Exhibit 6: CCNS and EVEMG Multimedia Comments Regarding The Draft Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Los Alamos National Laboratory
CCNS and the Embudo Valley Environmental Monitoring Group (EVEMG) submitted a mix CD titled "Where do the Children play" with liner notes as a part of our formal comments to the Department of Energy regarding . This mix CD is an official part of our comments and requires consideration and response under the National Environmental Policy Act. We requested, and eagerly await, a response in-kind from DOE.
Please listen to the songs below. These files are in MP3 format. The songs are intended for educational purposes not distribution.
Exhibit 6.1 Where Do the Children Play?
CCNS and EVEMG draft LANL SWEIS Comment Mix
Song Selection Made By Kalliroi Matsakis and Leah McLeroy
Submited to the Department of Energy on September 20th, 2006
The following is a track list for the enclosed music mix compact disk (Mix CD). This Mix CD is intended to compliment our comments, by providing emotional undertone, which our specific, and even general, comments cannot convey. It is also intended for your enjoyment while reviewing the public comments regarding the draft LANL SWEIS.
As stated above, CCNS and EVEMG request a response, in kind, to this Mix CD. The remarks following the title and artist for each track are intended to aid you in preparing such a response. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a meeting to discuss our request further, please contact Kalliroi Matsakis, Media Network Coordinator, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, by phone at 986-1973, or email at email@example.com.
An evolving family of nuclear weapons, which has come a long way from Fat Man and Little Boy, and is changing day to day, is all well and good, but we ask you "Where do the children play?"
One answer is on baseball fields next to Area G, the legacy and low-level nuclear waste dump. Another is in Acid Canyon, which is as safe as an extended backyard so long as they don't eat the dirt (please see Exhibit 9.3 and/or www.ieer.org/reports/lanl/cleanup.pdf).
Data presented in the draft LANL SWEIS shows that there are very high levels of plutonium in storm water run off, as well as in the regional aquifer as reported in Appendix F of the draft LANL SWEIS. Please see comments from the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research for more details.
When you are singing along to this track please pay close attention to the line that says "I can't twist the truth, it knows no regulation" and please consider using this line instead "I will twist the truth, because I forgot the regulations" or maybe "I always the twist the truth, because I don't care about the regulations" or on a more uplifting note "I won't twist the truth anymore, because I respect and love the regulations".
Please see CCNS and EVEMG water comments and Exhibits 1-4 for further discussion of DOE/NNSA's use of regulations in the draft LANL SWEIS.
All people that live downstream and downwind from LANL require and have a right to clean water for drinking, sacred ceremony, growing food, raising animals, recreating, and overall wellbeing. Please see the Los Alamos National Laboratory Water Watch Shared Values Statement, Exhibit 16.2.
The draft LANL SWEIS relies on conclusions made in the draft Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Public Health Assessment for its statement that there is no health impact from existing and proposed operations. The draft report was released for public comment last summer.
In comments about the draft assessment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated, "Blanket statements are made regarding the conservatism of this public health assessment without supporting documentation. In general, a risk assessment is revised to reflect more appropriate site-specific exposures or exposure point concentrations to rather than rely upon defaults and declare that the risk assessment is conservative." (Emphasis added) p.1 Exhibit 17.1.
Further, this ATSDR public health assessment was shelved without response to comments due to lack of funding as stated in an ATSDR letter dated December 8, 2006. The ATSDR report has not been finalized, yet DOE/NNSA relied upon its conclusions in the draft LANL SWEIS.
Let us clarify the lyrics, "TRASH, go pick it up, don't take your life away." CCNS and EVEMG state that the MDA removal option is the only way to protect surface water, ground water and existing and future drinking water supplies.
Godzilla was a Japanese pop culture response to the United States dropping atomic bombs on two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The bombings occurred only three days apart, on August 6th and 9th, 1945. These bombings killed over 70,000 people instantly and many, many more over time. Please see the photos of Hibakusha and Hiroshima Shadows in Exhibit 6.2.
Please recall that August 9th was also the date of the second Public Comment Hearing fro the draft LANL SWEIS, held in Espa–ola, NM. Ms. Withers described this scheduling choice as "ironic." We would say "telling," but perhaps we should quote Blue Oyster Cult and say, "history shows again and again, how nature points out the folly of man."
There is no way to determine the future land use because there is definitely, definitely, definitely no logic to human behavior. Therefore all cleanup must be done to a level which would allow a future pregnant subsistence farmer and her children and grandchildren to live there for their entire lives.
Although the millennium didn't bring the apocalypse, relying so heavily on the analysis in the 1999 LANL SWEIS just might. Especially when it is applied as a substitute for a true No Action Alternative in the draft LANL 2006 SWEIS.
The draft LANL SWEIS is misleading, incomplete, inadequate and technically indefensible. DOE/NNSA must withdraw it and issue a new . . . you read our comments, we donŐt need to repeat ourselves yet again. All we are asking for is a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T.