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  • Bulletin #108: Helen Caldicott, fundraising, more
    minute We have a deep bench at the Study Group as well It is essential to understand the converging crises of our time together in order to prepare and to educate our lawmakers 4 Many in New Mexico might not be aware of the fact that nuclear energy is again being promoted here in our state even as the Fukushima disaster continues There is a conference Will New Mexico Lead the Way in Nuclear Energy to be held in Hobbs Wednesday and Thursday April 27 28 to focus on potential developments and implementation of small scale reactors in New Mexico This gawdawful proposal should not be treated lightly We assume it is serious It is important that as many of you as possible attend this conference in protest of this SLAP in the face of this monumental catastrophe in Japan How dare our elected officials fail to strenuously and creatively promote the abundant wind and solar energy which could lift up our towns and rural areas build careers for tens of thousands of New Mexicans and quickly retire most coal burning Instead they are prostituting themselves to mendacious nuclear corporations who are in a position to give them abundant cash now Think Martin Heinrich for one who is working overtime to promote nuclear weapons in Congress and is emerging as a national spokesperson for the nuclear weapons establishment Please feel free to send this notice out to any and all listserves that you belong to New Mexico should be a leader in sustainable energy NOT nuclear energy This catastrophe in Japan is a very good example of just what can happen and the back story of deception and denial of risk is the way this industry has always operated not to put too fine a point on the matter We must be very BOLD We can be civil but let s not be victims of misplaced civility Everything in its place 5 The Study Group s litigation to stop the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility CMRR NF at Los Alamos continues A hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday April 27th 9am here in Albuquerque at the Pete Domenici Federal Court House on Lomas Because of this hearing key Study Group people will not be able to attend the nuclear energy conference in Hobbs inside or outside We are depending on our supporters and colleagues Meanwhile we are in very close communication with decisionmakers in Washington and anticipate meeting with many actors in Washington in April 6 To repeat we urge you to gather a group of your friends and colleagues and invite us to come and speak about these converging crises especially nuclear weapons issues here in NM We have a lot of experience and could speak on many threads in the evolving tapestry of nuclear energy nuclear weapons climate change fossil fuel depletion and related economic issues and we can give you an update on what is happening in Washington on some of these matters 7 As

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  • LASG correspondence to congressional decisionmakers Mar 21, 2011
    and potentially to lawsuits that could also slow the project down Beckner said I think we have to be careful not to start shouting the sky is falling he said but we need to be equally determined to do a very thorough job of putting the case back together so that there are no holes in the argument because if there are holes in the argument it s just going to make it worse Seismic Issues for Both Facilities Seismic concerns have been considered at both facilities especially at Los Alamos and CMRR NF Recent studies revealed a significantly increased risk of major earthquakes at the lab which is built atop a volcanic plateau crisscrossed by active faults A lab study found that the area has experienced two or three major earthquakes of magnitude greater than 6 5 in the past 10 000 years As a result earthquake risk has been a major driver in rising nuclear safety costs at the lab both associated with the lab s current plutonium facility maintenance of the existing Chemistry and Metallurgy Research building and the design of its replacement Y 12 s recent Site Wide Environmental Impact Statement indicates that a moderate seismic risk exists at Y 12 that should not impact the construction and operation of the UPF or other new facilities According to the document all new facilities and building expansions at Y 12 are being designed to withstand the maximum expected earthquake generated ground acceleration in accordance with DOE safety guidelines which appears to be in the range of a 5 0 6 0 on the Richter scale within 100 miles of Y 12 A Move Toward More Conservatism Beckner suggested that a recent push by the NNSA to relax safety standards at CMRR NF justified by reducing the amount of material at risk in the facility would run into significant opposition in light of the incidents in Japan In an effort to reduce the cost of the facility the NNSA is exploring downgrading some of the safety systems at the facility like the fire suppressions system and active ventilation system There s no way to avoid it now Beckner said I would expect Energy Secretary Steven Chu to be much more sensitive to the views of the Defense Board because he s going to be looking for independent eyes and ears ones that are not tied to the project The Defense Board has previously raised concerns about the NNSA s plans If NNSA changes assumptions regarding the nuclear material at risk the Board will review the impact that has on the overall CMRR NF safety strategy including seismic safety Winokur said The Board feels strongly that the CMRR NF seismic safety strategy must be conservative providing adequate protection to the public workers and the environment Todd Jacobson Santa Fe New Mexican Seismic concerns grow over plutonium plant By Roger Snodgrass 3 19 2011 Alarmed by the safety implications of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in Japan experts in

