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Planned plutonium pit (nuclear weapons cores) production at SRS An appeal for help from Friends

thoughts shared from Priscilla Preston (Quaker CFM) , Tom Clements (SRS Watch).

Nuclear weapons cores (plutonium pits) are scheduled to be fabricated at Savannah River Site as part of  a 30 year plan to “modernize” nuclear weapons at a cost estimated to be more than $1.5 trillion.  The public hearing for the Environmental Impact Statement for this project was recently held on April 30th during the pandemic in a WebEx with no prior written instructions about how to get recognized to speak.  Even so, about 15 people were able to speak out against  the plans to build plutonium pits at SRS.   

NOW more than ever is the time for written comments on the EIS!! We need all the support we can get from friends who understand how detrimental plutonium pit production would be for our community.  

( https://www.energy.gov/nepa/downloads/doeeis-0541-draft-environmental-impact-statement ).  The deadline is June 2nd.   See https://www.energy.gov/nnsa/nnsa-nepa-reading-room . Send your comments to:
Mail:        Ms. Jennifer Nelson, NEPA Document Manager
                National Nuclear Security Administration, Savannah River Field Office
                P.O. Box A
                Aiken, SC 29802
Or Email:    NEPA-SRS@srs.gov

This is a winnable fight.   We can repeal the requirement for the Department of Energy to demonstrate the capability to produce 80 plutonium pits per year by 2027 and withdraw funding for it.   But we do need a little help from our Friends.  

SRS Watch and others interested in protecting the earth are requesting help from anyone on earth who wants to  prevent mass murder of most if not all humans on earth.   

2020 marks 75 years since the bombings of Hiroshima and
Nagasaki.   While the Nagasaki bomb was a plutonium bomb, it did not have the second stage to make the weapon more powerful and “efficient” – made with highly enriched uranium (HEU) -that all modern weapons use. That “secondary” is made at the Y-12 facility in Oak Ridge, TN. The Hiroshima bomb was made solely from HEU and did not have a plutonium core.  So, the three nuclear weapons production sites are Y-12, SRS, Los Alamos and the weapons are assembled at DOE’s Pantex site in TX.

It has been 50 years since the first Earth Day and 2020 is also the year the doomsday clock has been the closest it has ever been to midnight due to the threat of nuclear war and climate change.   Nuclear weapons are the single biggest, short-term man-made threat to life on earth. We can protect our earth and prevent nuclear war by stopping production of nuclear weapons from being built in our backyard.  We are uniquely positioned as South Carolinians to prevent more nuclear weapons from being produced.

To learn more, please attend the virtual Columbia Friends Meeting Second Hour program on May 17 th at 11:30. Sarah Freeman-Woolpert from the Friends Committee on National Legislation will join the Columbia Friends Meeting on May 17 th  to share strategies and tools to become more effective grassroots advocates for peace and justice. She will lead a training on how to schedule and conduct virtual lobby visits, and how to move a legislative issue forward by using multiple points of contact, including Letters to the Editor and community sign-on letters, to increase the impact of your advocacy. She will also provide follow-up steps for Friends who want to conduct a virtual lobby visit with others in your community to start moving the process forward to take action together. After Sarah’s presentation, Tom Clements from SRS Watch will discuss SRS. Visit down below:

https://srswatch.org/srs-watch-first-take-on-massive-funding-
increase-in-doe-budget-request-for-fy2021-for-plutonium-pits-new-nuclear-weapons/

and https://srswatch.org/nas-panel-calls-for-programmatic-eis-on-surplus-plutonium-
disposition/
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