Public interest, environmental and faith groups, along with local clean energy and agricultural businesses, have joined in asking the state legislature and Gov. Scott Walker to maintain state laws safeguarding nuclear power reactors and focus the state’s energy policy on clean, renewable energy.
“Wisconsin has an opportunity to be a leader in the clean energy economy. We know that you care about creating family-supporting jobs, protecting the health of our citizens, and sustaining our natural resources. We do as well. We urge you to oppose any bills that weaken or eliminate Wisconsin's cost and waste safeguards for nuclear reactors, and support energy policies that help us realize our clean energy potential,” the letter, with 16 signers, including WNPJ, said.
In response to a campaign by WNPJ member group Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger, Wisconsin State regulators have ordered the U.S. Army to improve soil test methods for a carcinogenic explosive that has contaminated groundwater and drinking water wells in rural communities near Badger Army Ammunition Plant. The precedent-setting decision by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is expected to prompt similar requirements at other military bases where dinitrotoluene (DNT) contamination has been found.
Citizen Voices Matter in the Penokee Hills
The legal firm Midwest Environmental Advocates has put together a beautiful collection of testimonials against environmental destruction from the Penokee Mine and other profit-driven industrial activities. These include the members of the Bad River Band of Ojibwe featured below. To see more of their videos, check out their Citizen Voices Matter website.
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.
"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."
Message from Steve Leeper, Mayors for Peace in Japan: Spread the news, endorse, and send your music and poetry to Peace Week, a week-long interactive on-line 'concert' 8/3 - 8/11 that calls for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Click here to learn more or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Plus, ENDORSE THE CALL TO ACTION AND ENROLL YOUR MAYOR IN MAYORS FOR PEACE! August 6th and 9th 2011 will mark the 66th anniversaries of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the wake of the catastrophic events in Fukishima, let us use these August days of remembrance to continue our work in this third year of United for Peace & Justice’s Nuclear Free Future Month.
A group of citizens opposed to the controversial 5,000-cow factory farm (called the Richfield Dairy) gained significant strength over the July 4th weekend following efforts to share information and to draw attention to the proposed CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation). Many families living within just a few miles were unaware of this proposed dairy until this grassroots effort began just a few weeks ago.
WNPJ board member Chuck Baynton writes in the Journal Sentinel about the cost of nuclear power:If "conservative" means something nearer to cautious than reckless, especially about spending gobs of money, we may yet see conservatives lead a charge against nuclear power. So far, there aren't any signs of that from the conservatives now running Madison. But maybe they've heard too much from the nuclear power industry and not enough from utility customers.
Just one week after the Swiss government announced plans to phase out the use of nuclear power, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced her own nuclear "exit strategy," with a plan to shut down all of Germany's nuclear plants by 2022. Merkel's shift was especially dramatic, given that she had been promoting nuclear plants as a safe "bridge" to renewable energy less than a year ago. The change comes less than a week after thousands of people across Germany took part in protests against nuclear power. The previous pro-nuclear stance taken by Merkel's Christian Democratic Party was also blamed for the party's poor showing in recent elections.
The Swiss Cabinet announced today a plan to completely phase out the country's use of nuclear power in favor of wind, solar and other renewables. The announcement comes days after an estimated 20,000 people took part in the biggest anti-nuclear protest in Switzerland in 25 years. The recommendation will be debated in parliament, which is expected to make a final decision next month. If approved, Switzerland's five nuclear reactors would go offline between 2019 and 2034 after they reach their average lifespan of 50 years. Switzerland now gets about 40% of its electricity from nuclear power. Full story here...