Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free is one of 39 environmental and peace organizations that won a landmark lawsuit against the U.S Department of Energy for failure to follow-through on adequate environmental cleanup during its 50+ years of nuclear weapons research, testing, and production. Part of this settlement was the establishment of the MTA Fund (Citizens’ Monitoring and Technical Assessment Fund), which provided $6.25 million for tribes and non-profit organizations to assess and conduct independent technical and scientific studies regarding the multitude of technical, ecological, and health issues surrounding the nation’s nuclear weapons complex.
Clark University was chosen by the non-profit peace and environmental groups as the conservator of these reports to ensure they remain available to the public in perpetuity. The unconventional election of university as conservator is an innovative example, particularly within the era of Web 1.0, of higher education as protector and provider of information through wide dissemination.
The research and reports available in this series were conducted by Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free with their allocated portion of the MTA fund.
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Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free and Pinnacle Research
The mission of Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free (KYNF) is to elevate public awareness of the threat of hazardous and nuclear contamination from incineration and other air emission sources at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL).
KYNF was originally formed to stop the construction of a radioactive and hazardous waste incinerator by INEEL in southeastern Idaho, which was proposed directly upwind from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. With successful completion of this charge, KYNF continues to monitor activities at INEEL and investigate what is currently being released into the air by the facility.
The Community Health Survey is one component of an investigation by KYNF into how activities at INEEL may be influencing the health and environment of communities in close proximity to and downwind of the facility.
This research was completed money allocated during Round 3 of the Citizens’ Monitoring and Technical Assessment Fund (MTA Fund). Clark University was named conservator of these works.
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