Georgia Delegation Speaks to DC Decision Makers About Nuclear Budget Busters
Georgia WAND took a delegation of eight people from Atlanta and Shell Bluff, Georgia to Washington, DC from March 17 through 21 for the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability's DC Days to expose high-risk U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear projects, which will waste billions in taxpayer funds, damage the environment and undermine the nation’s non-proliferation goals.
The group will met with many leading members of Congress as well as with David Huizenga of Department of Energy office of Environmental Management, to discuss restoring funds for environmental monitoring in the Georgia communities downwind and down stream from the Savannah River Site (SRS), nuclear energy federal loan guarantees, cleanup at SRS and an array of other wasteful nuclear weapons projects.
Among the Georgia delegation were Annie Laura Howard Stephens and Lillie Wilson, both residents of Shell Bluff. A year after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, the women say they are deeply concerned about public health in their home county as well as the safety of the two new reactors to be built at Plant Vogtle, especially considering the threat of earthquakes as Georgia sits on a fault line. Georgia WAND also highlights the danger of investing in this high risk form of energy and the resulting rate hikes Georgia Power ratepayers have already been faced with.