* Nov 20 Sierra Club Meeting: Special Treat with Dirt! The Movie – Dirt Pudding!

Yummy! I love my sister’s Dirt Pudding! Since she’s in the hospital this week (get well soon Janet!), I’ll be making a batch of Dirt Pudding for those that join us November 20 at 6:30 PM for our monthly Central Piedmont Sierra Club meeting. And yes, we’ll also have free pizza.

Due to the Holidays, our November monthly meeting will be held on Nov 20th (no meeting on Nov 27). Note: Our December meeting will be held on Dec 18 due to the Holidays. There will be no meeting on Dec 25.

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Dirt! The Movie is an insightful and timely film that tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet.
Inspired by William Bryant Logans acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, Dirt! The Movie takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to.
Dirt! The Movie will make you want to get dirty.

Our meeting starts off at 6:30 PM with pizza, refreshments and a chance to meet and socialize with other Sierra Club members and friends. The business meeting and program will begin at 7:00 PM. Non-members and potential new members are very welcome!

Central Piedmont Sierra Club meetings are held in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28203. Cumberland Avenue is off of the 1500 block of East Boulevard.

The program is free and open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Free parking is available.

Bring a friend or two; you’ll be glad you did! See you there…

 

* Give Thanks for the Earth, Dirt! that is – Nov 20

Due to the Holidays, our November monthly meeting will be held on Nov 20th (no meeting on Nov 27). Note: Our December meeting will be held on Dec 18 due to the Holidays.

Just in time for the Holidays, an award winning documentary that will educate, inspire, and celebrate the magic of the living earth. Join us for a viewing and discussion of Dirt! The Movie – A story with heart and soil.

Here’s a review by Jonathan Kim in Huffington Post:

“The documentary DIRT! The Movie reminds us that what really matters on this planet is what happens in the first 6-8 inches of soil, the layer that makes much of life on earth possible. Because as far as we know, no other planet has the kind of living skin that earth does, full of organisms that can digest organic materials to make nutrients accessible to other forms of life. Combine that with energy from the sun and all forms of land-based life become possible — remove one of those components and the system (and life) collapses.

That’s why we need to be concerned. Humans are doing grievous damage to our soil through strip mining, mountaintop removal, pollution, bad agricultural practices and other activities that promote erosion. Humans are killing the soil and letting it be carried away by the wind or washed into the sea. It takes approximately 100 years to naturally create just one inch of topsoil, and the world is losing 25 billion tons of topsoil a year due to erosion, with the US letting its soil be eroded at a rate 10-17 times faster than it can be replaced. As DIRT! points out, much of human history has been a struggle over who has productive soil. If humans allow this most precious resource to be destroyed or lost, we can’t mine more or travel to another planet to get some. The planet as we know it will truly be dead.”

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Our meeting starts off at 6:30 PM with pizza, refreshments and a chance to meet and socialize with other Sierra Club members and friends. The business meeting and program will begin at 7:00 PM. Non-members and potential new members are very welcome!

Central Piedmont Sierra Club meetings are held in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28203. Cumberland Avenue is off of the 1500 block of East Boulevard.

The program is free and open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Free parking is available.

Bring a friend or two; you’ll be glad you did! See you there…

* October 23 Meeting Presentations – Great info!

“Fantastic presentation!”

“All this finally made sense”

These were a couple of the comments about the presentation by Mary Olson of NIRS. Thanks so much Mary! Also joining us for the meeting was  Susan Corbett, national chair for the Sierra Club Nuclear Free Campaign. Thanks Susan!

Check out the business presentation about elections, outings, conservation issues and more (click below).

Oct 2013 Business MeetingCPG Meeting 2013 Oct

Below is a copy of the excellent presentation by Mary Olson that she has kindly provided for us. If you have questions (there were some great questions during the program), email Mary at maryo@nirs.org.

Mary Olson PresentationWaste Confidence

Below are excerpts from Mary’s presentation that highlight the talking points for the upcoming NRC Public Comment Meeting in Charlotte.

A large public outcry is needed to prevent the NRC from implementing a new “Waste Confidence” rule. It is critical that you attend the “waste confidence” meeting in Charlotte.  Even if you do not wish to speak, your presence tells the NRC that you care. You can also bring signs for outside the meeting room.

