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E-M:/ 2pm - Rally against earthquake and security risks at Palisades Nuclear Reactor



Dear Friends and Colleagues,
 
Hope you can come, and bring friends! Please spread the word. Thanks!
 
Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, Washington, D.C.
(and board member, Don't Waste Michigan, Kalamazoo chapter)
(240) 462-3216
kevin@beyondnuclear.org
www.beyondnuclear.org
 
 
Media Advisory
 
Rally against earthquake and security risks at
Palisades Nuclear Reactor
 
To be held Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m.
at Van Buren State Park near South Haven
 
Contact:
Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Watchdog, Beyond Nuclear
kevin@beyondnuclear.org, (240) 462-3216, www.beyondnuclear.org
 
What: "On the Beach" Rally Against Palisades Atomic Reactor, focusing on earthquake risks to outdoor high-level radioactive waste storage on the sand dunes just 150 yards from the waters of Lake Michigan, as well as a recently revealed major security breach at Palisades.
 
Where: Van Buren State Park (on the Lake Michigan shoreline), 23960 Ruggles Road, South Haven, MI 49090 (From I-96 take Exit 13 W. 1/2 mile, N. on Old Blue Star Hwy. For 4 miles. Left on CR 380, then left on Ruggles Rd. Meet at parking lot, then proceed down walkway to beach.)
 
When: Sunday, July 22, 2 p.m.

Speakers:
 
--Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Watchdog, Beyond Nuclear, Washington, D.C. (and native of Kalamazoo, Michigan);
 
--Alice Hirt, Don't Waste Michigan, Holland, Michigan;
 
--Ryan McCoy, concerned South Haven, Michigan resident;
 
--Spokesperson from Michigan Peace March (20th anniversary celebration);

--Music by Great Lakes singer-songwriter Victor McManemy of Traverse City, Michigan.
 
News Items:
 
In light of last Monday's earthquake in Japan that damaged the world's biggest nuclear power plant, releasing radioactivity into the sea and air, and in light of recent headlines on government sting operations that have revealed glaring security breaches at the U.S. Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission risking leaks of nuclear weapons technology and "dirty bomb" materials, we will address and give updates on:
 
--the recent major security breach at Palisades;
 
--the federal lawsuit filed against the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to require enforcement of earthquake safety regulations at Palisadesâ?? outdoor high-level radioactive waste storage silos ("dry casks", on the dunes just 150 yards from the waters of Lake Michigan;
 
--the age-related deterioration of Palisades' 40 year old plant, including its reactor pressure vessel, the most embrittled in the U.S.;
 
--Palisades' plans to ship its radioactive reactor lid, by barge on the waters of Lake Michigan, to the Port of Muskegon.
 
Photo Op:
 
--Speakers and concerned citizens protesting with placards (such as "Shut It Down Before It Melts Down!");
 
--"Alas in Atomic Blunderland" street theater, featuring colorful "Alice in Wonderland" costumes and characters such as Humpty Dumpty, Alice, the Queen of Hearts, and the Mad Hatter.
 
--Rally and music on the beach at the shoreline, with Lake Michigan, sand dunes, and the Palisades atomic reactor in the background.
 
For more info. on the ongoing grassroots resistance to the Palisades atomic reactor, see:
www.nirs.org/reactorwatch/licensing/palisades.htm
 
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