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UPDATE (April 2016):
On April 7, 2016 the Radiation Monitoring Project (RMP) hosted the first Southwest workshop, focusing on Diné (Navajo) communities on the edge of the Navajo Nation in Sanders, AZ. In the 8-hour long session, we covered radiation physics, health effects of six specific isotopes unique to uranium production, how to properly monitor radioactivity, what kind of data to collect, and how to protect yourself from sources of radiation. Led by three instructors Lucas Hixson, Cindy Folkers, and Chris Shuey, we spent the day running through 3 days worth of information.
After the intensive classroom session and hands-on monitoring training using radioactive samples, we took our monitoring devices to the nearby Puerco River. In 1979, the United Nuclear Corporation uranium mill tailings spill into the Puerco caused a large-scale radioactive disaster which originated north of Churchrock, NM and continues to contaminate the local water supply today in Sanders, AZ and other communities downstream. Using the Inspector-USB radiation detector we purchased with crowd-sourced funds, participants practiced monitoring and recording data on the Puerco’s riverbed.
At the end of the training, RMP distributed five monitors to community members from throughout the Four Corners Region who will use them for several months to monitor the environment surrounding their homes and in areas of concern. We are committed to continue collaborating with these communities to develop skills in monitoring and understanding radiation in order to help defend the communities from contamination or naturally occurring sources of radiation.
We’d like to thank the people of Sanders and the Nahata Dziil Chapter staff for welcoming us, as well as the many front-line community folks for traveling to the training and spending the whole day with us. We are overwhelmed by the enthusiasm to learn and to use these new skills and monitors in the field.
Radiation Monitoring Project (RMP) is a collaborative project of Sloths Against Nuclear State (NY), Diné NO NUKES (NM) and Nuclear Energy Information Service (IL) which began in September 2014. During the past year we have raised funds to purchase 15 rad detectors and host 3 skill-share workshops on radiation in contaminated and front-line communities. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us at RadMonitoringProject@gmail.com.
Visit radmonitoring.org for more info.
To donate to the project, you can make a contribution online at: www.GoFundMe.com/radmonitoring. For tax-deductible donations, you can send contributions online at: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/NEIS (select “Radiation Monitoring Project” under Special Purpose drop-down menu or mail a check with “RMP” in the memo field to:NEIS, 3411 W Diversey Avenue #16, Chicago IL 60647.
UPDATE (February 2016):
The Radiation Monitoring Project (RMP) is moving forward! RMP has just hosted our 2nd training in Chicago in early February and the 3rd training will be in the Southwest in April. Report back of the training will be here soon.
We are introducing a brand new sticker! It’s 3 inches square & weather-resistant. You can continue to spread awareness and support the project by purchasing online HERE (etsy store). Also available are other designs, including the classic sheep sticker: “Radiation? Not In My Water!” All proceeds and donations go directly to the project.
Your contributions have made this all possible, and we thank you for this! Keep in touch, and ask others to donate to the Project, either on GoFundMe or the NEIS website (for a tax deductible contribution).
AHÉHEE’!! ありがとう!! THANK YOU!!
Radiation is invisible, odorless and tasteless but is toxic and can cause various illnesses even in low-levels. The radioactive materials are emitted from nuclear reactors, weapon laboratories, uranium mining and processing sites, and waste facilities.
Following the recent nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima, we have learned from people in Japan the consequences of a possible nuclear crisis and also how many people took the power of their own autonomy to protect themselves by monitoring radioactivity in their community.
We have no way of knowing without proper equipment.
Through crowdsourcing, we intend to raise $15,000 to buy 10 radiation detectors, distribute them throughout the contaminated and frontline communities in the US, and secure the professional training needed to learn how to detect and interpret radiation.
To make a tax deductible donation now, go to http://www.neis.org
- Click the blue “Donate Now” button on the left
- Complete the form, and be sure to select “Radiation Monitoring Project” in the “special purpose” section of the form
- All contributions are tax deductible.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!