Save the dates -- National Activist Summit on Radioactive Waste & National Integrity in Science Conference
May 30 -- June 1, 2008 Columbia, South Carolina
National Activist Summit on Radioactive Waste
Fourth National Integrity in Science Conference: Rejuvenating Public Sector Science
July 11, 2008 Washington, DC 20004
*We as a community say "stop making more" radioactive waste since we understand that the failure to find a real solution to this problem is the failure of the technologies that produce it;
*We as a community demand responsible management of radioactive waste;
*We stand firm against false "solutions;"
*We reject the idea that this waste should be exported -- to Indigenous Lands -- or anywhere else;
*We call for better security and improved management and containment where ever the waste is now;
_We focus on the hazards of transporting radioactive waste and materials -- particularly in the case of irresponsible, false "solutions..."
Today the nuclear industry is trying to revive: both the electric power nuclear generating infrastructure (with new nuclear reactors breaking out like pox) and the move to expand the Bombplex. The military/civilian distinction is diminishing (if there ever was one). It is time for us to come together--to find and re-affirm that "We" -- in the sense of The People, in the sense of impacted communities--and essentially as activists.
This event was born in a moment at a 'break-out' session of a conference on Precautionary Action in Greensboro, NC in November 2007--and is being carried forward by a planning group including participation from:
David Kraft -- Nuclear Energy Information Service
Debbie Grinnell -- C-10
Diane D'Arrigo -- Nuclear Information and Resource Service
Glenn Carroll -- Nuclear Watch South
Janet Marsh -- Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League
Judy Treichel -- Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force
Kevin Kamps -- Beyond Nuclear
Mary Olson -- NIRS Southeast
Rochelle Becker – Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility
Sara Barczak -- Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Susan Corbett -- Sierra Club, South Carolina Chapter
Tom Clements -- Friends of the Earth
The Summit will convene on the evening of Friday May 30 with an event also promoted to the public in Columbia: Keynote presentation by Dr. Frank von Hippel on the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership -- with panel of discussants including Steve Frishman, Kevin Kamps and Diane D'Arrigo to bring into focus the new challenges we face in the arena of nuclear expansionism.
Saturday morning our activist community will convene, get acquainted/tell our stories. Saturday afternoon we will share information and ideas in issue and technical break-out sessions. Saturday evening will be a combination of time to think together and party! Sunday morning we will share our vision and formulate messages that we can all stand behind. We will wrap up with a Keynote presentation by Dr. Arjun Makhijani on his new Carbon Free, Nuclear Free: A Roadmap for US Energy Policy to inspire us with real solutions.
Costs will be nominal--we are working on having some modest support funds to assist far-flung communities to be represented at the Summit. The site includes dorm-style private rooms with shared baths. Food will be simple. We are working to keep registration (with food and lodging) well under $100.
Please drop a message to Mary Olson firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-675-1792 if you want to be part of this event or want to get updates. We will follow up with a more detailed program and registration details soon.
Note: due to industry attempts to participate in recent events intended for activists, there will be a pre-registration process. This event is open to all who are working positively for the end of the production of more radioactive waste (stop making it)!
Southeast Regional Coordinator
NIRS Southeast Office
PO Box 7586 Asheville, NC 28802
Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS)
6930 Carroll Ave, Suite 340, Takoma Park, MD 20912
301-270-NIRS fax 301-270-4291 email@example.com http://www.nirs.org
NIRS affiliated with World Information Service on Energy (WISE) in 2000 -- the NIRS / WISE Network serves grassroots activists on 5 continents
Registration Is Now Open
The Center for Science in the Public Interest's
Integrity in Science Conference:
Rejuvenating Public Sector Science
July 11, 2008
9 am - 5:30 pm
Ronald Reagan International Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Register now for a daylong event that will forge an agenda for independent, regulatory science and protecting public sector scientists from political meddling and corporate influence. Speakers will include:
Anthony Broccoli, IPCC participant and Rutgers University professor of atmospheric science
Dominick DellaSala, Chief Scientist, National Center for Conservation Science and Policy
William Hirzy, Executive Vice President, Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters Union
Jim Furnish, Clinton Administration Forest Service Deputy Chief
David Michaels, director, Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy, author of "Doubt Is Their Product"
Ken Zweibel, former director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Diana Zuckerman, President, National Research Center for Women & Families
with more added every day!
Sessions will include:
Tackling the Climate Crisis: Unleashing Government Research
When Regulators and the Regulated Collaborate: What Are the Rules?
Protecting Public Sector Scientists
Setting the Comparative Effectiveness Agenda: Should Industry Have a Say?
Empowering Science and Scientists at Federal Agencies
Clean Energy — Do Special Interests Drive the Agenda?
Endangered Species Protection in a Hostile Climate
Reducing Conflicts of Interest on Advisory Committees – Shortage of Unconflicted Scientists or Failure to Look?
Register now at http://www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=606569
$200 before May 16/$250 after
$99 before May 16/$109 after for non-profits, educational institutions, and government agencies
$30 for students
Housing for out of town registrants is at the Marriott Metro Center, 775 12th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005. Hotel Rate: $215.00 (Single/Double) + applicable taxes (14.5%). To make your reservations, call the hotel directly at 202-737-2200 or 800-228-9290 by Thursday, June 19, 2008 and mention the "Integrity in Science Conference."
Conference co-sponsors include:
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
Endangered Species Coalition
Government Accountability Project
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
The Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy
Union of Concerned Scientists
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