It was a very polarizing issue in the community at that time. I remember it had locals and non-locals on both sides of the fence extremely agitated. Those of us against the nuke dump prevailed, although many in town argued for it and the jobs it promised.
Today, the argument is extraction vs. environment and wilderness.
Right now, big money and corporations seem to be winning. America’s first open pit tar sands mine, a nuclear power plant in Green River and the proliferation of fracking all present threats to our health and safety. Many people want more regulations over what large corporations can do on public lands concerning the extraction of minerals and the impact they will have on our future. Citizens should want to know what is being pumped into the ground and into the air, and how that will affect their children and grandchildren’s future.
Responsible citizens will put long-term health and environmental safety ahead of short-term profits. There are scientific reasons why the nuke dump was shut down and why we oppose the Green River nuclear reactor, tar sands and fracking.
We need to demand more of ourselves, and our elected and appointed officials, and to use our resources wisely in order to provide a better future for all.