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  • Bulletin 116: Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Continuing Los Alamos Nuclear Project Without Applicable Environmental Impact Statement, Mar 23, 2011 press release
    the next few days said Study Group Director Greg Mello It is never legal for a federal agency to decide to implement a project with significant environmental impact without an applicable objective EIS and that is what is happening here This decision while disappointing will not stop our opposition to this highly destructive project It s a speed bump If NNSA thinks they are in the clear now they are wrong This ruling doesn t change the facts on the ground the high seismicity the cramped site and poor geology the lack of need the lack of money and the basic horror and immorality of the mission All of these are unfavorable to this project The Study Group is represented by Thomas Hnasko and Dulcinea Hanuschak of the Hinkle Law Firm in Santa Fe Lindsay Lovejoy of Santa Fe and Diane Albert of Albuquerque Study Group Director Greg Mello is currently in Washington DC meeting with congressional staff federal safety officials and executive branch officials carrying the message pdf that attempting to pursue this project at the same time as eight 8 or more 100 M construction projects at LANL in the same immediate area and also at the same time as five 5 other multi billion dollar nuclear facilities elsewhere around DOE s weapons complex would be highly imprudent The Study Group believes the project is unnecessary and damaging to national security A call to pause the project on safety grounds was also voiced by Dr Everett Beckner who managed the nuclear weapons complex for President G W Bush Judge Herrera s opinion rested heavily on the supplemental EIS process now underway stating that this process itself which began only after the Study Group s litigation was filed and its public participation component in particular were sufficient for the

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  • Bulletin #115: XSEIS the SEIS -- why not try democracy? -- and some new resources, May 22, 2011
    And these op eds LANL Facility a Costly Sham Peter Neils Albuquerque Journal May 22 2011 The sham Peter was actually writing about are the upcoming SEIS hearings in quotes here because they are an Orwellian exercise is making sure citizens aren t heard about which more below On a Narrow Mesa Greg Mello KUNM MP3 May 20 2011 Still Awaiting Verdict on Los Alamos Nuclear Facility Taos News and elsewhere May 19 2011 3 I Greg am in Washington this week in meetings on Capitol Hill These meetings take up detailed issues of the CMRR NF in the context of weapons complex management this is a brand new summary of some of the key emerging CMRR NF issues pdf the need to cut Weapons Activities spending in relation to other priorities and ways to do that and related subjects 4 Public meeting in Santa Fe Tuesday May 24 7 9 pm at St John s United Methodist Church 1200 Old Pecos Trail Rm 116 downstairs This Tuesday s discussion in Santa Fe will continue last week s focus on concrete actions you can take to effectively oppose the proposed plutonium warhead core pit complex On May 9th Albuquerque and 10th Santa Fe we discussed ways in which the federal government and political parties shape and subvert citizens efforts to save the planet and their communities often using nonprofit organizations as their proxies and how we can avoid these traps We used examples from climate protection energy policy and nuclear disarmament Last week we began this practical discussion but only scratched the surface This coming Tuesday we will also discuss why the CMRR Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement SEIS hearings are an exercise in corralling and redirecting erstwhile citizen opposition into support for the CMRR NF nuclear facility no matter what

