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Environmental Justice & Nuclear Waste Tour
May 6, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree
Environmental Justice and Nuclear Waste: The Road from Vermont Yankee to Texas
Read more about the issue in our news post here
May 3 Pilgrim reactor: 7:00-9:00pm, Kingston Council on Aging, 30- Evergreen St., Kingston, MA.. RSVPs appreciated: email@example.com
May 4 Seabrook NH reactor: 7:00pm, Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport, MA
May 5 Vermont Yankee: 5:30 Pot Luck, 6:30 Program. Christ Church, 64 State Street, Montpelier, VT
May 6 Vermont Yankee: First Congregational Church, Greenfield, MA, 1:00- 3:00 PM (soup lunch at 12:30pm)
May 6 Vermont Yankee: 4:30 PM Brattleboro Food Coop, Community Room, 2nd Floor, Canal Street entrance, Brattleboro [this is a change in location as of April 27]
Hear speakers discuss the issues of high-level nuclear waste (HLNW), Federal waste policy and environmental racism of the nuclear waste industry.
Who: Rose Gardner, Sierra Club member and a resident of a community impacted by both a Texas low-level waste dump and a proposed Centralized Interim Storage site for HLNW in Andrews County, Texas; Kevin Kamps with Beyond Nuclear, speaking on the vulnerabilities of on-site storage of HLNW and federal policy; and Deb Katz with Citizens Awareness Network, addressing the issues of NorthStar, decommissioning, and hardened onsite storage at nuclear reactors.
Do you know where our Vermont Yankee nuclear waste goes? Although the nuclear industry and federal government committed to create a solution for high-level nuclear waste disposal, no acceptable solution exists. The sites targeted for “disposal”, like Andrews County, Texas (interim storage site) and Yucca Mountain (permanent storage site), are routinely low-income, rural, people of color and Native American communities. The industry pits nuclear communities against each other; reactor communities fear inadequate storage casks, lack of onsite protections and abandonment of high level nuclear waste. Communities targeted for nuclear waste disposal don’t want dangerous nuclear waste in their backyard, particularly given the abysmal record of leaks and inadequate environmental protections. Waste communities face unconscionable choices – short-term economic survival or long-term health and safety.
It is essential that reactor and waste communities work together to create effective strategies and actions to defeat industry initiatives to target vulnerable communities and provide protections for reactor communities forced to be guardians of the world’s most toxic and long-lasting waste.
The New England tour is organized by Citizens Awareness Network, the Safe and Green Campaign and the VT Yankee Decommissioning Alliance.