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Tri-Valley CAREs Announces its 30th Anniversary Campaign

Friday, December 28, 2012
From Executive Director, Marylia Kelley, with notes by legendary singer Bonnie Raitt, noted author Joanna Macy and Ploughshares Fund's Paul Carroll.

Dear friends,

I am thrilled to let you know that Tri-Valley CAREs will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2013!

And the two most important words I want to say to you are THANK YOU.

Click here to read more, including notes from Bonnie, Joanna and Paul.

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Tri-Valley CAREs is Quoted in Science Magazine

Thursday, December 27, 2012
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Tri-Valley CAREs is quoted prominently in an excellent article in Science Magazine on the overselling of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Livermore Lab, its failure to achieve ignition, and the case for cutting its budget.

Science Magazine is the publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS. For our part, we noted in particular that NIF should be held accountable for its failure and that its extravagant budget is potentially robbing money from more deserving science projects.

We are quoted also on NIF’s primary goal of keeping nuclear weapons designers busy at their deadly pursuits and how and why a giant laser is not needed to maintain the existing stockpile as long as the nation eschews making adventurous design changes and military “improvements” in its arsenal.

Click here to read more...

Click here to read the article in Science Magazine

Click here to read the NIF Program Executives Report to Congress


Tri-Valley CAREs Endorses the "Jobs Not Wars" Campaign

Monday, December 17, 2012
Posted by Scott Yundt

Violence in our country, whether it is a horrendous school shooting, nuclear weapons development, or war fighting abroad, is all connected. We need to find alternative solutions that de-escalate this violence. Violence simply begets more violence. That is true for how we relate to one another here, and it is true for how our country relates to the rest of the world.

As an orgnization striving to stop nuclear weapons where they start, (Livermore Lab), Tri-Valley CAREs endorses the national "Jobs Not Wars" campaign. The campaign is circulating a petition urging the President and Congress to abandon austerity solutions to the deficit and instead end the war, cut military spending, tax the super-rich, and redirect resources to restore and protect the social safety net, create jobs, deal with climate change and meet other urgent social needs.

Click here to sign the PETITION


Two Major Stories About NIF Seeking New Cash

Wednesday, December 11, 2012
Posted by Scott Yundt

The San Francisco Chronicle and Nature magazine have both printed articles recently about the failings of Livermore Lab's National Ignition Facility. The Chronicle article was inspired by an article in Tri-Valley CAREs recent Newlsetter (see blog below). Both articles reference the new NIF Program Executives Report to Congress, in which the DOE speculates on the future of the NIF program.

Click here to read the Chronicle Story

Click here to read the DRAFT NIF Program Executives Report to Congress

Click here to read the recent article in Nature about the report and NIF's future


Citizen's Watch Newsletter Fall 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Posted by Scott Yundt

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    • National Ignition Facility Fails Time for Congress to Demand Accountability

    • Dangerous Cargo Plutonium Bomb Cores on the Road to Livermore

    • Community Meeting Announced The State of Livermore Lab: Radiation, Public Policy & You

    • Budget Busting Bomb B61-12's Out of Control Costs

    • Print Bites All the News that Fits to Print

    • Holiday & Membership Appreciation Party You're Invited!

    • Alerts 4 U Upcoming Events with Tri-Valley CAREs


    Tri-Valley CAREs Volunteer Appreciation and Holiday Party

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012
    Posted by Scott Yundt

    We would like to thank YOU for your support and all you do for peace, justice and the environment! So please join us on Thursday, December 6th between 5-8PM at the Tri-Valley CAREs office for some great food, music, company and maybe a game or two.

    Click here for more information


    Beware the NIF Hype

    Thursday, November 8, 2012
    Posted by Marylia Kelley

    The National Ignition Facility is and always has been funded as a nuclear weapons program. More recently, its managers shamelessly promoted it as an energy machine. Now that it has utterly failed to reach the thermonuclear ignition that is in its name, management is back to promoting it as a nuclear weapons tool.

    But, don't be fooled, a big laser is not needed to maintain existing weapons until such time as they are dismantled. NIF is intended to train the next generation of nuclear bomb designers - exactly what we do NOT need. So, beware the new hype, just like the old hype.

    Solution? for starters, Congress could stop giving it hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of millions of our tax-dollars each year...

    Click here to read the article in Nature magazine


    46 Groups Sign on to Tri-Valley CAREs' Letter Protesting DOE's Plutonium Transport Plans

    Friday, November 2, 2012
    Posted by Marylia Kelley

    Forty-six respected organizations joined Tri-Valley CAREs in a letter to Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration officials to protest the government's plan to ship plutonium bomb cores from the Los Alamos Lab in New Mexico to the Livermore Lab in northern California, even though Livermore Lab lacks the security or authorization to handle them. After going through a diagnostic test at Livermore Lab, the plutonium bomb cores would be put on the road again - back to Los Alamos in NM. The 46 organizations were joined by several prominent individual signers.

    Click here to read the letter


    Tri-Valley CAREs Joins Strong Opposition to Oversized Uranium Processing Facility

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012
    Posted by Marylia Kelley

    Recently, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability and member groups met with the Senate Armed Services Committee Majority Council to discuss the proposed Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee. The delegation represented 67 organizations, including Tri-Valley CAREs, opposed to UPF construction, which is intended to enable the production of 50 to 80 new nuclear weapon secondaries (the H-bomb part) every year.

    The 67 national, state and local organizations signed a letter asking that Senator Carl Levin, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, not accelerate funding for the UPF. This ill-advised speed-up of UPF is part of the Fiscal Year 2013 budget request for nuclear weapons activities.

    For more on the wrongheaded plan to build a new bomb production-oriented UPF, click here.

    Click here to read the letter to Senator Levin.


    National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapons Workers

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012
    Posted by Scott Yundt

    Today has been declared by the United States Congress as a National Day of Remembrance for Nuclear Weapons Workers. There are gatherings across the country to acknowledge the sacrafice many of these workers made, specifically those whom were unknowingly exposed to radiation and toxic chemicals on the job and whom then suffered illness due to that on the job exposure. Tri-Valley CAREs takes this opportunity to acknowledge and remember the 1600+ individuals and their families who believe that they were made ill by on the job exposure at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. For nearly a decade, Tri-Valley CAREs has organized and facilitated a support group for these sick workers.

    Click here to for more information from our LLNL Sick Worker Newsletter


    DOE's Inspector General Reiterates Call for Realignment and Closure of Labs

    Thursday, October 25, 2012
    Posted by Scott Yundt

    The Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General issued a Special Report entitled "Management Challenges at the Department of Energy - Fiscal Year 2013" this week that, among other things, reiterates its call for the Agency to conduct a "BRAC- style assessment of the national labs." BRAC refers to the "Base Realignment and Closure" process conducted by the Department of Defense to identify military bases for closure. Tri-Valley CAREs supports a BRAC like process to eliminate waste and overlap at our national labs, including at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and to save taxpayer resources.

    Click here to read the IG Special Report

    Click here to read Tri-Valley CAREs factsheet about the BRAC process


    Groups Decry Folly and Rising Cost of Plutonium Mixed Oxide Fuel

    Thursday, October 17, 2012
    Posted by Marylia Kelley

    As part of an extensive public comment on the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for plutonium disposition, which touts a proposed mixed oxide fuel (MOX) facility, a coalition of more than 40 groups including Tri-Valley CAREs criticized the rising costs of the MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility.

    The groups noted that the Department failed to release its latest cost estimate for the project during the impact statement process. Internal NNSA estimates are believed to be in the neighborhood of $7 billion. The groups also highlighted the many additional uncertainties and dangers of pursuing MOX, and urged that the impact statement fully examine alternatives. The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability took the lead in preparing the comment document.

    Click here to read the comment


    Tri-Valley CAREs Receives Support from the Muste Institute

    Monday, October 15, 2012
    Posted by Scott Yundt

    Huge thanks are due to the Muste Institute, which has awarded Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment a project grant for education and organizing in local communities to build public pressure against a National Nuclear Security Administration plan to transport plutonium bomb cores between facilities in Los Alamos, New Mexico and Livermore, California, and for related efforts to educate the public about the dangers of nuclear weapons and nuclear power.

    Click here to find out more about the Muste Institute.


    How Would You Spend $640 Billion?

    Monday, October 8, 2012
    Posted by Marylia Kelley

    Today, the Ploughshares Fund released a new paper that calculates what the United States is currently planning to spend on nuclear weapons and related programs over the next decade. Using publicly available data and expert analysis, the report finds that, if nothing changes, the U.S. will spend somewhere between $620 billion and $661 billion on nuclear weapons and related programs.

    Click here to see the blog post about the report

    Click here to read the Ploughshares Fund Report

    Click here to read new Time Magazine article about this Report


    The National Ignition Facility Misses Its Deadline for Ignition - Again

    Monday, October 8, 2012
    Posted by Marylia Kelley

    In order to coax the U.S. Congress into giving them more than $300 million a year for the National Ignition Facility, Livermore Lab promised to achieve ignition by the end of Fiscal Year 2012, which was September 30, 2012. This is after repeatedly postponing the same deadline. The end of the Fiscal Year came and went without the promised milestone being met at the facility, again.

    A short article and a good editorial were printed in the New York Times on the National Ignition Facility's failure to achieve the "ignition" for which it is named. Here is one of our favorite lines: "Congress will need to look hard at whether the project should be continued, or scrapped or slowed to help reduce federal spending."

    Click here to read the NYT Editorial

    Click here to read the NYT Article


    The De-Inventory of Special Nuclear Material at Livermore Lab is Complete, but Questions Remain

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012
    Posted by Marylia Kelley

    The Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently announced the removal of the last of Livermore Lab’s Security Category I/II special nuclear material. This means Livermore no longer has any weapons usable quantities of plutonium and highly enriched uranium on site, although lesser amounts of special nuclear material (called Category III/IV) will remain at the Lab.

    Moreover, as of October 1, 2012, Livermore Lab will no longer be authorized to handle, use or store weapons usable quantities of plutonium and/or highly enriched uranium, calling into question its future role as a “full-service” nuclear bomb design facility.

    This is cause for celebration.

    Click here to read more...

    Click here to read the NNSA press release announcing the de-inventory of Special Nuclear Material at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

    Click here to read the IG Report inquiring into the de-inventory of Special Nuclear Material at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.


Tri-Valley CAREs Staff Attorney on Berkeley Community Television

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Posted by Scott Yundt


The Government Accountability Office Issues a Report on NNSA's Security, Oversight and Project Management Problems

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Posted by Scott Yundt

DOE’s and NNSA’s ineffective oversight of its contractors has contributed to many safety and security problems at sites around the country including Livermore Lab. As work carried out at NNSA’s sites involves dangerous nuclear materials such as plutonium and highly enriched uranium, stringent safety procedures and security requirements must be observed. In response to numerous serious safety incidents over several decades, DOE has taken steps to improve safety oversight. Recently, laboratory and other officials have raised concerns, however, that federal oversight has become excessive and overly burdensome. To address these concerns, DOE completed a safety and security reform effort to streamline or eliminate many DOE directives. However, GAO reported in April 2012 that the benefits of this reform effort are unclear because DOE did not determine if the original directives were, in fact, burdensome. In addition, the reform effort did not fully address safety concerns GAO and others identified in the areas of quality assurance, safety culture, and federal oversight

Click here to read the GAO's Report entitled: MODERNIZING THE NUCLEAR SECURITY ENTERPRISE- Observations on the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Oversight of Safety, Security, and Project Management

Click here to read an article about the hearing in which the GAO Report and testimony were presented along with other information.


