Poecology

Issue 3

 

 
 

Lissa Kiernan

 

Disposal

 
 

Last Tuesday, a container of 40,000 pounds of
low-level irradiated material
from Yankee Rowe nuclear power plant slipped
off a truck bed spilling the contents
across a road in Rowe.
 
In addition to
materials containing low-levels of radiation,
trucks carried paints made of PCBs,
and materials with asbestos.
 
 
Inadequate chains are blamed.
Yankee Rowe plans to abandon
containers that require
being chained to
truck beds.
 
 
They will now be
secured with special locking pins.
 
A total of 2,500 shipments are expected.
 
Approximately 600
completed.
 
 
Towns are not notified about
the truck routes.
 
 

A highly radioactive reactor minus its fuel rods
made its way
from Massachusetts by rail
across North Carolina
for burial in South Carolina.
 
Releases from
Yankee Rowe’s plant and
emissions of tritium
are attributed to an increase
of disease in the Valley.
 
Accompanied by
their children, protestors dressed in
protection masks drove
mock radioactive
waste casks
around the building.
 
Death’s garbage can, one protestor called it.
 
 
The floodgates of waste are opening.
 
1 in 10,000 will die from radioactive exposure
during nuclear waste transportation.
 
This is the number of
deaths from such shipments
allowed by the NRC.
 

 
 
 
“Disposal” juxtaposes text from “Nuke Trainspotting Warns of Drive-by Dosing” (Michael Steinberg, The Prism, March 2004), with “Yankee Rowe waste materials are traveling over Vermont roads” (Carolyn Lorie, Brattleboro Reformer, March 2004).