Fri April 12, 2013
New Mexico Debating Whether To Accept Washington's Nuclear Waste
Fronteras: For several decades mules have delivered mail to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, but now the company that runs the mule train plans to stop the package service. Plans to ship nuclear waste from leaky tanks in the state of Washington to New Mexico are stirring up an old debate about the storage of toxic waste. Also, filmmaker Rodrigo Gudiño tells us about his latest work, which is fueled by his earliest memories of being horrified by religious images.
For decades, Arizona's business community has been hoping for the port of Guaymas in Mexico to expand, since it is the landlocked state's connection to the global supply chain. Now those plans are finally advancing. Fronteras Desk reporter Jude Joffe-Block is traveling with a trade mission from Phoenix to Mexico City, and sent this report.
Northern Arizona tribes are following news of a Paris auction house that wants to put 70 artifacts sacred to the Hopi people up for sale. A hearing on Thursday, April 11 will determine the legality of the sale. Hopi leaders say the objects belong on the reservation. Laurel Morales reports from Flagstaff.
It’s a long way from the rim of the Grand Canyon down to the bottom where the Colorado River flows. For decades mules have delivered mail and care packages to the boatmen and backpackers at Phantom Ranch, a small outpost on the floor of the canyon. But now the company that runs the mule train says it’s too much of a burden. The last day for package delivery will be April 15. From the Changing America Desk in Flagstaff, Laurel Morales reports.
The U.S. Department of Energy says its wants to send 3-million-gallons of radioactive tank waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to a storage site in New Mexico. That’s three -million gallons out of a total of 56-million gallons of some of the most toxic stuff on earth. We have two stories on this issue. The first one, from Anna King of the Northwest News Network in Richland Washington.
The Department of Energy recently announced a plan to help resolve a problem with leaky storage tanks holding nuclear waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state. Their solution: remove the product after a stabilization process to the WIPP facility in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
But as Elaine Baumgartel reports for the Fronteras Desk, WIPP, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico, has been prohibited from receiving Hanford tank waste for nearly a decade.
Border Life Inspires Filmmaker’s Religious Horror Film
Filmmaker Rodrigo Gudiño was born in San Diego, grew up in Tijuana, and now lives in Canada where he publishes a cult favorite horror magazine called Rue Morgue. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando says his new film reflects the influence of both borders.