Seems that the pressure to kick off this mislabeled nuclear “renaissance” has lit a new fire under the Energy, Department of, to open Yucca Mountain.
If you aren’t familiar with Yucca Mountain, as in sacred Shoshone Mountain and would-be dump for all the nuke plant stockpilings, I recommend you start with “Yucca Mountain for Dummies,” from Healing Ourselves & Mother Earth.
(Thanks to startlingly successful “lit” chain of readable if forgettable manuals, I can recommend this title understanding you won’t be offended by any cheek-searing suggestions or intellectual designations.)
Most of the spent fuel rods and eternally deadly waste will be traveling cross-country from east of the Missipp’, though those piled up wastes from San Antonio-powering South Texas Nuclear Project (and beyond) would also be choo-chooing through Alamo City.
While the dem candidates (had they been under oath at their Nevada debate) probably would have perjured themselves in their stated resistance to the Yucca solution, the state and the Shohone Nation really do oppose it, with good reason.
However, the license to speed up Yucca’s opening, despite a long list of “ifs” and “buts” regarding hydrology and geology, is on the march.
Mary Olson at NIRS writes that
all evidence points to an active magma pocket below the site! Your comments are needed now on a draft supplemental EIS designed to expedite the dump license! … While there are other schemes afoot (The Bush Global Nuclear Energy Partnership — featuring reprocessing) the fact that the nuclear industry is staging a “come back” is driving DOE (a nuclear energy promoter) to do ANYTHING — including multiple “baits and switches” — to get irradiated fuel (high-level radioactive waste) OFF nuclear power reactor sites and into the tax-payer’s pocket … We have been fighting Yucca Mountain for a long time — please don’t stop now!
You only have until the deadline of January 10 to comment on this request to speed up the license.
Below is a message I received today…
URGENT ACTION ALERT!! DEADLINE APPROACHING!
YUCCA MOUNTAIN, SACRED TO THE SHOSHONE & MAJOR FAULT ZONE, IN IMMINENT DANGER!
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY MOVES PLANS FORWARD TO TURN YUCCA MOUNTAIN INTO NUCLEAR WASTE REPOSITORY.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD DEADLINE JANUARY 10, 2008.
Public hearings have not been well attended, statements mostly in favor of the plan to put all of the nuclear waste in the country in this one sacred place. Activists were told that if we do not go on record with a statement, we will have no legal recourse later on. Local papers & media spin have recently stated that opposition to the nuke dump had dropped off since the passing of Corbin Harney. The nuclear reps are confident to the point of acting like it’s a done deal. LETS PROVE THEM WRONG! MAKE YOUR COMMENT NOW & TAKE ACTION!!
Yucca Mountain is sacred to the Shoshone as an herb gathering site, for rituals, and as a part of their stories. Yucca Mountain is known in Shoshone language as Snake Mountain. Indeed it looks like a snake. It is said that the snake was headed north when it froze where it is. Further more it is said that it will move again and “flip around”. Geologists say that there are thirteen different fault lines running through it.
Citizens can make an oral statement at the scheduled public hearings or fill out a form and mail it in to EIS Office U.S. Department of Energy Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Mgmt, 1551 Hillshire dr. Las Vegas, NV, 89195-7308 or by e-mail at EIS_Office@ymp.gov.
HERE ARE TALKING POINTS:
Western Shoshone Defense Project
So-Ho-Bi (South Fork) office:
775-744-2565 (fax and phone)
P.O. Box 211308
Crescent Valley, NV 89821
“The eyes of the elders are on us. The fate of the unborn is rolling toward the cliff, the voice of Corbin Harney is ringing in my ears, “It’s on your shoulders now…”.
Info from Bear Dyken. firstname.lastname@example.org.