Charlotte

Monday, November 4

Hilton Charlotte University Place
8629 J.M. Keynes Drive
Charlotte, NC  28262

Outside gathering and rally 5 pm

Open house 6-7 pm

Meeting 7-10 pm

The NRC requests that if you wish to speak, you register beforehand. Your choices are:

NRC Meeting Talking PointsNRC Waste Confidence Meeting Talking Points

* Meeting Tonight – “Nuclear Power in the Carolinas – Wasting Away or a Glowing Threat?” – Oct 23

You don’t want to miss this meeting tonight! See you there!

Duke Evac Plan McGuire

What’s going on with nuclear power in North Carolina?   Even the former chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) says the nuclear industry is dying1 and yet Duke wants to build two nuclear reactors just south of Charlotte in Gaffney2.  After decades of no permanent solution, nuclear fuel is building up in NC3 and most of it is in hazardous spent fuel pools4.  Are the nuclear reactors surrounding Charlotte at risk5 and are we prepared for a nuclear emergency in Charlotte6?  What are the issues?  What can we do about it7?

Join us Wednesday, October 23, to hear “Nuclear Power in the Carolinas – Wasting Away or a Glowing Threat?” with Mary Olson. Mary has been on the staff of Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) for twenty-two years, serving as staff biologist, radioactive waste specialist and since 1999, the Director of the Southeast Office. As young research assistant Olson suffered a radiation accident; Dr. Helen Caldicott’s book, Nuclear Madness restored her perspective and set her on the path of work to protect others from ionizing radiation. Mary has done so by educating the public, congress, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and now the rising generation of activists.

Our meeting starts off at 6:30 PM with pizza, refreshments and a chance to meet and socialize with other Sierra Club members and friends. The business meeting and program will begin at 7:00 PM. Non-members and potential new members are very welcome!

Central Piedmont Sierra Club meetings are held in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28203. Cumberland Avenue is off of the 1500 block of East Boulevard.

The program is free and open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Free parking is available.

Bring a friend or two; you’ll be glad you did! See you there…

Additional information

1. Former NRC Chairman Says U.S. Nuclear Industry is “Going Away” “This is not a future technology. It’s an old technology, and it serves a useful purpose. But that purpose is running its course.” “The industry is going away,” he said bluntly. “Four reactors are being built, but there’s absolutely no money and no desire to finance more plants than that.

2. Duke Energy continues to support Lee nuke plant That Duke proclaims the continued viability of nuclear in all sorts of forums — from its annual analysts meeting several months ago to a small chamber meeting this week — indicates how seriously Duke takes the need to keep its options open on Lee.

3. N.C. brims with nuclear waste The state ranks fourth in the nation for accumulated nuclear waste.

4. Nuclear Power Safety in North Carolina

5. NC’s 3 Nuclear Plants Report More Than 90 Violations The three nuclear power plants in North Carolina have each reported at least 90 safety violations since 2000. The Government Accountability Office report obtained by The Associated Press shows that the McGuire plant near Charlotte reported 119 lower–level violations and one higher-level violation from 2000 to 2012.

6. In the event of a nuclear accident, is Charlotte ready? Duke Energy hires a consultant to estimate evacuation times for McGuire and Catawba Nuclear Stations. The most recent evacuation time estimates for McGuire predict everyone within a ten-mile radius of the plant could get out within six hours at most. The projection takes into account severe weather and large gatherings at places like Davidson Stadium, the Metorlina Expo and the Renaissance Fair simultaneously. But the report is based on 2004 traffic counts. In a real emergency, the best laid plans would run headlong into real traffic.

7. NRC Nuclear Waste Meeting – Charlotte, Nov 4 Come speak out on this issue!

* Background Information on Nuclear Waste

Below are some suggested comments, talking points, and background information on nuclear waste and the upcoming NRC Nuclear Waste Meeting to be held in Charlotte on November 4.

To learn much more about this issue, plan to attend the Sierra Club monthly meeting, “Nuclear Power in the Carolinas – Wasting Away or a Glowing Threat?” – Oct 23.

What is Waste Confidence and What are these hearings about?

