It is with a heavy heart that we have to begin RADIATION WATCH 2013
As of 21 December 2012, it has been 651 days
that Planet Earth has been at war with the nuclear industry - and, unfortunately, our dear beloved
Mother Earth seems to be losing the fallout depopulation battle.
... whatever moniker one may want to hang on it - we're sure that it's a mere coinkydink that the radiation rain-outs of the past few months
have so weakened our auto-immune systems so much that 'everyone' is now mandated to get gubmint 'flu shots' - or else, in some cases - OR ELSE YOU
COULD LOSE YOUR JOB!
Add the U.S. commercial nuclear power plant locations for grins.
However, we are happy to start with some good news.
Skull Valley Goshute Margene Bullcreek led the fight against the
radioactive waste dump targeted at her community. (Photo by Gabriela Bulisova)
22 December 2012
the plug on parking lot dump targeted at Skull Valley Goshutes in Utah
As reported by the Salt Lake Tribune, the Private Fuel Storage (PFS) Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) has given up on its
plans to turn the tiny Skull Valley Goshutes Indian Reservation in Utah into a parking lot dump
(or "centralized interim storage facility") for commercial high-level radioactive waste.
At one time, PFS was comprised of more than a dozen nuclear utilities, led by Xcel Energy of Minnesota, with Dairyland Power Co-Op as a front
In 2005-2006, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) granted PFS a construction and operating license, despite objections by traditionals
with the Skull Valley band, nearly 500 environmental and
environmental justice organizations, as well as the State of Utah. The plan was for 40,000 metric tons of irradiated nuclear fuel to be
"temporarily stored" (for 20 to 40 years) in 4,000 dry casks on the reservation.
However, as the ultimate plan was to transfer the wastes to the Yucca Mountain dump, when that proposal was cancelled in 2009, this would have meant
the wastes would have been stuck indefinitely at Skull Valley.
In 2006 a very unlikely coalition, involving the likes of Mormon political leaders and wilderness advocates, succeeded in creating the first federal
wilderness area in Utah in a generation.
This created a "moat" around the Skull Valley reservation, blocking the railway needed to directly deliver the waste.
(We proposed this action plan at Avila Beach way back in 1979 as a way to DENY NUCLEAR not only at Diablo Canyon but, perhaps more importantly - at
the San Onofre NPP in San Diego.)
The Skull Valley Goshutes were first targeted by the nuclear power
establishment more than 20 years ago.
And, after lobbying efforts at the top echelons of Republican Party decision making circles by U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) as well as Utah
Governor Huntsman, the George W. Bush administration's Department of the Interior
refused to approve the lease agreement between PFS and the Skull Valley band, as well as the intermodal transfer facility on Bureau of Land
Management property which could have allowed heavy haul trucks to ship the waste containers the final leg of the journey to the reservation.
Altogether, 60-some tribes have been actively
for high-level radioactive waste parking lot dumps.
All the proposals have been stopped
, as through the work of Native American grassroots environmental activists like
(NoTen O Quah)
, working in alliance with environmental and environmental justice organizations.
Yucca Mountain, as viewed through the frame of a Western Shoshone ceremonial sweat lodge. Photo by Gabriela
21 December 201
25 years ago today,
the "Screw Nevada Bill" was passed
As reported by the Las Vegas Review Journal
, in the wee hours of Dec. 22, 1987, 49 states ganged up on one, singling out Yucca Mountain in
Nevada as the sole site in the country for further study as a potential national dump for high-level radioactive waste.
Numerous targeted dumpsites in the East had been indefinitely postponed a year or two before, due to widespread public resistance. Deaf Smith
County, TX and Hanford, WA were also being considered for the western dumpsite.
But TX had 32 U.S. Representatives, WA had a dozen, and NV, just one. TX and WA Representatives also held the powerful House Speaker and Majority
Leader slots. On the Senate side, NV had two rookie Senators, regarded at the time as easy to roll. The "raw, naked" political decision was made
behind closed doors.
But the science -- Yucca's geological and hydrological unsuitability -- caught up to the proposal. So did Harry Reid's revenge, as he grew in power to
become Senate Majority Leader. Led by Western Shoshone spiritual leader Corbin Harney, the Western Shoshone National Council maintained tireless
opposition to the dump, joined, over time, by more than 1,000 environmental groups. Then, in 2009, President Obama and his Energy Secretary, Steven
Chu, wisely cancelled the dangerous, controversial proposal.
Although $11 billion of ratepayer and taxpayer money had already been wasted, another $90 billion would have been wasted if the project had gone
forward. If the dumpsite had opened, many thousands of high-level radioactive waste trucks, trains, and barges would have travelled through most
states, past the homes of tens of millions of Americans, at risk of severe accidents or intentional attacks unleashing disastrous amounts of
radioactivity into metro areas.
And if wastes had been buried at Yucca, it would have eventually leaked into the environment (beginning within centuries or at most thousands of
years), dooming the region downwind and downstream as a nuclear sacrifice area.
Dec. 21st marked the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Nuclear Waste Policy
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edit on 1/14/2013 by kosmicjack because: fixed caps