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Nuclear Information and Resource Service

July 18, 2005

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JULY 25: Senate Call-in Day! Help Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, James Cromwell, Winona LaDuke and more to oppose the energy bill and Private Fuel Storage waste dump!

On July 25, Ani DiFranco, The Indigo Girls, James Cromwell, Joan McIntosh, Winona LaDuke and Skull Valley Goshute tribal members Margene Bullcreek and Lena Knight will be spearheading a national lobby day against the energy bill and the proposed Private Fuel Storage (PFS) high-level waste dump on Goshute land in Utah. They, along with members of DC-based environmental groups, will be holding a press and congressional briefing, and then meeting with individual Senate offices throughout the day in an effort to bring out the truth about the billions of dollars of nuclear funding contained in the energy bill and about the backroom maneuvering and dealmaking—and lack of congressional oversight—that has brought the unjust PFS project close to final approval.

You can support their efforts by making July 25, 2005 a National Senate Call-in Day. We ask each one of you, even if you've called your Senators before, to call them on July 25 with two messages:

1. Vote against the energy bill when it returns to the Senate. No taxpayer funding of the nuclear power industry.

2. Urge their colleagues on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold hearings and investigate wrongdoing by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs in its approval of the PFS/Skull Valley Goshutes lease agreement.

A little background on the lease agreement: the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) approved the lease agreement between the tribe and the dump company just three days after receiving it. Public Citizen recently filed a Freedom of Information Act request to the BIA asking for all documents used in its decision. The BIA responded it had no such documents in its records, and that only its since-retired Utah director could identify any documents used to justify his approval of the dump. This appears to violate BIA's legal responsibility to serve as trustee for the Skull Valley Goshute tribe and its individual members, especially concerning a matter as fraught with danger as high-level radioactive waste transportation and storage.

Then: ask five of your friends to make similar calls, and ask them to ask five more friends. Let's flood the Senate with calls on July 25! We can stop the energy bill and PFS!

Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

Toll-Free: 1-888-355-3588 or 1-877-762-8762

For more background on the energy bill and/or PFS, visit


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