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E-M:/ Energy Companies Trying to Pull a Fast One
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- Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 10:03:20 -0400
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For Immediate Release
May 22, 2002
Donít Waste Michigan
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Energy Companies Trying to Pull a Fast One
Michigan -- Energy companies have steam rolled through Michigan with
a highly effective, local lobbying effort.
Spence Abraham, the Secretary of Energy, approved a plan to use Yucca
Mountain as a national repository for nuclear waste on February
14th, 2002, in spite of hundreds of
unanswered questions from the General Accounting Office.
Just five days later, the Michigan Association of Counties Board passed a
resolution supporting the plan contained in a 67 pound document.
Kym Spring, Clean Water Actionís Campaign Coordinator isnít fooled.
ďObviously, the utility companies started lining up support before
the plan was even approved by the Department of Energy or the
President. Even a speed-reader degreed in nuclear physics could not
comprehend that amount of information in just five days. Clearly,
they relied on the overly optimistic assessment pushed by nuclear
industry spin doctors,Ē Spring said yesterday.
Elected officials in Monroe County, and many others across the state, are
ignoring the citizens they represent. Consumers Energy and Detroit
Edison have been convincing county board after county board to pass
resolutions supporting the plan to send nuclear waste to Yucca
Mountain. All across the state, citizens are stunned to discover,
after the fact, that their county board has approved such a
In Monroe County, Detroit Edison representatives were scheduled ample
time to present their rendition of "facts" supporting shipments
to Yucca Mountain to the County Board. Citizens' were held to a
three-minute rebuttal amid comments by current and retired utility
workers. The meetings were stacked with utility workers as the
resolution was considered.
"I am appalled by a process that denies citizens the opportunity to
both learn that a resolution will be presented and a process that does
not afford adequate opportunity to redress this nuclear
locomotive. What results is the illusion that there is public
support. What was clear is: vote with the utility and pick up your
next campaign contribution, an all too familiar politics of
prostitution," stated Michael Keegan, a Monroe County resident.
Keegan also pointed out that he had not learned of the resolution until
the day the meeting and vote were scheduled to take place. This was
published in a local paper which also stated that the County
Commissioners had already signed the resolution and voiced their support.
Citizens are furious at this violation of the open meetings act.
The resolution initially failed in a four to four deadlock. Two
weeks later the resolution was reintroduced and passed eight to
Citizens across the state point out that county boards should balance the
skewed information from utility companies with hard, scientific facts,
and acknowledge unanswered questions.
Even the General Accounting Office (GAO), after reviewing the Department
of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission Yucca Mountain plan, had
293 unanswered questions. The GAO estimates that it will
take researchers until 2006 to address these gaps of critical
ďI donít know how this resolution supporting the Yucca Mountain plan
passed in my county. County officials should give citizens
the chance to express their concerns. I pay close attention to
issues so critical to our county and country. I didnít even know
they were considering this resolution until the last minute. I am
very upset with the process and the outcome. I thought our county
officials were supposed to represent we, the people, not
just Consumers Energy,Ē said Annie Olson, a disgruntled citizen of Ottawa
The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners passed their resolution in
support of the Yucca Mountain on May 14th,
A huge ground swell of opposition to Yucca Mountain is building as fast
as the information in the report can be digested and conveyed.
Hundreds of organizations are getting up to speed on this issue and
taking a stand against the plan to send nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain
The Governor of Nevada already voted against the plan. It takes a
simple majority vote in the U.S. Congress to override his veto. The
U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of overriding his veto on
May 8th. The U.S. Senate is likely
to vote on this issue in the next 3-8 weeks.
Environmentalists, as well as many other groups like Donít Waste Michigan
and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service want citizens to know
that this plan does not solve the problems associated with the dangerous
build up of nuclear waste. They are trying to inform the public
about the dangers of transporting and storing nuclear waste at the Yucca
site. Citizens are being urged to contact their Senators
immediately. Senators Levin and Stabenow have stated they currently
support the Yucca Mountain plan.