Vision – a Project of Healing
News Release: Public has opportunity to weigh in
on Nevada Test Site future
Version of this press release
For more information: in Las Vegas, call (702)
917-7541 or (702) 646-4814; in Reno, call (775)
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Las Vegas, Nev.: Continued nuclear, biological
and conventional weapons testing? Renewable energy
experiments and commercial solar power? Expanded
transport, burial and storage of radioactive waste?
all potential outcomes from a review and re-set
of activities at the federal Nevada Test Site,
now formally known
as the Nevada National Security Site.
Test Site Vision, a project of Healing Ourselves & Mother
Earth, a national organization working to make
information on the nuclear agency open to the general
public, is encouraging public participation in
the Test Site’s
Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement.
The relationship of the Test Site to residents
of Nevada, Utah and California, and Native American
communities is both complex and profound. The Test
Site has, for six decades, been the site for much
of the U.S.
testing of weapons of all sorts, but particularly
nuclear weapons in above and below-ground explosions.
testing has contaminated groundwater aquifers and
sparked environmental and health concerns. Today
of the Test Site, operated by the federal departments
of Energy and Defense, has transitioned to a broader
security mandate. Additionally, it has been identified
as a possible site for renewable energy research
commercial solar power generation. The Test Site
is nearly 1,400 square miles and just 65 miles
northwest of Las
Vegas on land that is claimed by indigenous Shoshone
In September, the federal government will hold
a series of meetings throughout the region to solicit
comment on the Test Site environmental impact statement.
Test Site Vision is a nonpartisan effort encouraging
public to speak out and voice their priorities
for the site.
“This process will play a major role in determining
the direction of Test Site development for at least
next decade,” said John Hadder, a Nevada
resident who is working with Test Site Vision to
participation. “Our families, the environment
and Nevada’s economy will be affected by
the outcome of the
environmental impact review.”
Members of the public can learn more and speak
on the Test Site at public hearings, online or
comments until December 2, 2011.
PAST PUBLIC MEETINGS FOR THE SITE-WIDE ENVIRONMENTAL
St. George, UT:
Thursday, Sept 22, 5-8 p.m.
Courtyard by Marriott, 185 South 1470 East
Tuesday, Sept 20, 5-8 p.m.
Cashman Center, 850 Las Vegas Blvd.
Tuesday, Sept 27, 5-8 p.m.
Convention Center, 301 Brougher Avenue
Wednesday, Sept 21, 5-8 p.m.
Pahrump Nugget, 681 South Hwy. 160
Pahrump Valley Times coverage: Test
site public hearing only attracts six speakers
Wednesday, Sept 28, 5-8 p.m.
Carson Nugget, 507 North Carson