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Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice — 9/6/2018

Photo courtesy of David Grossman

To our members, comrades and allies,

This coming Thursday, Sept. 6th, Shut Down Indian Point Now! will be participating in the “Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice” rally and March hosted by People’s Climate Movement NY.  SDIPN will be marching as the “Nuclear-Free / Carbon-Free” contingent. We need as many of you as possible to participate with us.  For SDIPN members in particular, attending this event will count as one of the two annual events required to become or maintain your status as a voting member of SDIPN.

We need people to carry our banners and distribute flyers, all of which will be provided, but as always, feel free to bring your own materials too. We also understand that you may be participating as a member of one of the many other contingents. Here’s a suggestion: carry a sign with our slogan, “Nuclear-Free / Carbon-Free,”  in your contingent.

Here are the details:

Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice
Rally & March
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Battery Park, NYC

  • 5:00 PM: Assemble at Castle Clinton
  • 6:00 PM: Program
  • 6:30 PM: March north up Church Street then over to Zucotti Park

For more information, visit the PCMNY website: https://www.pcmny.org/events

We will be the only participating group explicitly calling for an end to nuclear power, and for ending the Tier 3 subsidies* that NY State is giving to the 3 failing upstate nuclear power plants: Fitzpatrick, Ginna & Nine Mile Point.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), along with Gov. Cuomo, are responsible for promoting these bailouts, touting them as necessary to save jobs and to reach NY’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. We believe this is taking us in the wrong direction and must be ended. The money spent for these bailouts would be better served in subsidizing alternative clean, green energy sources, and in developing a true Just Transition Program that would provide re-training for, and employment in the new jobs that will be created. Please read Tim Judson’s recent article in the Gotham Gazette on why Tier 3 needs to go (link below).**

Please let us know if you will be participating. We really do need you to help get our explicit Nuclear-Free / Carbon-Free message out to the public. Please reach out to anyone  you know who might also want to participate. There are a variety of contingencies to join from Faith, to Nurses, to Unions and many in between.

RSVP to:
Catherine Skopic, SDIPN Chair: (212) 227-7847 / catherineskopic@yahoo.com
Carl Lundgren, SDIPN Secy-Treas: (347) 920-1606 / bronxgreens1@verizon.net

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

For people and planet,

Catherine Skopic
Carl Lundgren


*Tier 3 information: http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/5883
**Tim Judson article: http://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/7876-unraveling-the-new-york-nuclear-subsidy-scam

Indian Point shutdown raises new safety concerns

[Comments on this article by Tim Judson, Exec. Director of NIRS: “This is the best article on the IP2 event so far. Two points are worth correcting: this is the sixth incident at Indian Point this year, not the second. There have been four other equipment failures at IP3, resulting in shutdowns. Also, Entergy has only owned IP since 2001. The prior incidents mentioned in the article occurred when ConEd owned IP1&2 and the NY Power Authority owned IP3.]”

December 10, 2015 | Filed under: News | Posted by: The Villager

The Indian Point nuclear power plant is less than 40 miles from New York City.

The Indian Point nuclear plant is less than 40 miles from New York City.

BY PAUL DERIENZO  |  Another troubling mishap at the Indian Point nuclear power plant last Saturday prompted a shutdown, or “trip,” of one of the two reactor units and the dispatch of inspectors from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office made the announcement that the reactor was “forced to shut down,” but New Orleans-based Entergy, which owns the plant, said there was no release of radiation or chemicals from the incident. The company said magnets holding control rods failed when power was lost, allowing the rods to sink into the reactor vessel, as designed, which shut down the nuclear reaction. Control rods are a feature of nuclear reactors that allow the nuclear reaction to be adjusted or shut down. Continue reading

Did We Almost Lose New York?

by Harvey Wasserman

Smoke seen rising from the Indian Point Energy Center on Saturday, May 9.       (Photo: Ricky Flores/AP)

For the third time in a decade a major fire/explosion has ripped apart a transformer at the Indian Point reactor complex.

News reports have taken great care to emphasize that the accident happened in the “non nuclear” segment of the plant.

Ironically, the disaster spewed oil into the Hudson River, infecting it with a toxic sheen that carried downstream for miles. Entergy, the nuke’s owner, denies there were PCBs in this transformer.

It also denies numerous studies showing serious radioactive health impacts on people throughout the region.

You can choose whether you want to believe the company in either case.

But PCBs were definitely spread by the last IP transformer fire. They re-poisoned a precious liquid lifeline where activists have spent decades dealing with PCBs previously dumped in by General Electric, which designed the reactors at Fukushima.

Meanwhile, as always, the nuclear industry hit the automatic play button to assure us all that that there was “no danger” to the public and “no harmful release” of radiation.

But what do we really know about what happened and could have happened this time around? Continue reading