Plutonium Diagnostic Dilemna

Monday, September 10, 2012
Posted by Marylia Kelley

At the end of August, I went to Washington, DC on Tri-Valley CAREs behalf to talk with Obama Administration officials and Congress about the nuclear weapons budget and related topics.

I spoke with officials about the necessity of delaying and/or canceling the new plutonium bomb core factory at the Los Alamos Lab. At the same time, I pointed out a major flaw in the draft “revised plutonium strategy”; a flaw that would send nuclear bomb cores regularly from Los Alamos in NM to Livermore Lab in CA and back again to Los Alamos on our highways.

The rationale for this dangerous scheme is that Livermore Lab has a diagnostic that Los Alamos Lab lacks. So, we investigated…

Click here to read more...

Click here to view the diagrams, and do contact us and join our growing campaign to get the government’s plutonium strategy CHANGED!


Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Issues a Reporting Requirement Concerning Safety Basis Deficiencies at Livermore Lab

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Posted by Scott Yundt

Following a visit to Livermore Lab earlier this summer, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board issued a report today that identified systemic deficiencies related to the adequacy of the development, review, and approval of safety control strategies for nuclear operations at Livermore Lab. Specifically, these inadequacies were noted in the Tritium and Plutonium Facilities and operations. This letter echoes similar concerns the DNFSB voiced last year and displays the Lab's inability to address inadequacies in its safety culture. The Lab is required to respond to the DNFSB's requests with a report and briefing within 60 days providing its perspective and plans to improve the development, review, approval, and oversight of safety control strategies.

Click here to read the DNFSB's Letter to Livermore Lab and additional details about the safety issues.


Our 2012 Strategic Planning Retreat

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Posted by Scott Yundt

Tri-Valley CAREs' board of directors, staff, and members, new and old, gathered on Saturday, August 18th to conduct our annual strategic planning retreat. A skilled facilitator led us through a number of successful exercises to help us focus and plan the program for the coming year.


Click here to read our report "Looking Back, Providing the Framework to Move Forward" prepared for this year's Strategic Planning Retreat
Click here to read our program priorities as decided at the Strategic Planning Retreat

How We Foreclosed on the Bomb in Livermore

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Posted by Scott Yundt

About 200 participants gathered at 4 PM this past Sunday in Livermore’s William Payne Park across from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. At 4:15 PM, Livermore time (8:15 AM August 6 Hiroshima time, the moment the first atomic bomb used in war exploded) sirens sounded and participants observed a moment of silence before Takashi Tanemori, a Hiroshima bomb survivor, spoke.

Click here to read the more...

Watch this terrific video made by Haleh Hatami at the Event

Click here to go to our Youtube page where you can view video of all of the speakers at the event...

Click here to see some pictures... and here for even more...

Click here to read the program...

Click here to read Tara Dorabji's talk from the event.

Click here to read Natalia Moronova's talk from the event.

Click here to see a webpage from Michael Eisenscher (who spoke at the event) page about the event

Click here to read Andy Lichterman's talk from the event.

Click here to read Umi Hagatani's statement from the event.


Watchdogs Gather in Santa Fe to Link Activism, Information on Weapons Labs

Monday, August 6, 2012
Posted by Marylia Kelley

As we prepared for the Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemoration in Livermore on August 5, our friends and allies in New Mexico invited our group’s executive director, Marylia Kelley, to participate also in a conference on August 4.

The daylong New Mexico conference, titled “Vision Without Fission,” was part of the Los Alamos/Santa Fe “Nuke Free Now” series of events, spanning four days (August 3-6). The conference and related events marked an upsurge in awareness and activism regarding the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and we were honored to help illuminate the links between the two nuclear weapons labs.

Marylia joined Jay Coghlan on a Saturday morning panel to “follow the money” and reveal the present-day weapons activities at the two principal warhead design labs, Livermore and Los Alamos. In the afternoon, Marylia joined Joni Arends and Scott Kovac on a panel to explore the pollution that stems from nuclear weapons activities and the role community members can play to safeguard their health and environment.

Click here to read more...

Click here to see video of Tri-Valley CARes Exectutive Director Marylia Kelley speaking at the event with Jay Coghlin from Nuke Watch New Mexico.

Click here to see video of Tri-Valley CARes Exectutive Director Marylia Kelley speaking at the event with Scott Kovac from Nuke Watch New Mexico and Joni Arends from Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety.


Foreclose on the Bomb! Hiroshima & Nagasaki Commemoration at Livermore Lab: Sunday, August 5th

Thursday, July 26, 2012
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Join us for this year's commemoration of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki across the street from Livermore Laboratory. It has been 67 years since the United States unleashed its nuclear weapons on Japan and we are now moving forward with a whole new generation of nuclear weapons. We can't afford to waste money on these unnecessary weapons, which is why our theme this year is "Foreclose on the Bomb - Not the People.

This year's event takes place on Sunday, August 5th at William Payne Park at the corner of Patterson Pass Rd. and Vasco Rd. in Livermore. The park is "kitty-corner" from Livermore Lab. A great line up of speakers and activities is in the works so be sure to not to miss it.

Click here to read more...

Click here to listen to a recent radio interview about the event...

Click here to read an article about the event from the Oakland Tribune.


Livermore Lab’s Pipeline Extension Project Begins Without Radiation Detectors: Tri-Valley CAREs Responds with Community-based Monitoring and Reporting

Updated: Friday, August 3, 2012
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Livermore Lab is a Superfund site. Contaminated groundwater emanating from Livermore Lab underlies local homes, apartments, city streets, a community pool and city park to the west of the nuclear weapons lab.

To reach the pollution in the “leading edge” of the plume and bring the toxic water back on-site for treatment, the Livermore Lab must construct a pipeline, moving westward along Susan Lane, turning north at Charlotte Way and then crossing to the edge of Big Trees Park.

But the toxic contamination in the aquifer is not the only problem. The soils in Big Trees Park and along the pipeline route have been previously tested and found to contain elevated levels of plutonium-239, the core radioactive element in nuclear bombs.

Click here to read more...

Click here to see community-based monitoring logs from 8-6 to 8-16, what appeared to be the final day of the project.

Click here to see community-based monitoring logs from 8-2 to 8-3. On Friday, August 3rd during our monitoring at the construction site there was an alarming spike in radiation detected by our device.

Click here to see community-based monitoring logs from 7-25 to 7-31.

Click here to see community-based monitoring logs from 7-18 to 7-24.

Click here to see community-based monitoring logs from 7-11 to 7-17.

Click here to see community-based monitoring logs from 6-11 to 7-10. Click the following for the community members' letters to the editor and other media. One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine.

Click here to read a memorandum prepared by Tri-Valley CAREs regarding Livermore Lab Main Site Pipeline Extension Work Plan


Feinstein Speaks Out on Escalating Costs of Nuclear Weapon "Modernization"

Thursday, July 26, 2012
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Our California Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water, vocally questioned huge cost increases for the so-called "life extension program" for the B-61 Nuclear Weapon in a hearing about the Nuclear Weapons Complex. The "modernization" of the B-61, whose total price tag, which was originally estimated at $4 billion, is now estimated to be as high as $10 billion.

Kudos to Senator Feinstein for asking the right questions and requiring the NNSA to report to Congress on a monthly basis regarding these costs.

Click hereand here to read more...

Click here to see video of the hearing...


Progressives and Conservatives Agree: Halt Runaway Pentagon Spending

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Posted by Marylia Kelley

    Tri-Valley CAREs and two-dozen other groups sent a joint letter yesterday (July 18) urging support for the Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) - Barney Frank (D-MA) defense appropriations amendment to, essentially, “Freeze the Pentagon” and save more than $1 billion in the coming year.

    The letter was organized by our friends at the Project on Government Oversight and sports a broad set of signatories, including the Tea Party WDC, United for Peace and Justice. Peace Action and the National Taxpayers Union. The groups note that the House defense appropriations bill is $17.1 billion over the baseline spending caps, and that the letter’s co-signers endorse deeper cuts as well as the Mulvaney-Frank amendment.

    On July 19, the House voted to adopt Mulvaney-Frank by a wide margin, with 247 voting aye 167 voting no. The vote and the letter that preceded it demonstrate bi-partisan support for reining in Pentagon spending.

    Check the links below, and stay tuned as both the Energy and Water Appropriations bill (with the Dept. of Energy nuclear weapons activities) and the Defense Appropriations bill (with the Dept. of Defense activities) are wending their way through Congress.

    Click here to read the joint letter.

    Click here to see the House final vote roll-call.


    Citizen's Watch Newsletter Summer 2012

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012
    Posted by Scott Yundt

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      • Plutonium Coming The Proposed Revised Plutonium Strategy

      • Community-Based Radiation Monitoring LLNL Refuses to Protect Neighbors

      • Foreclose on the Bomb 2012 Livermore Commemoration of the Bombing of Hiroshima. Click here to read the flier...

      • Print Bites All the News that Fits to Print

      • We are Appealing Help Tri-Valley CAREs Create a More Peaceful World

      • Alerts 4 U Upcoming Events with Tri-Valley CAREs


      Contribute to Tri-Valley CAREs This Summer

      Monday, July 9, 2012
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      We need your support! We monitor, confront and stop nuclear weapons at their source. We hold the government accountable. You may already know that our advocacy is unique and effective. But, did you realize it is needed now more than ever?

      Click here to read more about our upcoming work that needs your support...

      We offer a secure online donations through Network for Good. Tri-Valley CAREs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please contribute today!

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      Reporting on Our Site 300 Tour

      Thursday, July 5, 2012
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      On June 27th, twelve Tri-Valley CAREs members participated in a tour of Livermore Lab's Site 300 High Explosives Testing Range located in the foothills near Tracy, Ca.

      Click here to read more facts about Site 300.

      Click here to see more information about the tour.

      Click here to see a map of the contamination at Site 300.

      Click here to read the impressions of Environmental Science Intern Alison Forrest.

      Click here to read the impressions of Legal Intern Annie Batanides.


      BRAC and the Nuclear Weapons Complex

      Thursday, June 28, 2012
      Posted by Annie Batanides

      Late last year, the Department of Energy Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report advocating that the Department of Energy (DOE) establish an independent panel to evaluate consolidating and/or realigning the DOE’s lab system (which includes Livermore lab). Specifically, OIG recommended a ‘BRAC-style” system of consolidating and/or realigning the DOE’s lab complex. For more information on “BRAC,” the OIG’s recommendations, and other expert recommendations to consolidate the DOE’s lab system, click here to see our new factsheet.


      Check out these Upcoming Summer Events...

      Thursday, June 21, 2012
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      There are lots of summertime events around the bay area that support a nuclear free future.

      Click here to learn about events you can attend to get involved.


