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The Snake River Alliance was one of the sponsors of a new electric vehicle charging station at Whole Foods in Boise

By Ken Miller

There are always things to celebrate on Earth Day, and this April 22 will give us one more: The unveiling of a new fast-charging station at Boise’s Whole Foods store, made possible by a partnership of Whole Foods, Idaho Power, the Snake River Alliance, and the Idaho Conservation League.

The public is invited to the opening festivities at the charging station in front of the store at 11 am. Boise Mayor David Bieter is expected to make comments at about 11:15, followed by a ribbon-cutting, the station’s first charge – and, yes, cake! Read More

By Beatrice Brailsford

On October 23, 2014, one worker at the Idaho National Laboratory received internal radioactive contamination. The so-called “contamination event” was not reported to the public or State of Idaho until April 8, 2015.

What were workers doing and why?

On that Thursday afternoon, workers at the New Waste Calcining Facility (NWCF) were repackaging remote-handled transuranic waste so that it can eventually go to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico if that facility ever reopens (see more on the WIPP closure here). The Alliance has commended INL for continuing to make its plutonium-contaminated waste safer to manage by, for instance, improved packaging, even though it cannot be shipped to WIPP right now. Read More

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See the movie to learn more about climate change deniers

By Ken Miller

“Merchants of Doubt,” the film based on the acclaimed book about scientists being paid to fudge science to try to debunk everything from climate change to second-hand smoke to acid rain to environmental heroine Rachel Carson, is touring the nation. It will begin a run at The Flicks in Boise on Friday, May 1.

On Monday, May 4, the Snake River Alliance will hold a gathering before the 7:00 pm show on The Flicks patio and a 15 to 20 minute conversation about the film in the theater after it ends. As always, everyone’s invited! Read More

Board Gathering

Please consider furthering your impact and volunteerism with the Snake River Alliance by serving on the Board of Directors!  If you’re interested in making a difference in creating a sustainable energy future for Idaho, if you are interested in helping to guide an organization in its work with state and national leaders on energy policy, climate change and environmental policy, and if you want to be part of a tradition that has protected Idaho from radioactive waste for 35 years, then you could be great serving on the Alliance Board. It’s a big opportunity to develop your leadership skills with a fun group of folks committed to the land, water and people of Idaho. The Board is soliciting nominations for board membership. As a member, you can submit your name or nominate another Alliance member you think would be a good Board member. To do so click here.

Board members don’t just live in Boise. We currently have Board members from Boise, Pocatello, and Ketchum, and we seek involvement from members throughout Idaho. The Board meets monthly by conference phone call (usually lasting 1 and 1/2 hours.) In addition, twice a year we gather as a board and staff for a face-to-face meeting over a weekend. During these meetings we delve more deeply into the issues facing the organization.We have set a goal to increase the diversity of our board in a variety of areas. We are especially encouraging younger members of the Alliance community to consider board membership. We know the Alliance is best served when diverse talents contribute to our efforts.

All members of the Board serve on a committee such as membership, fundraising, nominating or board development. Board members also work as liaisons in their community for attracting new members and working with staff to host local events.

As Chairperson of the Nominating Committee I am available to answer any questions you might have about the duties and responsibilities of board members. My contact info is: Stephen Crowley, yelworcs@gmail.com.

Click here to link the BOD Job Description on SRA’s website. Don’t wait.  Nominations will be accepted until April 6, 2015.

The Board of Directors will submit a slate of candidates for election by the members in May. We will introduce the new Board members at our Annual Meeting/Boise Community Dinner in late May.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Alliance.

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The Alliance’s Stop the Shipments campaign helped build a bedrock of support for Idaho’s ban on commercial spent fuel shipments coming to Idaho

By Beatrice Brailsford

As many of you know, Idaho’s Governor and Attorney General are exploring a deal with the Department of Energy to allow two shipments of research quantities of commercial spent nuclear fuel to come to Idaho. Doing so would compromise one of the most important and broadly popular provisions of the 1995 Settlement Agreement: Idaho’s strong shield against becoming a nuclear waste dump. Part of this deal, the Governor and Attorney General said, was to somehow use their willingness to accept additional nuclear waste as an inducement for the DOE to meet long overdue cleanup deadlines. It seemed to be some sort of carrot-and-stick maneuver, though it’s not clear how the deal would give Idaho a stronger stick than it already has. Read More