Stop Nuclear Waste
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I hereby petition Idaho's elected leaders, especially Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and our Governor, to strongly oppose shipments of out-of-state nuclear waste into our state. I'm concerned that this waste will be stranded here, in violation of Idaho’s 1995 Nuclear Waste Agreement.
Since the 1950s, Idaho has been a dump for some of the most dangerous nuclear waste in the country. Contaminated materials were buried above Idaho’s groundwater and even pumped into the Snake River Aquifer—the sole source of drinking water for one-fifth of Idaho's population. Scientists say that radioactive isotopes from this waste will eventually reach the Magic Valley's drinking water.
Today, there's a plan to ship in even more nuclear waste from Washington—more than could be reasonably treated and exported within the one-year time period required by the 1995 agreement. What's more, this potentially flammable and explosive waste has never been tested for safe transport over public roads and rails. The plan is to truck it through Idaho's most populous cities, including Boise and Twin Falls.
As the fastest growing state in the country, Idaho’s economic future depends on clean land and clean water. Don’t Waste Idaho: Stop nuclear waste!
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