The Coalition on West Valley Nuclear Wastes July 24, 2003
The time has
come to decide how the radioactive waste at
Department of Energy (DOE) and the Coalition
have very different views about how to do that. The
DOE plans to leave the radioactive waste in place, encased in concrete.
The problem is that the site is geologically unstable and will erode
But is that a practical plan? If the waste is remembered at all, can we be sure that we will still have a government to provide that stewardship? And in that unlikely event, will funding be available?
The decision will be made in a few months. We can influence the choice by speaking out. If the DOE decides on the concrete option it will be too late to change our minds. We must act now to stop them. We have legal rights and have instituted legal proceedings but this is not enough. Public pressure can make a difference.
What can you do?
You can download the attached resolution and read it. The message is simple: Don't abandon radioactive waste on an eroding site. Dig it up. If you agree with it make copies. (Print it in landscape form.) Then ask your friends to sign it and return them to us. We will collect them and present them to the DOE and our elected officials. If you have any trouble downloading it, let us know. Make as many copies as you need, the more the better. This can be very effective. If you want more information we have more detailed material you can read and pass on to your friends. There is not a specific deadline but the DOE plans to hold a hearing in December and make a decision after that. So obviously the sooner the better.
WE CAN STOP THEM. NOW IS THE TIME TO DO IT.
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