The Atlanta Constitution reports Brent Scowcroft, co-chairman of President Obama’s Blue Ribbon Commission On America’s Nuclear Future, said he and his fellow commissioners will take a look at the most radioactive site in the United States (measured by curies): The Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. He also said they will visit the controversial Plant Vogtle nuclear power reactor complex, located just across the Savannah River from SRS on the Georgia side.
Large amounts of tritium, a gas used to boost nuclear explosions and also a radioactive element produced in civilian power plants, has been detected in the Savannah River, along with many other radioactive by products. The Savannah River is the 4th most polluted river in the United States. Critics such as WAND Georgia point out that cancer rates among poor residents along the river occur with alarming frequency. Nuclear power proponents say the amount of tritium released into the environment meet state standards.
The Blue Ribbon visit comes as new nuclear facilities are either under construction or being proposed for both SRS and Plant Vogtle.
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DeMint is holding out for more money:
“Finally, critics claim that the Obama administration isn’t doing enough to “modernize” the weapons it retains. If we have any complaint, it is that President Obama has gone too far to appease the nuclear lab directors and Republican critics on this point. He has promised $80 billion over the next 10 years to sustain and modernize the nuclear weapons complex and $100 billion to refurbish nuclear weapons and delivery systems.”
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On July 15 2010, the World Affairs Council organized a film screening and discussion titled, Nuclear Tipping Point, at the University of California, Washington Center. As Daryl Kimball, the Executive Director of the Arms Control Association (ACA) put it yesterday, “it is a nasty world out there.” To many, this spurs the desire to acquire more belligerent weapons for deterrence- the usual “just-in-case” reason that many states and nations give for having nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and warheads. In a refreshing twist to that reasoning, Kimball offered a perspective that resonated in some in the audience, “it is already a nasty world out there, what will it be with nuclear weapons?”
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given its conditional approval to a new mountaintop removal coal mining permit, as long as the mine operator makes changes to protect downstream water quality.
Community efforts to call a halt to mountaintop removal mining and the pollution that comes with it have attracted the support of well known musicians Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin, Kathy Mattea, Patty Loveless, Big Kenny and Buddy Miller, who held a sold-out benefit concert for the cause during May in Nashville.
The coal companies on one side and the musicians, environmental groups and affected communities are locked in a battle that is not going to end anytime soon.
But the Music Saves Mountains participants say their campaign is not an anti-coal industry movement. Rather, it seeks to raise awareness and put an end to just one destructive form of coal mining, mountaintop removal. Less than seven percent of the coal mined in the United States comes from mountaintop removal, its opponents point out.
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