Environment News Service


JACKSON, Wyoming, January 21, 2000 (ENS) - Environmentalists protesting the proposed construction of a nuclear and hazardous waste incinerator near Yellowstone National Park will be out in force at a public comment meeting next Tuesday. Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free, a Wyoming nonprofit organization, opposes the construction of the incinerator by the Idaho National Environmental and Engineering Laboratory (INEEL) in southeastern Idaho. The proposed incinerator would be less than 100 miles and directly upwind from Jackson Hole and the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, the largest contiguous ecosystem in the lower 48 states. The environmental group says the proposed site could be dangerous or even lethal, to residents of Jackson Hole and Yellowstone wildlife. Tuesday’s meeting in Jackson will address the final permit for the nuclear and hazardous waste incinerator. "This is our first, and perhaps final, chance to raise questions and voice our concerns about living downwind from a plutonium incinerator," the group says.

The meeting will take place at the Jackson Hole Middle School starting at 7 pm. For more information, Phone: 307-732-2040 or visit: http://www.yellowstonenuclearfree.com. Written comments can be mailed to: Brian Monson, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, 1410 North Hilton, Boise, Idaho, 83706-1255. The deadline for written comments is February 7.

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