What is Waste Confidence

Talking Points on NRC’s Waste Confidence Policy

Waste Confidence Policy Talking Points

Sample Comments for NRC Waste Confidence Meetings

Sample Comments Waste Confidence

Dry Casks versus Fuel Pools

Dry Casks vs Fuel Pools

Spent Fuel Pool Fires

Spent Fuel Pool Fires

Spent Nuclear Fuel in the US (Full Report)

Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools in US

Spent Nuclear Fuel in the US (Summary)

Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools in US Summary

America’s Nuclear Spent-Fuel Time Bombs Spent Fuel Bombs

Risk From Spent Nuclear Reactor Fuel Is Greater in U.S. Than in Japan, Study Says

Spent Fuel Risk

Reference:

What is Waste Confidence

NRC Waste Confidence Backgrounder NIRS

Sample comments for NRC Waste Confidence meetings

Dry Casks vs Fuel Pools Backgrounder NIRS

Spent Fuel Pool Fires Backgrounder NIRS

Spent Nuclear Fuels in US Robert Alvarez May 2011

Spent Nuclear Fuels in US Robert Alvarez May 2011 Fact Sheet

Americas Nuclear Spent Fuel Time Bombs

Risk From Spent Nuclear Reactor Fuel

* “Nuclear Power in the Carolinas – Wasting Away or a Glowing Threat?” – Oct 23 Meeting

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What’s going on with nuclear power in North Carolina?   Even the former chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) says the nuclear industry is dying1 and yet Duke wants to build two nuclear reactors just south of Charlotte in Gaffney2.  After decades of no permanent solution, nuclear fuel is building up in NC3 and most of it is in hazardous spent fuel pools4.  Are the nuclear reactors surrounding Charlotte at risk5 and are we prepared for a nuclear emergency in Charlotte6?  What are the issues?  What can we do about it7?

Join us Wednesday, October 23, to hear “Nuclear Power in the Carolinas – Wasting Away or a Glowing Threat?” with Mary Olson. Mary has been on the staff of Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) for twenty-two years, serving as staff biologist, radioactive waste specialist and since 1999, the Director of the Southeast Office. As young research assistant Olson suffered a radiation accident; Dr. Helen Caldicott’s book, Nuclear Madness restored her perspective and set her on the path of work to protect others from ionizing radiation. Mary has done so by educating the public, congress, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and now the rising generation of activists.

Our meeting starts off at 6:30 PM with pizza, refreshments and a chance to meet and socialize with other Sierra Club members and friends. The business meeting and program will begin at 7:00 PM. Non-members and potential new members are very welcome!

Central Piedmont Sierra Club meetings are held in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28203. Cumberland Avenue is off of the 1500 block of East Boulevard.

The program is free and open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Free parking is available.

Bring a friend or two; you’ll be glad you did! See you there…

Additional information

1. Former NRC Chairman Says U.S. Nuclear Industry is “Going Away” “This is not a future technology. It’s an old technology, and it serves a useful purpose. But that purpose is running its course.” “The industry is going away,” he said bluntly. “Four reactors are being built, but there’s absolutely no money and no desire to finance more plants than that.

2. Duke Energy continues to support Lee nuke plant That Duke proclaims the continued viability of nuclear in all sorts of forums — from its annual analysts meeting several months ago to a small chamber meeting this week — indicates how seriously Duke takes the need to keep its options open on Lee.

3. N.C. brims with nuclear waste The state ranks fourth in the nation for accumulated nuclear waste.

4. Nuclear Power Safety in North Carolina

5. NC’s 3 Nuclear Plants Report More Than 90 Violations The three nuclear power plants in North Carolina have each reported at least 90 safety violations since 2000. The Government Accountability Office report obtained by The Associated Press shows that the McGuire plant near Charlotte reported 119 lower–level violations and one higher-level violation from 2000 to 2012.

6. In the event of a nuclear accident, is Charlotte ready? Duke Energy hires a consultant to estimate evacuation times for McGuire and Catawba Nuclear Stations. The most recent evacuation time estimates for McGuire predict everyone within a ten-mile radius of the plant could get out within six hours at most. The projection takes into account severe weather and large gatherings at places like Davidson Stadium, the Metorlina Expo and the Renaissance Fair simultaneously. But the report is based on 2004 traffic counts. In a real emergency, the best laid plans would run headlong into real traffic.

7. NRC Nuclear Waste Meeting – Charlotte, Nov 4 Come speak out on this issue!

* September Meeting Presentation – Check out the upcoming green events and opportunities!

