On the Road Again to Savannah River Site
|Georgia WAND staff and members hit the road early the morning of Tuesday, January 7, 2015, fortified with coffee and treats to head over to South Carolina, crossing through Augusta's industrialized areas, to attend and testify at the January Savannah River Site's Citizens Advisory Board (SRS CAB) meeting. 1) We acknowledged the CAB's recommendation of directing SRS to work directly with Georgia communities, and 2) we continued to demand that the radiological monitoring be restored for the communities in Georgia.
Many community residents, organized by Georgia WAND, have come forward to speak before the CAB. Their powerful voices and compelling stories have made all of the difference in propelling these efforts to the forefront. We are thrilled about how well we were received at this meeting, convincing the decision-makers that there is more to be done to protect and inform the community. On Tuesday, Bernice Johnson-Howard, a Shell Bluff resident and Georgia WAND community organizer, shares her thoughts in the short video attached here.
Georgia WAND, along with coalition partners, has spent the over ten years working to develop relationships with the CAB and SRS management to elevate the voices of concerned residents who live in the areas surrounding SRS and Plant Vogtle. In the past two years, we have seen existing and new board members who join the CAB acknowledge there are issues regarding the need for environmental monitoring in Georgia. We have been encouraged by the leadership of some members to question SRS decision-making, timelines/schedules, and budgeting and clean-up prioritization.
The most recent success of this shift in the CAB andreflecting the work of Georgia WAND in the CSRA area, is the vote in Tuesday's meeting of 14-0 for the recommendation below and for Georgia WAND to be a liaison for these efforts.
As we continue to build public pressure to hold SRS to be more accountable and more transparent, we are encouraged that through the SRS CAB recommendation, SRS management has been directed to:
We thank all of you for your support in this critical work and we look forward to being back in the community on February 10.
For more background information on this issue - see our previous post.