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  • Bulletin 106: Obama toadies to labs; Dr. Caldicott coming to NM
    one or it may be a physical one and it may be both moral and physical but it must be a struggle Power concedes nothing without a demand It never did and it never will Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows or with both The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress In the light of these ideas Negroes will be hunted at the North and held and flogged at the South so long as they submit to those devilish outrages and make no resistance either moral or physical Men may not get all they pay for in this world but they must certainly pay for all they get If we ever get free from the oppressions and wrongs heaped upon us we must pay for their removal We must do this by labor by suffering by sacrifice and if needs be by our lives and the lives of others 2 Dr Helen Caldicott physician author lecturer founder of prominent environmental peace and women s organizations to speak in Albuquerque and Santa Fe From our press release The Los Alamos Study Group is pleased to host two public talks by Dr Helen Caldicott in Albuquerque March 20 and Santa Fe March 21 Times and locations are below For the last four decades Dr Caldicott has played a uniquely important role in the politics of nuclear weapons and nuclear power worldwide Her seven books thousands of public talks and countless interviews have been hugely influential in the global movement for nuclear disarmament In the 1980s the movement she helped inspire was a significant international force specifically affecting the nuclear policies of Mikhail Gorbachev That movement and Dr Caldicott helped lead the way to the nuclear rapprochement that marked the end of the Cold War Born in Melbourne Australia in 1938 Dr Caldicott received her medical degree from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 1961 She founded the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at the Adelaide Children s Hospital in 1975 and subsequently was an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and on the staff of the Children s Hospital Medical Center Boston Mass until 1980 when she resigned to work full time on the prevention of nuclear war Dr Caldicott has received many prizes and awards for her work including the Lannan Foundation 2003 Cultural Freedom Prize and 21 honorary doctorates She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Linus Pauling In April of this year she will receive the Nuclear Free Future Award for Lifetime Achievement in Berlin Dr Caldicott is a co founder of the Physicians for Social Responsibility PSR and the umbrella group International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War IPPNW composed of PSR and similar organizations in other countries She founded the U S

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  • Bulletin #105 - 17 Dec 2010
    or opinion not linked with mutual commitment and action is useless and empty The rest of this Bulletin in a nutshell The New Mexico congressional delegation is undermining the National Environmental Policy Act NEPA a cornerstone of U S environmental law by tacitly encouraging through their supportive silence the expenditure of tens of millions of dollars in the next few months in very detailed final design for the Los Alamos plutonium project without an applicable EIS pdf You can help educate them We seldom encourage ordinary citizens to write our congressional delegation or even meet with junior staffers whose job it is to absorb and dispose of citizen concerns because such campaigns very seldom mean or achieve anything To be effective it is essential to recruit supportive action from important donors and political supporters to demand accountability from elected representatives in the press and so on Our senators have even claimed credit for helping set up a bogus Supplemental EIS SEIS process to provide an appearance of reconsidering the project while it advances It is up to citizens to hold our elected officials to account by asking them to halt the project pending completion of a new EIS that considers all reasonable alternatives just as the law requires Above the local level we don t have more than a sliver of democracy left in this state which in addition to being subject to national trends eroding our democracy also harbors unique and profoundly anti democratic institutions chief among them being our giant weapons laboratories that undermine representative government at every opportunity Our democracy has to be rebuilt from the ground up and that means our engagement with village city tribal and county governments and with state legislators It means learning about issues and being able to talk to others Our major newspapers and media outlets seldom if ever help as opposed to hurt when it comes to the state s dominant exploitative corporations and government entities and they tend to be allergic to issues that could affect their own corporate investments or the social standing of their owners and editors Like the rest of us they are only human and do not understand the issues involved because we have not found effective and persuasive ways to educate them That is a hint The Department of Energy DOE the National Nuclear Security Administration NNSA and the White House have been telling Congress they are unequivocally committed to building the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility CMRR NF at Los Alamos National Laboratory LANL no matter what the cost pdf Meanwhile the Department of Justice DOJ DOE and NNSA are telling a federal judge the exact opposite pdf that they have no commitment to the project You can help expose them Our newspapers have refused to write about this contradiction so far It is too controversial too scary to actually name and criticize the many lies of the federal government that enable this 5 8 billion project especially when all of our congressional delegation wants silence or support so the project can proceed as fast as possible All the evidence in our lawsuit over the lack of NEPA compliance for CMRR NF and all the legal briefs are now on our web site in a convenient form You can use this information to powerfully inform yourself and others Our briefs and evidence provide a good summary of the issues We want to try this case in public as well as in court The Obama White House and three federal agencies are bending every effort to roll over environmental law and over New Mexico in their rush tocreate a factory for manufacturing new note new kinds of nuclear weapons Official requests for a new EIS by local governments tribes and by federal and state agencies are extremely important You can help secure them The sooner the better Both the City and the County of Santa Fe have unanimously requested a new EIS for the CMRR NF at LANL Kudos to Commissioner Holian for introducing and carrying this important resolution through the recent County process Mayor David Coss and councilors Patti Bushee and Matt Ortiz were the ones that stepped forward in City government Thanks so much for all who worked for this important outcome Some local governments including tribes have joined and are funding a new regional government entity set up by a Joint Powers Agreement called The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities the purpose of which is to lobby Congress for LANL programs and funding using pooled municipal and county i e local taxpayer funds while providing a forum for LANL propaganda You can help upset this poison applecart Here s an exposé by Wren Abbott at the Santa Fe Reporter This new regional government is primarily responsible to Los Alamos County since that County provides three fourths of the funding Darwin BondGraham and I attended and filmed a meeting of the Coalition and we saw how Los Alamos County was running the show We saw how LANL representatives took up most of the meeting with presentations including a deceptive presentation extolling the wonders of CMRR NF omitting to include any problems or impacts and omitting to provide any clear explanation of the purpose of the facility because the presenters didn t know they were only following orders policy matters were above their pay grade Los Alamos County Commissioner Mike Wheeler explained that the new regional government Coalition is a LANL advocacy group set up so the Laboratory can do what it needs to do It is explicitly set up to overcome citizen opposition and concerns This new joint government if allowed to continue would represent a united pro LANL front in the halls of power from northern New Mexico essentially negating any contrary official opinion or resolution that might be expressed by any participating government and any but the tamest and most subservient citizen action It is a very important loss of local sovereignty and citizenship The only person present

