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‘Dump Busters’ Reunion Kicks Off County Historical Exhibit On The Radioactive Waste Dump Fight (Audio)

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Saturday afternoon (September 24) at the Cortland County Historical society on Homer Ave. ‘Dump Busters’ gathered for the first time since their fight against a radioactive dump site here in Cortland County.


All arranged by the Historical society to help open up their newest exhibit called ‘Nuclear Waste Dump Fight.’ The exhibit showcases that fight and highlights those involved.

According to the Historical society, between 1989 to 1995, the community of Cortland County rallied together in a way not seen before or since in an effort to save their home and families from the threat of a radioactive waste dump in their backyard.

Grassroots coalitions were formed as residents of the listed towns joined with their neighbors to fight the state commission.

Sophie Clough, the Collections and Research Assistant with the historical society on some of the items included.

I think what really makes the event unique and interesting is the creative methods that the citizens had for advocating to legislatures and to the press and to the governor. (Mario Cuomo) They had to get really creative and one of those ways was with costumes, some pretty outrageous costumes.

And some more costumes used in the fight along with more photographs, video footage are all included.

This exhibit is open now through March 2023 at the Cortland County Historical Society on Homer Ave.

Listen to our full interview with Sophie Clough on what else is happening at the historical society, including the new hands on children’s room.

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(Photo from CCHS Facebook Page)

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