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Enviro-Mich message from Terry Lodge <tjlodge50@yahoo.com>
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      URGENT ACTION NOTICE ON MOX FUEL SHIPMENTS

   The Washington-based Nuclear Control Institute
reports that Russia has officially decided NOT to ship
its MOX fuel to Chalk River, Ontario until April 2000.


   This shipment represents Russia’s contribution to
the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Parallex” Program,
whereby simultaneous delivery of MOX fuel from the
U.S. (via a Michigan route, crossing at Sault St.
Marie) and Russia would be delivered by mid-November
1999 to the Bruce reactor at Chalk River. The
“Parallex” name stems from the parallel (i.e.,
simultaneous) delivery scheme.

   Notwithstanding Russia’s delay in shipment, the
Department of Energy states that at this time DOE
fully intends to proceed with the shipment(s) of MOX
across Michigan during the next week and a half, and
that Secretary of Energy William Richardson will
likely render a final decision to that effect yet
today, November 8, 1999.

   It is extremely important to call, email, or fax
Secretary Richardson or the DOE’s office of Fissile
Materials to express opposition to this scheme. If for
any reason Russia withdraws from the plan, it appears
probable that Canada will desire to return the MOX,
which will require a second shipment through the
United States and very possibly, Michigan. 

Contact Secretary Richardson as follows:
	Phone: (202) 586-6210
        Fax: (202) 586-4403
	Email: the.secretary@hq.doe.gov

Contact Laura Holgate, Director of DOE’s Fissile
Materials office, as follows:
	Phone: (202) 586-2695
	Fax: (202) 586-2710
        Email: Can only email through "send a message
to Office of Fissile Materials" option at
www.doe-md.com/

	Thank you.

         Terry Lodge







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