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CANCELED Nuclear Power: Cradle to Grave
March 14, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pmDonation
CANCELED 03.12.15 DUE TO 90% CHANCE OF SLEET & FREEZING RAIN
Program in the Parlor, Centre Congregational Church, 4-6pm
If you need convincing the nuclear power is not the answer to climate change, just look at the nuclear chain. We will learn from two advocates about the cradle, uranium mining, and the grave, nuclear waste. 20 minutes power point presentations will be followed by questions and discussion with the audience. Free and we’ll pass the hat to help with our speakers’ travel expenses.
1. Opening: Update on Fukushima with Kevin Kamps
2. Uranium Mining: The Dirty Roots of Nuclear Power, with Jennifer Thurston. What are the social, environmental and economic impacts of uranium mining? Jennifer works in rural agricultural and ranching communities in Colorado to protect the land and people from the devastating practices of uranium mining.
3. Radioactive Waste: The Grave, with Kevin Kamps. Few topics could be more timely for VT Yankee decommissioning than radioactive waste. Kevin will walk us through waste management issues, including dry cask storage.
Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear. Kevin Kamps serves as Radioactive Waste Watchdog at Beyond Nuclear. He specializes in high-level rad. waste management and transportation; fighting extensions at old, and licenses for new, reactors in the Great Lakes region, where he serves on the board of Don’t Waste MI; decommissioning issues; Federal watch; and tracking nuclear subsidies. http://www.beyondnuclear.org/
Jennifer Thurston watchdogs the hardrock mining industry in Colorado and is the director of the Information Network for Responsible Mining (INFORM). She grew up in the San Juan Mountains on the cusp between silver and uranium districts, where the environmental legacy of mining lay plainly in sight. Her work monitoring mines and documenting impacts is geared toward reforming mining law and protecting the environment. Formerly a journalist, Thurston became an activist after industry proposed building the first uranium mill since the end of the Cold War in Paradox Valley near her hometown. A leading activist to block the mill, she was profiled in the 2013 documentary “Uranium Drive-In,” which looks at the human conflicts that extreme energy proposals cause in rural communities. She currently lives in Norwood and monitors mines on Colorado’s Western Slope. http://www.informcolorado.org/