone call? Survive and help
your town thrive, at panel discussions and workshops on Evacuation Planning,
Radiation Monitoring, and the Powers of Nonviolent Action. During the last
session, choose which issue you want to focus on.
We willingly address realities that can help us avoid the hardships of
ongoing low-level contamination, or nuclear catastrophe. Land trusts,
parents, nurses, activists, Hospice, big brothers, big sisters, sustainable
energy proponents, cancer survivors, please join us as we notice what will
move us toward solutions as a society. Will your town Board of Health come
to hear about radiation monitoring?
Treat yourself to the panel discussion on healing and recovery. We are
excited that author Alice Epstein, “Mind, Fantasy, and Healing” will join us
and bring some of her out-of-print book describing her recovery from cancer.
After being given a diagnosis of cancer and as little as a year to survive,
X-rays showed that her kidney cancer had already spread to the lungs. Diet,
exercise, meditation and therapy were her chosen treatments, about ten years
ago. Claudia Sperber will show us acupressure for health maintenance and
self-care. Kathleen Becker demonstrates Breema massage, for a little heaven
DIRECTIONS: Take US91 & 2-West, turn north onto Colrain Rd. and proceed to
the beautiful campus of Greenfield Community College. We’d love to hear
who’s coming. We’d love to hear you’re coming.
Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible. Donations welcome.
Donors support conference and travel costs, web access & radio use of audio
recordings. Transcribing help welcomed. Volunteers who can help in any way,
please call Sally Weiss, 413 584-9887 or Sunny Miller, 413 773-7427.
To Co-sponsor or reserve space for your card table, please mail $25 today to
Traprock Peace Center, 103A Keets Road, Deerfield, MA 01342.
> 4. Thanksgiving in a Neighbors’ Network to End War
The Nuclear Age is at our door, knocking.
Who will answer?
Thanks for considering how you will (or won’t cover) this important story. I
urge you to consider that preventing a melt-down may be worthy of placement
above the fold in all our media. If a melt-down would earn that front-page
placement, why not the efforts (of all the players) to prevent one? Town
Boards of Health, school and hospital administrators, nursing home and
hospice attendants, daycare providers, homeless shelters, all would have
enormous responsibilities during an accident.
We have seen by FEMA’s performance in New Orleans that the federal agencies
will be of little help during a radiological emergency. In Plymouth,
towspeople are considering sheltering in place, rather than sending kids out
in buses into a veritable parking lot. This would mean moving to the
interior hallways and basements, locking down doors, windows and ventilation
systems, and using the foodstuffs on hand.
Windows provide no protection against gamma radiation, but closure can limit
inhalation of the most dangerous alpha emitters. Wooden buildings are
estimated to provide 20% protection, and masonry buildings can provide up to
80% protection from gamma, when shelter is available as far downstairs as
We maintain that because MEMA and FEMA will not be prepared for an
evacuation on the scale that will be needed, all schools and healthcare
facilities need radiation monitors on hand, so that accurate and responsible
decisions can be discussed and made, based on fact, rather than on fiction,
as current evacuation plans suggest.
Sunny Miller, Executive Director, 413-773-7427
Traprock Peace Center
103A Keets Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
(over 2000 visitors daily)
What wouldn’t you do to prevent a melt-down?
The Vernon, Vermont reactor is just 15 miles from here.
In June the Vermont legislature gave away the store, and linked
payments for new radioactive waste storage on the shores of
the Connecticut River to a 20% increase in power output.
This is the highest power increase ever proposed.
The NRC has not yet denied a single request for a power uprate.
Will they rubber stamp this one,
or require a thorough safety assessment?
Please let us know if you have friends in DC who can
attend the NRC & ACRS meetings.
We have concerns about the loss of a back-up cooling pump,
increased water pressure and operating temperatures, and
the reduction of the melt-down margin.