Kevin Kamps, Director of Beyond Nuclear, joins host Craig Lubow to discuss the environmental problems presented by nuclear energy, including radioactive contamination caused by the transportation and disposal of nuclear waste. Kamps talks about the transportation of nuclear waste by trains, proposed burial sites, and environmental and health hazards of the waste. Disposal methods include dry casts and pools, both with significant risks.
Also, a peak into the noxious weeds meeting in Jefferson County, Kansas highlighted on last week’s program. Featuring Phil Johnson, Bill Knoll, Marci Francisco, and Hudson Luce
The environmental news for the week of 4/1/19:
Democracy Now reports:
- David Bernhardt— a former oil industry lawyer— and the Trump Administration’s nominee to head the Interior Department, killed a major study in 2017 that found three widely used pesticides posed a risk to endangered species. Bernhardt canceled publication of the study. That move benefited pesticide makers including FMC Corporation and Dow AgroSciences. Dow was a major donor to President Trump.
- The U.S. Senate on 3/26 rejected the Green New Deal, after 43 Democrats voted yes on the measure introduced by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Four other Democrats joined all 53 Republican senators in voting against the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal seeks to transform the U.S. economy through funding renewable energy while ending U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Democratic leaders have resisted backing the deal, which has the support of all 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls in Congress.
- Global greenhouse gas emissions rose to an all-time high in 2018, with countries adding over 33 billion tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. An International Energy Agency study found global CO2 levels rose by 1.7 percent last year. U.S. emissions rose by over 3 percent, while Europe and Japan saw slight decreases.
- In an ongoing effort to offer more affordable housing and to help residents become climate resilient, Westside Housing Organization is installing solar on its apartment buildings in the Westside and Northeast neighborhoods of Kansas City, MO. Westside Housing was selected for a grant which provides them with resources and technical assistance for green infrastructure and solar projects that build resilience in low-income communities.
- The Missouri Public Service Commission gave the green light Wednesday to allow a 780-mile wind-energy transmission line to be built across Missouri. The Grain Belt Express transmission line will deliver power from wind farms in western Kansas to parts of Missouri, Illinois and some eastern states.
The calendar of events for the week of 4/1/19:
- Tue, Apr 2, 2019 7:00 – 8:30 PM The monthly meeting of the Thomas Hart Benton Group of the Sierra Club will teach “How to Lobby Your Legislator” All Souls UU Church 4501 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64111 contact Kevin Grooms by phoning (816) 809-6906 or email [email protected]
- April 2, 6:30 – 8:00 PM Native Garden Design & Management Workshop at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO. Tickets must be purchased in advance online at kcnpi.org
- Wednesday, April 3, Sierra Club members and supporters travel to Jefferson City to talk to our legislators. Senators and Representatives need to know that Missourians support clean air, renewable energy and the protection of wild spaces. If you plan to go, contact Michael Berg at 314-644-1011 or [email protected]
- April 4, 6:30 8:00 PM Nature of Sustainability in the Built Environment – Beverly McAuley, a Kansas State University Extension Master Naturalist, will talk about handprinting through positive environmental actions. She will provide an overview of how the architecture and design industry is creating positive environmental change. This presentation will be held at Olathe West High School, 2200 W. Santa Fe St., Olathe, KS. For more information, email McAuley at [email protected].
- , April 6 at 1 PM is the Kansas River Celebration at Burcham Park, 200 Indiana ST, Lawrence KS Local authors will share connections of their creative work to the River All are welcome and no reservation is needed.
- Permaculture Design Course 2019 Hosted by Kansas Permaculture Institute and Heartland Farm, April 5th, 6th and/or 7th, 9 AM at Heartland Farm, 1049 CR 390, Pawnee Rock, KS 67567
- PeaceWorks-KC will show the filmScarred Lands & Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War on Saturday, April 6, 6:30-8:30 PM, at All Souls, 4501 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64111
- Sister Amy Hereford, a founding member of the Dogtown Ecovillage in St. Louis, MO, will share her insights at Healing the Universe One Plant at a Timefrom 8:30 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 6 at St. Teresa’s Academy Windmoor Center, Kansas City, MO. The event is sponsored by Avila University and St. Teresa’s Academy. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet at csjsl.org
- Project Blue River Rescue, April 6, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Join Friends of the Blue River to help clean up 20 sites. This 29th annual event attracts hundreds of volunteers each year who pick up an average of 50 to 80 tons of trash and nearly 1,000 tires at sites from the confluence with the Missouri River to the Missouri/Kansas state line. Volunteers can sign up at Lakeside Nature Center in Swope Park, 4701 E. Gregory, Kansas City, MO, where the event begins with donuts and coffee at 8 AM. Participants will be assigned a cleanup site, be given gloves and a t-shirt and assigned to a site leader. There are sites appropriate for all abilities. Lunch will be served at Lakeside Nature Center and participants can opt to continue with an afternoon site cleanup or leave for the day. Call (816) 513-8960 or e-mail at [email protected] to register.
- A discussion about clean water in Johnson County and what we need to do to keep it that way. 9:00 AM Program Panelists: Mike Armstrong, general manager, WaterOne, Elaine Giessel, chair, Kanza Group of the Kansas Sierra Club April 6, 9 to 10:30 AM at Atonement Lutheran Church 9948 Metcalf Ave Overland Park, Kan.
- Hike the Natural Tunnel Trail at Bennett Spring State Park, Sat, Apr 6, 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Organized By:Thomas Hart Benton Group Sierra Club, 21921 SE Outer Rd, Peculiar, MO 64078 Contact Tim Cross (785) 842-2167 or [email protected]
- Sun, Apr 7 1:00 – 5:00 PM Kanza Group of the Sierra Club has a Submitting WOTUS Comments Workshop at 9875 W 87th St, Overland Park, KS 66212, contact Elaine Giessel at 913) 206-1180 or email [email protected]
WOTUS” is an acronym for “Waters of the United States” People have until April 15 to submit formal comments to EPA on why the Trump Administration should not adopt the proposed rule redefining WOTUS. There will be volunteers to assist access the EPA website. There will be two sessions: 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm.