War on the Earth!. Environmental Impact: Atomic Appalachia and the Militarized Southeast U.S. The Military Industrial Complex. Military, Global Corporate & US Government. “The problem in defense ….
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Environmental Impact: Atomic Appalachia and the Militarized Southeast U.S.
Military, Global Corporate & US Government
is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The Military Industrial Complex:
Uranium from Nuclear Fuel Services plant in Erwin, Tennessee contaminates the beautiful Nolichucky River
WWII (1939-1945) - Every ocean and sea bears the hazardous effect of over 9,000 sunken military, auxiliary, and merchant marine vessels.
The U.S. Air Force tracks more than 18,000 objects in orbit—bolts, broken satellites, fuel tanks, rocket motors and other junk.
Full-spectrum dominance is a military concept whereby a joint military structure achieves control over all elements of the battlespace using land, air, maritime and space based assets.
“The south is vital to this plan for the weaponization & Nuclearization of space.”
Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
Perchlorate from rocket fuel has been found in drinking water, groundwater or soil in at least 43 states.
The most common and most significant perchlorate contamination is from the manufacture, testing, and disposal of solid rocket fuel, explosives, and fireworks.
Perchlorate disrupts the thyroid’s production of hormones critical to developing fetuses and infants.
5 – 17 million people may be served drinking water contaminated by rocket fuel.
Camp Lejeune, NC (1957-87):
For 30 years Marines and their families drank and bathed in contaminated water.
FDR’s “Deal with the Devil “to Seed the
Jim Crow South with Military Bases in exchange for Congress’ Approval of his New Deal Legislation
The U.S. military uses enough oil in one year to run all U.S. transit systems for the next 14-22 Yrs.
Civilian use ~ 1.3 gals/day
Deployed soldier uses ~ 15 gals/day
Pine Bluff Arsenal released 721,364 pounds of chemicals into the air, water and land and was listed in a DOD report as a top polluter.
2010: completed disposal of 12 % of the US chemical weapons stockpile.
Arsenal “recycled” 6.5 million pounds of “decontaminated” steel chemical weapons tanks as part of “the Army’s commitment to protect the environment.”
American Ordnance Systems, Inc.
loads, assembles, packs, reconditions and disposes of munitions, including weaponized uranium ordnance.
2011: Breaking ground near Kingsport, Tennessee for new High Explosive plant
“The most severe and enduring” impact on human health & the environment
Radioactive fallout from atmospheric nuclear tests caused 86,000 birth defects and 150,000 premature deaths—World Watch Institute
210,000 US Soldiers exposed to U.S. atmospheric nuclear tests
US conducted nearly 200 atmospheric nuclear weapons tests from 1945-1962.
5.3 KILOTON NUCLEAR DEVICE detonated underground
U.S. government officials erected a large stone monument at the site, with a brass plaque warning future generations not to drill or dig in the vicinity of this test site.
Ground Zero is marked by a headstone-like monument
2010 Resistance to Bomb Factory
711 contaminated sites identified— 247 buildings, 56 waste burial grounds, some leaking toxic solvents, lubricants, chemicals and metals like uranium, lead, mercury, strontium, thorium and tritium, into the groundwater.
Some contaminants are still classified as secret
Goldsboro, NC: "The bombs' arming mechanism had six or seven steps to go through to detonate, and it went through all but one…" Robert McNamara
Over 300,000 people, or half of those who ever worked in the U.S. nuclear weapons complex, have been affected by exposure to radiation.
"Atoms for peace and atoms for war have a marriage made in hell.”
Ann Harris, TVA Whistleblower
“Interchangeable and Interdependent”
USA has over 70,000 tons of nuclear waste—deadly for tens of thousands of years—with no place for permanent storage.
104 USA nuclear reactors add 2000 tons each year of high level radioactive waste.
“Environmental risks were offered as unavoidable trade-offs for jobs and a broadened tax base in economically depressed communities.”
-Dr. Robert D. Bullard
For 35 years, Barnwell was the only “low-level” radioactive waste dump east of the Rockies.
Rad Waste is stored in steel drums, encased in concrete vaults and buried.
Three Fatal Flaws of Nuclear Waste Transportation
Inadequate Emergency Response
Risk of Terrorism and Sabotage
Radiation Exposure from Routine Shipments
….all of which endanger public health and safety.
Educate, Organize, Agitate, Activate
Local Activist giving the NRC Hell
The first two years after Grand Gulf startup resulted in significant increases in local rates of fetal deaths
After the 2011 floods, plant workers pumped water containing radioactive tritium into the Mississippi River for days before they realized it and shut off the pumps.
75% of U.S. low-level radioactive waste—41 million pounds per year—comes to Tennessee.
Coming soon to Oak Ridge:
1,000 tons of German Radioactive Waste
Energy Solutions, Inc. has applied to import 20,000 tons of Italian nuclear waste for processing, including burning, melting and compaction
Tennessee is the only state that allows commercial burning of radioactive waste, licensing six incinerators.Dumping & Burning in Tennessee
“The way they have treated people of color throughout the U.S. is the way they are treating countries of color throughout the world.”
– Doris Bradshaw, Memphis neighborhood activist
African Americans exclusively assigned the most hazardous work—to cut apart a damaged and highly-radioactive reactor.
Dosimeters were manipulated to mask the actual exposure levels workers received.
Responsible for years of nuclear contamination, radiation exposure, countless code and safety violations, property damage, cancers, brain tumors, mysterious illnesses, and wrongful deaths. Since 1954.
Supplies nuclear fuel to the U. S. Navy Trident Submarine fleet.
Converts weapons-grade uranium into commercial reactor fuel.
The East Tennessee plant discharges enriched uranium into the Nolichucky River.
The highest levels of radioactive Strontium-90 were found in the six S.E. Florida counties closest to the Turkey Point and St. Lucie nuclear reactors.
Strontium in baby teeth increased 37% from mid-1980s to mid 1990s.
20l1: The 5.8-magnitude earthquake shifted 25 massive concrete containers holding high-level nuclear waste. Nuclear plant is 12 miles from the epicenter.
Hundreds of tons of exploded uranium weapons create genetic damage for generations.Genocide for Generation after Generation after Generation after…
The conviction that the U.S. is God's chosen instrument to bear the sword against evildoers, and thereby advance the gospel wherever we decide it needs to be forcibly planted.
The undoing of our
democracy is so severe
that without concerted
and deliberate action,
the principles & values
which have defined us
may never be regained.
Center for Constitutional Rights Alert
“I do not ask that you put bands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply
That you support him no longer;
Then you will behold him,
like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away,
Fall of his own weight.”