Georgia WAND Becomes Community Liaison for SRS Citizen’s Advisory Board
Georgia WAND has a long-standing partnership with the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA)/Shell Bluff community and has advocated for over 10 years for the Department of Energy to reinstate radiological environmental monitoring on the Georgia side of the Savannah River Site (SRS).
Recently, the Department of Energy recommended that the CAB formalize a community liaison for better communications, which the SRS Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) asked Georgia WAND to fill. Toward this end, Georgia WAND was instrumental in securing representatives from the Department of Energy and the Savannah River Ecology Lab to address community members about environmental monitoring that is reportedly being done in the community by SRS.
On April 11, Georgia WAND Field Coordinator and Shell Bluff resident Bernice Johnson-Howard will be joined by Becky Rafter, Executive Director, and Cee Cee Anderson, Board member, in hosting these representatives at a community meeting. The meeting has been organized by Reverend Utley and the Concerned Citizens of Shell Bluff, who will be dispensing Potassium Chloride pills to local residents. Georgia WAND has been actively working with people in the Shell Bluff community who are affected by radiological contamination from SRS and Georgia Power's operating nuclear facility in the area, Plant Vogtle. In addition to local residents, Georgia WAND is working to inform all Georgians about how SRS, Vogtle, and other toxic industry, such as the planned Palmetto Pipeline, affect the environment.