Fri April 9, 2010
Allegany County residents mark 20th anniversary of nuclear dump protests
By Mark Scott
Buffalo, NY – It was 20 years ago that residents successfully rallied to stop a nuclear waste dump from being placed in rural Allegany County. Their campaign culminated on April 5th, 1990 when hundreds of protesters stopped state officials from surveying a potential site.
Kathryn Ross is with the Wellsville Daily Reporter who covered the protests. She says they were mostly non-violent, until that fateful day when some protesters riding horses were confronted by authorities.
The US Supreme Court eventually ruled against the federal law that was requiring each state to have its own nuclear dumpsite.
Residents will mark the 20th anniversary at a daylong event tomorrow at the Belfast Community Center.
Click the audio player above to hear Mark Scott's interview with Kathryn Ross now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod.