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Protest planned for transportation of radioactive materials on Peace Bridge


BUFFALO -- A protest over shipments of highly radioactive liquid nuclear waste over the Peace Bridge is planned for 2 p.m. Friday at Front Park. Further protests are planned for subsequent Fridays, as well.

According to Canadian nuclear expert Dr. Gordon Edwards, 6,100 gal. of highly radioactive liquid waste are being transported over the Peace Bridge from Ontario to a processing plant in South Carolina.  100 to 150 truckloads will be shipped over the next  four years — an average of 1 very 2 weeks. The first shipment was completed in April.

Protest organizers say the environmental risks are huge: "One quart of this highly radioactive liquid is enough to destroy the water supply of any North American city."

"If the processing of nuclear waste had been carried out on-site in Canada, as originally planned, environmental damage arising from spillage could have been reduced immensely," according to a press release from the organizers. "There's no need to transport these awful materials through hundreds of communities (both Canadian and American).  We should not endanger the Great Lakes and other sources of drinking water in NY, PA, OH, VA, NC, and SC."

Participants are asked to bring signs.

The protests are being sponsored by Environmental Justice Task Force of the WNY Peace Center, Inc., WNY Drilling Defense, Sierra Club-Niagara Group and Action Buffalo