      Tri-Valley CAREs Wins 1st Place in Livermore Parade

      Monday, June 11, 2012
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      Over the weekend, Tri-Valley CAREs particpated in the 2012 Livermore Rodeo Parade, as we have almost every year since 1983. Our float this year focused on our hope of shifting the lab away from nuclear weapons toward clean renewable energy and science pursuits.

      We are proud to say that we won 1st place in our category for the second year in a row! We are really thankful to all of our members who helped to make our float great.

      Click here to see pictures from the event...

      Click here to read our entry description and statement


      House Amendment Cuts Money for Flawed Plutonium Mixed-Oxide Fuel Program

      Wednesday, June 6, 2012
      Posted by Marylia Kelley

      All in all, June 6, 2012 proved to be a good day for those of us who want to see needed cuts to the bloated U.S. nuclear weapons budget. The Republican-majority House of Representatives debated and passed its Fiscal Year 2013 spending bill, and...

      First, it is good news that no amendment was offered in the House appropriations process to fund a new Dept. of Energy (DOE) plutonium bomb core plant at the Los Alamos Lab in NM. The President's budget request had zero funding for this wrongheaded facility, but Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) had worked in the House Armed Services Committee to "authorize" money for it anyway. This decision not to include any money for it during the House appropriations process makes funding for this new bomb plant unlikely. And, if the Senate appropriators follow suit, and we hope they will, then this bomb plant will NOT be funded this year. Period.

      And, second, an amendment by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-IN) to further clip the federal budget for the DOE's plutonium mixed-oxide fuel program passed overwhelmingly. Here is a joint Tri-Valley CAREs-Alliance for Nuclear Accountability Press Release with details on the MOX funding cut. Click here to read more...


      Your Chance to Get Inside the Fence with Tri-Valley CAREs at the Lab’s Site 300 High Explosives Testing Range

      Friday, June 1, 2012
      Posted by Marylia Kelley

      Join us on Wednesday, June 27 for a special Community Tour we set up to visit Superfund cleanup areas at the LLNL Site 300 High Explosives Testing Range

      Badging will be at 8:45 AM sharp, tour will be from 9 AM-Noon

      RSVP is absolutely required: Call us at (925) 443-7148 before COB Friday, June 15

      Join us for this special community tour of Site 300, including the B-812 “firing table” where depleted uranium bomb test contaminated the soil and groundwater, a high explosives process area and other locations where contamination is being addressed under the federal Superfund law. Tri-Valley CAREs’ environmental scientist, Peter Strauss, will be on-hand along with top technical experts from Livermore Lab and the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

      Tri-Valley CAREs began working with Livermore Lab to set up this tour following our February 2012 community meeting in Tracy. Participants at that event told Tri-Valley CAREs they wanted opportunities to learn more about activities at Site 300 and their impacts on the environment. Folks who attended that meeting are invited to contact us to reserve a space on the tour. Additionally, all other Tri-Valley CAREs supporters, friends and interested members of the public are very welcome to join us for the tour. RSVP is required. Space is limited and will be allocated “first come, first served.”

      When you RSVP, we will need your full name, driver’s license or U.S. passport #, date and place of birth, and social security # to obtain a badge for the tour. The sign up deadline is close of business on Friday, June 15th.


      Walk or Ride in our Peace Entry in the Livermore Parade!

      Friday, June 1, 2012
      Posted by Marylia Kelley

      Saturday, June 9, 2012 -- LIVERMORE PARADE

      Tri-Valley CAREs’ entry is float # 77

      Our line up time is 10:30 AM at 4th St. near M St. (look for #77).

      More people are wanted, call us at (925) 443-7148 for details

      Each year, we create a peace and environment-themed entry for the Livermore Parade, which takes place in downtown Livermore prior to the afternoon rodeo event. This is a unique event, and a huge opportunity to get our message out to the general public. Our entry is appropriate for all ages, from stroller tots with balloons to youth with banners to elderly folks who wish to ride on the float rather than walk the parade route. All are welcome – and needed.

      Our entry this year is titled, “Tri-Valley CAREs Says: Green Science Not Nuclear Weapons.” Our float and the fliers we will hand out highlight the fact that 88% of the funds at Livermore Lab go to nuclear weapons activities, with less than 1% of the funds going toward energy efficiency and renewables. Our float challenges the status quo and invites the onlooker to consider a different future, free of nuclear weapons. We will have a bright orange truck for those who wish to ride, and lots of balloons, signs and banners. While our message is serious, our float is FUN and appropriate for ALL AGES. Last year, we won First Place in our amateur float category. Help us repeat that success. Call Marylia or Scott for details at (925) 443-7148. We hope you and yours can join us.


      Senate Action Needed to Fix the National Defense Authorization Act

      Thursday, May 31, 2012
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      Tri-Valley CAREs' Staff Attorney Scott Yundt was published in today's Times-Herald (the local edition of the San Jose Mercury News) expressing his objections to the National Defense Authorization Act and the action necessary from the United States Senate to fix it.

      On May 18, the House of Representatives passed a defense bill for fiscal year 2013 that is out of step with 21st century political and financial realities.

      The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) increases spending on weapons systems that, according to Pentagon and Energy Department testimony, are unneeded. Further, it is marred by an undemocratic process that eliminated key amendments designed to fix its flaws. Unless altered by the Senate, this NDAA will have dangerous consequences locally, nationally and internationally...

      Click here to read more...


      Tri-Valley CAREs Participates in Statewide Nuclear Summit

      Monday, May 28, 2012
      Posted by Marylia Kelley

      Representatives of more than 25 anti-nuclear activist and energy sustainability organizations, including Tri-Valley CAREs, gathered in San Clemente, California on Sunday, May 27, to discuss strategy and plan actions against nuclear power operations in California and to promote renewable energy sources and energy efficiency solutions.

      The coalition, meeting for the fifth time since Fukushima, is determined to continue the fight to stop San Onofre from operating this summer and beyond, with the understanding that excess energy already exists in the state to cover our needs.

      Click here to read more...

      Click here to learn more about California Nuclear Free...


      Bad Day for Nuclear Safety and Democracy

      Thursday, May 17, 2012
      Posted by Marylia Kelley

      When the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) finished “marking up” the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with a series of “party line” votes, the result was a mess. In fact, the NDAA was so controversial that it quickly attracted some 237 amendments.

      The Republican majority pledged an open and free debate, but that is not what we see happening. Instead, procedural sleight of hand is being employed to narrow the choices available to members of Congress and to forestall needed debate.

      Prospective amendments were submitted to the Committee on Rules. This committee determines which amendments can be voted upon. Unfortunately the Rules Committee prevented key amendments to the House NDAA from reaching the floor, preemptively barring members of Congress from voting on them.

      Click here to read more...

      Click here to read Tri-Valley CAREs Press Release from today

      Click here for George Miller's press release with a link to his floor statement

      Click here to read the Administration's Statement of Administration Policy on H.R. 4310 – National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2013


      Take Action - Support Four Key Amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act

      Wednesday, May 16, 2012
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has passed through the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) with many onerous and controversial provisions. (So controversial that 237 floor amendments have been offered on the NDAA.)

      1. When viewing the NDAA on the whole, perhaps the most striking overall impression is that in this era of "austerity" the Republican controlled HASC added hundreds of millions of dollars to nuclear weapons programs OVER the already too generous funding the administration requested. To address this, Representative Jared Polis (D-Colorado) has introduced Amendment #165 that would strike funding for nuclear weapons activities beyond the administration's budget request.

      2. Several provisions in the NDAA would gut oversight and safety at nuclear weapons sites, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. One NDAA provision puts the defense contractors in charge of safety and another weakens oversight by the independent Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. Thankfully, an amendment has been offered to undo the damage. Sponsored by local Representative George Miller (D-Martinez), Amendment #167 would remove the bad language and delete the weakening provisions, thus maintaining the existing safety protections for workers and the public.

      3. Additionally, the NDAA adds $100,000,000 to the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement-Nuclear Facility at Los Alamos, depite the administration's request that the facility be put on a 5-year delay. Amendment #67 offered by Representative Ed Markey (D-Mass.) would eliminate funding for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement-Nuclear Facility in the authorization bill.

      4. Our local Representative, John Garamendi (D-Livermore), has offered Amendment #130 to require that Congress receive further studies and analyses regarding the costs associated with building a third U.S. Ground-based Midcourse Missile Defense site to be located on the East Coast. His amendment would halt the reckless forward momentum and funding in the NDAA for an East Coast Missile Defense site.

      Out of the 237 amendments being offered, these four are key to addressing the dangerous effects that the NDAA would otherwise have on nuclear weapons policy, facilities and communities across the country. A vote is expected beginning tomorrow.

      So, what can you do to support these efforts? If one of these brave members of Congress represents you, call or email him/her ASAP with a thank you for offering an amendment, and urge them to support the others listed here. Otherwise, call or email your member of Congress ASAP urging him/her to support Amendments #165, #167, #67 and #130 to the National Defense Authorization Act.

      To find your Representative's phone number, you may use this searchable online congressional directory or call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202)224-3121 and ask for your Representative's office.


      New Annual Report on Sick Worker Compensation Program Reveals Concerns Among Sick Former Livermore Lab Workers

      Thursday, May 3, 2012
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      The Department of Labor administers the Energy Employee Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) that provides benefits and compensation for workers made ill by on the job exposures to radiation and toxic chemicals and atomic and nuclear weapons facilities including the Lawrence Livermore National Lab and Sandia, California. Every year the EEOICPA Ombudsman (the office tasked with providing oversight over the Department of Labor's EEOICPA performance) releases a review of the program. The 2011 review, finally released on Tuesday, May 1st, revealed that Livermore Lab employees have filed more complaints about how the program is administered than any other site in the country.

      Tri-Valley CAREs facilitates a sick worker support group for former workers of the Livermore Lab, Sandia (CA) and Berkeley Lab. We also can provide authorized representation to workers who want help filing thier claims. For more information on these programs, call Scott Yundt, Tri-Valley CAREs Staff Attorney at (925) 443 7148.

      Click here to read the Department of Labor's Annual Report on the Status of EEOICPA


      Sick Worker Support Group Meeting - May 2nd

      Monday, May 1, 2012
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      Tri-Valley CAREs will be facilitating a Sick Worker Support Group Meeting for former workers of Lawrence Livermore Lab, Sandia (CA) and Lawrence Berkeley Labs. Family members and survivors are also welcome. This meeting will touch on new developments in the Energy Employee Occupational Illness Compensation Act (EEOICPA). Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

      Where: Livermore Main Public Library, Commuity Room A, 1188 S. Livermore Ave

      When: Wednesday, May 2nd - 12:30 pm - 2 pm

      Click here to read the Department of Labor's Annual Report on the Status of EEOICPA


      New DOE Inspector General Report: Livermore Lab Caused Plutonium Contamination at JASPER Facility at Nevada Test Site

      Friday, April 27, 2012
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      Today, The Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General released an Audit Report about The Joint Actinide Shock Physics Experimental Research (JASPER) Facility at the Nevada National Security Site (Foremerly known as Nevada Test Site). Livermore Lab, a primary user of the facility, is responsible for specifying experiment parameters and executing experiments to meet programmatic milestones at the JASPER facility.

