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Tell Your US Rep to Call for a House VOTE + VOTE FOR: Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) S 3853 Now!

URGENT—NEED your Rep to CALL ON House Speaker MIKE JOHNSON to BRING RECA S3853 TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE NOW!!

Register to Watch FIRST WE BOMBED NEW MEXICO (free online May 17-19)—an excellent documentary showing firsthand why the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act must be extended and expanded before it expires June 7, 2024, with a panel on ACTION NEEDED NOW!

Click the text LINK*** in the box below to

  • TELL your US REP to watch it!!
  • TELL your REP to call on House Speaker Mike Johnson to bring S 3853 RECA Radiation Exposure Compensation Act TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE NOW!!! (It EXPIRES JUNE 7!)
  • ASK your REP TO VOTE FOR RECA S 3853

(yes this is Senate-passed bill with the S-Senate number that would go to the House as S 3853)

Plus, FREE screening: “First We Bombed New Mexico”

Nuclear Information and Resource Service

We are asking you to contact your Representative and urge them to encourage House Speaker Mike Johnson to bring the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA S.3853) to the House floor for a vote immediately. Ask your Representative to ask Speaker Johnson to schedule a vote on the RECA Amendments well before the program sunsets in June 2024.

We need your help to ensure justice for those affected by the devastating impacts of US nuclear bomb testing and production. The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) is set to expire on June 7th, and it is crucial that we take action to renew and expand this critical legislation.

RECA provides essential compensation to individuals and communities who have suffered from the health effects of radiation exposure, including cancer, respiratory illnesses, and other serious conditions. However, without immediate action, this vital program will come to an end, leaving many without the support they need.

It is crucial that we act now to ensure that RECA is renewed AND expanded to provide assistance to those affected by US government-caused radiation exposure. Your voice can make a difference in ensuring that justice is served for those who have suffered the consequences of nuclear weapons production and detonation.

Additionally, we invite you, your friends, family, and colleagues to watch the powerful documentary First We Bombed New Mexico online for free between May 17th (8AM Eastern) and May 19th (11PM Eastern). This nuanced film highlights why RECA is urgently needed and why it must be approved before it expires on June 7th, 2024.

Register for the screening at this link!

Thank you for your support and advocacy on this critical issue. Together, we can ensure that RECA is renewed AND expanded to provide justice for those impacted by US nuclear activity.

Briefing on Plutonium Migration at the Los Alamos National Laboratory

Who:        Nuclear Watch New Mexico and chemist Dr. Michael Ketterer, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Northern Arizona University

What:       Nuclear Watch has mapped plutonium migration based on sampling data from Intellus, the Lab’s environmental sampling database. Our map graphically demonstrates widespread contamination down the Rio Grande to Cochiti Lake and vertically to deep groundwater. We believe it shows the need for comprehensive cleanup at LANL instead of proposed “cap and cover” that will leave toxic and radioactive wastes permanently buried in unlined pits and trenches.

When:      11:00 am MT Thursday April 25, 2024

Where:     https://us06web.zoom.us/j/95570087953?pwd=R1hNUEIyb1BLaktDQzZQaWNEdlpoQT09

                  Meeting ID: 922 1214 9822 Passcode: 975887

This virtual briefing is for media and the public. Nuclear Watch and Dr. Ketterer will briefly present followed by Q&A. Media and reporters will be given preference for questions. Please feel free to forward this notice to others.

Our plutonium contamination map and background materials will be available at www.nukewatch.org by 10:00 am MT Thursday April 25.

Nuclear Communities of the Southwest: New Exhibit at the Albuquerque Museum

NukeWatch’s Nuclear New Mexico Map will be on display as part of Nuclear Communities of the Southwest at the Albuquerque Museum. This exhibition features videos, photographs, and memorabilia from Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories as well as the Kirtland Air Force Base. This exhibition will put these historical objects in conversation with downwinder voices and artists’ responses to New Mexico’s involvement in the development of nuclear technologies.
It will open in the museum’s Keleher Gallery on March 23, 2024, and will run through September 15, 2024.
Please see the flyer above for the opening event information.

First Annual Plutonium Trail Caravan

On Saturday, April 6, you will be able to join the First Annual Plutonium Trail Caravan!  It will start at Pojoaque and end at Lamy.  It will also stop in Eldorado and you are welcome to join the caravan on its way to the final stop in Lamy.  There will be several stops along the way, with more details coming soon.  Please save the date for 30 minutes on the afternoon of April 6.  There will be fun satiric songs, banners, and plenty of people to ask questions about risks to neighborhoods on the route.

