Thursday, April 27, 2023
7pm Central Time (8pm ET, 6pm MT, 5pm PT) UTC -5
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In light of the toxic train disaster in East Palestine, Ohio that began on Feb. 3, 2023, Kevin will provide updates on resistance to the unnecessary near-term launch of unprecedented, large-scale transportation of highly radioactive wastes. Whether bound for so-called “private” Centralized Interim Storage Facilities (CISFs) in the Permian Basin, or multiple federal “consent-based siting” CISFs yet to be named, irradiated nuclear fuel trucks, trains, and/or barges could impact tens of millions of Americans in thousands of communities across most states in the Lower 48. Severe accidents, or intentional attacks, could result in a radioactive catastrophe near a densely populated urban center, in the agricultural heartland, into major drinking water supplies, or other locations of national significance. Even so-called “routine” shipments are like Mobile X-ray Machines That Can’t Be Turned Off, with their own impacts on public health.
Kevin will provide some history on how blocking bad nuke waste dumps has blocked unnecessary shipping dangers, and vice versa, both in this country, and in others.
Kevin Kamps has served as radioactive waste specialist in Washington, DC since 1999, first at NIRS until 2007, and at Beyond Nuclear since. He has focused on blocking unsafe, unsound, unacceptable high-level nuclear waste dumps, including the permanent geological repository targeted at Yucca Mountain, on Western Shoshone land in Nevada, as well as the consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) at the Skull Valley Goshutes Reservation in Utah.
Currently he is working in opposition to the CISFs proposed in New Mexico and Texas. In all these fights, he has educated communities from coast to coast about the risks of irradiated nuclear fuel transport — by road, rail, and/or waterway — that any and all such dumps would entail. Kamps has also served as a board of directors member for Don’t Waste Michigan since 1993, representing his hometown Kalamazoo chapter.