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Thursday, September 07, 2006


By Peter Knudson
Utah Senate Majority Leader

The more I think about it the happier I feel.

I am thrilled by the breaking news that the BLM and the Bureau of Indian affairs have denied PFS permission to transport and store nuclear poison within the borders of our state. This anxious chapter in our history, apparently, is almost over. Generations to come will be held harmless from a poisonous burden, that we did not create and should not have to bear.

This has been a long road. It has used up too much of our time and treasure.

Thank you to every citizen who cared enough to take pen in hand and write to the licensing agencies at any stage of this misbegotten project.

Thank you to Utah Policy Daily and the bloggers who rallied in opposition: Representative Steve Urquhart, my colleague and Senate Minority Leader, Mike Dmitrich, SLCSpin (and here), Obiter Dicta, Part of the Plan, Utahania, Utah Planners’ Corner, Reach Upward, Jen’s Green Journal, Gary Thornock, Bob Aagard, and so many others.

I appreciate the Utah Senate who recognized a serious threat for what it was and passed the resolution opposing transport and storage of spent nuclear fuel.

I am grateful for the powerful efforts of our congressional delegation and Utah's executive branch under the past three administrations. I am grateful for other officials at the state and federal level who worked so hard to protect our state, our people, and our land. A very sincere and special thanks to the unsung heroes of the Attorney General's office who have fought this so valiantly for so long. We owe you a debt of gratitude we will never be able to repay.

Thank you to all Utah citizens who aided this resistance in so many ways.

We’ve been around the political track long enough to know that nothing is dead until it’s really dead. We will all be watching for the next move, and we’ll be ready.

I can’t quite express how grateful I am at this latest turn of events. Truly, we have been blessed and protected. I agree with Senator Hatch, as he was quoted in the Salt Lake Tribune: "It couldn’t have happened to nicer people."


Blogger The Senate Site said...

We also need to give credit to the important players on the Goshute Reservation (thanks to Jen's Green Journal for the reminder):

"... most importantly, many thanks should be given to those members of the Skull Valley Band of Goshutes, including Margene Bullcreek and Sammy Blackbear, who are a lesson to us all. Despite living in very difficult economic conditions, those members of the tribe fighting the PFS proposal have had the moral fortitude, courage, and passion to fight for the integrity of their land and the health of their people, rather than selling it to the highest bidder."

9/08/2006 9:20 AM  

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