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Protections Needed During the Demolition of Radioactive Building in WNY
The West Valley Action Network, in collaboration with Partnership for the Public Good and the Western New York Environmental Alliance, is offering a series of workshops to help stop invisible but long lasting, dangerous radioactivity from getting into our air, water, soil, food and environment in Western New York. One of the most radioactive buildings at that site and across the country, is slated to be demolished starting in 2021. The West Valley Action Network groups are calling for an enclosure during demolition and offsite real-time, publicly-reported radiation monitoring to see if radioactivity is getting out.
New Yorkers own the West Valley Nuclear Waste Site which is upstream and upwind of Buffalo and the rest of NY, the Seneca Nation of Indians Territories and Canada. Highly radioactive nuclear power and weapons waste was reprocessed there to extract plutonium and uranium, leaving one of the most intensely radioactive sites in the world.
The workshop, the fourth in the series, Indigenous Peoples for a Nuclear Free Future, will be held virtually, is free and is open to the public. It will feature Agnes Williams, Coordinator at the Indigenous Women's Initiatives, sharing indigenous perspectives for a nuclear-free future. She is a Wolf Clan enrolled Seneca (Haudenosaunee/Iroquois) who was born and grew up downstream from the West Valley, NY Nuclear Waste Site on the Cattaraugus Creek of the Seneca Nation of Indians near Irving, NY.
The West Valley Action Network formed as individuals and groups in 2009 to work for the full clean up of the West Valley Nuclear Waste site in West Valley NY, Cattaraugus County, draining north into Erie County and the Great Lakes. The current concerns are summarized at https://www.westvalleyaction.org/
Previous workshops include: The History of the West Valley Nuclear Waste Site Part I (6/1) and Part II (6/22) and Protections Needed for WNY during the Demolition of the Most Radioactive Building (7/27) .
To learn more and register, please visit: https://bit.ly/3D0RdFC
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