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Featuring Howie Hawkins and guest speakers
Friday October 7 @ 7:00 PM
Gainesville Friends Meeting House
702 NW 38th Street, Gainesville
Co-sponsored by the Green Party and Veterans for Peace
This event is part of a regional NO NUKES Speak Out Toursponsored by Greens and anti-nuclear groups in the Southeast. The Tour features veteran ant-nuclear activist Howie Hawkins and local guest speakers (see Howie's bio below).
No Nukes Tour events are scheduled for Georgia and the Carolinas, and tour sponsors (so far) include: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network, Southern Anti-Racism Network, South Carolina Progressive Network, Green Party of Georgia, Green Party of North Carolina, Green Party of South Carolina, Green Party of Florida, and Veterans for Peace.
The event will focus on the global public health threat posed by the nuclear industry, and in particular the threats we face in Florida, such as the 20-year license extensions being rubber-stamped for the aging nuclear plants (especially the Crystal River nuke), and also the proposed Levy County nuclear plant, 40 miles from Gainesville. There will be an update on the worsening Fukushima disaster and a discussion about the growing anti-nuclear movement in the US.
Howie Hawkins has a knack for connecting the dots on interrelated issues, so we expect the discussion will not be limited to the risks and costs of nuclear power.
Howie Hawkins Biography
Howie Hawkins has been an organizer in movements for peace, justice, labor, the environment, and independent politics since the late 1960s.
The Green Party has nominated Howie to run for public office many times. His 2005 campaign for Mayor of Syracuse put the issues of living wages, public power, and sustainability on the city's agenda. His 2006 campaign for US Senator called for an end to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, single payer health care, and a rapid transition to renewable energy to stop global warming. He received 41 percent of the vote in his 2009 race for 4th District Common Councilor in Syracuse in a campaign emphasizing living wages, green jobs, and a municipal bank to finance community-owned businesses.
A former Marine, Howie helped organize opposition to the Vietnam War and was a leader in the anti-apartheid movement to end US corporate investment in the system of racist labor exploitation in South Africa.
After attending Dartmouth College in the early 1970s, Howie worked in construction in New England and helped organize a workers cooperative that specialized in energy audits, efficiency retrofits, and solar and wind installations.
He was a co-founder of the anti-nuclear Clamshell Alliance in 1976 and the Green Party in the US in 1984.
Howie moved to Syracuse in 1991 to develop cooperatives for CommonWorks, a federation of cooperatives working for an economy that is cooperatively owned, democratically controlled, and ecologically sustainable. As a board member of the Southside Community Coalition, he is currently helping to develop a community- and worker-owned food cooperative in his inner city neighborhood where no grocery stores remain.
For the last decade Howie has worked unloading trucks at UPS, where he is a member of Teamsters Local 317 and active in Teamsters for a Democratic Union, US Labor Against the War, and the Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare.
Howie’s articles on politics, economics, and environmental issues have appeared in Against the Current, Green Politics, International Socialist Review, New Politics, Peace and Democracy News, Resist, Roll Call, Society and Nature, Z Magazine, and other publications. He is the editor of the 2006 book, Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate
Here are some things you can do today and in the near future:
Ever wanted to buy something but you didn’t have enough cash? Maybe you put it on your credit card. Maybe you asked a friend to cover you.
Well, right now, Progress Energy and Florida Power and Light (FPL) are asking you and other Floridians to pick up the bill for two risky nuclear projects.
That’s right, through a policy called Early Cost Recovery, these utilities are turning to their customers to make this investment for them. Early Cost Recovery allows increases in electricity bills now for nuclear reactors that take at least 10 years to build. With the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission delaying operational licenses until serious water, environmental, and radioactive waste concerns are addressed, these reactors may never even produce energy. Although the delay is what we want, it is not fair for customers to continue paying for this risky technology.
Progress Energy and Florida Power and Light are charging their customers for energy that has no guarantees of ever being produced!
We need real solutions in Florida! We can’t waste our time on expensive, risky nuclear. We need Solar in the Sunshine State!
Join Southern Energy Network and others at the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) Meeting as we tell them we do not want to pay for their risky business. Wall Street funders won’t touch these projects, why should we pay for them?
The Florida Public Service Commission’s Early Cost Recovery Hearing will focus on financial problems associated with the new nuclear reactors that FPL has proposed at Turkey Point near Miami and Progress Energy has proposed at Levy County near Crystal River. The PSC will hear expert testimony from all sides to determine the if Early Cost Recovery is a legitimate way for utilities raise funds for these risky projects. In addition to showing presence at the hearings, we will also be rallying outside to support real solutions to climate change and energy security.
To access all the information relevant to this docket, visit http://www.psc.state.fl.us/
For talking points, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Hearing begins Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 9:30 am and will continue through September 11, 2009.
