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Walk the Peace Bridge to Protest Shipments of Liquid Nuclear Waste
August 10, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Meet-up time: 1 PM. Gather at the intersection of Busti Ave and Vermont St. Bring your passport, or passport card. We will walk the Peace Bridge to bring attention to the insane policy of transporting highly radioactive liquid nuclear waste from Canada to the US. Shipments began this spring. We will walk to Canada using the walkway facing Lake Erie. After clearing Canadian customs we’ll return to the US via the same walkway.
We have some signs, but you can bring your own. Keep in mind that it might be very windy on the bridge.
Over the next 4 years, a total of 6,000 gallons of highly radioactive liquid will be shipped from Chalk River Ontario to Aiken South Carolina. There will be 100 – 150 shipments every other week, 50 gallons each. A tiny spill volume equivalent to 5 tablespoons is enough to ruin the potability of any reservoir in North America. Apart from reservoirs, groundwater sources along the routes between Chalk River and Aiken SC are also at risk.
The Peace Bridge is one possible route into the US.
There are alternatives to handle this radioactive liquid: 1) solidification at Chalk River Ontario, and 2) down-blending to reduce radioactivity followed by on site storage at Chalk River until a permanent nuclear repository emerges.
Dr. Gordon Edwards’ “Radioactive Roads”
Environmental Justice Task Force, WNY Peace Center
WNY Drilling Defense