|Date:||Thu, 12 Oct 2000 13:48:15 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] NIF - new FACA suit/local stories|
Hi - here are two of the local articles from this morning's papers (Herald and Times) on the FACA lawsuit filed yesterday by NRDC and Tri-Valley CAREs. I hope my reformatting of them from the web holds. read on ... Thursday, October 12, 2000 DOE faces suit over laser review By Glenn Roberts Jr. STAFF WRITER LIVERMORE -- Local and national nuclear watchdog groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Energy Department, charging that officials violated openness laws by failing to provide sufficient public information about the review of a massive laser project at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. Livermore-based Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive environmental and the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group based in Washington, D.C., filed the complaint in Federal District Court in Washington, D.C. In August, a team of about 40 reviewers, selected and led by Energy Department officials, spent one week at Livermore Lab to review the National Ignition Facility, a nuclear weapons research tool that is an estimated six years behind its original construction schedule and $1 billion over budget. Continued.... http://www.trivalleyherald.com/ (Under the News column on left side of screen click on Local and scroll down three stories) Thursday, October 12, 2000 Suit hits 'independent' NIF review Two environmental groups charge that a report on the laser project violates public meeting laws BY ANDREA WIDENER TIMES STAFF WRITER A glowing review the Department of Energy used to bolster calls for Congress to fund an over-budget laser project violated a public meetings law, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges. The federal suit by two environmental groups says the review of the National Ignition Facility is part of a larger pattern of the DOE evading a law designed to ensure outside reviews remain independent. The Natural Resources Defense Council and Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment are asking that the DOE not be allowed to use the review to support the NIF and inform those involved that it was not an independent evaluation of the project to build a 192-beam laser. The Federal Advisory Committee Act is designed to ensure balance any time a federal agency seeks outside advice and to protect those advisers from the agency's influence, said Rebecca Daugherty, director of the Freedom of Information Center for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Continued.... http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/stories_news/faca_20001012.htm Marylia Kelley Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) 2582 Old First Street Livermore, CA USA 94550 <http://www.igc.org/tvc/> - is our web site, please visit us there! (925) 443-7148 - is our phone (925) 443-0177 - is our fax Working for peace, justice and a healthy environment since 1983, Tri-Valley CAREs has been a member of the nation-wide Alliance for Nuclear Accountability in the U.S. since 1989, and is a co-founding member of the Abolition 2000 global network for the elimination of nuclear weapons, the U.S. Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and the Back From the Brink campaign to get nuclear weapons taken off hair-trigger alert. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You can find archived listserve messages on the CPEO website at http://www.cpeo.org/lists/index.html. If this email has been forwarded to you and you'd like to subscribe, please send a message to: email@example.com ___________________________________________________________ T O P I C A The Email You Want. http://www.topica.com/t/16 Newsletters, Tips and Discussions on Your Favorite Topics
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