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  • Bulletin #104: SF County Commission Resolution proposed to ask for new EIS on LANL's CMRR-NF
    in 2008 6 4 billion pdf It will require something like 1 10 of the concrete used in Hoover Dam It is by far the largest government project in the history of New Mexico except the interstate highways More talking points An EIS would help answer questions about this facility including questions about its long term economic impact What would be the cost to tourism and to property values of building and operating this facility with the nuclear waste disposal and nuclear transportation that would go with it What would be the cost to the identity and attractiveness of Santa Fe County How well would the area s status as a major tourist destination hold up Tourism is certainly far more important than LANL in the region s economy and far more important than the construction jobs temporarily associated with this building These are not trivial questions potentially requiring considerable research NNSA not the County should pay for that research and it should be done before CMRR NF is a done deal NNSA may be afraid of the answers but we need to know NNSA is required to produce a mitigation plan for negative impacts but if these impacts aren t known there will be no plan NNSA has said that after construction there will be no new jobs as a result of this building So would the region be better off with a plutonium processing center or not We don t even know how many construction workers are expected to come from out of state We know that many construction workers will need special nuclear certifications and must be recruited from afar what we don t know is how many of these guest workers will be coming where they will live where their children will go to school or how these and other impacts will be paid for An EIS would be the foundation for any such discussion The health consequences of a major accident could be very serious The economic consequences could also be very serious and at lower contamination levels At Rocky Flats a health advisory had to be and may still be attached to deeds of downwind properties The incorporation of safety features into CMRR NF design has only occurred because of independent oversight and years of political intervention including by this organization A new EIS would greatly help with the process of internalizing responsibility No plutonium facility has ever operated without serious environmental problems To minimize these or to avoid them an EIS is needed Since the 2003 CMRR EIS it has doubled in gross area increased its concrete requirements by a factor of more than 100 and introduced the so called hotel design concept which makes future missions uncertain Even those planning its construction do not know all the missions proposed for this building because they have no need to know Its environmental traffic social and economic impacts are even more mysterious because they have never been studied in more than a cursory fashion