Betty Easley Conference Center at the FL PSC
4075 Esplanade Way Tallahassee, FL
For directions and parking, visit http://www.psc.state.fl.us/
Public Comment will not be heard at the hearing, please submit comments using one of the following options:
Submit written comments to the FL PSC in advance of the October 26, 2009 decision. Please make sure to reference Docket 090009.
Email: email@example.com, reference Docket 090009 in the subject line
Mail: Florida Public Service Commission
2540 Schumard Oak Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
In addition to the PSC, concerned citizens can also call or mail comments to the Office of Public Counsel. Include reference to Docket 090009:
Office of Public Counsel
111 West Madison Street, Room 812
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1400
Phone: 850-488-9330 or 1-800-342-0222
Listen to the hearings online at http://www.psc.state.fl.us/
Ultimately due to legislation passed by the Florida Assembly in 2006 encouraging development in nuclear power, FPL and Progress in March 2009 asked the FL PSC to approve early recovery of costs associated with building these four new nuclear reactors. The Office of Public Counsel, the Florida Industrial Power Users Group, White Springs Agricultural Chemicals, Inc./PCS Phosphate – White Springs, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and the Federal Executive Agencies have each been granted intervention in this docket. View the Notice of Hearing at http://www.psc.state.fl.us/
For more information on the high costs of building new reactors in Florida, please visit http://www.cleanenergy.org/
I hope to see you there!
Florida Organizer. Southern Energy Network
To all Alachua County Greens and concerned citizens of the county:
Many of us in Gainesville and Alachua County live within a 50-mile radius of the site where Progress Energy intends to construct a massive
The Green Party of Florida is currently considering a proposal to intervene in the Progress Energy application process, and if the GPF adopts the proposal (which is likely), Alachua County will have the option of joining with the state party in filing one intervention.
The filing of the intervention with the NRC will be handled by an attorney with the NIRS (Nuclear Information and Resource Service), and NIRS is assisting a number of co-intervenors in this action. Anyone wishing to assist with the work of researching and preparing our intervention is encouraged to get involved. We especially need volunteers with expertise in , since our contention will be focused on the alternatives to nuclear portion of the application. Others will be filing contentions that address water issues, economic issues and other elements of the application, and they may be able to use assistance as well.
Those who cannot assist with the intervention but who wish to be listed as a party may do so, as long as they can prove residence within the 50-mile radius and membership in an organization filing an intervention. Registered Green Party voters, for example, can become a party to this intervention simply by signing an affidavit. Anyone who wishes to join this action and is not currently registered as a Green Party voter can do so by filling out a voter registration form and turning it in to the Supervisor of Elections office. They will provide proof of party affiliation at that time, in case there is a delay in receiving the voter registration by mail. Only one individual with standing is needed to file our intervention, but everyone is welcome.
For more information, contact:
NOTE: Deadline to submit written statements to the NRC is December 23rd. Scroll down for details. For more information and resources on nuclear energy go to our Green Energy Links.
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held a public hearing on December 4th in Crystal River, FL. The purpose of the meeting was to prepare an environmental impact statement on the plan by Progress Energy to build two new nuclear power reactors on a site that has never had a power plant, let alone a nuclear power plant. This is the first "greenfield" site proposed for a new nuclear reactor in more than three decades in the USA.
While it was important to show up and express resistance and dissent, it is also important to bring real, specific concerns and issues about this project. Think of NRC as your students who must produce a research paper that will address the impact this development would have on water in the area--and how that local water is connected to a large freshwater resource. Not only would construction itself damage these treasures, the potential for groundwater contamination from operations is great. For info on ground water contamination at other nuclear sites in the USA, including sites in FL, see Union of Concerned Scientists at www.ucsusa.org/nuclear_power/reactor-map/embedded-flash-map.html
In addition to water, it is important to call for consideration of environmental impact of ALL the waste associated with operating new reactors: all the wastes in mining the uranium and making the fuel (including CO2 from burning fossil fuels), all the so-called low-level wastes--at the moment Progress Energy has no place it can ship these wastes, so focus in on the possibility that Levy County will be a so-called "low-level" waste dump--and then the high-level waste (irradiated fuel). Environmental impact assessment must include transportation impacts as well as storage or "disposal".
For those who could not get to this meeting, please submit a written statement to:
The Levy environmental review
Chief, Rules and Directives Branch
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001
The NRC asks that you "tag" your comments with the reference date, October 17, and [[Page 63519]]. To be considered in the scoping process, written comments must be postmarked or delivered by the comment period end date, December 23, 2008. Electronic comments may be sent by email to the NRC at Levy.COLEIS@nrc.gov
Mary Olson, Nuclear Information and Resource Service (828) 675-1792 firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Canney, Ride Coordinator, (386) 418-3791 email@example.com