NRC Palisades meeting; Nuclear-Free Future Award winners

Beyond Nuclear Bulletin
September 28, 2023

Nuclear-Free Future Awards event

In 2022, three extraordinary activists were honored with a Nuclear-Free Future Award. However, at the end of 2022, the Awards transited out of their former home at the Nuclear Free Future Foundation and there was no official ceremony. Until now! Beyond Nuclear invites you to meet the 2022 winners at a special online awards ceremony on Friday, October 13 at 1pm U.S. ET. Please register at the link below to hear from uranium mining activist, Anthony Lyamunda, Resistance (Tanzania); Nuclear Hotseat podcaster, Libbe HaLevy, Education (USA); and nuclear policy researcher, Malte Göttsche, Solution (Germany) as they are interviewed about their work. A special announcement about the 2023 Awards event and winners will be made during the event.


Holtec license transfer NRC meeting

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced an October 3 meeting with Holtec at 1 - 3pm ET. (Pre-register to attend) Holtec schemes to not only restart the half-century old, permanently shutdown Palisades reactor, but also to build four small modular reactors (SMRs) on the site. Holtec had claimed from 2020 until April 2022, that it was taking over Palisades to decommission the nuclear plant. But then Holtec CEO, Krishna Singh, floated building SMRs there. Days later, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer floated restarting the closed reactor. Holtec announced in September 2022 it had already applied to the U.S. Department of Energy for billions of dollars to restart the closed reactor and $7.4 billion more for the SMRs.

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Native American Nuclear Issues Forum

Ian Zabarte (pictured), Principal Man of the Western Shoshone, has announced the 2023 Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues, November 20 & 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will also be webcast. Western Shoshone Spiritual Leader Darlene Graham will attend. Day 1 presenters include: Carletta Tillousi; Lorraine Rekmans; Anna Rondon; Dr. Tommy Rock; Peter d'Errico; Steve Newcomb; Joe Kennedy; Beatta Tsosi-Peña; Mary Gibson; Dave Archambault, Sr.; and Zabarte (moderator). Day 2 presenters include: Susan Alzner; Rozsa Greg Gyorgy; Mary Palevsky; Mary Olson; Judy Treichel; Steve Frishman; Kevin Kamps; Melissa Bumstead; Sarah Fox; Dave Hazzenzhal; and Molly Johnson (moderator). More info is at the Native Community Action Council website. The Western Shoshone have led the resistance against nuclear dangers in Newe Sogobia for many decades.

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Long-fought-for compensation within reach

Hope exists for those exposed to falloutand others who were ignored. For nearly two decades, Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium (TBDC) has pushed to amend The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to include Trinity downwinders. The U.S. Senate as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has not only added Trinity downwinders, but others in seven additional states and uranium workers employed post 1971. The Senate and the House NDAAs will now go through the reconciliation process. The House bill needs to have the RECA amendments included. Thank your Senator and please contact your U.S. Representative using the web comment form provided by Union of Concerned Scientists. Ask them to support adding the RECA amendments to the NDAA to mirror what was passed in the Senate with no changes.

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