Idaho Activists Protest Against Dumping
BOISE, ID – August 24, 2018
As USA Really has already reported, the issue of the U.S. Air Force (as well as other military branches) dumping its waste in Idaho's pristine wilderness is becoming really serious, and a number of state residents oppose it, protest against it and fight for their environmental rights.
Yesterday, for instance, a group of activists protested against plans to convert Idaho into another “nuclear garbage wasteland”.
Nearly a year after the death of former U.S. Interior Secretary and Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus, his eldest daughter stood outside the Idaho Capitol on Thursday determined to uphold one of her father's most lasting legacies.
"My father spent most of his life trying to prevent Idaho from becoming the nation's dumping ground for nuclear waste," Tracy Andrus, 62, told a small crowd. "I'm here today to lend my support to this critically important issue."
At issue is the U.S. Department of Energy's announcement that it's considering extending the use of an eastern Idaho nuclear waste treatment facility beyond its scheduled closure.
The exact reason for it is that the federal government wants to explore the possibility of allowing the facility to repackage radioactive waste brought in from other states before sending it to a permanent site in New Mexico.
However, since the announcement was made earlier this year, Idaho energy activists have been on high-alert. To many opponents, the idea is a way for the federal government to circumvent a 1995 agreement that outlines strict limits on how much nuclear waste can come into the state.
Billboards have gone up urging Idahoans to call Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and oppose amending the agreement. Others have passed around a petition demanding the federal government clean up the nuclear waste already in Idaho before sending new shipments to the state.
"This is not a problem our attorney general should be facing alone," said Wendy Wilson, executive director of the Idaho-based Snake River Alliance, a nuclear watchdog group. "We hope Idaho legislators, mayors and city council members will also stand up and voice their concerns."
Since civil society is all up and ready to fight for their rights and even to help local government in solving this problem, there is still a glimmer of hope Idaho stays clear of waste and dumping.