      In February 2009, JASPER was shut down when "an abnormal amount" of radioactive plutonium contamination escaped a result of an alpha plutonium experiment. It was determined that Livermore did not have policies and procedures in place to ensure that deteriorated plutonium targets were not used in JASPER experiments. The IG Audit Report noted that an abnormal amount of contamination was released during a 2009 experiment at JASPER (using such targets) that led to discontinued operations because the alpha phase plutonium target had advanced surface deterioration.

      Click here to read the IG Audit Report

      Click here to read an article about the Report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal


      Newly Uncovered Defense Dept. Memo Points to Weaknesses of Energy Dept. Labs

      Thursday, April 19, 2012
      Posted by Marylia Kelley

      Our colleagues at the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) recently uncovered a Department of Defense memo concluding that “The Department of Energy’s network of privately-operated nuclear weapons laboratories (which includes Livermore Lab) is riddled with waste, redundancies and lackluster scientific standards.”

      POGO brought the memo to the attention of the U.S. Senate and added its finding "that that seven of the top 15 officials at the three DOE nuclear labs make more than $700,000 per year, with one earning $1.7 million—more than the president of the United States and many government executives.” This list includes a Livermore Lab officer.

      The memo reflects the Department of Energy’s refusal to downsize its labs, despite the end of the Cold War, unlike the Department of Defense which went through five rounds of Base Realignment and Closure, known as the BRAC process, and eliminated 21 labs. The memo presents the arguments of a number of experts who have said DOE’s laboratories should downsize, rather than expand their mission. It also compiles evidence of DOE’s ongoing efforts to circumvent the congressional appropriations process.

      The release of the memo coincides with the April 18, 2012 statement of Gregory H. Friedman, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Energy, before the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight in which Friedman strongly recommended “consolidation of (DOE's) laboratory functions through the establishment of a 'BRAC-style' commission.”

      Click here to read the DoD Memo

      Click here to read the Letter to the Senate Armed Forces Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development about the Memo

      Click here to read Gregory H. Friedman Inspector General, U.S. Department of Energy, April 18th statement


      Tri-Valley CAREs Joins in an Open Letter to Biodefense Decision Makers

      Wednesday, April 18, 2012
      Posted by Marylia Kelley

      Tri-Valley CAREs joined other groups from around the United States in an open letter to biodefense decision makers, expressing concerns about the proliferation of high containment biodefense laboratories and making clear our united conviction that the spread of these labs makes us all less safe. The purpose of the letter is to urge federal and state decision makers to heed the call of those most affected and to place a moratorium on the opening of new biodefense facilities until there has been a serious and transparent reevaluation of the entire program.

      Click here to read the Open Letter to Biodefense Decision Makers


      Tax Day - A Global Day of Action Against Military and Weapons Spending

      Tuesday, April 17, 2012
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      Tri-Valley CAREs joined other bay area peace groups, and groups around the world, calling on the governements to change their priorities, specifically by spending less on war and weapons to free up more money for other programs. Tri-Valley CAREs volunteers spent the morning distributing informational pamphlets (see below) at our local BART station and talked to commuters about the huge expense of our weapons, military and war.

      Click here to read the pamphlet about where our tax dollars will go in the coming Fiscal Year

      Click here to see a chart of how Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory plans to spend our tax dollars in the coming Fiscal Year


      Livermore Lab Management Receives Huge Bonus Despite Numerous Performance Concerns

      Monday, April 9, 2012
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      After filing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, our friends at Nuclear Watch New Mexico finally received Performance Evaluations Reports for all of the National Nuclear Security Administration sites, including Livermore Lab. Despite numerous performance concerns, especially at the National Ignition Facility, Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (the Lab management company) received $26 Million in bonuses for 2011.

      Click here to read our press release about the PERs report

      Click here to read the Fiscal Year 2011 Performance Evaluation Review of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


      "Occupy Good Friday- At the Gates of Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab"

      Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Updated Monday, April 9, 2012
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      On Friday, April 6th, we joined the Ecumenical Peace Institute and Livermore Conversion Project for the annual Good Friday march and demonstration at the gates of Livermore Lab to call for an end to violence and nuclear weapons. 34 were arrested for non-violently blocking the lab entrance in protest.

      Click here to read a local news article about the event.

      To hear more, click the link below for KPFA evening news coverage of the event, between minute 32:52 and 37:26.

      The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays - April 6, 2012 at 6:00pm

      Click to listen (or download)


      Tri-Valley CAREs Returns From DC Days

      Wednesday, April 4, 2012
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      Our team recently spent a four days in Washington D.C. for the annual “DC Days” gathering of activists from 36 similar groups around the country. Together we met with Congressmen, their staff, committee staff and agency officials to discuss cuts to the nuclear weapons budget, clean up of contamination at DOE sites, and increased funding for important nonproliferation programs. Our team will be reporting back on DC Days at the next Tri-Valley CAREs meeting and look for an article in the next Citizen’s Watch newsletter.

      What: DC Days Report Out at the next Tri-Valley CAREs Monthly Meeting

      When: Thursday, April 19, 2012 7:30-9:00

      Location: Livermore Public Library 1188 South Livermore Ave. Community Room A

      Tri-Valley CAREs in Washington, DC - 2012


      Over 50,000 Signatures to President Obama Calling for Steps to End Nuclear Weapons

      Tuesday, April 3, 2012
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      Congratulations! Together with the Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Free World and our colleague groups around the country, we have officially passed our goal, with 52,939 signatures on the petition asking President Obama to dramatically reduce our reliance on nuclear weapons and move us closer to a nuclear weapons free world. And we are still counting the final signatures as they roll in.

      Negotiations are underway for a meeting at the White House very soon, where all of these signatures will be delivered.

      Thank you for being part of this successful national effort.

      Click here for more information about the petition.


      TVC's Executive Director, Marylia Kelley, on CBS Sunday Morning- Energy from lasers: Sure shot or dead end?

      Monday, April 2, 2012
      Posted by Scott Yundt

      TVC's executive director, Marylia Kelley on CBS Sunday Morning speaking truth about the National Ignition Facility. CBS did not include the part of her interview that explained that NIF is funded as a nuclear weapons activity, but did include other key facts...

      Click here to watch the segment


      Citizen's Watch Newsletter March - April 2012

      Monday, March 26, 2012
      Posted by Scott Yundt

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      • "Fewer Warheads, More Spending" Tri-Valley CAREs New Report

      • Questioning Obama's Nuclear Agenda An Op-Ed By Marylia Kelley

      • We Go To Washington To Expose The High Risk DOE Nuclear Weapons Projects

      • Community Meeting In Tracy Site 300 Raises Community Concerns

      • Alerts 4 U Upcoming Events With Tri-Valley CAREs


      • New Tri-Valley CAREs’ Report, “Fewer Warheads, More Spending: An Analysis of the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request for Nuclear Weapons”

        Thursday, March 15, 2012
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        Dr. Robert Civiak, physicist and former Budget Examiner for DOE nuclear security activities at the White House Office of Management and Budget, has prepared a detailed report of the Fiscal Year 2013 budget request for nuclear weapons activities. His analysis debunks the myths put forth by NNSA to justify the rise in recent and projected spending on nuclear weapons and identifies $1.540 billion in potential savings in the nuclear weapons budget request.

        Click here to read the report

        Click here to see the graph comparing number of warheads to budget expenditures


        Tri-Valley CAREs Delegation Goes to Washington to Speak Truth to Power

        Thursday, March 15, 2012
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        Tri-Valley CAREs will send a delegation to Washington, DC from March 17th through 21st to hold over 80 meetings with members of Congress, committee staffers, and agency officials with responsibility for U. S. nuclear policies to press for new funding priorities. We will be joined by colleagues from nuclear weapons sites across the country for the 24th annual Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) "DC Days." Together, we will expose high-risk U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear weapons and nuclear energy projects, which will waste billions in taxpayer funds, damage the environment and undermine the nation’s non-proliferation goals.

        Click here to read the 2012 DC Days policy recomendations

        Click here to read our fundraising letter

        Contribute to Tri-Valley CAREs


        National Day of Action to Stop Funding for Nuclear Bombs - March 21, 2012

        Tuesday, March 13, 2012
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        The U.S. Deparment of Energy wants Congress to give them MORE money for new bomb factories and bombs. On Wednesday, March 21, people all across America will have an opportunity to raise their voices together to tell the nuclear weapons makers "NO."

        On March 21, your Tri-Valley CAREs team will join nearly 100 activists from a dozen different states. We will be in the halls of Congress asking Senators and Representatives to cut the nuclear weapons budget. This is part of a grueling work week for these activists.

        Your phone call or email to your members of Congress on March 21, the National Day of Action to Stop Funding for Nuclear Bombs, will lift and amplify the voices of those who are conducting meetings with Congress. And, their advocacy will add power to your message as well.

        Call your Senators and your Representative through the capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Or, check the web for their email addresses if you prefer to write.

        Click here for talking points and additional information

        Click here to read the "Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures Act" or SANE Act .


        New Short Film Featuring Tri-Valley CAREs

        Tuesday, March 13, 2012
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        Local independent media outlet “Mediaroots” released a new short film titled “Lawrence Livermore Lab & the Continued Nuclear Arms Race.” The video features a brief history of Livermore Lab, “man on the street” interviews with local residents and cameo appearances from Tri-Valley CAREs staff.

        Click here to see their video on their website


        1st Anniversary of Fukushima Meltdown Event in SF

        Thursday, March 8, 2012
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        Tri-Valley CAREs is pleased to be invited to join No Nukes Action for a series of events to commemorate the anniversary of the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan that began on March 11, 2011. Events begin with a rally at Bechtel Corporation's Headquarters in San Francisco (50 Beale St. @ Mission) followed by a march to the Japanese Consulate.

        Then in the evening there will be a potluck and program which will include screening of a film entitled: FUKUSHIMA Never Again (57 min.) and discussion with film makers, poetry presentations by Dan Marlin and other poets, multi-media art presentations by professor Judy Hiramoto, a presentation by Jackie Cabasso of Western States Legal Foundation and music by Junko Suzuki Parsons.

        When: Sunday, March 11th - Rally at Noon, Potluck at 6:15 PM, Program at 7PM

        Where: Rally meets at 50 Beale St., San Francisco, Potluck and Program meet at ILWU Local 34, 801 2nd St. @ King St., San Francisco

        $10.00 donation requested for program and potluck (no one turned away for lack of funds).

        For more information call (415) 867-0628 or http://nonukesaction.wordpress.com/

        For carpool information from Livermore call us at (925) 443-7148


        Letter to the Editor Writing Party

        Friday, February 24, 2012
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        Tri-Valley CAREs is pleased to invite you to our monthly Letter to the Editor Writing Party this coming Thursday at our office. Come and write a letter to your favorite newspaper in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. We have two suggested topics for March: the anniversary of the 3/11 Fukushima disaster; and, future U.S. spending on nuclear weapons. We will offer a short briefing and handouts on each topic. Join us!

        When: Thursday, March, 1st 5:30-7 PM

        Where: The Tri-Valley CAREs Office, 2582 Old First St. Livermore CA

        For more information call us at (925) 443-7148


        Community Meeting in Tracy: Site 300

        Thursday, February 23, 2012
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        Tri-Valley CAREs is pleased to sponsor a community meeting in Tracy to bring attention to and discuss the upcoming Superfund cleanup plans for Livermore Lab's Site 300 high explosives testing range, which lies just outside the city of Tracy. All are invited to join us to learn about and discuss this very important issue.

