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29.11.2011: INES 20th Anniversary

What's New in INES, 8. July 2011

NEWS
  • Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign
  • WhistleblowerAward 2011
  • Whistleblower Scandal at Hanford Nuclear Site
  • Ending Nuclear Evil

NEWS

Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign
Please support the Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign with its ambitious goal of abolishing nuclear weapons by 2020, to reach the goal of 5000 member cities by August 6th 2011.
Please have a look at it and visit the webpage the Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign to see of the what you and your city can do to reach that goal. To learn more abot the Mayors for Peace click here.


WhistleblowerAward 2011

On Friday, July 1st, 2011 the Federation of German Scientists (FGS) and the German Section of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) presented the seventh Whistleblower Award in Berlin.

The Whistleblower Award honours individuals who, as insiders, have exposed grave abuses, dangers or aberrations in their professional field for the public good.
This year, half the award goes to Dr. Rainer Moormann, Aachen while the other half goes to “Anonymous” who is responsible for releasing the video “Collateral Murder” to the public through WikiLeaks.

Over the past years, Dr. Rainer Moormann has decisively contributed to reassessing the risk potential posed by pebble bed nuclear reactors, thereby putting an end to the myth of their “inherent safety”. He achieved this with his scientific publications and presentations, both in Germany and abroad, and his high-profile interviews and statements in the media.

Anonymous”, a currently unidentified WikiLeaks informant, has disclosed a footage in April 2010 that documents U.S. soldiers committing severe war crimes. It had been classified by the U.S. administration. After having been leaked, the video is now publicly accessible at www.collateralmurder.com. It depicts the targeted killing of at least seven civilians by a U.S. Apache helicopter crew on July 12, 2007, in Iraq.


Whistleblower Scandal at Hanford Nuclear Site

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) did a safety evaluation at the Hanford Nuclear Site in Benton County, Washington, USA, and the results didn't look good.

The investigation began when an employee, Dr. Tamosaitis, a whistleblower, alerted officials after being removed from his position. The evaluation found that Dr. Tamosaitis was removed as a message to other employees about pointing out costly safety issues. The report states, "As of the writing of this finding, Dr. Tamosaitis sits in a basement cubicle in Richland with no meaningful work. His isolated physical placement by contractor management and the lack of meaningful work is seen by many as a constant reminder of what management will do to an employee who raises issues that might impact budget or schedule."

Other findings include:

  • Raising safety concerns at the plant is seen as adversely affecting the careers of employees;
  • Any issue brought to the River Protection Employee Program would be buried and ignored;
  • Management intentionally suppressed and ignored dissent from independent contractors;
  • Estimates for safe release levels of radioactive material were ignored; and
  • Employees who testified during the investigation were followed, tracked, and admonished for their candid responses.
  • As of the report's release, no action has been taken against the management at the Hanford Nuclear Site.

Read the full story here: "Failed Safety Culture at Nuclear Waste Site".


Ending Nuclear Evil
By Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Eliminating nuclear weapons is the democratic wish of the world's people. Yet no nuclear-armed country currently appears to be preparing for a future without these terrifying devices. In fact, all are squandering billions of dollars on modernization of their nuclear forces, making a mockery of United Nations disarmament pledges. If we allow this madness to continue, the eventual use of these instruments of terror seems all but inevitable.
To read on click here.