Friday, February 29, 2008
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jace Radke
City Of Las Vegas Honored For Public Outreach Efforts In Opposition To Yucca Mountain Project
Two Bronze Quill Awards Given To City
The city of Las Vegas won two Bronze Quill Awards for its Yucca Mountain public outreach activities from the International Association of Business Communicators.
The Bronze Quill is the association’s top award, and was given to the city for public outreach work related to the Speak Up on Yucca Mountain information campaign designed to generate public interest and input on documents developed by the Department of Energy. These documents were the subject of a December 2007 public hearing where Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and other city representatives expressed their formal opposition to the Yucca Mountain Project.
A second Bronze Quill was awarded to Mayor Goodman for his opinion article, “Nuke Dump Is Dead?” published in the April 15, 2007 edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The article was well received by the judges who wrote, “Very well written and persuasive. Outlines key arguments well.”
In all, there were 100 entries in 28 business communication and public information categories. Clark County won the Best of Show award for its video, Indian Perspectives on Yucca Mountain, which details how this project would impact the Las Vegas Paiutes and the Moapa Band of Paiutes.
“We’re pleased that the city’s public outreach efforts were recognized, but more importantly this campaign helped get the word out about Yucca Mountain,” said Mayor Oscar B. Goodman. “We have an obligation to keep our residents informed about this project and the city’s continued opposition to it.”
The city of Las Vegas has adopted a formal resolution opposing the Yucca Mountain Project, the Department of Energy’s proposal to store at least 70,000 metric tons of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel at a site 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
Aztec Communications worked with the city of Las Vegas to formulate a message on Yucca Mountain, and played a role in the city winning both awards.