Thursday, October 6, 2016

Activists say state doing too little to help Flint

, Detroit Free Press 2:27 p.m. EDT October 5, 2016

LANSING — A small group of Flint residents came to Lansing on Wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary of Gov. Rick Snyder’s acknowledgement of the lead contamination of the city’s drinking water, arguing that the state and federal government are not doing enough to replace the city’s lead pipes.
Flint activists Melissa Mays of Water You Fighting For and Nakiya Wakes and Nayyirah Shariff of Flint Rising said many residents still don’t have access to properly installed and maintained lead filters and many others who do have filters don’t trust the devices to deliver safe water.

50th Anniversary of FERMI 1 Nuclear Core Partial Meltdown,

Monroe, MI. On a bright sunny day fifty years ago where the River Raisin flows into Lake Erie, Detroit Edison’s new FERMI1 suffered a near catastrophic melt down of its fuel core. Of course the residents of Monroe knew nothing about the nuclear accident as DTE had asked the local police to keep the potentially lethal mishap secret from the public in order to avoid a panic.

What is not secret is that if FERMI 1’s core had completely melted down hundreds of thousands of people would have been killed or seriously injured. No one knows how much radiation was released during the FERMI 1 meltdown. And to this day, no one knows how to deal with the highly radioactive sodium coolant that was trucked to the Idaho National Laboratory, where it sits today.

Fifty years later, on an equally bright sunny day, Michael Keegan and Alliance to Halt FERMI 3, ATHF3, organized the commemoration of the meltdown at FERMI 1, which featured David Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists USA, Paul Gunter, Nuclear Information Research Services, Ethyl Riviera, director of  “Got KI?” campaign in Monroe, tireless environmental attorney Terry Lodge, and Wyandot Nation’s Chantel Gros-Louis.

Speakers called for halting the construction of FERMI 3, to be built on the site of the FERMI 1 meltdown, at a cost of $20 Billion, the end of the poisoning of Lake Erie by DTE’s FERMI 2 and Monroe Coal-fired plant, which contributes more mercury pollution to adjacent waters than any other plant in the US, and strengthening of a “moribund” Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Sierra Club Nuclear Free Michigan                                                                               October 5, 2016
Mark Muhich, Chairman

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Detroit-area transit millage faces organized opposition

An anti-tax coalition has launched its own campaign against a proposed transit millage for southeast Michigan, even as proponents tout a growing list of millage supporters, including big business and health care companies.
The organized opposition to the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan's millage proposal could signal a toughening battle as transit boosters strive to convince voters to agree to pay for expanded public transportation in a region with a well-documented history of transit struggles.
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The Sierra Club endorses the transit plan

Today marks 50 years since Fermi 1 accident

It was 50 years ago today that Monroe County was the site of the worst nuclear accident at a U.S. commercial power plant, years before Three Mile Island captivated the nation.

 The incident occurred around 3 p.m. at the now-defunct Fermi 1 plant in Frenchtown Township near Monroe and involved the partial meltdown of nuclear fuel in the reactor's core. No one was hurt and no dangerous radiation released in the Oct. 5, 1966, mishap. However, the plant remained shut down for nearly four years. It reopened in July 1970 but then was permanently shut for economic reasons in 1972 after producing just a trickle of electricity.