Alliance for Nuclear Accountability Celebrates 25 Years
On September 19, fourteen members of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA), including Georgia WAND Executive Director, Bobbie Paul, made it through security, received their badges and boarded the bus for a full-day's tour of the Hanford Reservation near Richland Washington. In addition to Bobbie, other 'East Coasters' included Tom Clements from Columbia, South Carolina and Katherine Fuchs from Washington DC both ANA staff.
Marylia Kelly came from California where she leads TriValley Cares and watchdogs the Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Laboratory. Judith Mohling came from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center in Boulder Colorado where she has spoken out for better clean-up of the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons site. Ann Suellentrop and Lu Mountenay came from Kansas City where the community is fighting the construction of a plant to make parts for nuclear weapons. The most senior member among us was Carol Urner (83 years young) who serves as Program Chair of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Scott Kovac from Nuke Watch New Mexico in Albequerque NM,, Beatrice Brailsford from the Snake river Alliance in Idaho where the Idaho Nucelar Lab is located and a energetic young crew of folks from the Hanford Watch with lawyer Tom Carpenter, Liz Mattson, Erin Wyatt and Meredith Carafton.
These leaders of organizations that monitor nuclear weapons production and cleanup program gathered in Seattle, Washington to celebrate the 25th anniversary ANA. Local, regional and national ANA network members watchdog U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear weapons sites and advocate for programs that protect human health and the environment.
Founded in Seattle as the Military Production Network (MPN), the alliance is currently headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico near the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory. ANA’s three dozen groups, including Georgia WAND, represent the concerns of communities downwind or downstream from U.S. nuclear research, testing, production, waste storage, and cleanup sites. Over two and a half decades, MPN and ANA have played key roles in changing nuclear policies, including stopping new weapons systems, advocating for billions of dollars in clean-up funds, and developing local advisory boards at many sites.
- 1987 – Military Production Network (MPN) founded at La Foret Conference Center, Black Forest, Colorado
- 1988 – MPN begins using internet communication to allow instantaneous reporting on weapons complex developments, systematic planning, and coordinated reactions
- 1989 – Neighbors of Fernald (Ohio) uranium production plant win $78 million of health monitoring coverage in landmark legal settlement of offsite contamination lawsuit
- 1989 – First Annual “DC Days” brings leaders from communities in the shadows of U.S. nuclear weapons sites to DC to meet with national policy-makers
- 1990 – MPN issues failing “Report Card” to Department of Energy (DOE) Sec. James Watkins, focusing media attention on weapons production dangers and cleanup delays
- 1990- National lobbying and media campaigns led by Idaho activists put an end to plans for Special Isotope Separator and New Production Reactor
- 1992 – Passage of Federal Facilities Compliance Act establishes that weapons plants are subject to state environmental law enforcement
- 1993 – Responding to grassroots pressure, Site-Specific Advisory Boards and Heath Effects Subcommittees created at many nuclear weapons complex sites
- 1994 – Energy Sec. Hazel O’Leary’s launches openness initiative to address community concerns about weapons complex secrecy
- 1996 – Long-hidden report on radioactive I-131 fallout from above-ground nuclear weapons tests forced to be released and broadly disseminated
- 1997 – Name of network changed to Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) to more accurately reflect its mission
- 1998 – Lawsuit against DOE establishes the multi-million dollar Monitoring and Technical Assessment Fund as part of the settlement agreement
- 2000 – ANA leaders help Russian allies organize first “Moscow Days” so local activists can pressure their government officials
- 2004 – Modern Pit Facility plutonium weapons trigger factory blocked
- 2006 – Activist criticism kills “Risk-Based End States” plan, which would have left more plutonium behind, and forces end to “Enhanced Test Site Readiness” weapons scheme
- 2009 - Global Nuclear Energy Partnership reactor fuel reprocessing program and Reliable Replacement Warhead weapons escalation blocked by citizen pressure
- 2009 – Federal support for Yucca Mountain radioactive waste dump terminated after multiyear, nationwide campaign
- 2010 – Community Involvement Fund added to DOE Environmental Management program to assist public participation by local groups
- 2012 – ANA opens Southeast office to expand campaign to cancel program making Mixed-Oxide (MOX) reactor fuel from nuclear weapons plutonium