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Do You Want To Stop Yucca Mountain?

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By now it is apparent to me that writing my politicians and signing petitions wasn't enough to stop Yucca Mountain from being the nation's burial site for nuclear waste. I now have the feeling I didn't resist it at all. I did what I was told, and nothing changed. I could give up or I could take action. The choice is mine.

What kind of action could stop Yucca Mountain? The Yucca Mountain plan involves every nuclear power plant in the country, and most interstates and railroad tracks-- which go through small towns and big cities. Yucca Mountain affects everyone. I could organize and inform people around the hazards of nuclear waste traveling through their back yards.

What kind of actions would actually stop the trains and trucks? If people in five towns along the nuclear sludge routes placed their bodies on the tracks and interstates, the nuclear sludge would stop! What if people in five cities and 30 towns stood together with their arms locked when the trains and trucks came?

Shove it back in our politician's faces: One Spill is Too Many!
Nevada Secession 14.Jul.2002 11:48

James ontheroof_@hotmail.com

I wrote to the Green Party politician in Nevada running for Gov'ner and asked him what his thoughts are on secession. He said it wouldn't work because Nevada isn't "self-sufficient". What country is? Most countries today prosper not cause they grow all their own food, but because they trade with their neighbors.

Also he said now is not right the time. He asked that I wait until after his campaign to write an article on the topic. In the meantime he asked do I want to be a writer or an "activist for positive social change." Kudos to overused, vague lefty rhetoric ? Also since when did writing fall out of the equation for social change? I thought it all started with proposing new ideas and trying to influence poeple. I guess some people want to skip the first step nowdays

Walk for Mother Earth 15.Jul.2002 15:39

Craig Stehr ecocrafter@celticcrow.com

The Walk for Mother Earth begins in Los Alamos NM on August 9th, and ends on Indigenous Peoples' Day at the Nevada Test Site on October 12th. That's 800 miles in two months through four states...in the summer heat. If you want to respond positively to materialism's self-destructive agenda for the world, join the walk! For more information:  http://www.angelfire.com/retro/nuclear/

2185 Acton St., Berkeley, CA 94702

Why do you wish to stop Yucca Mountain? 15.Jul.2002 23:17


Why would you want to stop Yucca Mountain? There are over 100 nuclear reactors operating in the US. They provide over 25% of our power. The government was paid over the last twenty years to come up with a solution to solving the issue of disposal of nuclear waste. The Carter act effectively killed any chance of reprocessing. Even though it was reversed by Regan, the technology was so far behind, it was not economical. It still needed a lot of research dollars.

OK, so no reprocessing. The Feds were supposed to come up with a decision in 1999 about waste disposal. In the meantime, utilities are storing the waste in temporary sites near the power plants. They are not long term storage units. Consequently, the are only designed for a max of 20-30 years use. So you had the Hanford scare a couple of years ago, as the casks are being used up to their design limit.

By placing the waste their vitrified form (i.e. solidified in concrete effectively lowering their local radioactivity) they will last much, much longer. You have two options, let the waste stay at the util and eventually leak, or put them into better containers and ship to Yucca mountain. The time is not for idealism, but damage control. You must pick the lesser of two evils. You cannot just wave a magic wand and the waste will be gone. You must make a decision. What would you choose?

P.S. Statements like "through my backyard" make me sick. Do you know what kind of chemicals they already transport "through your backyard". The chemicals needed to produce the photovotaic cells to make solar pannels have a longer half life and are more toxic than nuclear waste. Have you seen the casks they transport the nuclear waste in? Have you seen them stress tested? Rammed with a train, dropped from an airplane, and burned for one hour in a 2000F degree fire? These aren't tupperware containers.

Vitrification vs. transportation 16.Jul.2002 10:41


Vitrification is a good idea. It seems to be the best we have so far. However, I fail to see the need for transporting the vitrified waste. The waste should remain where it is, in a vitrified form. No reason to contaminate more areas. The fact that there is waste being transported already does not justify transporting more. Moving waste at all is unecessary and dangerous. The areas the waste is in are already contaminated. I think we should leave the waste where it is, in vitrified form, and cleanup the toxified area. The DOE has put this forth as an option. They have the money to accomplish this. Proposals have been made to make this happen. I think this is the option we should be pushing for.

Oct. 10-15 on Shoshone land by test site 16.Jul.2002 11:14

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Attached is a flyer for the actions taking place on the 10th through the 15th. You should be able to print out page one and flip that page over and get the info for the back side of the flyer. Cut the page in half and you have a nice leaflet to hand out and get folks active on this issue.

La luche sigue!!!

Oct. 10-15 on Shoshone land by test site
Oct. 10-15 on Shoshone land by test site