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  • Bulletin #103: Think before embracing Obama's nuclear weapons juggernaut
    New York Times was spot on If you want to use the civil justice system you have to have money If there s less money you d have less litigation But then you d also have less justice What we have done so far has been made possible by many of you I don t ask very often but now we really need your financial help Our efforts are at a crucial stage We can beat this thing but we could sure use your help Some of you are already helping some of you a lot It s because of you that we have gotten this far If you are of modest means see if you can bundle your contribution with those of others Build political awareness in your friendship networks It s crucial for the children and the earth Some of you can write big checks Some of you know others who can Now is the time please If you aren t ready ask us to speak to you and your friends Turn reasonable questions into opportunities for all of us to learn I am also asking for you to reach out to other donors please especially potential major donors We just don t have your friends and connections and all our time is used up in this lawsuit working with Congress and in other forums Please put your credibility on the line for us just a little That s the only way it works I am requesting your concrete advocacy on behalf of our work with the specific goal of helping us raise money from major donors More Details reflections and some Tools you can use This one monster building would cost about six times as much as all the Manhattan Project spending in New Mexico corrected for inflation Its cost per square foot is roughly 35 times what similar space cost during the Cold War at Los Alamos again in constant dollars That and its scale is why this project is a bellwether for our society At those unprecedented prices something our society or the project has to break That s part of the point The folks planning this thing at LANL know perfectly well the sorry state of federal finance Nevertheless they are bending every effort to make sure the federal government is fully vested in this project before the full crisis hits Their primary consideration is to make sure they and the rest of nation s nuclear establishment end up on top Social needs renewable energy avoiding climate catastrophe and in final analysis human survival all these are expendable goals just like they have always been in the nuclear bomb business Like Slim Pickens in Dr Strangelove we are supposed to straddle The Bomb all the way down leaving all human and natural life behind Not long ago I spoke with a man who signed off on this project in 2001 when it was to cost 375 million for two buildings He said he now

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  • LASG Bulletin #102
    our case This filing ups the ante in our litigation against the Department of Energy DOE and National Nuclear Security Administration NNSA to compel compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act NEPA regarding the CMRR NF Trish is setting up a special web site so you can have easier access to the legal and factual submittals in the case Up tomorrow In addition to lead attorney Thomas Hnasko of Hinkle Hensley Shanor Martin we are represented in this matter by attorneys Lindsay Lovejoy Dulcinea Hanuschak Diane Albert and the expert paralegals at Hinkle Thanks all of you Supporting evidence was filed directly or indirectly from Gilbert Sanchez a former governor of San Ildefonso Pueblo Walatowa Jemez Pueblo Governor Joshua Madalena the City of Santa Fe unanimous resolution calling for full new EIS the Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club Jody Benson of the Los Alamos School Board Robert Peurifoy formerly vice president and manager of nuclear weapons design at Sandia National Laboratories myself and in by far the largest volume NNSA itself We are requesting a halt to investment not just in CMRR NF but also in moving the TA 55 security perimeter to prepare for CMRR NF excavation Meanwhile according to interviews conducted with project managers by a trade publication published yesterday NNSA reportedly has suspended all new CMRR NF procurements This is welcome news but we don t yet know how far or how deep it goes The third big news item I wanted to tell you about this weekend is that the White House has pledged another 4 1 billion over 5 years to the nuclear laboratories and plants An additional 300 million per year is headed to Los Alamos on top of the additional 338 million in nuclear weapons funding Los Alamos got on October 1

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  • LASG Bulletin #101
    of the whole Manhattan Project in New Mexico in constant dollars The City and County of Santa Fe have not yet heard from many of you just a few people have been actively working to educate local government so far They need your help and not just in Santa Fe but also in Taos Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties in the town of Taos and wherever you live Even if you live outside Santa Fe County a call or note to a Santa Fe County commissioner wouldn t hurt Contact information is below For background use the information provided at our CMRR web site However this project is still expanding far from the public eye Originally 200 000 gross square feet it is now twice that big Concrete requirements are now more than 100 times greater The cost per square foot of useful space has grown to more than 100 times what LANL s existing plutonium facility cost in 1978 in constant dollars This coming week Vice President Biden will meet with arch conservative Senator Kyl to reaffirm and increase the Administration s financial commitment to this project But it will take more than money to fix this project s problems The National Environmental Policy Act NEPA does not allow the federal government to proceed on major projects while an EIS is pending We are in federal court now to help enforce this law and our lawsuit is proceeding well If passed these resolutions mean more than the usual non binding political sentiment If you live in Santa Fe or nearby your support and attendance at the Santa Fe City Council this coming week and later this month at the Santa Fe County Commission is crucial and not just to help pass this resolution These meetings represent a political opportunity of the very first importance in the struggle against nuclear military colonization as the primary development path for New Mexico Many of you know these elected officials personally If you don t this would be an excellent time to get acquainted and involved The Councilors and Commissioners are taking a small stand for due process and the environment They are uneasy about standing by silently while a giant factory for weapons of mass destruction becomes the biggest project government does in New Mexico for the next decade They need your moral support More than that we all need the moral support that only coming together face to face can provide And the media needs to see live people who care us The corporations that profit so handsomely from mass violence work all day every day for their selfish interests This is one of those moments when we need to see and be seen in an actual democratic context Here s when and where The Santa Fe City Council will meet Wednesday November 10 at 5 00 pm afternoon session and at 7 00 pm evening session at the Council Chambers 200 Lincoln Ave The Resolution is on the consent calendar

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