Our mission is to protect the citizens, environment, and wildlife of the greater Yellowstone and Grand Teton ecosystems and the Jackson Hole valley from radioactive and hazardous emissions from the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory (INL), and to elevate public awareness to the threat posed by toxic and hazardous facilities operating at INL.
We will achieve this mission by:
• Pursuing legal action against INL facilities which operate in violation of the Clean Air Act, EPA regulations, and other federal and state laws.
• Disseminating information through the media, public meetings, the medical community, local businesses, and other broad-based community organizations.
• Encouraging every person who lives in or visits this region to become aware of the issues of nuclear and hazardous contamination.
Board of Directors
Gerry Spence - friend, warrior, advisor.
Birth of KYNF
Keep Yellowstone Nuclear Free was originally formed in the summer of 1999 to stop the construction of a plutonium and hazardous waste incinerator by the U.S. Department of Energy at its Idaho National Environmental and Engineering Laboratory (INEEL) in southeastern Idaho. This proposed incinerator was to be less than 100 miles and directly upwind from Jackson Hole and the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, the largest contiguous ecosystem in the lower 48 states. In the spring of 2000, the DOE settled a lawsuit brought against them by KYNF and a coalition of other environmental groups, which stopped the imminent construction of the plutonium incinerator, and established a Blue Ribbon Panel to further study alternatives to incineration.
KYNF proposed there are numerous, safer alternatives to incineration. After a year of investigation, and following the results of the Blue Ribbon Panel, it became apparent that numerous alternatives to incineration do exist. In order to implement these alternatives, the DOE needs to fund the research for applying these alternatives to the types of waste that exist at INEEL. Currently, KYNF is continuing to pressure the DOE to remain true to their commitment to implement more responsible alternatives to incineration. At the same time, we are also investigating what is currently being released into our air by other toxic and hazardous facilities at INEEL.
The following image describes the relative location of INEEL to Yellowstone and Jackson Hole.
Prevailing westerly winds threaten to carry airborne incinerator particles from the INEEL facility across the Idaho/Wyoming border and into Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
Plutonium Incinerator Fact Sheet and Chronology