In recent news, federal courts found “compelling” evidence that Georgia Republican lawmakers redistricted black residents in order to maintain their power at the Capitol.
Mark Niesse of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes:
“The ruling came in a case filed last year by several voters and the Georgia chapter of the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, who alleged that legislators illegally gerrymandered state House districts to increase the percentage of white voters to protect incumbent Republicans.
‘Their express purpose was to change Districts 105 And 111 just enough to protect the incumbents there, without endangering the incumbent Republican House members in the neighboring districts. And that’s exactly what they did,’ according to the court’s order.”
Read the full article here.
Please take action now! Sign this online petition to make redistricting a transparent and fair process in Georgia.
Halt Holtec–Prevent Nuclear Waste Dangers
From our friends at Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety:
“Once again, dozens of New Mexicans stated emphatically that they do not consent to the proposed Holtec International project to bring all of the commercial high-level radioactive waste from nuclear reactors located across the country by rail to a site in southeast New Mexico for storage. Holtec applied for a 40-year license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to store the waste in a proposed consolidated interim storage facility located half way between Carlsbad and Hobbs. If granted, the 40-year license could be extended to 120 years. Holtec stated in its license application that the waste could be stored there for 300 years. The NRC held meetings in Roswell, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Albuquerque, and Gallup, asking for public input into the “scope” of the environmental impact statement they are preparing […]
There are over 14 Navajo communities along the proposed Interstate 40 transport route. NRC has not scheduled any public meetings in those communities. Additional meetings, with translators and interpreters, are needed to provide the communities with all sides of the debate.”
Many concerned citizens opposed the project at a public hearing in Albuquerque.
Here are some thoughts from John Buchser, past chairman of the Rio Grande chapter of the Sierra Club.
You can submit comments to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission stating your concerns about Holtec’s plan and the risks of contamination due to the project. Comments via email are due to Holtec-CISFEIS@nrc.gov by June 30.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is considering the risky, untested, and expensive technology of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) at Clinch River Site, a former nuclear plant.
This project would result in highly dangerous nuclear waste that there is no safe long-term solution for storing. It would use huge quantities of water and is not efficient–especially considering the availability of green energy solutions like wind and solar. SMRs are not clean, not safe, and not renewable.
As Damon Motz-Storey from Oregon Physians for Social Responsibility writes, “smaller reactors still consume the same environmentally unjust fuel and create the same highly volatile waste as conventional nuclear reactors.” In addition, one must consider the “surging costs of nuclear power…And solar prices continue to fall year after year.”
Read a statement against this SMR project by Sara Barczak, Regional Advocacy Director with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
For more information on SMRs, see this fact sheet from the Sierra Club.
For more information on the health risks of nuclear power, see Physicians for Social Responsibility’s webinar here.
You can submit comments to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission by July 13 at this link.