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Stellar line-up at 2017 Alliance for Nuclear Accountability Awards event

The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) will honor an impressive line-up of individuals and organizations at its May 23, 2017 awards reception on Capitol Hill. This year's winners are:

*   Representative Ted Lieu -- For leadership in introducing legislation to prevent any President from using nuclear weapons first in a conflict without explicit Congressional approval.

 *  International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons -- For ceaseless global leadership and public education in support of negotiations for a legally binding instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons.

 *  Tina Cordova -- For tireless efforts to honor and seek compensation for generations of innocent people affected by the first atomic bomb test at the Trinity site.

 *  Dave Kraft (pictured) -- Judith Johnsrud Unsung Hero Award in collaboration with Beyond Nuclear -- For nearly four decades of diligent dedication in the belly of the beast, and his good humored, visionary work for a nuclear-free world, demonstrating tireless determination, despite daunting odds.

*   First Annual Bill Mitchell Grassroots Activist Award honoring an individual who shares the commitment to community empowerment of ANA’s founder.

ANA represents communities downwind and downstream from U.S. nuclear weapons sites as well as those confronting the detriments posed by the nuclear power fuel chain. Beyond Nuclear serves as the nuclear power "pod" representative within ANA and helps to lead the grassroots lobbying efforts on that issue each year, that take place during the forthcoming DC Days that coincide with the awards event. The ANA Awards are at the Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 562, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Read the ANA press advisory.


Highly radioactive liquid from Canada raises concerns about worker safety at Savannah River Site

Transfer containers used to unload highly radioactive liquid waste from Canada may not provide adequate radiological shielding for workers at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina where the first shipment was recently unloaded. In a press release today, watchdogs, including Beyond Nuclear, sounded the alarm about worker safety as the first of these unprecedented liquid radioactive waste transports completed its journey from Chalk River, Ontario to SRS. Activist groups from both sides of the border and along the travel route have long been protesting and attempting to prevent these transportations, the first time liquid radioactive waste has been moved in this way. Read the full press release.


A simple video tutorial about the not-so-Utopian evolution of nuclear energy

Written by M.V. Ramana (also a Beyond Nuclear Advisory Board member) and Sajan Saini.


Nevada stands firm agains attempts to revive Yucca Mountain dump

On May 9, Republican Nevada Senator Dean Heller, spoke out agains attempts to revive the canceled Yucca Mountain high-level radioactive waste dump in his state. "Yucca Mountain is dead," he said.

“Last year, Las Vegas welcomed nearly 43 million visitors,” said Heller. “Any issues with the transportation of nuclear waste to the site, or issues with storage there, would bring devastating consequences to the local, state, and national economies. Mr. President, would you want to come to Las Vegas knowing that high level nuclear waste is being transported very likely through the heart of the strip?”


Hanford tunnel collapses onto rail cars storing radioactive wastes

A tunnel at the Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington State collapsed today on top of railcars stored there that contain “mixed” radioactive waste, an accident that local watchdog group, Hanford Challenge, describes as a “crisis.”

The tunnel is located next to the Plutonium Uranium Extraction Facility, also known as PUREX, and contains substances classified as “dangerous waste.” The collapse prompted an initial evacuation of workers in the area that then spread to a “take cover” order for the entire site.

The already embattled Hanford site was originally part of the Manhattan Project, and a major supplier of military plutonium. It houses 177 storage tanks containing liquid radioactive sludges, some of which have been leaking radioactive effluent that could eventually threaten the Columbia River. Cleanup at the site did not begin until 1989.

The Hanford tunnel collapse may have been caused by soil subsidence due to vibrations from nearby road works.

"The current unfolding crisis at Hanford, the bursting barrel at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant  (WIPP) in New Mexico in 2014, and the exploding radioactive waste dump in Beatty, Nevada in 2015, show that radioactive waste management is out of control," said Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Watchdog at Beyond Nuclear.

”That’s why the Yucca Mountain dump in Nevada, the Canadian dump targeted at the Great Lakes shore, and the parking lot dumps in Texas and New Mexico must be blocked, to prevent future disasters," Kamps added.

Read and share the full Beyond Nuclear press release.