Tuesday, July 31, 2018



From: victor Macks <vicmacks3@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 9:08 PM

The Possibility of Halting Construction of  A New Uranium Production Facility
                        at the Y-12 National Security Complex at Oak Ridge, TN

The U.S. has committed to spending up to 1.7 trillion dollars over 30 years on new nuclear weapons and delivery systems. Key to this is the building of a new Uranium Production Facility (UPF-nuclear weapons plant) at Oak Ridge Y-12 National Security Complex. 

The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) and Nuclear Watch New Mexico (NWNM) initiated a law suit in 2017 to halt construction based on Department of Energy (DOE)/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) non-compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 

In May 2018, that law suit resulted in DOE/NNSA issuing a Supplemental  Analysis for the Environmental Impact Statement done for a design that was abandoned. Not  the current plan.

When an Environmental Impact Statement is presented as required by NEPA by a governmental entity—-in this instance DOE/NNSA——the public has the right and opportunity to comment. That public comment becomes a part of the public record and must be addressed by DOE/NNSA. 

The comment submitted by OREPA and NW NM on the DOE/NNSA Supplemental Analysis   (read at http://orepa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Comments-from-OREPA-and-Nuclear-Watch-on-Supplement-Analysis-for-the-Site-Wide-Environmental-Impact-Statement-for-the-Y-12-National-Security-Complex.pdf ) provided specific criticism on seismic, safety and security issues not addressed by DOE/NNSA. That will be brought before the judge hearing the law suit. And that enhances the potential success of the law suit. 

Furthermore, OREPA/NWNM  have brought on board seismic and safety experts to further elaborate the criticisms of the design/plan for the new UPF.  

What is needed is another $10,000. to cover costs of expert testimony. 

So, more money is needed.



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From: Ralph Hutchison <orep@earthlink.net>
Date: July 24, 2018 at 1:04:02 PM EDT
Reply-To: Ralph Hutchison <orep@earthlink.net>

Last year, when you heard about the chance to become part of a historic lawsuit challenging a new nuclear bomb plant in Tennessee, many of you said, “Yes.”
                  Thanks to many of you, we raised an amazing (for us) $52,000 in six weeks and filed a strong lawsuit to stop construction of the UPF bomb plant until a new environmental impact statement was prepared. It was a team effort. Together, we did what we could never have done by ourselves.
                  The government, as expected, said they weren’t impressed. They insisted they didn’t need to do a new EIS—their old one was good enough.
                  But they were impressed. Eight weeks ago, they suddenly admitted maybe the old EIS wasn’t good enough, and they prepared a Supplement Analysis to take another look, and, in an unprecedented move, released it for public comment.
                  For us, it was not only an admission that we have set the National Nuclear Security Administration on its heels, it was an unexpected golden opportunity to add critical information to the Administrative Record the judge will use to decide the case.
                  Our team of grassroots activists from OREPA and Nuclear Watch New Mexico consulted with our lawyer. We then enlisted a highly qualified seismic expert to back up our contention that the government has failed to adequately consider new earthquake hazard data. We also recruited a former Department of Energy deputy assistant secretary for national security to address NNSA’s refusal to analyze the likely possibility of catastrophic releases of highly enriched uranium—and even a nuclear criticality!—that are part of the new plan to continue to use unsafe buildings.
                  Here’s the thing. Experts aren’t free.
                  So far we have raised almost $75,000 for legal fees and expenses. This is enough to cover the legal fees—our top-notch team generously put a cap on how much they will charge us.
                  But it does not cover all of our expenses, which so far have topped $14,000 and will likely reach $18,000 or so.
                  Can you help us meet the challenge once again? Our goal is more modest this time—$10,000 in the next thirty daysand we know we can make it if everyone who gave before will make another contribution. It doesn’t have to break your budget—even a small donation will help.
                  Please consider what you can do to help us meet these expenses, and then go to www.orepa.org and click the Donate Now buttonYou can use paypal or your credit card. If you prefer the old fashioned way, you can send a check to OREPA at P O Box 5743, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.

                                                                                                            Ralph Hutchison
                                                                                                            OREPA Coordinator
PS             If you want to read the formal comments that OREPA and Nuclear Watch New Mexico submitted on the Supplement Analysis, you’ll find them here on OREPA’s web site: SA Comments. Scroll down the right-hand sidebar to legal documents and the comments are at the top of the list. Right below that is the material we submitted from the experts. It is not light reading, but it makes a compelling and thoroughly documented case.

BUDGET (so far)

Initial assessment: Do we have a case? by legal team                            $10,000
Legal fees for lawsuit (capped)                                                         $50,000
Expenses beyond legal fees                                                                     $  8,000
Expert declarations                                                                                   $11,000
Expected additional expenses                                                                   $  5,000

TOTAL expenses                                                                                       $84,000

Raised to date
Donation for Legal fees                                                                          $57,000
Grants to support litigation                                                                      $10,000
Donations for expenses                                                                          $  6,500

TOTAL  contributions                                                                               $73,500

still needed                                                                            $10,500

note: Before the case is concluded, we estimate our legal team will have provided much of their total time pro bono. In addition, staff members and others at Nuclear Watch New Mexico and OREPA have spent hundreds of hours working on research and analysis, organizing, fundraising, strategizing and writing in support of the lawsuit.

 PPS. OREPA is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible if you itemize deductions. The tax law passed by Congress last year raises the standard deduction to $12,000 for single people and $24,000 for married couples, so you will have to exceed those numbers in your total itemized deductions to claim the benefit.

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