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Nuclear Waste Tour
September 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
When: September 18 – 22, 2018.
Where: Montpelier and Brattleboro in Vermont. Greenfield, Boston, and Plymouth in MA.
What: CAN is organizing a high level nuclear waste (HLNW) tour in New England this fall to address the abdication by the federal government and the nuclear industry to deal with HLNW stranded at nuclear sites throughout our region and the country. We are rehabbing our mock high level nuclear waste cask and taking it on the road to show people what an estimated 1,000 shipments through New England could look like.
Our tour will bring speakers from across the country and Europe to discuss the issues of nuclear waste, present federal policy, environmental justice and direct action.
• Kerstin Rudek, Bürgerinitiative Umweltschutz Lüchow?Dannenberg (Germany), organizer of the successful opposition to HLNW transport to Gorleben.
• Leona Morgan, Navajo Nation organizer who has been fighting Nuclear Colonialism since 2007.
• Tim Judson, CAN president, executive director of Nuclear Information and Resource Service.
• Diane Turco, Cape Downwinders, advocate for the immediate closure of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth.
• Deb Katz, CAN, who will address the issues of NorthStar’s decommissioning goals, including sending HLNW from Vermont Yankee to west Texas.
• Chris Williams, CAN and VT Yankee Decommissioning Alliance.
• September 20,Thursday, 7:00 PM, Hawks and Reed, 289 Main Street, Greenfield, MA, The Wildcat O’Halloran Band, “Downtown” Bob Stannard, Court Dorsey as “Will Nukem”, and speakers.
• September 21, Friday, Pilgrim, 1:00 – 3:00 PM State House, 24 Beacon Street, Room 222, Boston, MA, speakers and press.
• September 22, Saturday, 1:00 PM, Unitarian Universalist church (First Parish), 19 Town Square, Plymouth, MA.
• September 22, Saturday, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Glastonbury Abbey, 16 Hull Street, Hingham, MA.
Although the nuclear industry & federal government committed to create a solution for high level nuclear waste (HLW) disposal, no acceptable solution exists. Federal legislation mandated a repository; Nevada was targeted—billions expended to establish Yucca Mountain. This boondoggle failed- site unsuitability, corruption, inadequate safeguards, Nevada’s opposition. As the wrangling over Yucca continues, the industry has a pressing need to create some solution since dangerous waste piling up at reactor sites undermines its position that nuclear is clean and safe. Interim storage sites do not have to meet the strict environmental standards that have plagued Yucca Mountain. The sites targeted for “disposal” like the sites selected for operation, are routinely low income, rural, people of color and Native American communities. The industry pits nuclear communities against each other; reactor communities fear inadequate casks, lack of onsite protections and HLW abandonment by the Feds. Targeted communities 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.
It is vital that citizens understand the issues and what’s at stake.