GREEN GROUP, Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church presents
Andrew Gunther, Ph.D.
spoke on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17th, 7 PM
Bortin Hall at Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, California
Video of his presentation will be added soon.
Co-sponsored by Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, the Interfaith Climate Action Network of Contra Costa County (ICAN), and Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Contra Costa County
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Mt Diablo Peace & Justice Center Resolution passed by its Board of Directors on June 17, 2013
Rancho Seco plant (near Sacramento) was closed by public vote in 1989 after 15 years of troubled service and still having 20 years remaining in its operating license.
Whereas our State of California has already recognized the environmental and health dangers of nuclear power generation by not allowing new plants to be built in our State,
Whereas the Rancho Seco plant near Sacramento was closed by popular vote in 1989, and the San Onofre plant near San Diego is now in the process of being permanently retired, and whereas the last remaining California nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon near San Luis Obispo has already served most of its useful life;
Whereas geological studies have shown that the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant is located near several active earthquake fault lines, and scientists have discovered that, in the past, powerful tsunami-type waves have impacted the coastline where this plant is located, so that it has become clear we have the risk of a Fukushima-type disaster that may cause us to lose many lives and the use of part of our State for generations to come,
Diablo Canyon plant (near San Luis Obispo), last one still operating. It is located near 2 active earthquake fault lines and this coast had Fukushima-type tsunamis in the past.
Whereas nuclear power plants suffer from generic problems, including steam generator failures, that makes them likely to unexpectedly fail and leak radioactive and carcinogenic poisons into our environment,
Whereas scientific findings indicate that nuclear power plants in California have released radioactive isotopes into our biosphere that has accumulated in our children’s bodies, resulting in increased rates of childhood cancer and leukemia, and undermining their vitality and reducing their chances to lead healthy and productive lives,
San Onofre plant (near San Clemente, between Los Angeles and San Diego). Closed in June 7, 2013 – 17 years ahead of schedule – due to health risks concerns.
Whereas levels of radioactive Strontium-90 in U.S. children’s baby teeth are now at levels equal or superior to the levels that prompted President Kennedy to ban atmospheric nuclear weapons testing in 1963 to safeguard the safety of future generations,
Whereas the 2012/2013 Transmission Plan of the California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO) reports that closing the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant would have no significant impact on the reliability of the CAISO transmission system assuming alternative generation is made available,
Whereas the growing ability of existing and new renewable energy sources to satisfy our energy needs have made it no longer necessary to expose the people of California to the health, safety and security risks associated with nuclear power plants,
We the board of the Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center, taking all the above facts in consideration, declare our full support to the work coordinated by Dr. Jerry B. Brown, Director of the World Business Academy’s Safe Energy Project, to accelerate the closing of Diablo Canyon, the only remaining nuclear power plant in California.
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center
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Our Annual Membership Meeting was held on Saturday June 22 in Walnut Creek. We shared an abundant and nourishing potluck, heard introductions from our current Board Members and from our nominees to the board as selected by our Selection Committee. All present members were given a ballot and were asked to vote for their chosen officers. We are pleased to announce that all current members that were up for re-election after their 3-year term, and all 4 nominees were elected unanimously to our board, which is now 16 people strong, the most powerful board in our history.
Our four newly elected board members are: 1. Connie Loosli from Walnut Creek, an Education Specialist for the Lindsay Wildlife Museum; 2. Pandora Bethea from Crockett, an English teacher at Deer Valley High in Antioch; 3. Rick Sterling from Walnut Creek, a retired senior electronics engineer at UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory; and 4. David Seaborg from Walnut Creek, an environmental leader and founder of the World Rainforest Fund.
We also brainstormed in small groups to find the most important issues we should address this coming year, and we had the pleasure to hear from Dr. Jerry B. Brown, an expert on nuclear radiation who is working to prematurely close Diablo Canyon, the last remaining nuclear power plant in California and who recently received a resolution of support from our Peace Center. Our next Annual Membership Meeting will be in June 2014 – The date and location shall be announced next spring. We hope you will come and vote with us. See more images of our meeting at: www.flickr.com/photos/lub/sets/72157634294216746
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