On Saturday February 6th New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reported a serious leak of radioactive water from Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in Buchanan, New York.
Radioactive Tritium was found in groundwater testing wells near the plant. This news adds Indian Point facility to the growing list of northeast nuclear plants investigating leaks. Other plants also owned by energy giant Entergy, such as Vermont's Yankee and New York’s Fitzpatrick plants, have reported leaks for years.
Governor Cuomo has directed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to assess the risk to public safety. The Governor has not however expressed the same concern over a natural gas pipeline project moving forward near the nuclear facility. 4:49 minutes (4.42 MB)
Today the White House releases its 2017 budget proposal. President Obama has called the budget a roadmap to a future that embodies America’s values and aspirations. The near five percent increase in spending calls for 4.15 trillion dollars to go towards social security, cyber security, and interest payments on the national debt.
Last year hundreds of riders were attached to the must-pass spending legislation. Some fear the threat of attached riders to the bill which could impede on social programs concerning civil rights.
For more we talked with Lisa Gilbert of Public Citizen. She began by explaining the work of Public Citizen. 3:54 minutes (3.57 MB)
A New Agreement in principle is set to move forward detailing plans to remove the four dams along the Klamath River. The agreement, a collaboration between California, Oregon, the Federal Government and PacifiCorp, dovetails off the failed Klamath legislation of yesteryear. For more on this new agreement we will hear from interviews with two people closely linked to the struggle for Klamath River restoration.
This morning KBOO’s Chris Andrae spoke with Klamath Tribal Chairman Don Gentry about the Klamath River and to get his perspective on the new agreements. She asked Mr. Gentry about the tribes claim on the land and fishing rights based on the original tribal treaty.
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Bill Resnick talks to Maria Svart, national director of the Democratic Socialists of America, about why declaring socialism is no longer the kiss of death in elections. But how does Bernie Sanders describe Socialism. He gets that wrong but still you got to love him.