Big Bend Regional
West Texas and the Nuclear Industry:
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.