Why “red flag?” Sen. Gene Davis (D-Salt Lake) said yesterday he supported SB 155 because the public can still raise “red flags” through the regulatory process, and regulators can take those concerns to the legislature. Clearly, Sen. Davis and others would prefer to send their constituents off to state regulators rather than listen to their concerns directly.
But if EnergySolutions can get legislators to rewrite state laws for them and citizens are told to bring their concerns elsewhere, that should raise a red flag for all of us. Join us on Wednesday to do just that and demand that the approval process for nuclear waste dump expansions maintains oversight from elected officials accountable to the people of Utah.
Besides attending the press conference, please also:
3) Stop by our office next Monday or Tuesday at 6:00pm to help make red flags. (Our office is located at 68 S Main St on the 4th floor).
If the Divine Strake hearings have taught us anything, it’s that regulators are often immune to public comment. It is only through demanding accountability from our elected leaders that we have made any headway in stopping that test.
Please join us on Wednesday to let our legislators know we expect them to hold the interests of Utahns above those of a wealthy nuclear waste dump’s.
On a somewhat brighter note, we know we don’t have to but we want to thank all of you who attended Gov. Huntsman’s Divine Strake hearing last night. Even if the concern, outrage, pain, and heartfelt emotion expressed in the personal stories and comments last night fall on deaf ears at the federal agencies conducting this test, the evening certainly made the will to fight stronger in the 200 of us who were in attendance. Check out Channel 2 tonight at 10:00PM for a story on Utah’s Downwinders inspired by last night’s hearing.
Thanks for everything you do,
HEAL Utah, Outreach Director
68 S. Main St, Suite 400
SLC, UT 84101