December 13, 2017, Atlanta, GA: Today we announce the release of the report Community Impacts at the Crossroads of Nuclear and Climate Injustices in the U.S. South. A partnership of Georgia WAND and the Nuclear Information Resources Service (NIRS), this report features an in-depth analysis of the effects of climate change and the nuclear industry on the U.S. South, especially rural communities in Georgia. Plant Vogtle factors prominently in the report. Our release of the report coincides with the Public Service Commission hearing for Plant Vogtle’s 17th semiannual construction monitoring report hearing.
Read an executive summary, a press release, and listen to the audio of our tele-press conference here.
Our recommendations include:
- The creation of a Just economic transition for communities dependent on the nuclear industry.
- The development of harm reduction approaches at nuclear plants.
- The development of community-led health studies.
- The termination of public funding for construction at Plant Vogtle.
- The education of the public and officials about the need for energy equity.
- Shift to local ownership of electrical generation.
- Prioritize workers’ needs in the transition from a nuclear economy to a sustainable economy.
- Create community-led emergency preparedness plans.
- Increase civic engagement regarding issues related to the nuclear industry.
- Further and develop coalitions that work for climate, environmental, energy, economic, and reproductive justice collaboratively.
- Bring together communities facing similar environmental, social, and economic harm.
- End production of nuclear weapons materials and re-invest billions of dollars into environmental cleanup.
- Educate the public and opinion leaders about the need to invest in diplomacy, conflict resolution,
cultural competency, and participatory democracy.
- Improve nuclear safety and conduct further research on intersections between climate change and nuclear weapons.