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Saturday April 17th

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The UNC Process Series will virtually present a reading of “Cascade,” a play about the climate crisis written by UNC alumnus Jim Grimsley, on April 16 and 17. Photo courtesy of Joseph Megel.

UNC Process Series presents virtual reading of play about life after climate crisis

“They’re facing the fact that they can’t stay where they are because it’s simply getting to be too hot and chaos is beginning to take over in North Carolina, so they’ve just got to get out,” playwright Jim Grimsley said. “I’m trying to write about a world in which everything that we know right now has been thrown up in the air by the fact that we didn’t pay any attention to the notion of global warming.”

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One of the buildings that was added to the site when it was repurposed as a radioactive waste decay site. Most of the radioactive waste was stored in this building. Pictured on Thursday Feb 25 2021.

Former youth prison turned radioactive waste decay site operated by UNC

The Chapel Hill Youth Development and Research Unit, now known as Chydaru, was an experimental youth prison that was later repurposed as a radioactive waste decay site. While there was never any radioactive or hazardous waste buried at the site, the facility would take short-lived radioactive waste generated at the University and store it until the waste was no longer radioactive.

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