OREPA calls for new Environmental Impact Statement for Oak Ridge, cites new seismic data

The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance today called for a new Environmental Impact Statement for the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex and the new bomb plant”the Uranium Processing Facility”planned for Y12.

“Concerns about the ability of facilities here to withstand an earthquake, and what will happen if they fail, are at the heart of safety concerns at Y12,” noted OREPA’s Coordinator, Ralph Hutchison. “The new report from the US Geological Survey says the risk in Oak Ridge is increased beyond what was believed in 2008. In fact, the increase is among the highest in the nation. At the same time, current facilities are getting older. It’s time for a new, closer look based on today’s information.”

The letter can be viewed by clicking through the links here:

Ltr Sanderson NNSA NEPA


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 orep@earthlink.net 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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