MCKINNEY CONGRATULATES EARTH CHALLENGE OF DECATUR
FOR RIDE TO STOP URANIUM MINING ON NATIVE AMERICAN
July 1, 1999
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Earth Challenge,
a Decatur based non-profit organization, and its
13-woman cycle team are bicycling 2,300 miles
from Atlanta to Yucca Mountain, the proposed site
for a national nuclear waste disposal facility.
"I want to personally thank
the women of Earth Challenge for their valiant
efforts in their 'Shifting Gears Ride for Environmental
Action' ride. Their dedication to addressing
environmental issues throughout the nation is
an inspiration. I am proud to have such
an organization within my community," says McKinney.
Earth Challenge will be stopping
in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Thursday for a press
conference to highlight the work of the Eastern
Navajo Dine Against Uranium Mining (ENDAUM).
ENDAUM is working to stop uranium mining in the
Navajo communities of Church Rock and Crownpoint,
New Mexico. Hydro Resources, Inc. (HRI)
plans to mine uranium from a groundwater aquifer
that serves as the only source of drinking water
for 15,000 Navajo residents.
"Earth Challenge is bringing
much needed attention to the plight of the Navajo
people in New Mexico. The US can not continue
its policy of exploitation towards native Americans.
HRI is blatantly disregarding the health of the
Navajo people, we need to come together to end
the marginalization of native people. I
applaud the efforts of ENDAUM, and I will make
sure their voice does not fall on deaf ears on
capital hill," says McKinney.
Earth Challenge co-directors
Susan Alzner and Leigh Lytle indicate that the
primary purpose of the organization is to improve
environmental health through individual and community
empowerment. Their goals include the elimination
of Yucca Mountain as a nuclear storage facility
and the protection of human rights for groups
"We can not turn our highways
and railways into a 'Mobile Chernobyl.'
The United States will not survive if we continue
our irresponsible environmental policies.
Sacrificing our future for profit is reprehensible.
I will fight for public policy based on common
sense, and not the bottom line," concludes Congresswoman