Citizens Awareness Network - Calendar for May 1

We CAN Replace Vermont Yankee!!

Send the Burlington Free Press your comments on How to replace the power from Vermont Yankee.

Conservation and wind and solar and other renewable sources are ready today. We need the political and economic will to focus efforts in that direction. There is the technology now. We have the locations for siting wind, solar and micro hydro. There will be new businesses for thermal and energy efficiency, There will be new jobs for designing, installing and maintaining renewable energy sources. This is possible TODAY!!




ACTION ALERT - Write Letters to the Editors of the Burlington Free Press and Rutland Herald

We need public pressure on Gov Douglas to ensure that he will not veto the Omnibus Global Warming Energy Bill H 520.

After months of action, a final global warming bill H.520 is about to be voted on by the Senate. This final bill contains provisions to:

* Increase our use of renewable energy so we can replace and shut down Vermont Yankee;
* Expand Efficiency Vermont and increase their funding so they can help Vermonters use less heating oil and electricity;
* Provide tax incentives to Vermonters who build solar, wind power and small hydro-electric generators;
* Pay for all these benefits with revenues from a new tax on Vermont Yankee’s windfall profits.

This important bill will be voted on by the Senate next week, but will face its real challenge in the House later in May. The bill originated in the House, but the Senate has greatly strengthened the bill. And so, once passed by the Senate, the bill will return to the House and need a vote of approval on the good changes made by the Senate. Once the House signs off, the bill can be sent to the governor.

We need to make sure that the Gov knows Vermonters want this bill to pass!

We need you to write letters to the editor-

Burlington Free Press - a simple online form at this link.


Rutland Herald- online form to submit letters


We will be updating this action alert online at www.nukebusters.org, Please check in for the latest changes!!

Tri State CAN meeting

Thurs, May 3
6:15 - 7:30 pm
Meeting Rm, upstairs, Greenfields Market, Main St, Greenfield, MA

Learn what CAN is up to and how you might get involved.
We have ongoing efforts to shutdown Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor
(just over the border in Vernon, VT).

There is much going on! Broader public involvement is essential!

Some of our current projects that we need assistance with:

* Press conference planning
* Act Today to Change Tomorrow campaign
* Petition to amend the MA power contract
* Update on Northern VT organizing
* Organize phone tree calling and training
* Tabling Events –

call 413-339-5871 for more info

Vermont Yankee Die In

Sat, May 5
Brattleboro, VT

Aside from giving us a false sense of security, sirens located throughout the Brattleboro area are primarily to warn people that a serious accident has occurred at Vt. Yankee. The sirens are always tested on the first Saturday of each month at 12 Noon.

At random locations within earshot of the siren testing at noon in Brattleboro, each person agrees to participate in a die-in protest whenever possible by freezing in place, standing silent or falling down "dead".

For the full 3-5 minute test, people commit each month to stop their activities and reflect on what it would mean if this were not a test but the real thing.

A group will be meeting at 11 am at the Harmony parking lot to walk through downtown and distribute literature and talk with people about what is going to be happening.

Contact Daniel Sicken 802-387-2798 or email dhsicken@yahoo.com


The Rising Tide Road Show's Climate Action Tour

Friday, May 11
7 p.m.
Food For Thought Books in downtown Amherst

Saturday, May 12
Unitarian Universalist Society, downtown Northampton between City Hall and Pulaski Park.

The Rising Tide Road Show's Climate Action Tour uses music, theater, and multi-media presentations to address climate change and environmental justice, the new coal rush, debunking false solutions to climate change, international opposition to the fossil fuel industry, and creative actions communities can take. The Road Show will travel the continent in a bus powered by recycled veggie oil, bringing the struggle for justice and sustainability to community centers, churches, and schools around the continent.

Local sponsors include NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association), Citizens Awareness Network, Pedal People, Coop Power, The Enviro Show, Earthlands, The Bicycle Kitchen, The Montview Neighborhood Farm, and Mass Bike- Pioneer Valley Chapter.

For more info go to www.risingtidenorthamerica.org
or email: enviroshow@valleyfreeradio.org

NRC Annual Assessment of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Reactor

May 14
6:00 p.m.
Quality Inn, 1380 Putney Road, Brattleboro, VT 050301

To discuss NRC’s assessment of the safety performance of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station for calendar year 2006.

This is a Category 1 Meeting. The public is invited to observe the meeting. After the business portion, but before the NRC adjourns, the public will have an opportunity to communicate with the NRC regarding Entergy’s performance at Vermont Yankee and the role of the agency in ensuring safe plant operations.

Members of the public may provide questions or particular topics of interest for discussion in advance of the meeting to the meeting contact.

NRC’s assessment letter can be found in ADAMS with Accession Number ML070610598. The slides for the meeting can be located in ADAMS with an Accession Number of ML071150269.

ADAMS is accessible from the NRC Web Site at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html.

Additional information relative to the NRC’s Annual Assessment process and the safety performance of Vermont Yankee can be found on the NRC Web Site at: http://www.nrc.gov/NRR/OVERSIGHT/ASSESS/index.html.

Meeting Contact: Raymond Powell, Chief, Projects Branch 5
(610) 337-6967
E-mail: rjp@nrc.gov



Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance

Monday, May 14
5:00 - 6:30 pm
190 River St., Montpelier, VT
(room in warehouse "Steph's Nutty Granola, Next to ReStore and behind the furniture store, near Finkerman's Barbecue)

Come and help shut down VY. We will start to organize for the Fall Action!!
The VYDA meet the second and forth Mondays of the month at 5:00.

Potluck dinner and VYDA reunion with special guest Al Giordano!

May 21, 6:00
Ginny and Cort's house, 305 Guyette Road, East Montpelier 223-3174

(From Montpelier: Rt 14 north, 2.2 miles past Dudleys General Store, turn left onto Hammet Hill Road, top of hill turn right onto Guyette Rd, turn onto driveway on left after white mailbox # 305)

We invite you to join us and gather together with some of the best array of activists in Central Vermont and partake in delicious food and terrific conversation with old and new friends. Please join us to welcome back Al Giordano for his first visit to Vermont in many years. After we eat and converse, Al will give share some of his amazing experiences in Mexico and Latin America where he has been living and reporting from for ten years. It will be a great evening and we hope you can join us!
In hopes of peace,
Ginny and Cort

SolarFest - The New England Renewable Energy Festival

July 14-15
Forget-Me-Not Farm on McNamara Road in Tinmouth, Vermont

Rain or Shine!
Come by and say Hi!
CAN will have a table with literature and the latest information on the fight against VY and for Renewable Energy!!

for more info http://www.solarfest.org/index.php

Recent articles related to VY. There are more posted at www.nukebusters.org

1. Businesses oppose tax on Vt. Yankee

Post a comment on this article online!!


2. New Jersey Warns of Terrorist Strike on Nuclear Plant

They join the MA AG in bringing a lawsuit against the NRC to Federal Courts!



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Thank you very much!!


Volunteers for Tabling events!

We are looking for a few more interested people who would like to staff a CAN table at various events lasting from 1 hr to the whole day. If you would like more info about what we need, please call 413-863-8952 or email cchang@nukebusters dot org.



Weekly Green Energy Vigil - NOTE change in TIME!!

Thursday, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Wells Fountain, Junction of Linden and Main, Brattleboro, VT

We will be here every week until Vermont Yankee is closed. Come join US!!

for more info 802-387-4060
"Silkwood" Film showing

Sat, June 30th
Reel World Films, Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls, MA