OUR MISSION: NEW ENGLAND COALITION ADVOCATES
FOR A SAFE, NUCLEAR FREE, ENERGY FUTURE
New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution investigates the safety, suitability, and environmental effects of nuclear power plants; we participate in government hearings; and we inform the public and government agencies of the hazards and risks of nuclear power.
NECNP 45th Annual Members Meeting
Saturday, October 22, 2:00 pm,
“118 Elliot” at 118 Elliot St., Brattleboro, VT
1pm – Meet and Socialize
2pm Business meeting including president’s and treasurer’s reports, election of trustees, voting on current business by members
2:45 Ray Shadis – Helping Nature Heal the VY Site
3:45 Fairewinds Energy Education – The Flawed Myth of Nuclear Power
Maggie Gundersen – Vermont Yankee’s Tritium Plume–The Ongoing Threat
Arnie Gundersen – Nuclear is not a Practical Answer to Climate Change
5:00 “Down to Earth Climate Justice” film and Q&A with producer Anne D. (Andy) Burt
6:15 Awards to honor Carol Levin and Gary & Leslie Sullivan Sachs
6:30 Dinner with Open Mic – tell your story, read your poem, or whatever! It’s open mic.
The general public is is invited to join us at any point in the day.
Annual Meeting Highlights
After taking care of the yearly membership business of the Coalition, our warhorse Ray Shadis will brief us on issues involved in restoring the VY site to a usable state.
Maggie and Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education will join us next for a joint presentation entitled The Flawed Myth of Nuclear Power. Arnie will discuss the industry’s self-serving claims that atomic power provides an answer to global warming, and Maggie will explore the long-term threat posed by the tritium plume migrating from the plant towards the Connecticut River, as well as other environmental justice issues facing communities surrounding nuclear power sites beginning decommissioning.
Next we will share the film, Down to Earth Climate Justice Stories, first hand stories told by activists on the climate change front. Producer Anne D. Burt will introduce this film that engages all generations of concerned citizens but is especially encouraging with its message about young people stepping forward to take up the environmental challenges facing our world today.
We will conclude our formal program by honoring several stalwarts in our ranks for their long dedication to the fight against the insanity of nuclear power–Carol Levin and Gary & Leslie Sullivan-Sachs.
A bit of socializing with appetizers and refreshments will follow. We’ll provide hot chocolate, seltzer, and juice. You are welcome to bring your own beverage. Next, an as you can potluck. If you are so inspired and it is convenient for you to bring something to share, please do! There will be plenty of food regardless, with gluten-free and vegan options, and I may just get that grill fired up to round out our offering.
There will be an open mic for people to share their thoughts, stories, poems, and songs. Clay Turnbull and his mighty Chicklett are eager to share their hair-raising arrest (well, for Chicklett, anyway) and subsequent prosecution by the District Attorney on a trumped up (at Entergy’s insistence) trespassing charge. No joke, we will pass the hat for The Chicklett Legal Defense Fund, as legal fees do continue to accrue.
In the course of our discussions we will be seeking ways to expand our board and our membership, our most important asset. Above all we seek to engage with you to help prioritize our future actions.
P.S. If you’ll be coming, please R.S.V.P. to or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re not sure now, please do not hesitate to come at the last minute. We would love to see you.
Our Distinguished Presenters:
Helping Nature Heal the VY Site is a narrated photo-presentation by NEC technical advisor Ray Shadis. Between 1997 and 2005, Ray negotiated record-setting environmental surveys, spent-fuel protections and radiological clean-up for the Maine Yankee site. What is the greenfield specified in the agreement between Entergy and the State of Vermont? Will the NRC enforce it? Is it even possible?
The Flawed Myth of Nuclear Power is an illustrated discussion by Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds’ chief engineer. Arnie has held the positions of Corporate Senior Vice President and Licensed Reactor Operator in the nuclear industry. Arnie first entered the nuclear fray in Vermont in 2003 as an expert witness in NEC’s Public Service Board/VY Uprate intervention. Subsequently, he was appointed by the Vermont State Legislature to the VY Oversight Panel. Arnie’s engineering assessment of the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi atomic disaster has gained worldwide recognition.
The Flawed Myth of Nuclear Power Maggie, a former nuclear industry spokesperson, will focus on VY’s ongoing environmental issues that impact all Vermont families. She donated her paralegal assistance to NEC in the VY uprate case that enabled the award of record setting sanctions against Entergy. Founder of both Fairewinds Associates and Fairewinds Energy Education 501c3, her work was at the heart of the VY Reliability Assessment. At Fairewinds Energy, Maggie focuses on the human perspective of radioactive contamination around the globe.
Down to Earth – Climate Justice stories of activism on the climate change front, a new film by veteran environmental, peace and social justice activist, Anne D. Burt. This is really a “do good; feel good” experience that will make many activist hearts young again. “Andy” has a 40 plus year record of anti-nuclear and alternative energy activism to light the way.
Clay and Chicklett’s Excellent Adventure Clay Turnbull and the Wonder-dog Chicklett will show Vermont Yankee security camera footage of the spent fuel site photo gathering excursion that got Chicklett a nuclear threat level-nine rating and Clay arrested for trespassing.
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