        When: Thursday, February 23, 7:30-9 PM

        Where: The Tracy Transit Center, Room 105, 6th St. and Central Ave. near the Grand Theater

        For more information call us at (925) 443-7148

        Click here to read the detailed fact sheet

        Click here for the official flier

        Click here to watch a segment of video on Youtube from the community meeting


        "Questioning Obama's Nuclear Agenda" Tri-Valley CAREs Executive Director Marylia Kelley's Op-Ed in the SF Chronicle

        Wednesday, February 15, 2012
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        Marylia Kelley composed this op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle. It places Livermore Lab's funding request in the context of the national nuclear weapons budget. The piece also notes a welcome delay in construction for an unnecessary plutonium bomb core facility and points to additional budget cuts that can and should be made. Here is the op-ed:

        "While most federal agencies are being placed on an austerity diet, the Obama administration's 2013 budget for nuclear weapons activities is more than last year's appropriation and 20 percent higher than President Reagan's largest nuclear weapons budget at the height of the Cold War, adjusted for inflation. If fully funded, Obama's budget will be the biggest nuclear weapons budget in our nation's history."

        "President Obama firmly declared "America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons" in his 2009 Prague address. The world, including me, cheered. But, Mr. President, this is not a budget that implements our solemn commitment."

        "It's time for congressional Democrats and Republicans alike to sharpen the budget ax...."

        Click here to read her full op-ed.


        Nuclear Weapons Budget for FY2013 Released

        Monday, February 13, 2012
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        The Department of Energy's fiscal year 2013 budget request for nuclear weapons activities was made public today. Tri-Valley CAREs is still crunching the numbers.

        Click here to read about our initial response to key items in the budget.

        Click here to see our pie chart of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory FY2013 Budget Request


        For Reporters and the Public...

        Friday, February 10, 2012
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        The Department of Energy's fiscal year 2013 budget request for nuclear weapons will be made public on Monday, February 13. In anticipation, Tri-Valley CAREs and our allies in the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability have prepared some questions media and others might want to ask on key items in the budget request.

        Click here to read the media advisory.

        Click below to listen to Tri-Valley CAREs Executive Director Marylia Kelley discuss the FY2013 US Nuclear Weapons Budget on KPFA Evening News (From 18:20 to 20:20)

        The KPFA Evening News (Weekend) - February 11, 2012 at 6:00pm

        Click to listen (or download)


        Citizen's Watch Newsletter January-February 2012

        Friday, February 10, 2012
        Posted by Scott Yundt

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        • Thanks to Members and Friends Accomplishments of 2011

        • SANE Act A New Bill in the House for a Smart Approach to Nuclear Expenditures

        • Bio-suit Decision The U.S. Court of Appeals Bows to the DOE

        • Community Meeting In Tracy Fact sheet about Site 300 for the Meeting

        • Alerts 4 U Upcoming Events with Tri-Valley CAREs

        • What to Look For A preview of the DOE Budget Request for Nuclear Weapons


        Representative Ed Markey Introduces the SANE Act to Cut the Nuclear Weapons Budget

        Thursday, February 9, 2012
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        Today, Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced an important bill, the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures Act (which goes by the apt acronym of SANE).

        Markey’s bill, which was co-sponsored by 34 additional Members of Congress (including 8 from California) calls for cancelling, freezing, or reducing over a dozen costly nuclear programs, totaling about $100 billion in savings over 10 years. As the bill notes, the current, oversized U.S. arsenal was “devised with the Cold War in mind,” and cutting it is common sense for both national security objectives and the U.S. budget.

        The bill, if passed, would eliminate several Department of Energy projects and facilities that Tri-Valley CAREs has worked hard to cut. Specifically, the bill zeros out all funding for the CMRR (Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement-Nuclear Facility at Los Alamos in NM), the UPF (Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12 in TN) and MOX (the mixed oxide plutonium fuel boondoggle at the Savannah River Site in SC). It further eliminates the W78 and B61 Life Extension Programs. The bill also calls for a reduction in ballistic missile submarines, land-based missiles, and aircraft bombers—the three components of the nuclear triad.

        Markey’s bill is a step in the right direction, and Tri-Valley CAREs is honored to be included as a supporting NGO. We hope to see support from across the political spectrum for a SANE nuclear weapons policy and budget.

        Click here to read the bill.


        9th Circuit Bows to the DOE

        Tuesday, February 7, 2012
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        In a disappointing decision, released on February 7, 2012, the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Tri-Valley CAREs' challenge to Livermore Lab’s BSL-3 advanced bio-warfare agent research facility.

        The BSL-3 experiments with genetically modified and aerosolized (sprayed) lethal pathogens, such as live anthrax, plague and botulism. It is authorized to store and use up to 50 liters of deadly pathogens. Seven million residents live within a 50 mile-radius, with some as close as .5 miles away.

        Click here to read Tri-Valley CAREs' Press Statement

        Click here to read the decision


        Community Meeting in Tracy: Site 300

        Friday, February 3, 2012
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        Tri-Valley CAREs is pleased to sponsor a community meeting in Tracy to bring attention to and discuss the upcoming Superfund cleanup plans for Livermore Lab's Site 300 high explosives testing range, which lies just outside the city of Tracy. All are invited to join us to learn about and discuss this very important issue.

        When: Thursday, February 23, 7:30-9 PM

        Where: The Tracy Transit Center, Room 105, 6th St. and Central Ave. near the Grand Theater

        For more information call us at (925) 443-7148

        Click here to read the detailed fact sheet

        Click here for the official flier


        UN Art for Peace Contest for Kids

        Wednesday, February 1, 2012
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        Kids and Teens, here is an opportunity to create your own vision of a world free of nuclear weapons and war. The Art for Peace Contest, sponsored by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Harmony for Peace Foundation, is calling for youth aged 5-17 to submit thier art. You can draw, paint, sketch, use pens, pencils, crayons, charcoal, oil, acrylic paint or watercolor to create your artwork. Be creative, and use your imagination to show a world free of nuclear weapons, a world without bombs, without wars, without fear. To find out more details and how to sumbit your work click the link below.

        Click here for more


        January 27th 2012 is National Day of Remembrance for ‘Downwinders’ in the United States

        Friday, January 27, 2012
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        In November 2011, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution designating January 27th as the Day of Remembrance in recognition of the harm caused to Americans by fallout from nuclear testing at Nevada. Stressing that “it must never happen again”, many ‘downwinders’ are pressing for U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

        Click here to read more


        Speak Out! The City of Livermore Environment and Energy Committee Special Meeting on the Groundwater Cleanup Project

        Thursday, January 26, 2012
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        When: Friday, January 27th, at 6PM

        Where: 3500 Robertson Park Road, Livermore Maintenance Building.

        What: City of Livermore's Environment and Energy Committee will hold a Special Meeting to discuss the pipeline extension and how it will affect the surrounding community.

        Click here to read more

        Click here to read our factsheet about the project

        Click here to read, print out, sign and send a letter to the Lab expressing your concern


        Blue Ribbon Nuclear Waste Commission Fails to Chart Safe, Publicly Acceptable Nuclear Waste Plan

        Thursday, January 26, 2012
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        The Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future report released today received mixed reviews from groups that monitor sites where large quantities of radioactive waste are stored. The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) and the Livermore, CA-based Tri-Valley CAREs, said major flaws in the report include the Commission’s failure to advocate prompt removal of commercial spent fuel from reactor cooling pools with placement in hardened On-Site Storage (HOSS) to safeguard commercial spent fuel at nuclear power plants.

        Click here to read more...


        9th Circuit Court Hears Tri-Valley CAREs' Challenge to Livermore Lab's Bio-Warfare Agent Research Facility

        Thursday, January 12, 2012
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        On Wednesday, January 11th, Tri-Valley CAREs' Staff Attorney, Scott Yundt, argued the group's appeal in front of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel challenging the U.S. Dept. of Energy's (DOE) continued operation of a controversial bio-warfare agent facility at Livermore Lab without proper environmental review.

        Click here to read more

        Click here to listen to the audio file of the hearing (requires Windows Media Player)

        Click hereto read the Daily Journal coverage of the hearing

        Click here to read the San Francisco Chronicle coverage of the hearing

        Click here to read the Contra Costa Times coverage of the hearing

        Click here to read the Daily Californian coverage of the hearing


        Tri-Valley CAREs Year in Review

        Monday, January 2, 2012
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        A new year is upon us, and we would like to take an opportunity to reflect on all that we accomplished in 2011 and to thank all of our volunteers, donors and partners with whom we could not have made these kinds of impacts.

        Click here to read all about our accomplishments this past year...


        Citizen's Watch Newsletter November-December 2011

        Tuesday, December 27, 2011
        Posted by Scott Yundt

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        • Of Nukes & Money Progress in Reducing the US Nuclear Weapons Budget

        • Victory for FOIA! Tri-Valley CAREs Prevails

        • Bio-suit Hearing The US Court of Appeals to Hear Our Arguments

        • Print Bites: All the News that Fits to Print Fukushima, Lab Plutonium Fire Alarms and More

        • Alerts 4 U Upcoming Events with Tri-Valley CAREs

        • We Are Appealing Four Ways to Donate to Tri-Valley CAREs


        Tri-Valley CAREs Prevails in FOIA Lawsuit

        Friday, December 23, 2011
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        Since last December, Tri-Valley CAREs has been litigating the National Nuclear Security Administration's failure to provide documents in response to nine of our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests. FOIA requires government agencies to respond to requests in 20 days, but there requests had been pending for six months to over three years. In response to Tri-Valley CAREs litigation, all nine requests were responded to with meaninful documents and we settled on a reasonable sum to cover the expense of litigation.

        Click here to read more


        Plutonium Fire Safety Concerns at Livermore Lab

        Tuessday, December 20, 2011
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        A December 13 report from the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Baord cites severe deficiences in the fire safety system at Livermore Lab's plutonium facility. The DNFSB also found serious safety problems with gloveboxes, which are workstations for handling and machining radioactive material. The DNFSB report, transmitted to NNSA Administrator Tom D'Agostino, establishes a 60-day reporting requirement on "actions the NNSA has taken or plans to take to ensure the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Plutonium Facility's glovebox system and Fire Detection and Alarm System can perform their safety functions."

        Click here to read the DNFSB Report


        A Letter from our Executive Director

        Friday, December 16, 2011
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        Tri-Valley CAREs has successfully confronted harmful nuclear technologies and promoted positive alternatives...

        For a synopsis of our recent achievements, our plans for the New Year, and an invitation to help ensure we are here tomorrow (and every day) to hold the government's feet to the fire and stop nuclear weapons and their horrific impacts, click here.

        For five reasons to be proud of Tri-Valley CAREs, click here.

        Contribute to Tri-Valley CAREs


        Time Magazine Person of the Year: The Protester

        Thursday, December 15, 2011
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        We would like to salute Time Magazine's Person of the Year... The Protester.

        Click here to read more


        Tri-Valley CAREs Volunteer Appreciation and Holiday Party

        Tuesday, December 6, 2011
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        We would like to thank YOU for your support and all you do for peace, justice and the environment! So please join us this Friday, December 9th between 5-8PM at the Tri-Valley CAREs office for some great food, music, company and maybe a game or two.

