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Illinois Senators: Reject Dangerous Plan for Cross-country Nuclear Shipments

B-52s, Indigo Girls and Midnight Oil to Illinois Senators:
Reject Dangerous Plan for Cross-country Nuclear Shipments

Band Members to Hold Press Conference with Environmental and Public Interest Leaders as Yucca Mountain Vote Nears
July 2, 2002

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT: Musicians from the popular bands Indigo Girls, Midnight Oil, and B-52s will join a broad-based coalition of environmental and public interest organizations opposing the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. At a press conference Wednesday, band members and representatives of Illinois, Nevada, and national groups will discuss the dangers of transporting nuclear waste and urge U.S. Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Peter Fitzgerald (R-Ill.) to reject the flawed plan. The Senate is expected to vote on this issue next week (Senate Joint Resolution 34).

The U.S. Department of Energy projects that 38,549 truck shipments or 7,027 giant train shipments of deadly nuclear waste would travel through Illinois en route to Yucca Mountain. Some shipments would also be floated by barge on Lake Michigan.

Indigo Girls and Midnight Oil are headline bands for the 4th of July celebrations at Taste of Chicago. B-52s are playing July 3 at Ravinia Park. Band members will be available for one-on-one interviews following the press conference.

WHEN: 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 3rd

WHERE: Allegro Hotel, Meeting Room (Please check Reading Board in lobby for Meeting Room location)
171 West Randolph Street at LaSalle Street; phone (312) 236-0123

WHO: Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, Indigo Girls
Peter Garrett and Rob Hirst, Midnight Oil
Kate Pierson and Sara Lee, B-52s
Staff member from the office of U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowski (D-Ill.)
Dave Kraft, executive director, Nuclear Energy Information Service
Barb Lippai, president, League of Women Voters of Illinois
Diane Brown, director, Illinois Public Interest Research Group
Jack Darin, director, Sierra Club Illinois Chapter
Ashley Collins, Program Associate, Illinois Citizen Action
Kalynda Tilges, Citizen Alert (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Representative of Honor the Earth
Member of Physicians for Social Responsibility - Chicago

VISUALS: Demonstrators with colorful signs will greet a full-sized model of a nuclear waste transportation cask on Randolph Street before and after the press conference. Nuclear transport B-roll available from NEIS. B-roll of Indigo Girls and Midnight Oil in concert will also be available.

CONTACTS: Susan Alzner, (cell) 203-675-9189; Dave Kraft, NEIS, 847-869-7650.

SPONSORED BY: Citizen Alert * Honor the Earth * Illinois Citizen Action * Illinois Public Interest Research Group * League of Women Voters of Illinois * Nuclear Energy Information Service * Nuclear Information and Resource Service * Physicians for Social Responsibility – Chicago * Public Citizen * Sierra Club * Women’s Action for New Directions * Women’s Legislative Lobby
 
 

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