From Break The Grip!: PRC Hosts Nuclear Forum Today
We have just learned that the PRC is hosting a forum today on Nuclear Power with speakers: at the PRC Hearing Room at the PERA building just after 9:30 am. The PERA building is located at the Northeast corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta.
The PRC's agenda listing is:
"COMMENT ON THE FUTURE OF NUCLEAR ENERGY: VICE-CHAIRMAN JASON MARKS, PRESENTED BY BRUCE BARNABY, MARVIN MOSS, DON HANCOCK, DAVE MCCOY AND JIM FERLAND"
Public comment is scheduled just before this.
This forum comes on the heels of PNM installing a Mr. Jim Ferland, a major nuclear industry player, to head new generation development for PNM in May. During the same week that this occurred, Governor Bill Richardson began openly supporting nuclear power development.
Nuclear power development has consistently paved the way for nuclear weapons development throughout the world. Yet the Bush Administration is proposing to re-start reprocessing nuclear fuel rods, precisely the approach that enabled India, for example, to acquire nuclear weapons in three short years in the late 1960s after they pledged publicly not to (we gave them the technology on the basis of their pledge). The National Academy of Sciences recently called for putting the brakes on Bush's plan: Click here to read.
Meanwhile, industry is pushing ahead to turn New Mexico into a one-stop nuclear store: Chevron, Hydro Resources, and others are all pushing to re-start uranium mining here; LES is already building an enrichment plant near Eunice, NM, and another is proposed; A reprocessing facility is being proposed near Roswell, New Mexico. And a BTG! member heard an Association of Commerce and Industry, the most powerful business lobby in the state, say that they intend to see a nuclear power plant built in New Mexico within ten years.
Finally, the attempt by the Richardson Administration and PNM to drastically weaken renewable energy provisions of the so-called Renewable Energy Transmission Authority" suggests that this is also really about building more conventional power plants.