        Click here for more information


        Tri-Valley CAREs' Executive Director Speaks in Hiroshima About U.S. Nuclear Policy

        Tuesday, November 22, 2011
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        Our Executive Director, Marylia Kelley was invited to Hiroshima. Japan to speak at a conference called Exploring the Roles of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Japan in the Wake of the 3/11 Nuclear Power Plant Disaster. Specifically she was invited to give an international perspective on how the international community views nuclear energy and weapons. As the American activist on the panel, her talk was entitled: U.S. Nuclear Policy in the Age of Obama and Fukushima.

        Click here to read her talk

        Click here to see the Conference coverage in Chugoku Shimbun, the largest circulation daily newspaper in the Hiroshima area.


        New DOE Inspector General Report Says DOE Should Consider Closing Facilities, Re-examining the Sustainability of Federal Facility Agreements, and Abolishing NNSA

        Friday, November 17, 2011
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        Every year, the Department of Energy Office of Inspector General issues a Special Report entitled "Management Challenges at the Department of Energy." Unlike prior reports, the latest version also identified a series of cost reduction and efficiency enhancement actions for consideration by DOE management.

        "This is intended to assist the Department in dealing with the likely budget reductions facing most agency programs," according to the Report. The ideas include:

        * Eliminating duplicative NNSA functions (page 7)

        * Establishing a commission to analyze the Department's laboratory and technology complex for closure and consolidation (page 8)

        It is high time that spending at the labs has be part of the defense budget-cutting discussion as the nation’s leaders (in the Super Committee) work to reduce the federal deficit. Hopefully, this Report will push our leaders in that direction.

        Below the Report is attached for your review.

        Click here to read the Inspector General's Special Report "Management Challenges at the Department of Energy"


        A Gift of Art for the Movement

        Friday, November 15, 2011
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        We at Tri-Valley CAREs are deeply appreciative of award-winning graphic artist Doug Minkler's contribution of original, 11-color, hand silkscreened creations illustrating the dangers of nuclear technology. The artwork is titled, "Three Uncontrollable, Replicating Monsters - Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima."

        Doug Minkler and Tri-Valley CAREs share the goal of getting this art into the hands of active anti-nuclear/clean energy groups that can hang it in a public space, be it in their office, a local library or some other location.

        As this work of art is a contribution from the artist to the movement, there is no financial charge. If you would like one of these wonderful, thought provoking hand silkscreened works of art, contact marylia@trivalleycares.org or scott@trivalleycares.org.

        Tell us in one or two short sentences about your group's mission and where you would hang it. Include your group's web and postal addresses. This offer is good until we run out (or until the U.S. and the world turn to renewable, non-polluting sources of energy - whichever happens first!)

        Click here to see the artwork

        Click here to view the text that accompanies it


        Take Action- Sign and Send a Letter to Livermore Lab Asking for Safety Measures to Protect Public Health During an Upcoming Off-Site Cleanup Project

        Friday, November 11, 2011
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        Add your voice to our request that the Department of Energy and Livermore Lab undertake the safety measures necessary to ensure that the cleanup of offsite contaminated groundwater emanating from Livermore Lab does not result in additional public health impacts by disturbing plutonium contaminated soil.

        Click here to read, print out, sign and send this letter to the Lab


        Tri-Valley CAREs Contributes to New Book- "Tortured Science"

        Thursday, November 10, 2011
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        In a new book entitled: "Tortured Science: Health Studies, Ethics and Nuclear Weapons in the United States," community health activists and researchers reflect on the research program for addressing the health effects of nuclear weapons production at Hanford, WA, Rocky Flats, CO, Livermore Labs, CA, and Fernald, OH. The authors describe conflicts of interest, data suppression, technical inadequacies, and other examples of how researchers failed in their social responsibility to the affected human populations. The book includes a case study on the Plutonium Sludge distributed around Livermore that was co-written by Tri-Valley CAREs' Executive Director Marylia Kelley.

        Click here to read the Plutonium Sludge case study included in "Tortured Science"

        Click here to find out more about "Tortured Science," read the introduction, and purchase a copy...


        Community Meeting: Cleaning Up Livermore Lab's Off-site Groundwater Contamination

        Wednesday, October 12, 2011
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        On Thursday, November 3rd from 7PM to 8:30PM Tri-Valley CAREs is hosting a Community Meeting to discuss the upcoming pipeline extension project that Livermore Lab will build to attempt to clean up the leading edge of the off-site groundwater contamination that has migrated from the Lab.

        Tri-Valley CAREs has been actively monitoring the Superfund cleanup at the Livermore Lab for decades. The Community Meeting will begin with a brief overview of the contamination and the Superfund cleanup plan. We will discuss how the pipeline extension will affect the surrounding community. We will prepare a comment letter detailing the importance of protecting workers and the environment during pipeline construction in plutonium contaminated soil.

        Your participation will help protect the community. JOIN US!

        When: Thursday, November 3rd from 7PM to 8:30PM

        Where: 749 Hazel St. Livermore (Janis Kate's House- a few blocks from the Pipeline Extension Project Area)

        RSVP: (925) 443-7148

        Click here to read, download and print the Community Meeting Flier, which includes a map of the pipeline extension project

        Click here to read an article about the Community Meeting

        Click here to see a local TV news segment about the Pipline Extension Project

        Click here to read a newspaper article from the Contra Costa Times about the Pipline Extension Project

        Click here to read Tri-Valley CAREs' Comments on the TFA-West Draft-Final Addendum to the Remedial Design Report for Treatment Facility A: Arroyo Seco Pipeline Extension

        Click here For Our PETITION to Clean Up Livermore Lab

        Take Action to Help the Super Committee to Cut US Nuclear Weapons Spending

        Thursday, September 29, 2011
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        PLEASE MAKE A TIME-CRITICAL PHONE CALL TO STOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND FUND OUR FUTURE.

        WHAT: Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA) is now circulating an important letter to his colleagues in the House of Representatives. Rep. Markey is asking EACH REPRESENTATIVE TO SIGN ON to his letter to the "super committee," tasked with identifying $1.5 trillion dollars in budget reductions.

        Rep. Markey's letter is titled, "FREEZE THE NUKES, FUND THE FUTURE" His letter calls for a re-ordering of our country's budget priorities. It states: "We continue to spend $50 billion a year on the U.S. nuclear arsenal... We call on the Super Committee to cut $20 billion a year, or $200 billion over the next 10 years, from the U.S. nuclear weapons budget... Cut Minuteman missiles. Do not cut Medicare or Medicaid..."

        ACTION: Congressman Markey needs YOUR REPRESENTATIVE to be a co-sponsor on this important letter. Make no mistake. This is a great letter from a member of Congress. And, whether or not this letter gets co-sponsors may well determine whether or not the "super committee" seriously considers cutting the nuclear weapons budget. So, please do not delay. Call your Representative this week via the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

        SCRIPT: Ask your Representative to co-sponsor the Markey letter to the "super committee," titled, FREEZE THE NUKES, FUND THE FUTURE. The deadline for your member of Congress to co-sponsor is next Tuesday, October 4, so ask your Representative to contact Markey's office right away. Be sure to tell the staff person who answers the phone at your Reps office that you are a constituent. Ask for a follow up letter stating whether or not your Representative did co-sign the Markey letter. Feel free to identify yourself as a member of Tri-Valley CAREs and/or of any other major group you can authentically represent. And, do tell the staff person who answers the phone that the name of Rep. Markey's staff person who is gathering the co-sponsors is Joseph Wender. And, finally, please be sure to thank the hard-working staff person who answers the phone!

        AGAIN, THE NUMBER TO CALL IS (202) 224-3121.

        The time to call is between 9 AM and 5 PM Eastern Time - this week, if possible. This is one time we are not recommending writing a letter. There is not enough time for a letter. Remember, the deadline for your Rep to sign on to the Markey letter is next Tuesday, October 4.

        Click here If you are not sure who is representing you in Congress

        Click here to read Representative Markey's Letter "FREEZE THE NUKES, FUND THE FUTURE" to the Super Committee


        Take Another Action: Ask your Rep to co-sign the Bipartisan Letter to Super Committee Urging Common Sense Defense Spending Reforms

        Thursday, September 29, 2011
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        The Honorable Barbara Lee has sponsered a bipartisan letter, that is still open for co-signers in the House of Representatives urging the Super Committee to make common sense defense spending cuts. So far, the following Represenatives have signed the letter; Barbara Lee, John Campbell, Barney Frank, Ron Paul, Gwen Moore, Rush Holt, Bobby Rush, Pete Stark, John Oliver, and Yvette Clarke.Is your Rep. on the letter? If not, ask your Rep. to contact Rep. Barbara Lee's office to co-sign. Please note that your Rep CAN sign this excellent letter AND also Rep. Markey's excellent letter to the Super Committee on cutting the nuclear weapons budget. It's not either/or, it is both/and for co-signers of these excellent letters!

        AGAIN, THE NUMBER TO CALL IS (202) 224-3121.

        The time to call is between 9 AM and 5 PM Eastern Time - this week, if possible.

        Click here for the Bi-Partisan Letter with an introduction to send to your representative


        Two Nuclear Weapons Scientists Talk Sense About the Risks Posed by the B-61 Life Extension Program

        Thursday, September 22, 2011
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        In a recent article in the Albuquerque Journal, Bob Peurifoy, a retired Sandia labs vice president, and Roger Logan, who worked at both Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national labs managing nuclear weapons maintenance efforts and is now retired, commented that, by pushing for the changes to the B61, the NNSA and the national labs are "risking a very reliable system" and that changes to the B61 are "the exact opposite of what should be done."


        Click here to read the article


        Tri-Valley CAREs Comments on the Scope of Sandia National Lab's Site-Wide Environmental Review

        Thursday, September 15, 2011
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        Tri-Valley CAREs submitted comments on the scope of what the Site-Wide Enivronmental Impact Statment for Sandia National Labs New Mexico should cover. Our main question, where is the review for Sandia Califoria, and why is it not considered in the cumulative impacts of Sandia operations? For the record, the last time Sandia-California was reviewed under the National Environmenal Policy Act was in a cursory 2003 Site-Wide Environmental Assessment.


        Click here to read our Scoping Comment

        Click here to see the 2003 Sandia- California Site-Wide Environmental Assessment


        Our 2011 Strategic Planning Retreat

        Thursday, August 25, 2011
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        Tri-Valley CAREs' board of directors, staff, and members, new and old, gathered on Saturday, August 13th to conduct our annual strategic planning retreat. A skilled facilitator led us through a number of successful exercises to help us focus and plan the program for the coming year.


        Click here to read our report "Looking Back, Providing the Framework for Moving Forward" prepared for this year's Strategic Planning Retreat

        Tri-Valley CAREs has been challenged! (in a good way...)

        Monday, August 8, 2011
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        We have a fabulous opportunity in front of us. One of the loyal supporters of our programs that "watchdog" Livermore Lab has offered to match your gift to Tri-Valley CAREs this summer, dollar for dollar, if we can raise $15,000!

