Environment/Energy

Widespread environmental violations at WI frac sand mines

Almost 20% of Wisconsin's 70 operating frac sand mines and processing plants were cited for environmental violations in 2012, according to data obtained by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. 80 to 90 percent of sand industry operators were issued letters of noncompliance, a reversal of the typical statistics for a regulated industry, according to DNR air management engineer Marty Sellers.

Why are we rebuilding H-bombs?

"Without a public uproar, U.S. could spend more than $600 billion on nuclear weapons over the next 10 years," warns John LaForge of WNPJ member group Nukewatch, in a Counterpunch article

"For 2014, the President plans a nuclear weapons spending increase over the current level of $7.227 billion. Where’s the money to come from? Taking a page from the Reagan/Thatcher play book, Obama plans to get it from the nuclear non-proliferation budget."

Whitewashing nuclear weapons with national parks

From Madison's Lanterns for Peace event August 6"Government propagandists are establishing nuclear war theme parks -- but without the uncomfortable taint of mass murder or Cold War hatreds," warns John LaForge of WNPJ member group NukeWatch in a Capital Times op/ed.

"Just in time for the 66th anniversary of the U.S. atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar recommended to Congress that a national historic park be established to honor the Manhattan Project -- the secret World War II program that built the bombs that massacred 140,000 people at Hiroshima and another 70,000 at Nagasaki."

Weekend Gathering in the UP - “Protecting Our Water, Environment and Sacred Places”,

WNPJ Board member, Al Gedicks, LaCrosse, is one of the presenters at the Third Annual Protect the Earth Community Gathering, Baraga, MI on Saturday, July 31.  Al is part of a panel discussing Mining in the UP and resistance at Eagle Rock.  Winona LaDuke is also presenting at  this event, and there will be music and more. All welcome to this annual gathering, this year called: “Protecting Our Water, Environment and Sacred Places”, July 30– Aug. 1 at Baraga, MI  To see the three-day schedule of event and to learn more about accomodations, go to "Read more" (car-pool options from Madison - contact: info@wnpj.org)

Waste & Cost of Safeguards on New Nuclear Reactors at Lobby Day 2011

For WNPJ's 20th anniversary, a grassroots lobby day was held on February 23, 2011.  One of the focus issues was Waste and Cost of Safeguards on New Nuclear Reactors.  Below is information that was created for the lobby day and to help with on-going advocacy. 

 

Issue Backgrounder: Nuclear Reactor Safeguards

Visit the Penokee Harvest and Education Camp!

The Lac Courte Orielles Tribe has set up a Harvest and Education Camp, Camp Plummer, near the site of Gogebic Taconite's proposed open-pit iron mine. The camp, on Iron County Forest land, is intended to educate visitors and locals about geology, ecology, traditional lifeways, and Anishinaabe treaty rights.

Vermont Senate votes to shut state's only nuclear plant

By an overwhelming 26 to 4 vote, the Vermont Senate voted to deny a request by Entergy Corp., the operator of Vermont's sole nuclear plant, to extend its forty-year lifespan by an additional twenty years, forcing a shutdown of the aging reactor by 2012. The vote marks the first time a state has moved to shut down an operating reactor, and deals a severe blow to the troubled nuclear industry, which had hoped for a revival after President Obama made massive federal loan guarantees to promote construction of new nuclear plants a centerpiece of his proposed energy policy. Pictured:  Collapsed cooling tower, 2007

Unsafe Levels of Explosives Detected in Groundwater Near Prairie du Sac

Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger, a WNPJ member group, reports: Badger Army Ammunition Plant officials have reported that sampling conducted in June detected unsafe levels of explosives in a groundwater monitoring well in a rural neighborhood north of Prairie du Sac.

Two hearings on mining Weds Dec 14

Concerned about the push to expand mining in Wisconsin?  The state legislature is holding two hearings on Wednesday, Decemer 14.

In Milwaukee, there's a hearing on the Assembly mining bill (LRB 3520/1) that was just unveiled last week.  Assembly leaders say this will be the only public hearing on the bill.  The hearing is at the State Fair Park, Tommy Thompson Youth Center (gate 5), 84th Street in West Allis, starting at 10 am.  To learn more about the bill, see the analyses from the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Clean Wisconsin (PDF), Sierra Club (PDF) and River Alliance of Wisconsin (PDF).

In Madison, there's a hearing on the "polluters over people" bill (Senate Bill 326 / Assembly Bill 421, formerly Special Session Bill 24), which would greatly relax waterway protections and threaten water quality and quantity.  This hearing of the Joint Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment is in the state Capitol, room 300 Southeast, starting at 10 am.

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