Progress is being made in our quest to get nuclear waste off our beaches as soon as,
and as safely as possible. The San Clemente City Council seems to be interested in our goal to get the same kind of benefits being offered to places that are considering becoming a Consolidated Interim Storage (CIS) site. BUT - What we want to make clear is that we are not giving our CONSENT to leave it here. 

The Department of Energy (DOE) has adopted a policy called "Consent-Based Siting" where this kind of special treatment is the norm. Our argument is that we have become an "interim" storage facility by default and we deserve to have a say in how this is done and get the funding from the DOE to make San Onofre as safe as possible while millions of pounds of the most deadly substance known to man are stranded here. 

A court battle is set for April 14th at the Superior Court in San Diego to REVOKE THE PERMIT that the Coastal Commission approved under outrageous pressure from the industry. If they get what they want, we might be stuck with the waste here permanently. 

It became blatantly obvious that the vote had been predetermined when Edison's Public Relations department accidentally sent out a press release an hour before the Coastal Commission had actually voted, proudly declaring their permit had been approved!

Please, don't delay sending any statements you (or any groups you represent) would like to make about this situation to gary@sanclementegreen.org. I will make sure they go to  attorneys handling the case and our political representatives up and down the coast. 

Thank you!

Calls for meaningful engagement with Native Nations regarding proposed nuclear waste storage at SONGS in the ancestral homelands of the Acjachemen/Juaneno and Luiseno Peoples
Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples have been subjected to multiple and repeated acts of environmental racism and injustice since the founding of this country. All too often, Native Nations seem to be the places deemed to be "most suitable" for the worst environmental projects that our society produces. 
"...[I]t has a profound impact on tribes, because we can't pick up our tribal lands, we can't pick up our history, we can't pick up and move to another neighborhood, we can't move to another city. That's where we are from. That's our ties. That's our place. And to have it possibly contaminated is deeply troubling to our people..." Native American Commenter, Designing a Consent Based Siting Process Summary of Public Input Final Report, U.S. Department of Energy, December 29, 2016
Sacred Places Institute is an Indigenous-led environmental and cultural justice organization dedicated to building the capacity of Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples to protect sacred lands, waters and cultures. San Clemente Green will be available at the Sacred Places Institute table at the annual Gathering at PANHE event to share information and educational resources about the current and proposed nuclear waste storage at San Onofre and to help prevent the site from becoming another ecological disaster. To-date, SoCal Edison has failed to engage with the Native Nations that maintain ancestral ties to the area. These Native Nations should each be invited to appoint a representative to the Community Engagement Panel organized by SoCal Edison and state and federal agencies involved in all aspects of decision-making around temporary and permanent site storage for the nuclear waste at San Onofre. They should initiate government-to-government consultation with all Native Nations that maintain ancestral ties to the area -   Angela Mooney D'Arcy of Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples


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