“Halt Holtec”: A Protest Against Nuclear Colonialism- Iona Vernon

The “Halt Holtec” project aims to highlight and protest Holtec International’s proposed Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF) through public art. Iona is working to showcase a design highlighting the geography of the proposed site and the potential environmental detriments of such a facility in an effort to incite action from community members and leaders to halt the construction of CISF. CISF is slated to “temporarily” store the nation’s nuclear waste in southeastern New Mexico. This would mean increased transport of nuclear waste across New Mexico’s public thoroughfares and exploit New Mexico as a dumping ground for nuclear energy waste, despite New Mexico not having any nuclear power generators. Iona’s research highlights the environmental racism of New Mexico’s nuclear legacy, from nuclear testing to uranium mining, which has disproportionately impacted indigenous and marginalized communities. The goal of the project is to highlight these injustices, garner public awareness, and halt the construction of CISF by creating a large piece of public art in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The design for the piece was created in collaboration with muralist and UNM alumnus Mick Burson.

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