Nuclear Waste Tour stopping in Greenfield

  • Citizens Awareness Network parks a 32-foot-long wooden mock-up of a radioactive waste cask outside of Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield during its 2018 tour. The mock-up will return on Wednesday. Staff Photo/Dan Little

Staff Report
Published: 9/30/2019 7:58:08 PM

GREENFIELD — The Citizens Awareness Network is organizing a High-Level Nuclear Waste Tour in New England in protest of what it believes to be the federal government and nuclear industry’s failure to appropriately deal with nuclear waste.

Among the week of events is “Nuclear Blues” on Wednesday at 7 p.m., at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St. The event will include performances by the Wildcat O’Halloran Band, “Downtown” Bob Stannard and Court Dorsey as “Will Nukem.”

The Citizens Awareness Network will bring along a 32-foot-long wooden mock-up of a radioactive waste cask.

Additionally, speakers will include Citizens Awareness Network Executive Director Deb Katz; Navajo Nation activist Leona Morgan; Diane D’Arrigo, radioactive waste project director with the Nuclear Information and Resource Service in Washington, D.C.; and owner of Greenfield’s The Solar Store, Claire Chang. While the event is free, a $10 donation is suggested.

The speakers will discuss nuclear waste, federal policy, environmental justice and direct action. Katz said the goal of the event is to educate the public and tell people what they can do to be involved.

“We find it’s easier when having a good time to talk about this,” Katz said. “It’s going to be fun.”

She said the event’s purpose is to educate people about companies temporarily storing nuclear waste in casks, while waiting for a more permanent solution for nuclear waste disposal. Katz as well as other activists believe that nuclear waste should only be moved once, rather than multiple times.

The communities targeted for cask storage often have high populations of working poor and Hispanic residents, Katz added.

“These companies want to ship off this nuclear waste and not deal with it in a responsible way,” Katz said. “It can’t stay here forever. It’s toxic and too dangerous to be held on site. There needs to be a permanent solution.”

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