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Contact Your Elected Representatives!

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When you have something to say, do you wonder how to let your elected representatives know? Remember, they are working for you!

The best way to make a real impact on your representatives in government is in person. Show up at town meetings and events and speak out. If that’s not possible, call them. Don’t be shy, that’s what they’re there for.

If you prefer to write in- a real letter will probably make a stronger impression, but sometimes time is tight and emails are much better than silence. No matter how you choose to make contact, remember they multiply your comments. For every person who takes the time to write or call in, they figure there are a certain percentage more who feel the same way.

You will always be making a difference.

Find out who your elected officials are at this link:

Contact U.S. Senators via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard : (202) 224-3121

Blastopathies and microcephaly in a Chornobyl impacted regionof Ukraine

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INVITED REVIEW ARTICLE: September 2014 Blastopathies and microcephaly in a Chornobyl impacted region of Ukraine Wladimir Wertelecki1,2, Lyubov Yevtushok2,3, Natalia Zymak-Zakutnia2,4, Bin Wang5, Zoriana Sosyniuk2,3, Serhiy Lapchenko2, and Holly H. Hobart6 1Department of Medical Genetics, College of Medicine, and 5Department of Mathematics and Statisitcs, University…

Thorium: the wonder fuel that wasn’t l Bob Alvarez l Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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Robert Alvarez l Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 12 May, 2014

Excellent article from Bob Alvarez on why thorium is not the wonder fuel it’s being promoted as and a brief history of the US’s persistent failure in making thorium safe or efficient ending with the expected trail of dangerous, weaponizable, waste.

“…the United States has tried to develop thorium as an energy source for some 50 years and is still struggling to deal with the legacy of those attempts. In addition to the billions of dollars it spent, mostly fruitlessly, to develop thorium fuels, the US government will have to spend billions more, at numerous federal nuclear sites, to deal with the wastes produced by those efforts. And America’s energy-from-thorium quest now faces an ignominious conclusion: The US Energy Department appears to have lost track of 96 kilograms of uranium 233, a fissile material made from thorium that can be fashioned into a bomb, and is battling the state of Nevada over the proposed dumping of nearly a ton of left-over fissile materials in a government landfill, in apparent violation of international standards…”

“The federal government established research and development projects to demonstrate the viability of uranium 233 breeder reactors in Minnesota, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. By 1977, however, the government abandoned pursuit of the thorium fuel cycle in favor of plutonium-fueled breeders, leading to dissent in the ranks of the AEC. Alvin Weinberg, the long-time director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was, in large part, fired because of his support of thorium over plutonium fuel.

By the late 1980’s, after several failed attempts to use it commercially, the US nuclear power industry also walked away from thorium. The first commercial nuclear plant to use thorium was Indian Point Unit I, a pressurized water reactor near New York City that began operation in 1962. Attempts to recover uranium 233 from its irradiated thorium fuel were described, however, as a “financial disaster.” The last serious attempt to use thorium in a commercial reactor was at the Fort St. Vrain plant in Colorado, which closed in 1989 after 10 years and hundreds of equipment failures, leaks, and fuel failures. There were four failed commercial thorium ventures; prior agreement makes the US government responsible for their wastes.”

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