        Your contribution of $50 now will be worth $100 to Tri-Valley CAREs. Your generous gift of $500 will become $1,000. Your donation in any amount will be DOUBLED, but only if we reach that $15,000 goal.

        We are excited to win this challenge. Can we count on your help?

        Your donation (now doubled) will be put to good use to stop the so-called "modernization" of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile - and to stop the new bomb factories that would be used to create and manufacture these new nuclear weapons.

        Your contribution this summer will also support our federal litigation against the Lab's bio-warfare experiments and their habit of violating the Freedom of Information Act.

        We are counting on your financial support. The $15,000 challenge is an incredible opportunity for us and for all of our work. Please give as generously as you are able.


        Contribute to Tri-Valley CAREs

        Or, send a check today to Tri-Valley CAREs, 2582 Old First St., Livermore, CA 94550

        P.S. Don't forget, your donation to Tri-Valley CAREs is tax deductible.

        Click here to read more about our challenge and see our progress

        P.P.S. We have a fundraising auction coming up in Oakland where all of the proceeds will get doubled!

        Click here to learn more or call our office


        Saturday, August 6th Rally and Tuesday, August 9th Action at Livermore Lab- From Hiroshima to Fukushima to Livermore

        Wednesday, July 27, 2011
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        Join Tri-Valley CAREs and other Bay Area peace groups for our annual gathering near Livermore nuclear weapons lab to remember those lost in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan on August 6th 1945 and Nagasaki, Japan on August 9th 1945.

        This year we will have two events. On August 6th, we will gather for a commemoration and rally at Bill Payne Park, across the street from Livermore nuclear weapons laboratory. The rally will focus on confronting the "two-headed dragon" of nuclear weapons and nuclear power. Speakers will address the recent nuclear power disaster in Fukushima, Japan, the ongoing nuclear weapons related pollution in Livermore and the growing US nuclear weapons budget, and we will hear first hand accounts and lessons from a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima.

        On Tuesday, August 9th at 8am, there will be a cermony and nonviolent direct action at Livermore Lab's West Gate. Those who choose can risk arrest as a form of non-violent protest.

        Click here to see the event flier.

        Click here to see the Non-Violence Guildlines for the August 9th direct action.

        Click here to see pictures of these events.


        Free Screening of 'The Forgotten Bomb' on Wednesday, August 3rd in Oakland

        Wednesday, July 27, 2011
        Posted by Scott Yundt

        Join us for a free screening of the recently released and highly acclaimed documentary film, "The Forgotten Bomb" in downtown Oakland on August 3rd. We will start with a potluck dinner at 6:30 and the screening will begin at 7:30. Plus- the director, Stuart Overbey will be on hand for a Q&A afterwards.

        The screening will be at The Fellowship of Humanity Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland, CA 94612. Hope to see you there.

        Click here to see the event flier.

        Click here to check out the film's webpage.


        Cleaning up a "Firing Table" at Site 300: Major Decisions Need to be Made

        Tuesday, July 26, 2011
        Posted by Marylia Kelley

        "Firing tables" are outdoor, gravel-based detonation pads on which Livermore Lab has (and still does) set off bomb blasts to test how well a new or modified design performs.

        Tri-Valley CAREs has been actively monitoring the Superfund cleanup at the Livermore Lab's Site 300 for decades. That cleanup is about to enter an important new phase, with major decisions still to be made about how to tackle remediation of the Building 812 open-air firing table and the contaminated 200 acres immediately surrounding it.

        Over the coming months, public involvement in Superfund decision-making will likely make the difference between a thorough cleanup and leaving contamination in place, including uranium and other radioactive and/or toxic materials.

        Here are three resources to help you understand the issues and what's at stake in the Building 812 cleanup. Please take a look. And, let us know if you are interested in hosting a house party of friends and neighbors or having a Tri-Valley CAREs speaker address your organization.

        Click here to read the article in Tri-Valley CAREs' summer 2011 newsletter, Citizen's Watch

        Click here to read a July 2011 technical memo, prepared by Peter Strauss, an environmental scientist and technical advisor to Tri-Valley CAREs

        Click here to read Tri-Valley CAREs' comment letter on the June 2011Characterization Work Plan for the Building 812 area


        Citizen's Watch Newsletter Summer 2011

        Friday, July 22, 2011
        Posted by Scott Yundt

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        • Site 300 News Cleaning Up a Firing Table

        • You are Invited! To this Year's August Action and Hiroshima Commemoration in Livermore

        • Beryllium Problem Persists DOE Report Faults Livermore Lab for Failing to Protect Employees

        • Print Bites: All the News that Fits to Print A Nuke Plant in CA is Dissed, Diablo Canyon Plans on Hold, Disasters at Nuclear Facilities Across the US and More

        • Alerts 4 U Upcoming Events with Tri-Valley CAREs

        • Tri-Valley CAREs Strategic Planning Join Us!


          Tri-Valley CAREs Comments on the Draft Environmental Review of the CMRR-Nuclear Facility at Los Alamos National Lab

          Thursday, June 30, 2011
          Posted by Scott Yundt

          Tri-Valley CAREs submitted detailed comments criticizing the National Nuclear Security Administrations inadequate Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Building Replacement Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Costs of the project have already escalated, at a similar rate to those of the National Ignition Facility, to over $6 billion.

          This enormous boondoggle project also being constructed to support the development of up to 80 new plutonium pits for nuclear weapons per year. A level that far exceeds simple stockpile maintenance and which is not in compliance with the international treaty obligations or the administration's goal of reducing our reliance on nuclear weapons.

          Click here to read our comment.

          Click here to read the Summary of the Draft SEIS of the CMRR-NF.


          "Livermore Lab- Perception Vs. Reality" Tri-Valley CAREs Exectutive Director Marylia Kelley's Op-Ed in the SF Chronicle

          Tuesday, June 28, 2011
          Posted by Marylia Kelley

          Marylia Kelley composed an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle detailing the actual Livermore Lab budget and how it contradicts the Lab's Public Relations materials.

          "When I first began monitoring Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a working scientist there told me, 'Follow the money if you want to know what is really going on.' Look at the Department of Energy's 2012 budget request for the Livermore Lab and it becomes apparent that PR has an inverse relationship to budget."

          "Some 89 percent of the funds are for nuclear weapons activities. Yet, more than 89 percent of the press releases showcase programs like renewable energy and science that receive less than 3 percent of the spending. This has caused many to believe that Livermore Lab is converting from nuclear weapons to civilian science."

          "A major consequence of the chasm between public perception and where the money actually goes is that science at Livermore continues to exist on the margins - underfunded, understaffed and at the mercy of the 800-pound gorilla of the nuclear weapons budget..."

          Click here to read her full op-ed..


          DOE Inspector General Says Beryllium Hazards Persist at Livermore Lab

          Friday, June 24, 2011
          Posted by Scott Yundt

          The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the Inspector General (IG) published the results of a major federal investigation this week. The audit, titled, "Implementation of Beryllium Controls at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory" (DOE/IG-0851) was released June 22, 2011. In it, the IG found that "actions necessary to resolve previously observed weaknesses" in how LLNL protects workers from Beryllium contamination. In it, the IG found that "actions necessary to resolve previously found weaknesses had not been completed."

          Click here to read the IG's Report.

          Click here to see Tri-Valley CAREs Press Release.


          Tri-Valley CAREs Files Final Brief in the Bio-Suit Against Livermore Lab

          Friday, June 24, 2011
          Posted by Scott Yundt

          Tri-Valley CAREs filed its "Reply" brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Friday, June 24, 2011. This is Tri-Valley CAREs' final submission in the group's National Environmental Policy Act case against the Department of Energy (DOE) over bio-warfare agent research activities at Livermore Lab. Dates for oral arguments are anticipated soon.

          Click here to see Tri-Valley CAREs Press Release.

          Click here to see Tri-Valley CAREs Reply Brief.

          Click here to see DOE's Brief.

          Click here to see Tri-Valley CAREs Appellate Opening Brief.


          Citizen's Watch Newsletter Spring 2011

          Thursday, May 26, 2011
          Posted by Scott Yundt

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          • News You Can Use Nuclear Weapons Budget Overview

          • Faultlines Fukushima, Diablo Canyon and Beyond...

          • Five-More Years of Nuclear Weapons Work The Lab Poses New Environmental Threats

          • LLNLs Bio-labs An Appeal in Our Lawsuit to Stop Bio-Weapon Agent Research

          • Print Bites: All the News that Fits to Print Good Friday, Other Actions, Anniversary, START Inspections, Pentagon

          • Alerts 4 U Upcoming Events with Tri-Valley CAREs

          • DC Days 2011 A Report Back from Your 2011 Team!

          • Take Action! To Cut the Nuclear Weapons Budget


          Join Tri-CAREs at the Livermore Parade on Saturday, June 11th

          Tuesday, May 17, 2011
          Posted by Scott Yundt

          Each year, we create a peace and environmental entry for the Livermore Parade, which takes place in downtown Livermore starting at 10AM, prior to the afternoon rodeo event. The Parade is a unique experience and a HUGE opportunity to get our message out to the public. Our entry this year will focus on the choices we make as a society. The theme is: Weapons...or Families. What do we cherish? What should we fund? Our float advocates funding cuts for nuclear weapons and preservation of funds needed for social programs and the environment. We will have a bright orange truck for kids (and elders) to ride in, and lots of balloons, signs and banners for everyone. While our message is serious, our "floats" are always fun and appropriate for all ages. Our kids often steal the show, and we have won a second place trophy 3 years out of the past four. Call Marylia for details, and we will let you know our Parade number, etc. as we get it.

          Location: Downtown Livermore
          More Info: Phone: (925)443-71483, email: marylia@trivalleycares.org

          Click here to read the flier we will be handing out at the parade


          Tri-Valley CAREs Comments on LLNL's Continued Operations and New Programs

          Monday, May 16, 2011
          Posted by Scott Yundt

          Livermore Lab recently released a Supplement Analysis to the 2005 Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement. In short, this document (linked below) gives a vague description of 23 dangerous newly proposed activities at LLNL main site and Site 300. These include a proposal to increase the power of blasts at the National Ignition Facility (NIF)to the extent that portions of the lab might have to be evacuated during them.

          Additionally, the document increases the amount of radioactive tritium and highly toxic beryllium that the NIF can use. Also, there are several steps being taken to open up part of the lab to collaborative endeavors with private entities and some green energy projects proposed, all of which deserve public input. Despite the importance of these changes, the document proposes that no additional NEPA analysis is needed for many of these proposals.

          The first link is to the Supplement Analysis itself. The second link is to Tri-Valley CAREs comments. The final link is to a short sign-on version of TVC's comment. The comment period is now over and we will keep this site updated with responses and any new information. So check back often...

          Click here to read the Supplement Analysis

          Click here to see Tri-Valley CAREs Comment

          Click here to download Tri-Valley CAREs brief sign-on comment.


          Take Action to Cut The Nuclear Weapons Budget

          Monday, May 9, 2011
          Posted by Scott Yundt

          Click on the link below to read about ways that you can take action to cut the Fiscal Year 2012 Nuclear Weapons Budget.

