Nuclear Watch South was started as Georgians Against Nuclear Energy (GANE) in 1977 in opposition to Georgia Power plans to build nuclear reactors Vogtle and Hatch. In 2006, the name was changed to Nuclear Watch South to better reflect direct action campaigns on broader issues such as the Savannah River Site nuclear weapons complex on Georgia's border in South Carolina. Today, the mostly volunteer, grassroots environmental group is still on the job working to shape nuclear policies and raise public awareness of nuclear weapons, nuclear reactors, and nuclear waste.
Nuclear Watch South is engaged in many significant campaigns, including the Stop CWIP (Construction Work in Progress) Tax campaign, stopping MOX plutonium reactor fuel and opposing new nuclear reactors at Southern Company's Vogtle site. Many tangible victories have been attained through the years resulting from the tough, savvy brand of direct action which is the Nuclear Watch South hallmark. Through public education, public testimony, citizen lobbying, legal intervention, street protest and civil disobedience Nuclear Watch South continues to spread the life-affirming message "NO NUKES Y'ALL!"
DEMOCRACY NOW! (2/24/10) The news in Vermont follows Obama’s announcement last week of $8.3 billion in loan guarantees for the construction of the first new nuclear power plants in the United States in close to three decades. The loan guarantees will help the Atlanta-based Southern Company build two more nuclear reactors in Burke County, Georgia, near the city of Augusta. We speak to Nuclear Watch South coordinator Glenn Carroll, who has been leading efforts against the construction of the new plants.
~ Phase out nuclear power and promote conservation and sustainable energy sources such as wind and solar
~ Halt the proliferation of nuclear materials and abolish the global threat of nuclear weapons
~ Promote the formation of ethical environmental policies for nuclear waste handling and containment
~ Currently leading multi-organization MOX legal intervention before the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in opposition to the MOX plutonium fuel factory at Savannah River Site (SRS). This citizen initiative has attained a public hearing about radioactive MOX waste which will be held next year.
~ Rocked the Bombplex at public hearings on building new nuclear weapons in Savannah River Site and Oak Ridge. Nuclear Watch South with other groups all over the country inspired an Environmental Impact Statement record — 120,000 public comments were submitted calling for nuclear disarmament!
~ Elicited Atomic Safety & Licensing Board ruling on nuclear terrorism (in 2001) which provided cornerstone for the Ninth Circuit precedent requiring the effects of terrorism or insider sabotage to be analyzed in an Environmental Impact Statement.
~ Organized “Plutonium Beach Watch” action camp on Sullivan’s Island, SC, with students from nearby College of Charleston to track and document barges and trucks transporting weapons-grade plutonium MOX fuel from France to the U.S.
~ Permanently shut the Georgia Tech research reactor in downtown Atlanta. After GANE raised the issue prior to the 1996 Olympic Games, Georgia Tech's subsequent decision to permanently shut the reactor pre-shadowed the shutdown of 30 other campus research reactors around the country. The Georgia Tech reactor has now been decommissioned and shipped as radioactive waste to South Carolina and Utah.
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Like all nonprofit environmental organizations, NUCLEAR WATCH SOUTH depends on tax-deductible contributions from people like you to keep up the work! Please send your tax-deductible donation via check or money order, or make a secure, on-line donation via PayPal:
NUCLEAR WATCH SOUTH
P.O. Box 8574
Atlanta, GA 31106
DR. MARCI R. CULLEY
St. Simons, GA
Blue Ridge, GA
ARI TE GONCALVES
JOAN O. KING
Nuclear Watch South
is pleased to work for a
nuclear-free future with
Nuclear Watch of New Mexico
Working for the same goals with similar names we are without formal affiliation.