Accountability Audit - 2017 Report from the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability
For its 29th Annual DC Days in May 2017, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability published a report entitled Accountability Audit. The report examines the extraordinary spending at Department of Energy nuclear facilities and examines ways to reduce risks and save billions of dollars across the U.S. nuclear weapons complex.
Click the image above to download a copy of the report.
DC Days 2017
In the wake of the radioactive waste tunnel collapse at the Hanford, Washington, Department of Energy (DOE) site, more than 70 leaders from communities near nuclear weapons facilities visited Washington, DC May 22 to 24 to seek an “accountability audit” of DOE. The group met with members of Congress, committee staffers, and administration officials responsible for U. S. nuclear policies. They have unveiled a plan for reducing risks and saving billions across the nuclear weapons complex.
Activists from 20 states participated in the 29th annual Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) DC Days. While presenting ANA’s Accountability Audit report, they will urge policymakers to cut wasteful, dangerous weapons programs and speed up warhead dismantlement. Savings would be redirected to cleaning up the nuclear weapons environmental legacy.
ANA contends, “Effective accountability and public oversight – rarely exhibited by DOE – can save taxpayers billions. At the same time, such initiatives will increase worker and community safety. They can also identify better options for radioactive and toxic waste cleanup. This would enhance U.S. security far more than building new bomb plants or modernizing nuclear weapons.”
Organizations in the ANA network represent the concerns of communities near nuclear weapons research, production and waste sites. DC Days participants include activists from groups monitoring such U.S. nuclear weapons facilities as Hanford, Lawrence Livermore, Rocky Flats, Los Alamos, Kansas City Plant, Pantex, Sandia, Oak Ridge, Savannah River and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
As part of its DC Days, ANA sponsored a Capitol Hill reception recognizing leaders for responsible nuclear policies on May 23. Honorees included: U.S. Representative Ted Lieu; the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons; Trinity nuclear test health advocate Tina Cordova; anti-nuclear reactor organizer Dave Kraft; and grassroots organizer Mavis Belisle.
Trillion Dollar Trainwreck
For its 28th Annual DC Days in April 2016, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability published a report entitled Trillion Dollar Trainwreck. The report highlights Life Extension Programs, proposed new production facilities, and other projects at Department of Energy (DOE) sites. Most of them are completely unnecessary for national security. All of them are mismanaged, behind schedule, and wildly over budget. Download a pdf of the report. A new report will be published prior to the 2017 DC Days in May 2017.
Marylia Kelley, Executive Director of Tri-Valley CAREs in Livermore, CA, and co-author of the report, spoke about Trillion Dollar Trainwreck on Democracy Now on April 13. The two videos of her appearance are below.
We work to oppose our massive nuclear weapons complex. This expensive and dangerous choice is something we can change.