Groups Join OREPA to Challenge Bomb Plant Plans

Seventeen organizations from across the nation and Tennessee have signed on to a letter to the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration challenging the adequacy of the DOE/NNSA’s Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed new bomb plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.


The organizations, which collectively have tens of thousands of members, focus on the seismic conditions underlying the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex. A March 31, 2011 article in the Knoxville News-Sentinel contained the admission of a DOE spokesman that current facilities do not meet current requirements for earthquake resistance.


A copy of the letter, with signatures as of April 6, is here: SWEIS sign on ltr


Groups and organizations can still sign on to the letter by emailing OREPA at or by leaving a message in the comments on this web site. All that is required is the name of the contact person, name and city/state of the organization.


Sunday Vigil at Y-12 in Oak Ridge Tennessee

Sunday Vigil

The OREPA Board has now decided that we are prepared to do a limited re-opening of the Sunday vigil to allow for slightly more participation.  We are asking anyone who wants to attend a Sunday vigil to sign up in advance—by the Thursday before. There are two ways to sign up. You can email Ralph at or you can call him at 865 776 5050. If the five slots are already taken, we’ll ask you to wait until next week. All vigilers are expected to wear masks. Bring your own chair. Avoid physical contact and maintain an appropriate social distance in the circle of chairs. Of course, if for any reason you feel you may have been exposed to the virus or to someone with the virus, you should not attend the vigil. At this point, we are not resuming our monthly potlucks.

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