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  • Bulletin #114: Santa Fe meetings continue; ABQ meetings discontinued; boycott sham SEIS "hearings"
    dynamic and I think most people there got something useful from it Tuesday s discussion is the practical follow on to the last one Attending the upcoming SEIS hearings or commenting on the SEIS or otherwise investing in the SEIS will only help NNSA build this project so that s not among the useful things one might do see below for a little more on this theme The first thing you can do is to express your solidarity and come to our meeting in Santa Fe and don t go to the Department of Energy s meetings which they organize for their own purposes which are not ours Don t be used Please come on Tuesday and bring your friends We will be sending out more later this week but it is virtually impossible for most people to take effective action alone So please come on Tuesday We mostly work in Albuquerque and in our home city we have decided to discontinue public meetings in favor of working with you directly in our office if you wish We have a great deal to do and only two full time people with which to do it Some of you have particularly helpful skills and some of you can help create opportunities for others to contribute We are inviting those of you who reside conveniently for us in Albuquerque to move past discussion to action Please call or write us We are looking forward to seeing our Taos friends soon by the way 3 Boycott the sham SEIS hearings take REAL action instead XSEIS the SEIS The SEIS process is a prime example of how citizen groups can be co opted and recruited to support nuclear weapons plans as Study Group president Peter Neils has explained We sympathize with everyone who wants to use an illegal and invalid DOE process to sound off about the CMRR NF It may be cathartic but if it s empty of value or meaning that catharsis organized remember by DOE and for their purposes is not a good thing We have to face up to the fact that offering our opinions and analyses however excellent they may be in a forum which is set up for the sole purpose of helping an agency evade the law and keep moving forward on the project an adverse judgment in court is an expression of weakness and frank subjugation not strength Yesterday somebody sent me a set of seemingly erudite talking points about the CMRR NF to help form public comments for the SEIS You know what was missing A demand to stop the project now That was shocking The SEIS project is all about continuing the project whatever the content of the comments It is very good to develop knowledge and better still to express that knowledge publicly in any number of effective ways This is not one Many understand that the NEPA process as conducted by DOE is generally a sham more or less What is special

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  • Bulletin #113: Report on the recent hearing; the need for discernment
    Global Security Defendants counsel Andrew Smith from the Department of Justice voiced many objections during our testimony with a general appearance of unpreparedness Our counsels presentation was very much otherwise When the first day s proceedings reached the three hour limit Judge Judith Herrera after consulting with both legal teams continued the hearing on the following Monday morning May 2 nd The second day of the hearing began with argument from defendants counsel Andrew Smith The defense did not present any evidence or testimony on either day After Mr Smith s statement our lead counsel Tom Hnasko gave a concise closing argument Judge Herrera called a recess stating she would review all the arguments and evidence before ruling on the opposing motions Defendants stated on the 27 th that the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement SEIS is irrelevant a moment of agreement between sides At the same time they would use that process admittedly incomplete and unripe in the legal sense to justify not interrupting their ongoing preparations to construct this facility It is their primary defense in fact and the basis of their motion to dismiss Defendants even argue that they are in the SEIS actually considering two alternatives the design variations characterized by our counsel as digging a hole and digging a deeper hole We would like everyone to look carefully at the SEIS process as an example of how citizen groups can be co opted and recruited to support nuclear weapons plans as Study Group president Peter Neils explains We are looking forward to seeing many of you this coming Mon May 9th at ABQ Mennonite Church 1300 Girard Blvd NE and Tues May 10th in Santa Fe at St John s United Methodist Church 1200 Old Pecos Trail Rm 116 downstairs On these two evenings we

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  • Bulletin #112: Hearing continues tomorrow at 9am
    Administration If you would like to read up on all the legal filings that have been submitted to the court up to now you can access those from our website here Judge Judith Herrera is hearing our case on the MPI and on the defendants Motion to Dismiss We have no idea how she will decide on either of those issues but we thought the hearing went very well last Wednesday We commend our legal team and are looking forward to tomorrow s second day in court Come and witness Federal Courthouse 333 Lomas Blvd NW in between 3rd and 4th streets Brazos Courtroom 5th floor You are not allowed to bring a camera phone a recording device of any type or weapons of any kind into the courthouse And you must have a photo ID You can park directly north of the courthouse in an all day open parking lot for 3 Best deal in that area Also since we are busy working on the hearing continuation tomorrow we are going to cancel our seminars again this week and will start back up with those the following Monday May 9th at ABQ Mennonite Church 1300 Girard Blvd NE and Tuesday May 10th in Santa Fe at St John s United Methodist Church 1200 Old Pecos Trail Rm 116 downstairs These seminars will focus on an overall breakdown of what happened at the hearing next steps and what you can do to help So lots to cover and interesting I am sure for everyone but especially those of you that were unable to attend Please come and bring your friends Here are a few recent news stories of interest and importance NNSA defends decision to stay the course on CMRR NF Nuclear Weapons Materials Monitor Apr 29 2011 NNSA issues

