Corporations and governments do not have the right to determine the destiny of citizens and sovereign states without their consent. To do so would be to destroy the principles of self-government, freedom, and equality.
“The governor has left plenty of room for Duke to do nothing more than empty the water out of its ash ponds and cover them with dirt,” Harrison said. “This approach is unacceptable because it would allow these toxic dumps to continue leaking and poisoning our rivers and groundwater supplies with toxic heavy metals for many years to come.”
Day 107: “We will do the right thing for the river and surrounding communities. We are accountable.”
“We will do the right thing for the river and surrounding communities. We are accountable.”■ Paul Newton – President, Duke Energy North Carolina
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“Clean up the ash. Clean up the ash. Clean up the ash,” the protesters chanted behind Barber’s words as they held signs that read “Disclose financial ties to Duke Energy.”
The public knows that extreme weather events, while they are inevitable dangers, are just some of the reasons why uranium mining in Virginia is unacceptable. The public also knows that there is no technology that can contain radioactive emissions and contamination in perpetuity, but what the public doesn’t know is that radioactive exposures are inevitable because the regulations that govern uranium mining are based on the ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) standard, which allows for and legalizes radioactive contamination. So, the focus of my presentation was on the fact that containment is impossible, radioactive contamination, even at low levels is dangerous, and according to uranium mining guidelines, radioactive waste could likely be buried at the Coles Hill site.