|Lori Goodman of Diné CARE, lifelong environmental|
activist, of Citizens saUnited Against Ruining
Our Environment, and the Navajo Nation.
Photo: Craig Barrett
: In PFA Weekend News Anchor Anthony Fest
KPFA/Ann Garrison: Lori, how have the Navajo people reacted to the Japanese nuclear power catastrophe?
|The Navajo Reservation is 26,000 square miles, in|
Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. With a quarter
million people, it is the largest native nation in
KPFA: What is the stage of your renewable energy proposal. A lot of intellectual infrastructure but no capital source---is that still the case?
Lori Goodman: Ah, yes, it is. We really need the California ratepayers to go back and say "OK, we will buy energy from the Navajo Nation, from renewable energy sources."
KPFA: And are the mining corporations and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission still pressuring you, trying to ignore or override the historic uranium mining ban?
Lori Goodman: Yes, the day after it was signed, they all went into action to try and lift the ban, or sidestep. That's going on.
Lori Goodman: Church Rock now is a Superfund site, but we have three other Superfund sites on the Navajo Nation from uranium mining. And there's also a need to have 20 or 30 more other Superfund sites, but unfortunately the Superfund has not been reauthorized, so there are no funds there, so people are dying and getting polluted daily.
KPFA: Lori, you're also on the Board of the Peace Development Fund. Would you like to say anything about the connection between nuclear power, weapons, and war?
Lori Goodman: Well, I think the Peace Development Fund sees that as one and the same. There's no such thing as peaceful nuclear energy. It's all destructive, as we see that being played out right now in Japan. And I do want to say that Peace Development Fund has set up donations for the communities that live next to the nuclear power plants in Japan, because we understand those people that live next to these plants are also environmental justice communities. So Peace Development Fund wants to ensure that those people get help because most of the time they're overlooked, just as we saw in Katrina.
KPFA: Lori, thank you. It's an honor to speak to you for KPFA.
Lori Goodman: Thank you for having me.
KPFA: Goodman also said that if California stopped using nuclear power, they would hugely reduce the pressure to overturn the Navajo uranium mining ban, the only native claim to resource sovereignty of its kind.
For Pacifica, KPFA Radio, I'm Ann Garrison.
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