The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance is asking members and supporters to attend the Dec. 10 Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board meeting in Knoxville and speak out against the Uranium Processing Facility.
“This meeting will be used by our senators and representatives to gauge the level of public concern about the UPF, so we are asking for as many people as possible to attend,” OREPA coordinator Ralph Hutchison said in an email message to supporters. “This is the only — maybe the last — chance we’ll have to speak publicly about the UPF for the foreseeable future.”
The all-day public meeting will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center, with the first session beginning at 8 a.m. The second session, which will focus on operations and emergency preparedness at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, begins at 2 p.m.
At Tuesday’s DNFSB hearing in Knoxville, the activist group is planning a “public vigil” on Henley Street outside the Convention Center from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance has also scheduled a potluck dinner on Sunday evening to be followed by a session to educate followers on UPF safety issues.