Saturday, June 10th Forum “Radioactive Contamination, Environment and Public Health and the Future of the Portsmouth Nuclear Site”
You are invited to join the Ohio Nuclear Free Network for its important virtual public forum, Radioactive Contamination, Environment and Public Health and the Future of the Portsmouth Nuclear Site, on Saturday, June 10th beginning at 10:45 am Mountain Time. The in-person and virtual forum offers an opportunity to learn from world-renowned experts about contamination at the Piketon, Ohio site and at Department of Energy (DOE) sites across the country. The forum will be available at https://bit.ly/portsforum and recorded on the Ohio Nuclear Free Network YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ohio+nuclear+free+network
Dr. Michael Ketterer, an industrial chemistry professor emeritus and former enforcement scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency, will unveil new field test results from sampling attics and other obscure locations in people’s homes at various distances from the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, now known as the Portsmouth Nuclear Plant, or PORTS. [ Dr. Ketterer’s work on plutonium at Rocky Flats: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WNFEFg7fhI ]
Joe Mangano, a noted epidemiologist, will provide evidence of dramatic cancer spikes in residents exposed to radioactive air and water in seven counties downwind and downstream of PORTS. https://thebulletin.org/biography/joseph-mangano/
Terry Lodge, a specialist in environmental law and civil rights, will discuss the new, secretive Ohio Nuclear Development Authority and the perversion of Ohio state government into promoting advanced reactors and nuclear weapons proliferation. https://celdf.org/about-celdf/board-staff/
Piketon is a village 80 miles south of Columbus, Ohio, and is the home of PORTS. It is a DOE installation where, beginning in the 1950’s, fuel for nuclear power plants was enriched. From time to time PORTS contractors have produced nuclear weapons material.
There is a 70-year legacy of enriched uranium, technetium, americium, possibly plutonium and other radioisotopes contaminating natural features and human lives for miles downwind of the site.
Even as communities are dealing with contamination, new dirty industries are locating at PORTS, including a new production line to purify depleted uranium for use in machine gun bullets, tank and artillery shells and components for nuclear weapons. https://www.energy.gov/pppo/portsmouth-site,
A new limited study conducted under the watchful leadership of local government officials has just been publicized. The study, funded by DOE, verifies measurable enriched uranium contamination in a six-mile radius from PORTS. The study will support the communities’ demands for additional scientific verification, medical tracking and free treatment for cancer and radiation victims, and reparations for what has clearly become a very large sacrifice zone in southern Ohio. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-AkriuifxE
The Ohio Nuclear Free Network is working with groups living in the shadow of other federal nuclear sites to get the truth out about both the natural and human victims of more than 80 years of official nuclear war policy. https://env-comm.org/2021/08/31/hello-world/
Did You Know?
- Friday, June 9th from noon to 1 pm MT – Join the weekly peaceful protest for nuclear disarmament on the corners of Alameda and Guadalupe in downtown Santa Fe with Veterans for Peace, CCNS, Nuclear Watch NM, Loretto Community, Pax Christi, Nonviolent Santa Fe, and others.
- CCNS submitted public comments on the scope of the Sandia National Laboratory Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement. The comments are available here. 230605 CCNS SNL Scoping Comments
- Thursday, June 8th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm MT – in person and virtual Town Hall on Santa Fe Mountains Landscape Resiliency Project at Santa Fe Community College, Jemez Meeting Rooms. The Town Hall is hosted by Santa Fe County Commissioner Chair Anna Hansen (District 2) and the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF). The purpose is to provide information about the Santa Fe Mountains Landscape Resiliency Project (SFMLRP) and give the public an opportunity to ask SFNF leadership program managers and resource specialists about upcoming plans and actions.
Note: There is road construction at the intersection of Richards Avenue and Avenida Del Sur. Allow additional time for travel and utilize detours (I-25 to Rabbit Road and through Oshara Village). For directions to SFCC during construction, visit https://www.sfcc.edu/upcoming-road-closure/
Participants can also attend the Town Hall virtually by calling 1-408-418-9388 and reference meeting number 2492 156 0294 and password: BHeD3S7aiv7.
- Thursday, June 8th from 6 to 8 pm MT – Atomic Bamboozle: The False Promise of a Nuclear Renaissance. The Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club is hosting an exclusive showing and panel discussion of the new 46-minute documentary that warns that so-called small modular nuclear reactors, or SMNRs, are simply the same dangerous nuclear technoogy in a new shiny wrapper. “New” nuclear is considered a climate solution – which it is not. Join filmmaker Jan Haaken to learn why SMNRs are a false solution. For more information: https://www.sierraclub.org/oregon
- Saturday, June 10th from 9:30 to 11:30 am MT – FLOW: remembering our way to a livable future – The unfolding of human/water relations in downtown Santa Fe. For more information: https://wisefoolnewmexico.org/flow2023/
- Saturday, June 10th at 2 pm Mountain Time – Santa Fe Archbishop John C. Wester to Speak about the Need for Nuclear Disarmament – in person and virtually. In person at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center, 7241 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM. Livestreamed at: https://www.mountaincloud.org/ , click on “sit.mountain.cloud.org” – passcode mountain22
- Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at 9 am MT – virtual and in-person public hearing about draft groundwater discharge renewal permit and modification application (DP-1481) for the URENCO USA uranium enrichment facility and depleted uranium byproduct storage in Eunice (five miles west of the Texas border) in southeast New Mexico. https://urencousa.com/
To view public hearing notice (GWQB 23-3), go to https://www.env.nm.gov/public-notices/ , scroll down to Lea County, click on URENCO USA.
As of Thursday, June 1, 2023, the 8,000 page Administrative Record for the public hearing has yet to be posted on the NMED website, despite assurances that it would be. https://www.env.nm.gov/opf/docketed-matters/ , scroll down to Environment Department Cabinet Secretary, to “Ground Water Quality Bureau 23-03 URENCO USA (UUSA) Discharge Permit Renewal and Modification Application DP-1481, Uranium Enrichment Facility and Depleted Uranium Byproduct Storage.”
To submit public comments: https://nmed.commentinput.com/?id=jMQtf
Tags: Department of Energy, DOE, Dr. Michael Ketterer, Environment and Public Health and the Future of the Portsmouth Nuclear Site, Joe Mangano, Ohio Nuclear Development Authority, Ohio Nuclear Free Network, ONFN, Piketon Ohio, PORTS, Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, Portsmouth Nuclear Plant, radioactive contamination, Terry Lodge