By Susan Cragin
In 1989, the government, 5 nation governments and multinational firms approached Boyd County, Nebraska with what gave the look of a superb deal: In alternate for permission to construct a low-level nuclear waste unload on an deserted farm, they'd pay the county $3 million in step with 12 months for the subsequent forty years. For that a lot cash, they idea, would not this negative neighborhood comply with absolutely anything? They could not were extra wrong."Nuclear Nebraska" tells the inspiring tale of ways Boyd County's farmers fought either the nation and federal governments, and strong Bechtel overseas. From their preliminary insurrection to their hard-won victory, this strong story lines the community's transformation from a small staff of isolationist farmers to a defiant band of environmentalists. The e-book chronicles how the farmers of this then Republican county threw their weight in the back of Democrat Ben Nelson, who not on time yet couldn't cease development on the web site. The farmers then needed to teach themselves to be environmental specialists and supply the type of facts that might trump that of Bechtel's high-paid engineers. They did, and the license to construct was once denied. "Nuclear Nebraska" is a gripping account of a group that refused to relinquish its rights to a central authority its humans may perhaps now not belief.
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If it was dangerous, were the few people who lived in a sparsely populated area more disposable than the residents of Omaha? Al Dreamer, representing the Oglala Sioux tribe, Pine Ridge, South Dakota, stated that the tribal council had voted to oppose a nuclear dumpsite on or near the reservation. NEBRASKA_C02_p015-032 30 5/17/07 6:13 PM Page 30 nuclear nebraska Alliance is a town in the sparsely populated and isolated western part of the state, and there, for the first time, terror tactics were used.
The most lucid opposition came from a Ms. Hoelting,1 who objected on behalf of all of northeast Nebraska—essentially, about a sixth of the state. She noted that northeast Nebraska had had five years of above normal precipitation, resulting in historic levels of groundwater. It also had the type of soil that tended to contain “perched aquifers,” aquifers that lie near the surface on top of a confining layer of rock, such as shale. Some of them contained enough water to be used for irrigation. The soil was composed of glacial till and contained gravel outwash deposits left over as glacial layers receded.
With Spencer’s offer in hand, Naper’s board went to their next meeting with Butte’s board seeking a counteroffer, but Butte’s board had forgotten about the meeting and the school building was dark and locked. Butte’s school board never rescheduled the meeting, assuming they didn’t have to bother, that once they got their accreditation back, which they shortly did, Naper’s students would be theirs. They were wrong. In the interim, Naper called a school-district–wide vote. With nearly 90 percent of registered voters voting, 161 voted for Spencer and 101 for Butte, and Naper was allowed to consolidate with Spencer.
Nuclear Nebraska: The Remarkable Story of Little County That Couldn't Be Bought by Susan Cragin