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Peltier Transferred Back To Lewisburg, Penn
January 30, 2009
ONE BATTLE WON!
Leonard has been transferred back to USP-Lewisburg and released to the general population. He was welcomed back not only by the brothers at Lewisburg, but by all of the prisoners.
Leonard wishes to thank all of his supporters for standing with him during this difficult time. But we need to finish the job.
Leonard Peltier #89637-132USP-
PO Box 1000
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
Nuclear Waste Transportation Plans
By Kathy Helms
WINDOW ROCK – Despite President -Elect Barack Obama's opposition to creating a burial ground for nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, the U.S. Department of Energy on Friday released a National Transportation Plan that outlines its current strategy for waste shipments, including a truck route on Interstate 40 through Gallup and the Navajo Nation.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., met with Obama and Vice President-Elect Joe Biden on Jan. 5 regarding Yucca Mountain. “During our conversation, the President-elect reiterated his promise to work with me to prevent the dump from ever being built,” beginning with a deep cut in the current federal budget, Reid said.
Last July, the Department of Energy estimated the price tag for Yucca at $96.2 billion in 2007 dollars, up 67 percent from a 2001 estimate of $57.5 billion. Approximately $13.5 billion already has been spent on the nuclear waste repository which is estimated to be completed in 2017.
DOE's Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management plan implements a system to ship spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste by rail or truck from more than 120 sites across the country. The office is taking comments on its transportation plan through April 30.
Director Ward Sproat said actual shipments are not expected to begin before 2020, but the transportation planning process has begun well in advance to ensure the concerns and input of state, tribal, and local officials as well as other interested stakeholders are taken into account.
In Arizona, Interstate 40 follows Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks almost all the way across the state, passing near the sacred San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff, the gateway to the Grand Canyon at Williams, and the Petrified Forest National Park near Holbrook before crossing several Navajo Nation chapters. In New Mexico, I-40 passes through the city of Gallup and one of the busiest Wal-Marts in the United States, as well as by the Navajo Nation's newly opened Fire Rock Casino.
Arizona counties affected by rail or highway routes include: Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma. New Mexico counties include: Bernalillo, Cibola, Dona Ana, Grant, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Luna, McKinley, Quay, Santa Fe and Torrance.
Because there is a chance that an accident involving a radioactive shipment could occur, emergency response plans will be put in place to handle situations that could arise. The Department of Energy will provide technical and financial assistance for training public safety officials through jurisdictions where the waste is transported.
In May 2006, all eastbound traffic on I-40 was diverted to old Route 66 between Seligman and Ash Fork following a fatal accident in Yavapai County involving a truck carrying radioactive materials. Two tractor-trailer rigs carrying containers of tools and clothing that had been used in nuclear environments collided in Yavapai County while the truck was on its way to a radioactive waste disposal facility.
As early as 1998, when New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was then-Secretary of Energy, President Milton Bluehouse Sr.'s administration expressed concern regarding the shipment of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste through Navajo lands and the ability of the Nation to have adequate emergency response capability in place.
The Nation said it is the responsibility of tribal government officials to choose whether they need to attain a state of radiological emergency preparedness, and if so, they must be provided resources to attain their goals, according to a DOE document.
The Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management intends to offer grants for training and conduct a pilot program involving a limited number of states and tribes after it issues a revised policy. The grants would be subject to available appropriations and the first ones would be issued about four years prior to the beginning of shipments.
In an October 2007 letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Obama said billions of dollars have been spent by taxpayers and ratepayers in the construction of Yucca Mountain.
“Legitimate scientific questions have been raised about the safety of storing spent nuclear fuel at this location,” he said, adding that the National Academy of Sciences maintains that peak risks might occur hundreds of thousands of years from now. “Questions also have been raised about the viability of transporting spent nuclear fuel to Nevada from different locations around the country.
“We should select a repository location through a process that develops national consensus and respects state sovereignty, not one in which the federal government cuts off debate and forces one state to accept nuclear waste from other states. The flawed process by which Yucca Mountain was selected now manifests itself as a profoundly expensive endeavor of monumental proportion,” Obama said.
“The selection of Yucca Mountain has failed, the time for debate on this site is over, and it is time to start exploring new alternatives for safe, long-term solutions based on sound science.”
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CASTING CALL: NATIVE AMERICAN MALES AGES 18-25
Los Angeles based, or willing to get to Los Angeles at own expense – production not paying transportation costs for out of towners. 15 ROLES AVAILABLE – NO ACTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!
Looking for Native American males, ages 18-25, for an upcoming film about Lacrosse. No acting experience required, but individuals must have strong Native features, athletic build and be somewhat athletically inclined. Professional photos not necessary, but if available, preferred. Please send headshot and full-length body shot and resume (if available) via email to:
Michelle R. Shining Elk,
SHINING ELK ENTERTAINMENT GROUP,
Please reference in the subject: “Lacrosse Movie Submission.”
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February 28th, 2009
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Paul Apodaca, Associate Professor at Chapman College, examines the performance aspect of bird songs, as well as their context in Cahuilla tribal culture. Listen to historic and modern songs of the Cahuilla people—first inhabitants of the Coachella Valley area.
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