Thanks to everyone that attended our September monthly meeting! Great to see old faces and bunches of new folks!

Click below to see our programs and events. Email me, Bill, with questions, comments, or to volunteer for an event.

See you next month on October 23.

CPG Meeting Sept 2013

CPSC Meeting 2013 Sept

* Sept 25 Sierra Club Meeting – “For Earth’s Sake: The Life and Times of David Brower”

“Brower invented modern American environmental activism.”

~  John Nielson, NPR

“David Brower is that rarest of individuals, a prophet whose prophecy is being listened to in his own time. His life instructs and inspires. Every person concerned about the future of this planet must see this program!”

~ Tom Regan, Department of Philosophy, North Carolina State University

“We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”

~ David Brower

David BowerFor Earth’s Sake
The Life and Times of David Brower
Portrait of David Brower, America’s leading environmentalist

 

First Executive Director of the Sierra Club. The man who saved the Grand Canyon and the Redwoods. Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

We have a special treat for our August 25th monthly meeting! Join us for a viewing and discussion of “For Earth’s Sake: The Life and Times of David Brower, Portrait of David Brower, America’s leading environmentalist”.  The video is a stirring portrait of America’s leading environmentalist, David Brower, who was instrumental in establishing some of America’s most spectacular national parks, while heading the Sierra Club, establishing and directing Friends of the Earth, and later Earth Island Institute.

Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, described as “a visionary ahead of his time,” David Brower successfully fought to keep dams out of the Grand Canyon, led victorious campaigns to save Washington’s North Cascades Wilderness and the California redwoods, and spearheaded fights against nuclear power and the Alaska pipeline.

This remarkable profile is filled with footage of some of the most spectacular wilderness areas in the United States, and with excerpts from Brower’s home movies and the pioneering environmental documentaries which he made for the Sierra Club. David Brower is a prime example of the difference a dedicated individual can make in the American political landscape. David Brower’s energy, passion, and dedication to the environment were extraordinary. This movie will inspire you!

The meeting starts off at 6:30 PM for pizza, refreshments and a chance to meet and socialize with other Sierra Club members and friends. The business meeting and program will begin at 7:00 PM. Non-members and potential new members are very welcome!

Central Piedmont Sierra Club meetings are held in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28203. Cumberland Avenue is off of the 1500 block of East Boulevard.

The program is free and open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Free parking is available.

Bring a friend or two; you’ll be glad you did! See you there…

* “Trash Talk – Garbage In, Garbage Out”: Sierra Club Meeting Aug 28

Garbage In Garbage Out

“Garbage in, garbage out (GIGO) in the field of computer science refers to the fact that computers will unquestioningly process the most nonsensical of input data, “garbage in”, and produce nonsensical output, “garbage out”. It is also commonly used to describe failures in human decision-making due to faulty, incomplete, or imprecise data. But the words can be used in regard to what we put into our minds, bodies and spirits.”

Join us Wednesday, August 28, to hear “Trash Talk – Garbage In, Garbage Out: How to seriously decrease the detritus in your home, your life, and your health” with Dr. Linda Goodwin. Much of trash production relates to consumption patterns, particularly regarding food consumption and disposal.  Industrial food production and distribution in the US have become major sources of greenhouse gases and waste in landfills and in the oceans.

In turn, our food sources and diets are directly related to health/disability/morbidity and to life expectancy/mortality

Dr. Linda Goodwin is a Concord internist and geriatrician and for the past twenty years has worked in the field of mortality and morbidity risk assessment, in particular studying issues and trends in healthy – and unhealthy – aging. She and her husband George put their trash container out 3-4 times per year, and are trying to reduce that further.

Rounding out the program will be Lexin Murphy, Senior Environmental Specialist Mecklenburg County Waste Reduction and Recycling, who will answer questions and help you take action to reduce waste in our community.

Our meeting starts off at 6:30 PM with pizza, refreshments and a chance to meet and socialize with other Sierra Club members and friends. The business meeting and program will begin at 7:00 PM. Non-members and potential new members are very welcome!

Central Piedmont Sierra Club meetings are held in the Mahlon Adams Pavilion at Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28203. Cumberland Avenue is off of the 1500 block of East Boulevard.

The program is free and open to the public and you do not have to be a member to attend. Free parking is available.

Bring a friend or two; you’ll be glad you did! See you there…