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May 11, 2018 NFW Committee Notes:

The meeting began with discussion of nuclear waste issues, including the recent hearings on proposed sites, in three New Mexico communities. The hearings have now been expanded to include two additional sites, including Albuquerque.

The 2019 federal budget draft includes funds for Yucca Mountain, but no money for consolidated interim storage, and there was discussion on what this means for both Waste Control Specialists (WCS) in Texas and a New Mexico site, but there is great uncertainty at this point, and there may be better information at the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability DC Days and spring meeting in DC later this month. Lon will be there for DC Days, and both Lon and Mavis will attend the spring meeting.

We debriefed our bannering in support the the Korea talks the previous week, and noted that it was the first time we could remember that there was no visible negative response, and much positive response, both from auto traffic and pedestrian passers-by. The Korea summit has now been set for June 12 in Singapore.

There was discussion on the US withdrawal from the agreement with Iran, and the ability of European states to hold to the agreement, though they are not supporting the US action. Apparently there major problems with banking and trade, though none of understand these issue clearly enough. We decided to try to reach Jeff Dumas at UTD to help us with these issues.Mavis will try to contact him next week.

We also discussed the Ira Helfand visit May 16-17, and the need to get good turnout for the 7 p.m. program. We also discussed outreach to young adults at several campuses, and the importance of reservations for the dinner. Though it is free, sponsors need to emphasize reservations to their members.

The "Doomsday Machine" book discussion by Pax Christi is continuing for this month, and there was no interest in a daytime group, so that was discontinued, but can be restarted if there is interest.

Several nuclear weapons issues were also discussed, including the Nuclear Posture Review, and the 2019 budget proposal for nuclear weapons (up more than 20%) including the long range standoff missile, which has previously been cancelled. There is also proposed new pit production at the Savanna River Site in Georgia and Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory in New Mexico. Again, too little information is available yet, but should be available by the ANA spring meeting next month.

We discussed the planned program with Marshallese, and Mavis, Joyce and Carolyn will try to schedule a visit with them in Cleburne after May 27 to set a program up.

The next committee meeting will be June 8 at the Mix.

 

 

 

April 13, 2018 NFW Committee Notes

The committee met April 13 at 12:30 p.m. at the Mix for brown bag lunch and our regular meeting.

Nuclear waste issues were discussed, including a series of meetings in New Mexico on siting of interim storage. Hearings are being held in Roswell, Carlsbad, and Hobbes April 16-19. NRC meetings in SE N Mx are April 29- May 3. Susybelle is planning on attending the first two.

Yucca Mountain permanent disposal site, though not formally still under consideration, is included in the FY2019 federal budget.

In Texas, Waste Control Specialists has reopened its proposal for high level nuclear waste storage, and a new company, Energy Solutions, is also being considered.

There was some discussion of the Nuclear Posture Review, and the 2019 budget proposal for nuclear weapons includes the long range standoff missile again and seral "upgrades."

DC Days is scheduled for May 20-23 in Washington, DC. Lon is going, and all are welcome to attend.

The visit of Ira Helfand in being developed.

A demonstration in support of the Korea peace talks is scheduled for April 26 at Mockingbird and Central. Time still undetermined, and to be discussed at board meeting.

The Doomsday Machine book discussion group has been cancelled, but can be rescheduled if there is interest.

The next committee meeting is May 11 at the Mix.

 

 

 

 

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