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Big Bend Regional
Sierra Club

West Texas and the Nuclear Industry:
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Erin Rogers of the Lone Star Chapter made a presentation on West Texas' role in helping to thwart the nuclear industry's expansion plans and the ever-intensifying threats still facing the region.

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While BBRSC members and other area residents have worked hard to block a waste dump in West Texas, we have rarely placed our action in the complex and broader issues of nuclear energy and alternatives. Rogers helps expand our understanding. Her presentation includes a national overview-specifically focusing on the Bush/Cheney Energy bill that encourages 50 new nuclear power plants to be built in the United States in the next 20 years. The waste from these new plants and existing waste at the currently operating reactors along with a decreasing number of dumpsites creates a pressurized bottleneck at the waste end. The slide presentation explains how West Texas fits into the national picture, what the most immediate threats are to the region, and how people can get involved in upcoming Sierra Club activities to not only stop future attempts to build private radioactive waste dumps in West Texas and also advocate for clean energy sources such as wind power.

Erin Rogers is the Grassroots Outreach Coordinator for the Lone Star Sierra Club. She has spent nearly 10 years working on nuclear issues, first with the women's organization-Foundation for a Compassionate Society, then as the executive director of the Sierra Blanca Legal Defense Fund, next as a legislative aid and for the last two years as the grassroots organizer for the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club. Except for the session when she was a legislative aid, she has been active as a lobbyist for the various organizations she worked for. During the 2001 session, her particular responsibilities for the Lone Star Chapter were working on the Sunset legislation redefining the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and the low-level radioactive legislation. Of course, Erin has been involved in other Sierra Club activities too, including water issues.
Erin's slide presentation.

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