The $29 billion nuclear boondoggle that’s poisoning Black communities by Gloria Tatum

Scalawag Magazine, Gloria Tatum, March 6, 2018 As members of Congress clamored last month to pass a spending bill and avoid a second federal government shutdown, much of the public dialogue revolved more around the standoff between Republicans and Democrats than the contents of the bill. But for residents of Shell …

Locals Condemn Expansion of Georgia Nuclear Plant

January 9, 2018, by EVA FEDDERLY, Courthouse News SHELL BLUFF, Ga. (CN)- The Rev. Charles Utley was born in the rural town of Shell Bluff, Ga., in 1947, long before nuclear power facility Plant Vogtle erected its first two nuclear reactors in the community. When Utley was a boy, people …

Along Savannah River, Nuclear Depot Eyed Warily Despite Safety Assurances

October 2, 2017 by EVA FEDDERLY, Courthouse News AIKEN, S.C. (CN) – A proposal to ship “highly enriched” nuclear material from Germany to Joint Base Charleston and then transport to the Savannah River Site by rail, is being panned by a citizens group that says the plan is not in …

In the shadow of a nuclear plant, the U.S. government lays out an unusual mission: teach the locals to trust science

AUGUST 11, 2017 By MAX BLAU, STAT News SHELL BLUFF, Ga. — Life here in the farming communities along the Savannah River demands an uneasy trust with all things nuclear. And in recent decades, that trust has been fraying. One woman has stopped drinking her tap water because it smells like …

Project aims to educate Burke County residents on radiological monitoring

July 24, 2017 by Tom Corwin, The Augusta Chronicle WAYNESBORO, Ga. – Anne Pitcher’s family has been in the area since the 18th century but now she is wondering what is happening in the land around her. “I am concerned,” she said Monday at an educational meeting at Burke County …

Radiation monitoring and education program gets underway in Burke County

June 20, 2017, Updated June 21, 2017, by Thomas Gardiner, The Augusta Chronicle Studies in the 1990s revealed a number of drinking wells around Burke County with tritium contamination, a radioactive product of the Savannah River Site. Studies also suggest the area has had higher than average cancer rates since …