September 8, 2020
“The words of resisters and accounts of their actions do a great deal in encouraging others to strengthen their own commitment,” said Felice Cohen-Joppa. “We remember with gratitude all of the people who have received the Nuclear Free Future Award in past years and are honored to join the list of recipients.”
Maryasov has published more than one hundred investigative articles on accidents, leaks, and waste scandals within the Russian nuclear sector. He made public the secret plans of the state-owned nuclear company Rosatom to build an underground repository for nuclear waste in Zheleznogorsk, a closed nuclear city in Siberia.Talevlin has represented Russian NGOs in court on several occasions. In 2002, on his initiative, the Russian Supreme Court revoked the import permit for 370 tons of nuclear waste from the Pak nuclear power plant in Hungary. Talevlin has organized and participated in nonviolent actions against the import and reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel at the Mayak reprocessing facility and was arrested several times for these actions.
Deb Haaland, a Native American from Acoma Pueblo, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. She is helping to lead efforts in Congress to get the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) expanded to include uranium miners who were working after 1971, as well as the Trinity Downwinders, exposed during the world’s first nuclear test on July 16, 1945 near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Due to to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nuclear Free Future Award will be presented this year in the form of an online dossier. Detailed information about this year’s and past prizewinners can be found on the NFFA website. Webinars with the prize winners will also be offered in the coming months.