Wednesday, July 10, 2013

U-news: Anti-uranium documentary to be screened Saturday / Concerned Citizens continue efforts on KTB

Comments from our friend KM: 
Hot Water will screen in Halifax, VA on Saturday, July 13 at 7PM at Halifax County High School. Discussion with filmmakers Lizabeth Rogers and Kevin Flint, Executive Producers Elizabeth Kucinich and Oscar® winner Donald C. Rogers follows screening.    for the movie trailer
Anti-uranium documentary to be screened Saturday

Hot Water, a new documentary exposing the long-term devastation wrought by uranium mining and the nuclear industry, follows the investigative journey of Liz Rogers, she travels around the nation examining the legacy of uranium mining, atomic testing and the creeping danger of contaminated waste in the drinking water of 38 million people.

Ms. Rogers and her production partner, Kevin Flint, examine the health and environmental impacts of the uranium industry and examine the possibility of a Fukushima type disaster along the California coastline.

Hot Water will be shown in Halifax, VA, where a moratorium on Uranium mining has been at the center of a statewide battle between activists and the uranium mining industry.

Uranium in Virginia, exploratory well drilling is already suspected of contaminating the water supply in some areas. 
Filmmakers Liz Rogers and Kevin Flint begin in South Dakota witnessing communities overwhelmed by cancer from constant exposure to uranium from local mining interests.

They speak with academic experts who pierce through the industry’s false claims of safety. They take samples showing that radioactive material is seeping toward our nation’s breadbasket. 
Rogers and Flint follow the story to Oklahoma to explain the economic model of the industry.
Private companies mine the uranium for a massive profit. Local workers and residents are made promises, but when finally forced to the admit the environmental and health impact of the mining, the companies take their profits, declare bankruptcy and saddle the American taxpayer with hundreds of billions of dollars in clean-up costs.
The story does not end in the communities where the mining takes place.
Thanks to contamination, atomic testing in Nevada and unsafe storage techniques, the drinking water of 38 million people is threatened. For years radioactive material was stored along the banks of the Colorado River.
The federal government is working to move the material, but the multibillion dollar project will take decades and no one can tell the extent of the radiation in the soil underneath the piles.  

Rogers. “I took this journey because I was pissed off. I felt like an idiot because I believed the lies. I believed we were safe. I made this film because people need to know the truth.”

Audiences will learn the undeniable truth that there is no safe level of exposure to the uranium industry.
Rogers and Flint speak with academic experts including, biologist Charmaine Whiteface; Dr. Kim Kearfott, nuclear engineer and Professor of Nuclear Engineering at University of Michigan; Dr. Hannan LaGarry, Professor of Geology at Oglala Lakota College; Dr. Jim Stone, Professor of Civil Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines; as well as former Congressman and leading environmental supporter Dennis Kucinich.
Hot Water will screen in Halifax, VA on Saturday, July 13 at 7PM at Halifax County High School. 
Discussion with filmmakers Lizabeth Rogers and Kevin Flint, Executive Producers Elizabeth Kucinich and Oscar® winner Donald C. Rogers follows screening.
Free to the public, with tax deductible donations accepted by the Hestia Gaea Foundation who are helping to fund the project.

Concerned Citizens continue efforts to stop Uranium Mining:  KTB
Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013 7:35 pm
Piedmont Residents In Defense of the Environment — PRIDE — is continuing efforts to keep its anti-uranium message before the public.

The organization has been selected to receive two grants supporting their “Keep the Ban” billboard campaign to fight uranium mining.

PRIDE, a chapter of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, launched the first “Keep the Ban” billboard campaign in the spring of 2013 and has installed two billboards in Pittsylvania County to bring awareness to the uranium issue. One is located on U.S. 29 in Tightsqueeze, the other on U.S. 58.

PRIDE President Karen Maute said the grant money will be used to subsidize the billboard campaign.

Even though the political front has been fairly quiet since bills to lift the ban died in a General Assembly committee in January, Maute said the group wants to continue its efforts.

“We wanted to make sure people were reminded this issue is still here.”
The first grant, for $1,000, was awarded by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.

In the award, the center’s executive director, Lois M. Gibbs, stated, “CHEJ commends you and your valuable work; your organization was highly recommended to receive this mini-grant.”

The Western Mining Action Network and the Indigenous Environmental Network are giving $3,000 support PRIDE’S billboard campaign.

In a news release, Maute said the awards “represent support from organizations which have worked directly with contaminated communities and environmental justice issues.

They know what we stand to lose if mining, milling and radioactive waste disposal occurs in Virginia.

They also realize we have the opportunity to prevent this from happening.”
In other uranium-related news,
We the People of Virginia, Inc. is presenting a screening of the documentary “Hot Water” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Halifax County High School auditorium in South Boston.

The movie chronicles the ongoing consequences of uranium contamination in the western United State.

Sarah Dunavant, of We the People, said, “The movie is very compelling, very graphic, and very detailed.”

She added, “This documents very well what has happened out west and would certainly happen here.”