Press Release: Georgia WAND marks Chernobyl Anniversary 4PM today at demonstration in front of Georgia Power headquarters
Twenty-five years ago today people across the globe watched what was then the worst nuclear disaster the world had seen unfold at Chernobyl. Today , as news continues to unfold about the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, the world remembers the human and environmental destruction caused by the massive plume of radiation that spread from the Chernobyl site and across Europe forcing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes.
The events come at a time when Georgian’s are raising questions about the safety of the nuclear reactors at Southern Company's Plant Vogtle, which recently the Unit 1 reactor shut down unexpectedly last Thursday.
“It is important that we learn from the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima nuclear accidents. Nuclear reactors, here at home, are just as vulnerable to mechanical failures, human errors, and unanticipated natural disasters. We must seize this opportunity to move beyond nuclear - there are solid carbon free and nuclear free options to meet our energy needs,” Amanda Hill-Attkisson, Managing Director, Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions said.
Georgia WAND and Nuclear Watch South will lead efforts in Atlanta today to remember Chernobyl and speak out against the dangers of nuclear power. A crowd of concerned citizens with gather at 4PM today in front of Georgia Power Headquarters, 241 Ralph McGill Boulevard NE with signs and clout to demonstrate against the company’s proposal to build two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, near Waynesboro, Georgia.