Attention was drawn to the problem-plagued plutonium fuel (MOX) program at the Savannah River Site (SRS) during an evening concert by musicians Crosby, Still and Nash on July 14 in north Atlanta.
|Information about the troubled plutonium fuel (MOX) program at the Savannah River Site (SRS) was featured at an Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) table at a Crosby, Stills and Nash concert in Atlanta on July 14. Concerned Atlanta citizens stopped by to learn more and express support for ANA's educational effort about MOX and SRS.|
The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) prepared an informative MOX display for a table at the concert in order to educate the public about the cost, technical and scheduling problems facing the MOX program at SRS, located near Aiken, South Carolina.
Crosby, Stills and Nash performed at the Encore ParK amphitheater located in Alpharetta, Georgia, just north of Atlanta. The amphitheater is the summer home of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and is billed as one of the top such facilities in the U.S.ANA was invited by the Guacamole Fund to have a table at the venue. The Guacamole Fund sells special tickets to the performances of various rock and roll musicians in order to help fund such public interest groups as
ANA which focus on nuclear power, nuclear waste and Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear programs.
"We are forever grateful to the Guacamole Fund and such musicians as Crosby, Stills and Nash, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, who are supportive of our work," said Tom Clements of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. "Though DOE refuses to reveal the budget-busting price tag of the wasteful MOX program, we estimate at least $17.5 billion is yet to be spent, which will add to the national debt. Disposal of surplus weapons plutonium as waste, would be cheaper, quicker and pose fewer proliferation risks and should be vigorously pursued along with cancellation of the MOX program," said Clements.
ANA is also set to participate in two upcoming concerts to be held by Bonnie Raitt in Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 27, with the Randall Bramlett Band, and in Savannah, Georgia on October 13, with special guest Sarah Siskind. See Bonnie Raitt concert listings here.
In Savannah, ANA's table will again focus on the MOX program at the Savannah River Site, which is located about 100 miles up the Savannah River form the port city of Savannah. As Savannah and nearby Jasper County and Hilton Head, South Carolina take drinking water from the river, there is concern about contamination from SRS leaking or being discharged into the river.