          Click here


          Investigation Finds LLNL Failed to Adequately Control Cyber Security for Classified Information

          Tuesday, April 19, 2011
          Posted by Scott Yundt

          The Department of Energy Inspector General released a report today finding that Livermore Lab failed to set up adequate cyber security controls for classified information about the nation's nuclear stockpile. The most unsettling finding was that outside contractors had made changes to one system meant to monitor nuclear explosions without first getting approval from the proper federal officials.

          Click here to read Inspector General's Report

          Click here to see read an AP article about the report from the Oakland Tribune


          Upcoming Public Hearings on LLNL's Dangerous Expansions and Activities

          Tuesday, April 12, 2011
          Posted by Marylia Kelley

          Livermore Lab is conducting two public hearings on its Supplement Analysis to the 2005 Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement. In short, this document, just released on March 30th, gives a vague description of 23 dangerous newly proposed activities at LLNL main site and Site 300. These include a proposal to increase the power of blasts at the National Ignition Facility to the extent that portions of the lab might have to be evacuated during them.

          Additionally, the document increases the amount of radioactive tritium and highly toxic beryllium that the NIF can use. Also, there are several steps being taken to open up part of the lab to collaborative endeavors with private entities and some green energy projects proposed, all of which deserve public input. Despite the importance of these changes, this may be the only chance for public comment because the document proposes that no additional NEPA analysis is needed for many of these proposals.

          So come join Tri-Valley CAREs and other members of the public to speak your mind about these topics and more THIS THURSDAY, APRIL 14th from 1:30- 4PM and/or from 6:30 to 9PM at ROBERT LIVERMORE COMMUNITY CENTER, 444 East Ave., Livermore.

          Click here to read the Supplement Analysis

          Click here to see Tri-Valley CAREs Initial Comments

          Click here to download Tri-Valley CAREs sign on comment. This can be mailed back to us at 2482 Old First St., Livermore, CA 94550, or faxed to 925-443-0177



          Tri-Valley CAREs' Analysis of the Fiscal Year 2012 Nuclear Weapons Budget Request

          Monday, March 28, 2010
          Posted by Scott Yundt

          Dr. Robert Civiak, physicist and former Budget Examiner for DOE nuclear security activities at the White House Office of Management and Budget, has prepared a detailed analysis of the Fiscal Year 2012 budget request for nuclear weapons activities. His analysis exposes the inherent inconsistency of a policy of increasing funds for nuclear weapons with the Administration's purported vision of a world without them. The report includes a number of important recommendations to Congress for saving $1.15 Billion in the $7.63 Billion budget request that would not sacrifice the safety or reliability of the stockpile.

          Click here to read our FY2012 budget analysis.



          Panel On the Chernobyl Disaster: 25 years later

          Monday, March 28, 2011
          Posted by Marylia Kelley

          Tri-Valley CAREs is co-sponsering a panel of three brave activists from Russia who will present new perspectives, first hand accounts and insights for Japan that they gleaned from witnessing the Chernobyl disaster and living in the area surrounding the facility for the last 25 years.

          All are welcome to join us for this very inspiring and informative event, moderated by writer, thinker, activist, and long-time Tri-Valley CAREs supporter Joanna Macy. The event will be held on Sunday, April 10th at 4pm at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, at 1924 Cedar St. (at Bonita).

          Click here to see the event flyer and to read about more upcoming Tri-Valley CAREs events



          National Call-In/Email Day to Cut Nukes and Save Non-Proliferation

          Monday, March 28, 2011
          Posted by Marylia Kelley

          On April 5, the anniversary of the President's Prague speech seeking a nuclear weapons free world, please join our nationwide effort to call or write to your Senators and Representative. Ask Congress to restore money to NNSA's nonproliferation programs and assert that these funds be directed only to programs that secure vulnerable nuclear materials worldwide. Recently NNSA put its plutonium mixed oxide (MOX) fuel program in the nonproliferation section of the agency's budget request. So, please be sure to specify that you do NOT want funds to go for MOX. Cut MOX. Thank you!

          Call the capitol switchboard: 202 224-3121

          Click here for more resources about the call-in day and how you can get involved with the Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Free World


          Tri-Valley CAREs and Other West Coast NGO's Monitor Radiation Locally

          Monday, March 21, 2011 (updated daily)
          Posted by Marylia Kelley

          Tri-Valley CAREs and independent scientists and other organizations that own radiation detection equipment along the coast of CA, OR, WA, AK and Canada began taking regular radiation readings as the crisis developed and deepened at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.

          We non-governmental scientists and organizations undertook this project with three aims in mind: as a precautionary measure, as a means of establishing local "background" numbers and as a transparency measure to ensure that information would always be publicly available.

          To join the list serv email nuclear_fallout@googlegroups.com. To view the web site that groups are sending their data Click here. Additionally, here, below, is Tri-Valley CAREs' ongoing monitoring journal. We are updating it daily.

          Click here to see read on and to see Tri-Valley CAREs radiation readings.


          Status of Damaged Nuclear Power Plants in Japan

          Monday, March 21, 2011
          Posted by Marylia Kelley

          Kyodo News in Japan has provided a status report on the damaged nuclear power plant's 6 reactors as of last night.

          Click here to see read their update...


          Tri-Valley CAREs Comments on the DOE's Chronic Beryllium Disease Prevention Program

          Tuesday, February 22, 2011
          Posted by Scott Yundt

          Tri-Valley CAREs submitted comments in response to a Federal Register notice from the U.S. Department of Energy requesting information and comments on issues related to its current chronic beryllium disease prevention program. Because Tri-Valley CAREs continues to advocate on behalf of sick workers at Livermore Lab, Sandia (CA) and Lawrence Berkeley Labs and facilitates its Support Group for Sick Workers, we felt it was appropriate for us to respond with information regarding beryllium exposures to lab employees, specifically at Livermore Lab. If you or anyone you know would like to attend the next Sick Worker Support Group meeting, on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 at Livermore Public Library, please contact our office for more information. (925) 443-7148 or scott@trivalleycares.org

          Tri-Valley CAREs' comments respond to specific questions posed by the DOE. To see all of those questions, click on the link to their announcemnt in the federal register.

          Click here to see the DOE's Notice in the Federal Register.

          Click here to read Tri-Valley CAREs' comments.


          Tri-Valley CAREs Responds to Latest Nuclear Weapons Budget Request

          Monday, February 14, 2011
          Posted by Marlia Kelley

          On Valentine's Day, the Dept. of Energy sent its Fiscal Year 2012 budget request for nuclear weapons and other activities to the U.S. Congress. This means that because Congress did not pass a budget bill for Fiscal Year 2011 the House and Senate will be debating a Continuing Resolution to deal with the current year at the same time they are receiving next year's budget request from DOE and other federal agencies for consideration.

          And, regarding nuclear weapons activities, what a truly terrible budget request it is. The DOE National Nuclear Security Administration wants an increase of more than a billion dollars for dangerous, proliferation-provocative projects, compared to Fiscal Year 2010 (the last year for which an annual budget was appropriated).

          To help you sort it all out,

          Click here for Tri-Valley CAREs' February 14 statement to the media.

          Click here for a bar graph of major nuclear weapons activities, (in XLS) compiled by Dr. Robert Civiak (and check our website in early March for his detailed report).


          Tri-Valley CAREs Comments on Proposed DOE Environmental Regulatory Changes

          Thursday, February 4, 2011
          Posted by Scott Yundt

          Tri-Valley CAREs submitted comments in response to a Federal Registrar notice from the US Department of Energy announcing their intention to change the agency regulations that implement the National Environmental Policy Act. "The majority of the changes are proposed for the categorical exclusions provisions contained in its NEPA Implementing Procedures, with a small number of related changes proposed for other provisions. These proposed changes are intended to better align the Department's regulations, particularly its categorical exclusions, with DOE's current activities and recent experiences, and to update the provisions with respect to current technologies and regulatory requirements. DOE proposes to establish 20 new categorical exclusions, and to remove two categorical exclusion categories, one environmental assessment (EA) category, and two environmental impact statement (EIS) categories."

          Tri-Valley CAREs comments express some concern with the proposed expansion of when the DOE will use categorical exclusions to NEPA.

          Click here to see the DOE's Notice in the Federal Registrer.

          Click here to read Tri-Valley CAREs' comments.


          Local National Academy Meeting on Fusion Energy (Including NIF) Open to the Public

          Wednesday, January 19, 2011
          Posted by Scott Yundt

          Tri-Valley CAREs requested that an upcoming local meeting of a National Academy of Sciences committee be open to the public. The committee will advise DOE on the prospects for generating power using inertial confinement fusion (ICF), which is an interesting way of posing a research question when DOE's National Ignition Facility is unlikely to achieve the ICF "ignition" that is in its name. Apparently, the committee will straddle the awkward chasm between NIF's problems and DOE's optimism (and hubris) in planning a next generation facility. We have provided comments and will participate in the meetings as part of our "NIF truth telling campaign."

          We believe this is an appropriate time and place for the public comment on NIF's mission (nuclear weapons), costs (around $7 billion so far) and related topics, including the role of complex technology in resolving social issues like energy generation and consumption. The meetings include two days of presentations on Saturday, January 29th and Sunday, January 30th. On Sunday, the committee has reserved an hour from 3 PM to 4 PM for public comment. It will be held at the San Ramon Marriot at 2600 Bishop Drive, San Ramon. So, do circle the dates, plan to attend, and check the link to the NAS website link below for details.

          Click here to see more information and the agenda from the National Academy of Sciences' meeting website.


          Citizen's Watch Newsletter January- February 2011

          Wednesday, January 12, 2011
          Posted by Scott Yundt

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          • We are Suing the DOE For Documents Under the Freedom of Information Act (Again...)

          • New Start Ratified Modest Reductions at a Huge Cost

          • Nucliear Weapons Budget An Update on the Status for Fiscal Year 2012

          • Happy New Year Let's Celebrate Some Recent Accomplishments

          • Alerts 4 U Upcoming Events with Tri-Valley CAREs


          Year In Review- Tri-Valley CAREs' 2010 Accomplishments

          Friday, January 7, 2011
          Posted by Scott Yundt

          Tri-Valley CAREs staff, volunteers and members helped to accomplish alot in 2010. Unfortunately the US Nuclear Weapons Complex continues to grow and receive more and more funding. Our work continues to be more important than ever. Read more about our accomplishments in the list below and let's hope that 2011 turns out to be a watershed year for peace and disarmament.

          Click here to read more about Tri-Valley CAREs' accomplishments in 2010.


          DOE Sites Found to Have Persistent Emergency Preparedness Weaknesses

          Thursday, January 6, 2011
          Posted by Lee Torres

          The Inspector General of the Department of Energy (DOE) filed an audit report today that found 'significant weaknesses' in the emergency preparedness of several national laboratories that 'could result in loss of life and/or the destruction of government property.' Among the numerous sites evaluated were the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois, and the Hanford Site in Washington. The audit was undertaken to "determine whether the Department had corrected previously reported problems." Though management took some steps to immediately resolve weaknesses, according to the Inspector General's office, "the Department had not fully resolved problems in emergency preparedness planning." There are three major problems reported in the audit: incomplete emergency readiness reports, ineffectual emergency preparedness, and the failure to track adequacy of emergency performance. The reports recommendations for improvements apply to all DOE sites including the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

          Click here to read the DOE IG's Report.

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