Near-term happenings

Members of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, which includes more than 30 activists groups at DOE sites around the country, will be in Washington this week for the annual “DC Days.” The activists plan to meet with congressional staff members and decisionmakers in Washington to discuss issues of interest — especially funding for nuclear weapons and related projects and priorities for environmental cleanup at Cold War nuclear sites. IMG_5674As part of the event, the ANA will present awards to Sen. Dianne Feinstein “for extraordinary leadership to constrain destabilizing new warheads, support global nonproliferation and provide for cleaning up U.S. nuclear weapons sites”; Rep. Adam Smith “for supporting a rigorous, safe cleanup at the Hanford nuclear site by fighting to ensure that workers are protected from exposure to toxic vapors”;  Chuck Montaño “for tireless efforts as an activist, author and personal exemplar of courage to hold the nuclear weapons complex accountable for waste, fraud, and whistle-blower retaliation”; and  Kay Cumbow, who will receive the Judith Johnsrud Unsung Hero Award in collaboration with Beyond Nuclear  “for demonstrating tireless dedication and stubborn determination, despite daunting odds, in her creative, visionary work for a Nuclear-Free Great Lakes. “

The newly created Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health will meet for the first time next week in Washington, D.C. So far, the panel has received positive reviews from former workers and their advocates who’ve pushed for reform of the process for collecting claims under the government’s compensation program for sick nuclear workers. Terrie Barrie, founding member of the Alliance of Nuclear Worker Advocacy Groups, said, “ANWAG is extremely pleased with the makeup of the board. The representatives from the claimant community chosen by Secretary (Thomas) Perez to serve have an outstanding history of advocating for the workers.”

The Energy Technology and Environmental Business Association will host a meeting Wednesday in Washington to focus attention on plans for dealing with old and deteriorated facilities at Department of Energy nuclear sites. The Energy Facility Contractors Group and the Nuclear Energy Institute are also sponsoring the meeting. Monica Regalbuto, DOE’s assistant secretary for environmental management will attend, as will U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn.,  and U.S. Rep. Ben Lujan, D-N.M., who co-chair the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus. Sue Cange, who heads the Office of Environmental Management in Oak Ridge, is also expected to be there.

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