On November 27, 2018, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability sent a letter to the Senate and House Armed Services Committee requesting that they act to defend the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, which is under threat from the Department of Energy.
On August 27, 2018, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.
The letter addresses ANA's grave concerns regarding DOE Order 140.1 Interface with the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (5/14/2018), which limits the Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) requirements to provide access to information, facilities, and personnel to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB or Board) at some of the most dangerous nuclear facilities in the country.
To read the full letter from ANA President Beatrice Brailsford, click here.
ANA's media release on this issue is here.
ANA has also prepared a two-page fact sheet outlining the network's positions on the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and the proposed drastic changes by the Department of Energy.
On August 14, 2018, two member groups of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability were represented at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.
Marylia Kelley, Executive Director of Tri-Valley CAREs, and Rick Wayman, Deputy Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, were invited to testify in support of Assembly Joint Resolution 33, a resolution in support of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
The resolution was introduce by Asm. Monique Limon, who represents Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The resolution, if passed by the Assembly and State Senate, "urges our federal leaders and our nation to embrace the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and make nuclear disarmament the centerpiece of our national security policy."
Physicians for Social Responsibility, another ANA member group, was represented by Dr. Bob Gould, who also spoke in favor of the resolution.
Speaking to the Assembly Public Safety Committee, Marylia Kelley said, "It is right...that my state is poised to take a principled position to help ensure that nuclear weapons are never again used, that the international TPNW [Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons] is supported, and that the elimination of nuclear weapons occurs at the earliest possible date." Kelley's full remarks are available here.
Rick Wayman said, "California has a long and proud history of setting positive legislative trends and kick-starting the process of change nationwide. ... We must do everything in our power to eliminate nuclear weapons before they eliminate us." Wayman's full comments are available here.
The resolution will now head to the floor of the full California Assembly for a vote.
Scott Yundt of ANA member group Tri-Valley CAREs has produced a new report that includes several sample requests and pieces of correspondence to which users can refer, as well as sections on how to craft an effective request, how to craft a fee waiver, and how to appeal a withholding based on any of the nine FOIA exemptions.
The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability has published its new report, Accountability Audit, in advance of its 29th Annual DC Days, and just one day after a tunnel containing radioactive waste collapsed at the Hanford Site in Washington State. The lack of investment in comprehensive cleanup at Hanford is just one of many issues ANA tackles in this important new report.
On January 27, 2017, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability submitted comments to the Department of Energy (DOE) on Private Initiatives to Develop Consolidated Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facilities.
Read ANA's full comments.
On July 28, 2016, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability submitted comments on the Department of Energy's proposal for "consent-based siting" of highly-radioactive waste. The current DOE “consent-based siting process” is premature and should be terminated. Before any repository siting process can begin, there must be a public process to develop the new technical standards.
Click here to read ANA's comments.
Proliferation begins at home. That has never been clearer than now, as the United States embarks on what many scientists at its nuclear weapons laboratories are calling "the second nuclear age." The United States plans to spend $1 trillion over the next 30 years to "modernize" all aspects of its nuclear arsenal: the bombs and warheads, the production facilities, the delivery systems, and command and control systems.
With the 2015 Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference approaching, the question of which nuclear-armed states are acting in accordance with their Article VI obligations is increasingly salient. The United States, despite President Barack Obama's stated commitment for moving us towards a nuclear weapons free world, is currently at the helm of the largest expansion of funding on nuclear weapons since the fall of the Soviet Union. Find out what $1 trillion is buying the Untied States and how you can help stop this dangerous march towards a 21st century arms race.
According to a James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies report, the U.S. will spend over a trillion dollars modernizing the nuclear arsenal over the next 30 years. This spending sends a dangerous message to the international community and there are already signs that it is leading to an arms race between nuclear armed states. If we fail to stop these programs in their early stages, we will have wasted billions of dollars and we will stymie efforts to move towards a world free of nuclear weapons.
Sen. Markey and Rep. Blumenauer introduced the SANE / REIN-IN Acts to rollback many of the nuclear weapon modernization programs being considered over the next 10 years. The Acts, if passed, would save the U.S. around 100 billion dollars. More importantly, they would signal that the U.S. is serious about reducing its nuclear footprint and genuinely pursue a disarmament agenda.