Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Stimulus Pack: Nuclear Disposable Utah

Margene Bullcreek led the Skull Valley Goshute's 10-year
battle to keep Private "Fuel" Storage from dumping 44,000 tons
of nuclear waste on their reservation in the southeast corner
of Utah. Now Energy Solutions, Inc. wants to pay the whole State
of Utah to become a multinational nuke waste dump site.

by Ann Garrison

Since 2006, Energy Solutions, global leader in the nuke waste storage biz', has paid to brand its name on Salt Lake City's Sports Arena, (left), home of Salt Lake's NBA pro basketball team, the Salt Lake City Jazz. Ailing Delta Airlines had branded the arena for the previous 15 years, but could no longer pay for the privilege. Energy Solutions' business continued to grow, however; book-to-bill orders for nuke waste disposal just kept piling up.

In stealth negotiations, the corporation promised a full fifty percent of revenues.

Heal Utah's John Ungo says: "When we first learned about the deal, brokered in secret between EnergySolutions and Utah legislators, we were caught speechless."

Utah's Republican Governor Jon Huntsman says: “Our position is abundantly clear. Let's just say that the price the state pays for being a dumping ground lasts forever. The recession will not."

Utah's Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson says: "I am outraged that Utah legislators would even consider allowing our state to become the universal dumping ground for the world's nuclear garbage and I know most Utahns share my anger."

However, this is hardly the first time a corporation, or several, have tried to make the State of Utah nuclear disposable.

Margene Bullcreek of the Skull Valley Goshute Tribe led a 10-year defense of her tribal homeland against Private "Fuel" Storage, a nuclear conglomerate of eight nuclear power corporations including Excelon, Entergy, and Southern California Edison, which wanted to dump 44,000 tons of nuclear waste on 800+ acres of their reservation. The Western Goshute finally won an Interior Department precedent setter, in September, 2006.

Then the Skull Valley Goshute went solar, with Southwest sun, and Margene Bullcreek's electricity meter began spinning backwards:

Nuclear Weapons Waste

Nuclear weapons manufacturers, and the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, subjected Utahns to more radiation exposure from aboveground nuclear bomb tests in Nevada's northeastern corner than the citizens of any other state; they had the misfortune to be upwind of the Nevada Nuclear Test Site in Nevada's northeastern corner, as our federal government prepared to defend us against nuclear weapons attack by a foreign power.

Then, in 2006, the U.S. threatened to stir up the radioactive dust at the Nevada Nuclear Test all over again, into the wind blowing through Utah, in a test of the 700-ton nitrate-and-fuel- oil monster bomb: Divine Strake.

Near the eve of the scheduled Divine Strake explosion, the (anti-) Divine Strake Coalition of 50 organizations met---where else?---in Salt Lake City's Energy Solutions Sports Arena, home of the Salt Lake City Jazz.

Nevertheless, the (anti-) Divine Strike Coalition, stopped Divine Strake, after Salt Lake City newscasters flew to Washington with the paper copies of so much e-mail that it had disrupted Congressional computers to the point of dysfunction.

Here's hoping that Utah itself cannot be bought like the home court of their b-ball team, the Salt Lake City Jazz, which is, let's face it: a big corporation, like all professional ball teams.

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