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Georgia WAND members advocate for cleanup at SRS

Twelve  Georgia WAND members and staff attended the Savannah River Site Citizen’s Advisory Board meeting Monday and Tuesday in North Augusta to advocate with local communities impacted by SRS projects, joining voices with concerned South Carolinians with groups including Don't Waste Aiken, the South Carolina Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth.

The group made public comments to the CAB in support of a proposal to decline the importation of 75,000 tons of radioactive nuclear waste for interim storage at SRS and in support of continued cleanup at SRS, the site's core mission.

Due to the diminished Federal Year 2014 budget allocation for cleanup at SRS, CAB members say the program to dispose of the site’s 37 million gallons of high level radioactive waste could become ‘almost not recoverable.’

Fully funding SRS cleanup efforts is a vital component for communities that are are living in the shadow of SRS to thrive and Georgia WAND members spoke out in support of the CAB's efforts to secure adequate funding from the Department of Energy.

New reports that at least seven waste tanks are either completely or partially submerged under the local water table underscore the pressing need for SRS to remain focused on its mission of cleanup.

Nearly half of all the storage tanks at SRS fail to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s leak and containment requirements, so the tanks’ exposure to the region’s shallow water table puts the surrounding and downstream communities even further at risk.

A vote on the waste proposal will come in July.  Georgia WAND will attend the CAB's waste committee meeting in preparation for the vote as well as the July full CAB meeting. Email courtney@georgiawand.org for more information about how you can get involved to advocate for continued cleanup at SRS.




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