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Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions advocates for communities impacted by SRS on both sides of Savannah River, raises red flags about SRS waste storage

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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Courtney Hanson, Georgia WAND Public Outreach Director
courtney@georgiawand.org
404-524-5999 (office), 308-631-8543 (direct)

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC - Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (Georgia WAND) brought more than a dozen Georgia constituents to the Savannah River Site Citizen’s Advisory Board meeting Monday and Tuesday to advocate with local communities impacted by SRS projects, joining voices with concerned South Carolinians.

Dianne Valentin at CABDue 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,” Becky Rafter, Georgia WAND Executive Director said. “We support 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,” Rafter said. “So the tanks’ exposure to the region’s shallow water table puts the surrounding and downstream communities even further at risk.”

Georgia WAND members also spoke in unity with South Carolina groups in support of a CAB proposal to decline the importation of 75,000 tons of radioactive nuclear waste for interim storage at SRS.

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