NJ Transit’s cancellation of a proposed gas - fired power plant
legislation on packaging reduction and recycling -
the pause of LNG exports -
CONNECTING THE DOTS SERIES:
HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT, URANIUM MINING
The quality and healthfulness of the drinking water for Indigenous People in the southwest and Northern Plains is related to how many new weapons systems are being brought on line and how many new nuclear power plants are being planned. Tune in to hear how our health and the environment are affected by uranium mining.
Mining activity increases when the price goes up. The price goes up when demand goes up. Demand goes up when there are new nuclear weapons or new nuclear power plants. That leads to things like the mining in the Grand Canyon National Historic Site, which started up on Jan. 8. Mining uranium so close to the Grand Canyon is an invitation to an irrevocable disaster. The potential for uranium mining in the Catskills of New York then goes up.
Events in Ukraine, Gaza, and the proposals of small new nuclear reactors have led the dormant Pinyon Plain mine to start up again in the Grand Canyon National Historic Site—will the Catskills be next? The NY State ban on uranium mining expired in 1992.
One of our guests today, Mary Olson of Gender + Radiation Impact Project, will explain the health consequences of radiation. When the EPA creates health standards for any pollutant, such as radiation, they use Reference Man – a young, 180-pound white male-- as their standard. Women and children are more vulnerable to all toxins. For example, for every two men who develop cancer through exposure to ionizing radiation, three women will get the disease.
Leona Morgan of HaulNo! is a long-time, prominent Diné activist working with many organizations on the effects of uranium mining on Indigenous peoples in the Southwest. Every time uranium has been taken from the ground, it has despoiled the entire ecosystem of people and animals, including its majestic natural beauty, for many parts of the country. The Dine have an ancient prophesy warning all people to keep uranium in the ground. The terrible consequences of disobeying that prophesy have already become apparent through nuclear power and nuclear weapons.
Our news stories will cover
the harmful effects of incineration
NJ Transit’s cancellation of a proposed gas-fired power plant
legislation on packaging reduction and recycling
the pause of LNG exports
We have environmental music for you: Hear Creative Natives’ cover of Herbs’ Nuclear Waste.
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