Dept of Energy moves to turn Yucca Mountain
into nuclear waste repository
- Native Shoshone tribe in imminent danger
- Public comment period deadline January 10
Corbin Harney, spiritual leader for the Western Shoshone, stands
in front of a mock-up
of a nuclear waste cask at the Sawyer State Office Building before
a hearing on the draft environmental impact statement for a proposed
Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.
Photo courtesy Steve Marcus, Las Vegas Sun
December 31, 2007
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
Local papers & media spin have recently stated that opposition
to the nuke dump had dropped of since the passing of Corbin Harney.
The nuclear reps are confident to the point of acting like it's
a done deal. WE KNOW THAT'S NOT TRUE! LETS PROVE THEM WRONG! TAKE
ACTION & MAKE YOUR COMMENT NOW!!
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.
ARE TALKING POINTS: http://www.h-o-m-e.org/Yucca/index.htm
"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...".
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