Governor, Senator Hatch: "No Way" to Nuclear Waste
Governor to declare Friday No Way Day
Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman joins Senator Orrin Hatch, elected officials, business leaders and community activists to call on Utahns to say "No Way" to high-level nuclear waste storage in Utah.
Governor Huntsman and Senator Hatch will host other state and local leaders and concerned citizens Friday in a rally to urge people to write letters opposing plans to transport and store highly toxic nuclear fuel rods within the state.
"Utah is not a dumping ground for the country and I will not allow this to happen on my watch," Governor Huntsman said. "This is about economic development, safety and protecting our quality of life. The storage of nuclear waste in our State goes against each of these ideals. We must join together and say No Way to nuclear waste."
State leaders are calling on the Bureau of Land Management to deny the application from Private Fuel Storage to build an intermodal transfer station on federal land to transport nuclear waste to the final destination on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation. BLM is accepting public comment until May 8: Pam Schuller, US BLM, 2370 S. 2300 W. SLC, UT 84119 or Pam_Schuller@BLM.gov
"Time's running out for Utahns to help stop the PFS plan. We all need to flood the BLM with our concerns about putting spent nuclear fuel so close to the people living along the Wasatch Front and in the flight path of armed F-16s that have been known to crash," Senator Hatch said. "This Skull Valley project is grade-A nonsense, and we're not going to stand for it."
Community activists will join the rally and participants will have an opportunity to write the BLM, sign a petition and increase public awareness. The Governor will also sign a declaration in support of No Way Day.
State Office Building Auditorium - North building in the Capitol complex
Friday, April 28, noon
Why: To encourage people to write to the BLM in opposition to the PFS application