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HOME has been a nonprofit public education and research group since 2000, incorporating in January 2006. Our board is composed of people with decades of experience in hazardous materials waste management, technology and transportation, geology, toxic impacts on health, computer modeling, and advanced chemistry. Members have direct experience living in radioactively contaminated communities and coping with radiation-induced illness and learning disorders. They have collectively dedicated many years to leadership in policy analysis, public education, environmental justice and nuclear issues, at a national, state and community level. They have served a range of nonprofit organizations as professional staff, board members and volunteers.
HOME is concerned that our exposure to radiation is cumulative, but the approach to information about nuclear issues is usually piecemeal. Dispite the legacies of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima and many other lesser known accidents and disasters, more nations continue to strive toward nuclear reactors and weapons systems.
The U.S. nucear weapons radioactive legacy has now caused the Department of Energy to undertake the largest environmental 'cleanup' project in human history, which will involve a lot of transportation, potentially exposing even more people. Storage for high level waste from reactors still has no long-term solution. Coal burning plants, increasing in China and elsewhere, spew up to 17 times more radiation into the air than reactors. Medical diagnostic procedures and treatments, heightened airport security, and increased airplane flights expose us to more and more radiation routinely.
HOME formed as an organization to offer a comprehensive approach to nuclear issues. Our goal is to make radiation and health information accessible to all, especially the rural communities most impacted. We want to empower every person to feel comfortable discussing nuclear issues, to speak out and ask questions about the health effects of the Nuclear Age, with their physicians, their communities, and nuclear policy makers. Read on, and together, we can begin to break the cycle of our own nuclear denial.
Jennifer Viereck and Molly Johnson at Ward Valley
Annual Spring Gathering in February, 2010.
John Hadder and Jennifer Viereck process water samples for the Yucca Mt. Radiological Baseline Water Study.
Darlene Graham harvesting medicinal herbs.
Judy Treichel discusses federal nuclear waste policy with an interested group.