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NEWS FROM NIRS
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
1424 16th Street NW, #404, Washington, DC 20036
202.328.0002; f: 202.462.2183; nirsnet@nirs.org; www.nirs.org


For Immediate Release           Contact: Anne Sward Hansen
August 3, 2001                   Citizens Against Radioactive Waste, Utah
                             801-763-0551
                             Michael Mariotte, NIRS, 202-328-0002


ACTIVISTS JAILED IN MICHIGAN FOR PROTESTING PROPOSED HIGH-LEVEL NUCLEAR 
WASTE DUMP ON NATIVE AMERICAN LAND AT SKULL VALLEY, UTAH

Kevin Kamps, a Nuclear Waste Specialist for the Washington, D. C. based 
Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) and Naomi Butorac of the 
Citizen Action Coalition of Indiana were each sentenced August 1 to seven 
days in jail and a $300 fine after being found guilty by a six-person jury 
of criminal trespass in Berrien County, Michigan. The peaceful civil 
disobedience protest took place during a Chernobyl Day rally outside of 
American Electric Power's Cook nuclear power complex. American Electric 
Power is one of eight nuclear utilities that have joined forces to create a 
Wisconsin-based limited liability corporation called Private Fuel Storage 
(PFS.)

PFS is attempting to place an above-ground dump for high-level nuclear waste

on the reservation of the Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians, 45 miles 
west of Salt Lake City. PFS would store as much as 44,000 tons of irradiated

fuel in 4,000 dry cask storage containers at the Goshute site. The dumpsite 
is opposed by traditionalist leaders among the Skull Valley Goshutes, the 
State of Utah, and environmentalists. An Environmental Justice contention 
has been filed by tribal member Margene Bullcreek and her organization Ohngo

Gaudadeh Devia Awareness (OGDA, Goshute for "Mountain Community") before the

Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Atomic Safety Licensing Board. Tribal member

Sammy Blackbear and the State of Utah also are suing to prevent the site 
from opening.

Unlike the proposed Yucca Mountain, Nevada high-level waste dump, which has 
received more than a decade of scientific investigation and will undergo a 
lengthy licensing process if it even is considered suitable by the 
Department of Energy, the PFS site is receiving a "fast track" licensing 
process intended for temporary, at-reactor waste storage.

The process ignores the impact of the transportation of thousands of 
irradiated fuel shipments across the country, as well as the likelihood that

the site would become a defacto permanent waste dump. The Skull Valley 
Goshutes are one of the smallest and poorest Native American groups in the 
country. The contract between PFS and tribal leader Leon Bear has been 
undisclosed to the public, including tribal members-many of whom publicly 
oppose the project.

OGDA Leader, Margene Bullcreek was quoted in a July 26, 2001 press 
conference in Washington D.C. saying "PFS is a large corporation targeting 
our small, traditional Native American Reservation for this dangerous 
project and taking advantage of our sovereignty. It's not our 
responsibility, as traditionalists, to sacrifice our land for the problem of

nuclear waste that U. S. companies have created."

Kamps and Butorac were also protesting the danger the Cook reactors pose to 
the surrounding region. They crossed a line of yellow tape in an attempt to 
deliver documents to Cook plant officials but were arrested before they 
could do so. The documents included an executive order on environmental 
justice issued by former President Bill Clinton.

Kamps told the court, "We were willing to go to jail, if necessary, to 
protest nuclear accidents and to protest the dumping of nuclear waste on 
Native American lands in the west"




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