Vista Peace Pole

You Are Invited to the Dedication

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 10:00 am

Columbia Vista, 900 Senate St Median
(Between the SC Statehouse and the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center)

Masks and social distancing kindly requested.

The public is invited to attend a brief, outdoor dedication of the latest work of public art in Columbia, South Carolina. The eight-foot-tall peace pole, one of over 200,000 planted around the world, shares the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in eight languages. Local artist Eileen Blyth was commissioned by the Columbia Peace Pole Initiative, in collaboration with One Columbia for Arts and Culture. The artist has included a bell, which young and old may ring to signify their desire to actively work for peace in their communities and in the world. The Vista Peace Pole was funded by donations to the Columbia Peace Pole Initiative.
The Vista Peace Pole and names of donors will be included in One Columbia’s Public Art Directory ([email protected]).

For more information contact Elaine Frick ([email protected])

AUMF: Another Way

The South Carolina Advocacy Team requests the following actions.  Senator Tim Scott’s birthday is  September 19th. That is on a Sunday, so please call his office on Friday 9/17. Tell the staff that you are a constituent and sending birthday best wishes, and ask that he request that SJ Res 10 come to a vote. The number is (202) 224-6121.  This is not a group call, but a call-in action.

Please remember that if you get an LTE published, the SC Advocacy Team would like to send it to FCNL and we can share it on the Columbia Friends  website. 

The South Carolina FCNL Advocacy Team is focused on repealing the Authorization for Military Force (AUMF) for Iraq so that military actions and assassinations cannot occur without the approval of Congress.   Please see the full text of the bill here:   https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/10/text .   The following letters to the Editors are in support of this effort.    

Carol’s Letter to Editor

I  know a lot of Americans are saddened by the recent tragedies in Afghanistan. Unfortunately we (the United States government) are responsible for much of the mess.

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One thing that could help prevent this from happening again is the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 10.

This bill targets 1991 and 2002 authorizations that allowed the president to use military force against Iraq..

Kudos to bill sponsor Sen.Tim Kaine,D.VA. I hope our congressional delegation gets on board with this legislation.  It’s time for peace and diplomacy not aggression or war.

https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/letters-remembering-lucille-whipper-a-charleston-trailblazer/article_7897599c-f490-11eb-af7f-93223baab778.html

WESTINGHOUSE

No more than a 10 year license with strict conditions requiring good compliance
Testify at the webinar August 26th

(see instructions for participating here: https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML2122/ML21223A340.pdf)

Email comments to:

[email protected] before September 20, 2021

  1. The existing NRC license failed to prevent extensive radioactive and hazardous pollution by the Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Facility over the last 50 years which threatens air quality, groundwater and surface water quality including the waters of Mill Creek which flows through the site and into the Congaree River;
  2. Under the existing NRC license Westinghouse has failed to demonstrate the necessary corporate character or competence to comply with regulatory requirements.  A history of spills, leaks, accidents and corporate malfeasance undermine assurance that Westinghouse will comply with future regulatory requirements under a new 40 year license;
  3. Under the existing license the NRC has failed to exercise sufficient oversight to prevent and remedy pollution discharges and violations by Westinghouse;
  4. Only through action by the local State authorities- SCDHEC- as recently as 2019, did Westinghouse disclose extensive radioactive and toxic contamination of groundwater at the site and sediments at the bottom of Mill Creek which flows to the Congaree River. Such sediment contamination includes radioactive Uranium and Technetium 99. The sources of such pollution remain unidentified and  its extent and remediation remain incomplete.  No new license should be approved until such historic pollution has been cleaned up and full corrective action to prevent future pollution has been implemented;

5.  The NRC and Westinghouse have failed to comply with Environmental Justice regulatory requirements. While acknowledging that the Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Facility is sited in a predominately African American and low income residential community, with numerous additional sources of environmental hazard including an adjacent Superfund Hazardous Waste Site and the nearby Wateree coal-fired power plant, NRC and Westinghouse have failed to properly address the disproportionate and harmful impacts of future  facility operations on the Environmental Justice (EJ) community or poverty area, including the cumulative and synergistic impacts of other sources.  The NRC and Westinghouse have failed to properly assess the  heightened impacts of facility pollution on subsistence hunting and fishing by members of the impoverished community in areas adjacent to the facility boundaries. Over the last 50 years of facility operations the NRC and Westinghouse have failed to effectively engage the local community to facilitate effective understanding of facility operations and impacts and effective public participation in facility regulation. Hopkins is designated by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a medically underserved area (MUA) and
medically underserved population (MUP). As such, it deserves better protection from additional health threats.

  1. WFFF agreed to an Intensive Archaeological Survey, conducted late summer/early fall 2021, with final SHPO approval anticipated circa February 2022. The NRC staff anticipates publishing the final EIS in January 2022, and the Record of Decision in February 2022. An assessment about the license cannot be made without the results of the Intensive Archaeological
    Survey. The Pine Hill Indian Tribe is originally from the area. An important Native American cemetery site (Green Hill Mound), thought to be ancestral to the Pine Hill, that is presently not protected under the federal Native American Grave Protections and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) law is in close proximity to WFFF. It is an Ancestral, generational heirloom to the Pine Hill Tribe. As such, its significance is priceless. The Area of Potential Effect of the new license
    should be increased to include this archaeological site. No new license should be approved without the results of the SHPO approved Intensive Archaeological Survey incorporated into theEIS.
  2. A historic African American cemetery, Denley Cemetery, thought to be potentially eligible to the National Register of Historic Places is located on the WFFF property. A test well has been installed in close proximity to the cemetery. Test wells should not be installed in such close proximity to significant archaeological resources.
  3. Westinghouse Government Services, LLC, a duly registered company with the SC secretary of state, appears to be operating under the same roof as the Westinghouse fuel fabrication facility, where uranium rods are fabricated for foreign and domestic nuclear power plants. Westinghouse Government Services, previously known as WesDyne, produces specialized rods
    that are irradiated to produce tritium gas for nuclear weapons. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission claims it does not regulate the facility and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control says it has issued no permits to the facility and that waste goes to the fuel plant. It is unclear who is regulating the facility or what sort of contaminants it is generating.
    The tritium rod issue makes the Westinghouse plant a civilian-military “dual use” facility.