2000 CPEO Military List Archive

From: marylia@earthlink.net
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 13:48:15 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
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.

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.


(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


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.


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.

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