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Blue Ribbon Task Force to address uranium pollution
September 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join your neighbors for an update on efforts to form a citizen Blue Ribbon Task Force to address uranium pollution.
Thursday, Sept. 21
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Gallup Community Service Center
410 Bataan Veterans St., Gallup NM 87301
As you are likely aware, many local residents and community organizations have been grappling with legacy uranium mining waste for decades and have been working toward addressing the health and environmental impacts of this dangerous waste, such as pushing for clean up and health studies. Communities in McKinley County that are directly impacted by uranium legacy waste have told us that they do not support new proposals to restart uranium mining that will impact their families.
After four years of organizing, McKinley County communities living with uranium pollution have asked the county commission to develop a local ordinance that would help put stronger protections in place to keep our families safe from mining pollution. Despite the commission passing an evasive resolution in its place, they verbally committed to forming a task force to create space for the communities that are directly impacted to share with the commission and determine solutions. Unfortunately, they have since wavered on that commitment — which means we need to come together as a community to remind our decision-makers why addressing uranium pollution is critical in McKinley County.
Please join us next Thursday night to learn more about where this process is and how you can get involved. Featured speakers will include Doug Meiklejohn with NM Environmental Law Center (NMELC), Anna Rondon with NM Social Justice and Equity Institute (NMSJEI), Rita and Mitchell Capitan with Eastern Navajo Against Uranium Mining (ENDAUM) and community advocate Janene Yazzie.
When: Thursday, September 21 – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Gallup Community Service Center, 410 Bataan Veterans St., Gallup, NM 87301
The legacy of uranium mining and processing has long lasting impacts on our friends and family. Now is the time for us to come together and take a stand. Join us on Thursday to see how you can help.