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  • Bulletin #111: What you can do to stop the LANL plutonium complex
    starting tomorrow or Tuesday 7 Bring a friend And now this 8 Please come to the Federal Courthouse 333 Lomas Avenue Albuquerque to the Brazos Courtroom Room 580 the Hon Judge Judith Herrera presiding Wednesday April 27 th at 9 00 am Please come one half hour early This hearing is slated to last until 1 00 pm Judge Herrera will hear testimony concerning the Study Group s motion for a preliminary injunction against further investment in the proposed Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility CMRR NF pending analysis in a de novo environmental impact statement EIS The federal defendants the Department of Energy DOE the National Nuclear Security Administration NNSA DOE Secretary Dr Steven Chu and NNSA Administrator Thomas D Agostino and their attorneys at the departments of Justice and Energy have moved to dismiss our case and that motion will be heard as well As some of you know already or can read on our litigation web site the federal defendants have done everything in their power not just to have our case delayed and dismissed but also to prevent the ordinary discovery process involved in most civil litigation from commencing They certainly don t want senior officials to be questioned about their proposed project in a context where they might have to give straight answers under oath This is partly because defendants are telling the court they have not made up their minds about whether they want to build CMRR NF and aren t really implementing the project while at the same time they are telling Congress they are 100 committed to the project and are implementing it as fast as they can And send as much money as possible please They don t want Congress to know what they are telling people in New Mexico and vice versa The Brazos courtroom is fairly large but there may not be room for everyone That s just fine if you can t find a seat or if you want to stand in solidarity outside please do We understand that this is a work day for most of you but that only adds importance and moral weight to your presence in court or outside We hope many people will come If you don t live nearby call any friends you may have here and encourage them to come Please help us get the word out however you can Some of you may want to get together with your friends to make signs for what we hope will be a significant demonstration outside the courthouse Be creative More on this later Here is part of why we are in this lawsuit This is your court set up by the Constitution before which we come We and this we includes most of you you who have been active in our work one way or another are coming not just as plaintiffs but also as citizen attorneys general helping enforce one of our nation s most important environmental laws If you

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  • Bulletin#110: Status of CMRR & citizens' roles
    crises by taking an in depth look at the current status of and prospects for the proposed plutonium storage processing and manufacturing complex at Los Alamos currently slated to cost about 7 billion in toto As before we will meet tomorrow at the Albuquerque Mennonite Church 1300 Girard Blvd NE map We ll discuss the same topic in Santa Fe on Tuesday April 12 th from 7 00 to 9 00 pm at St John s United Methodist Church 1200 Old Pecos Trail Room 116 downstairs map To get to Room 116 go in the double glass doors toward the north of the building which face east Room 116 is down one level from the entrance We have done our homework on this Over the last five years we have been on Capitol Hill and elsewhere in Washington for dozens of weeks speaking to officials and educating Congress on this and related topics We remain in frequent contact with at least some of these decision makers I was in Washington for two weeks in late February working on nuclear weapons budget issues and will return there again next month after a hearing in federal court on April 27 on our

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  • Bulletin #109: Weekly Seminars Resume
    hope to have a rich discussion We will focus on aspects of energy and climate protection policies because of their centrality their overwhelming importance and the imminence of their impacts We hope to provide not just useful information and an interesting discussion but also a forum where citizens policy professionals journalists and others can share ideas perspectives tools and enthusiasm We said we d critique the Administration s energy policy in this first seminar given Obama s recent speeches but it isn t clear if there is much of a real policy proposal at the moment We ll discuss the same topics in Santa Fe on Tuesday April 5 th from 7 00 to 9 00 pm at St John s United Methodist Church 1200 Old Pecos Trail Room 116 downstairs map On subsequent weeks we will meet in the same places and times We will announce other public presentations in late April In the last half hour of each meeting we d like to discuss ways each of us can be more involved and effective I don t need to reiterate how dire the need is As I write the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continues only partially abated German Chancellor Angela Merkel called it a catastrophe of apocalyptic dimensions The heavy costs human environmental economic are still rising and their full extent will not be clear for a long time Many of us have been deeply involved in learning and speaking about this catastrophe but we can t affect events there We can affect events here wherever we live and that s the point of course The following week April 11 th and 12 th we will take up the relative merits of nuclear power in greater depth partly in preparation for an upcoming nuclear

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