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Students Oppose Nuclear Dumping in Tennesee

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We in Tennessee face some unusual environmental problems. See the release below. It's been going on for a while without the public knowing much about it. Now a company also plans to bring Italian nuclear waste to Tennessee for reprocessing and possible eventual "storage?" or dumping(?) somewhere out west. We're not sure if any of it will be dumped somewhere in Tennessee, which seems to be on the way to becoming the most radioactive state in the nation.

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RELEASE 110309-01

Harvey Fischer
Chairman, Families for a Clean Tennessee


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Students at Vanderbilt University and Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. have spent two weekends braving the rain, cold temperatures and early morning hours to encourage fellow Tennesseans to sign a petition aimed at ending nuclear dumping in Tennessee.

Through a program known as Bulk Survey for Release, or BSFR, millions of pounds of nuclear waste from across the United States is permitted to be dumped in ordinary Tennessee landfills. No other state allows the commercial dumping of nuclear waste in ordinary landfills.

"More than 80 percent of Tennessee voters are concerned about the BSFR process," stated Harvey Fischer, Chairman of Families for a Clean Tennessee. "It is not a surprise that students at both of these universities are concerned about the future of Tennessee and are working to end nuclear dumping-why should they get stuck with other states' nuclear waste?" (To view the poll referenced, please click here)

Through their efforts at Vanderbilt home football games and at other public venues around Nashville, the students have collected more than 3,000 signatures representing broad opposition to the state's Bulk Survey for Release program.

Families for a Clean Tennessee is asking concerned citizens to email and call their legislators. For more information or to email your legislator directly from their Web site, visit

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