Submit Public Comment on the Environmental Assessment for LANL Chromium Plume by March 13

The Department of Energy (DOE) releases Draft Chromium Interim Measure and Final Remedy Environmental Assessment to address a chromium plume under Los Alamos National Laboratory. But there is no ‘final remedy.’ The proposed action is to keep trying “what can be done now with the information that is known,” while drilling more wells.

DOE is accepting public comments on the draft EA through Feb. 12 March 13, 2024

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WIPP Information Exchange Dec. 13 – In Person and Virtual

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) and Salado Isolation Mining Contractors (SIMCO) (Permittees) will conduct a virtual WIPP Information Exchange pursuant to Permit Part 4, Section 4.2.1.5, Legacy TRU Waste Disposal Plan. This exchange will discuss information regarding the Legacy TRU Waste Disposal Plan.

Questions and comments outside the scope of the Legacy TRU Waste Disposal Plan should be directed to the WIPP Community Forum.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Skeen-Whitlock Building
4021 National Parks Hwy
Carlsbad, NM 88220

REGISTRATION:
In-Person Registration:
WIPP Information Exchange In-Person Registration: https://form.jotform.com/222836798629172

Virtual Registration:
WIPP Information Exchange Virtual Registration:

QUESTIONS:
For questions regarding this information exchange please contact the WIPP Information Center at [email protected] or by calling 1-800-336-9477.

Upholding the CTBT Regime in a Time of Adversity

Thursday, Nov. 16, 10:00-11:30 am, U.S. Eastern Time

RSVP via Zoom by November 14

As with other critical nuclear risk reduction and arms control agreements, the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) is under threat due to inattention, diplomatic inaction, and worsening relations between nuclear-armed adversaries.

Disturbingly, but not surprisingly, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill from the Russian parliament to “un-ratify” the CTBT, ostensibly to “mirror” the United States’ posture toward the treaty and somehow pressure the United States to ratify the pact.

Putin says Russia will not resume nuclear explosive testing unless the United States does, but Russian officials have accused the United States of making preparations to resume nuclear testing. U.S. officials deny any such plans. Russia, China, and the United States, however, all continue to engage in military nuclear activities at their former test sites.

Support COMPREHENSIVE CLEANUP at Area C – Your Comments Needed!

Extended 2-Page Sample Comments available now! Download here:

We need your help to support the State’s mandate to excavate wastes instead of leaving them in place.

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has rejected the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL’s) plans for so-called cleanup through “cap and cover.” LANL’s plan would leave existing radioactive and hazardous wastes uncharacterized and forever buried in unlined pits and trenches as a permanent threat to groundwater. At issue is remediation of the Lab’s “Material Disposal Area C” waste dump that has 7 pits and 108 shafts of radioactive and hazardous wastes.

This mandate will help maximize protection of human health and the environment and ensure that our critical drinking water resources are permanently protected.

Any person who wishes to comment on the proposed Statement of Basis should submit written comments, along with their name and address, to the NMED Hazardous Waste Bureau, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive, Building 1, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87505-6303

or by email to [email protected].

Only written comments received by 5:00 p.m. MDT, November 6, 2023, will be considered by NMED in making a final decision.

Read the Area C NWNM Press Release

Read our 1-PAGE Sample Comments

Read our 2-PAGE Sample Comments

Download our 1-PAGE Sample Comments to use on your own:

Download our 2-PAGE Sample Comments to use on your own:

Important document links from the NMED page – (scroll down to Material Disposal Area (MDA) C, SWMU 50-009, Remediation, September 7, 2023)
env.nm.gov/hazardous-waste/lanl
Includes – Public Notice,
September 7, 2023-NMED Statement of Basis MDA C
June 30, 2021-DOE Corrective Measures Evaluation Rev. 1 for MDA C

Read the Santa Fe New Mexican article –
santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/state-tells-feds-to-excavate-lanl-waste-pit-at-805m-cost
State tells feds to excavate LANL waste pit at $805M cost
By Scott Wyland, Sep 18, 2023

THIS Friday! Public Meeting: WIPP Renewal, September 22, 5 – 7PM

WIPP Renewal Public Meeting – In Person or Online

WebEx link: nmed-oit.webex.com…

Meeting number: 2634 380 5952
Password: ESphqvid567
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 2634 380 5952

Location: IN-PERSON or ONLINE

ONLINE: WebEx: nmed-oit.webex.com…
IN-PERSON:
Larrazolo Auditorium
Harold Runnels Bldg
1190 So. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505
or
Skeen-Whitlock Bldg
4021 National Parks Hwy
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Contact [email protected]

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