Monthly Forum: Nuclear Waste New Mexico (Holtec and WIPP)
This forum explores issues with two New Mexico nuclear storage facilities—WIPP, opened in 1999 to store low-to-mid level military waste and a proposed facility to be built by Holtec International to handle high-level waste from 98 nuclear power plants across the nation. Transportation itself presents a safety concern.
Holtec’s proposal and possible changes at WIPP create issues to be explored by our distinguished panelists:
- NM Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard
- State Representative Christine Chandler (District 43), representing Los Alamos; formerly, attorney with Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Don Hancock, Director, Nuclear Waste Program at Southwest Research and Information Center
- Sally Rodgers, Environment policy advisor for former NM governors; Conservation Voters NM founder
Both WIPP and the Holtec project demand our attention. WIPP is the only U.S. permanent storage repository and receives nuclear waste from Los Alamos National Lab and from other defense facilities across the nation. Recently, those shipments have increased. With the expected ramp-up of more plutonium pits, more waste will need storage. The Department of Energy has sought changes in types of waste and volume measurements, which could affect WIPP.
The Holtec project is waiting for a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build its facility, which could receive spent fuel rods from nuclear reactors, most of which are on the East Coast. The waste is to stay in this proposed facility close to Carlsbad until a permanent facility is built elsewhere. None has been agreed upon.
Local issues, local experts, local solutions, join us!
Come meet Valerie Plame – candidate for US Congress for the first meet and greet of the campaign!
Valerie wants to hear your questions and speak to you about the issues most important to you! Please come meet the candidate for yourself and hear why she is the best person running to represent you!
Food and Refreshments are provided! Bring a friend, your family, and please invite others! This is a FREE non-contribution event.
See more about Valerie at: valerieplameforcongress.com
Ward 4C is sponsoring voter registration training at the County Elections Office on Tuesday, June 25, 10:00 am (the elections office is just inside the front door, on the left). There is no age requirement, but people to be trained must bring ID and we need to know who’s coming a day or two in advance to let the county clerk know (so please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Northern New Mexico Sunrise Movement with partner Earth Care and co-host the Santa Fe Democratic Party is hosting a watch party for the first Democratic primary presidential debates in June. The event is a first in a series organized by local youth leaders as part of the national Sunrise Movement campaign #ChangeTheDebate – designed to pressure candidates to address their climate plan, sign the pledge to refuse all fossil fuel PAC money, sign-onto the Green New Deal, and push for a special climate debate this primary season. More info HERE.
Come watch the 1st POTUS candidate debate with fellow Democrats from SF Community College District, San Marcos, Cerrillos, Madrid, Galisteo! Start gathering at 6:30pm for a fun relaxed convivial event – debate starts at 7:00pm, Beer Creek has great reviews for pizza, craft beers, specialty chicken wings!
Qualified Candidates so far: Bennet, Biden, Booker, Buttigieg, Castro, De Blasio, Delaney, Gabbard, Gillibrand, Harris, Hickenlooper, Inslee, Klobuchar, O’Rourke, Ryan, Sanders, Swalwell, Warren, Williamson, Yang. Qualifications: A candidate will need to either have at least 1 percent support in three qualifying polls or provide evidence of at least 65,000 individual donations from a minimum of 200 different donors in at least 20 states.
PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE: Gather at 10 am; parade starts 11 am. Join our marching rainbow to affirm LGBTQ+ rights and Democratic values! Wear a solid color of the rainbow, grab one of our proud placards, and march with Pride. We’ll gather at the PERA parking lot on the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail and march with the crowd to the Plaza. Our DPSFC voter registrars will have a welcoming booth on the Plaza ready to sign up new voters!
More details to come.