imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Help us 'STOP' the bombs!

by peacehq Saturday, Mar. 08, 2008 at 12:28 AM

Their Plan: Make new nuclear weapons! The Hearing: Make your opinion known! Our Plan: Stop the Bombs!

The public hearings concerning the Complex Transformation plan to build a new nuclear weapons site at Y12 as well as other places ends on April 10th, 2008. If you want to help stop this dreadful plan then send your comments to one of the following:

Regular mail:

Mr. Ted Wyka, NNSA

Office of Transformation NA-10.1

1000 Independence Ave. S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20585

e-mail: or

fax: 1-703-931-9222

Time is short. If you want to help stop this send them your comments NOW. The following was submitted by Ralph Hutchison, coordinator - Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance.

Comments at Public Hearing on the

Draft Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

on the Transformation of the Nuclear Weapons Complex

February 26, 2008

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

First, the Draft SPEIS is deficient in its failure to respond adequately to 33,000 public scoping comments, more than 32,000 of which advocated a weapons complex that produces no bombs. In response, DOE scaled back its wish list to a Capacity-Based" weapons complex which only builds 80 warheads. This is not an adequate response.

This PEIS must fully develop and analyze a No Production Alternative. Given the recent declarations by former national security, arms control, military and diplomatic leaders that the US must take practical steps now to lead the world to complete disarmament, it is reasonable to project a weapons complex that produces no bombs; this programmatic EIS must analyze this option as a serious possibility.

Is it reasonable to imagine a world where the US is fully compliant with its obligations under the Nonproliferation Treaty? If so, we are headed toward a future which contains a weapons complex dedicated to disassembly, dismantlement, safeguarding and disposition. Is it time, now? This question is answered by leaders from around the world who declare it is crucial that we take concrete practical steps now.

The No Production Alternative will end the Stockpile Life Extension program and abandon the pursuit of new nuclear weapons designs; it will dramatically reduce the footprint of the weapons complex, free up significant funds for environmental restoration work, employ a full and vigorous workforce for decades addressing the backlog of weapons awaiting dismantlement and disposition, support US efforts to stop nuclear proliferation, and place us on the right side of the Nonproliferation Treaty.

Second, the Draft SPEIS presumes to evaluate environmental impacts and has several charts comparing the impacts of the alternatives at various weapons sites. These comparisons are fatally flawed, however, in that they seem to assume each site starts out equally. In fact, profound environmental contamination of various kinds at each of these sites is responsible for radical differences in the baseline, if you will, of each of these sites.

Imagine we are each asked to paint a picture of the future with nice watercolors and given a similar set of brushes and paints. But instead of each of us being given a nice clean canvas to paint on, I receive a brown, smeared canvas; you are given a crumpled tin can; he is given an old rubber tire, and she receives a stained piece of paper. How do we compare our paintings when we are finished?

At Y12, for instance, according to this document samples of surface water-surface water, not groundwater-in 2004 showed cadmium, copper, mercury at two locations, and zinc in concentrations exceeding Tennessee Water Quality Criteria (4-356). At one station, 284 mercury samples exceeded the criteria-or 77 percent, if the readings are daily.

In order to adequately compare environmental impacts in making programmatic decisions-the central purpose of this document-DOE must start with the real world, fully characterize and describe each site's starting point, and go from there. Otherwise, the comparisons are meaningless.

Third, the SPEIS may not be used to sit a Uranium Processing Facility at Y12. It may designate Y12 as a preferred location for a Uranium Processing Facility, but until a complete Environmental Impact Statement for Y12-which has been in the works for a year longer than this process and still has not produced a draft-until that EIS is completed, no final decision can be made about siting a UPF at Y12.

I know, Mr. Wyka, that you assured me on the phone that this would not be case, but my experience with past programmatic EISs has told me differently. I don't want to arrive here in eight months to be told, "Whether or not we do it is not on the table, that decision was made in the SPEIS. Any decision made here must be provisional, and I am putting that on the record today.

Finally, for almost twenty years I have been coming to hearings in Oak Ridge to advocate for an end to weapons production, responsible environmental restoration, and protection of worker and public health. Sometimes it seems like we're watching the same movie over and over, only the name of the document changes.

Not today. For today history has come to meet us. Our call for a weapons complex that produces no bombs resonates with the leading authorities on security in this country. We stand at a pivotal moment-even Congress, with its call for a reevaluation of our nuclear policy in order to determine what kind of weapons complex truly meets the security needs of our country, recognizes this.

History meets us here, and history will judge us. History will count who among us took steps to free future generations from the nuclear chokehold under which my generation grew up. We can make history; we can write the future we want for our children and all the world's children. It can be safer, we can be free of at least this monstrous fear-that all creation will disappear in one afternoon. The time is ripe-the SPEIS on Complex Transformation must include this future as a reasonable alternative.

Ralph Hutchison, coordinator

Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance

We have stopped this before.

Information about this Complex Transformation can be found at:

FootPrints For Peace:


Report this post as:

Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM


lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

Website Upgrade A10 10:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 8:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 6:58PM

Change Links April 2018 A01 6:27PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Paraphysique de psychosomatique S22 6:58AM

Chuck Grassley: Women Abusing, Animal Murdering, Illegal War Supporting Criminal S22 2:58AM

Finance Capitalism and the Digital Economy S21 4:45PM

Muselières syndicales, muselières patronales S21 7:19AM

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, The Washington Post, Whole Foods, Etc S21 2:50AM

Why Choose Nut Milk Over Cows' Milk S21 1:01AM

Antrhopocène, le grand effondrement S19 9:53AM

Creative Destruction Hack Diamonds Windows/iOS/Android - Creative Destruction Generator S19 12:51AM

Abolir l'économie S18 11:18AM

The Dictatorship of Corporations S17 5:26PM

18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting S17 3:13PM

Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue S15 6:51AM

Creative Destruction Hack Mod Generator S15 3:49AM

Shopping du bashing S14 8:42AM

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again S13 8:28PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen S12 9:30PM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S12 6:49AM

Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW S11 2:57AM

Propagande de virus, virus de propagande S10 7:34AM

Steer clear of work morality! S09 12:10PM

Sweatshop Lodge Ceremony Continues in US Fed Prisons Led by Inmates S08 6:17PM

Paraphysique de l'origami S08 7:11AM

The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally! S06 11:23PM

August 2018 Honduras Coup update S06 12:28PM

Du réussissement putréfié S06 10:55AM

Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges S06 6:14AM

Log S06 4:25AM

Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts S05 8:29AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy