Sample comments you can use to write your own for submission to NRC in opposition to Holtec's CISF in s.e. NM

SAMPLE COMMENTS you can use to prepare your own, for expressing opposition to the Holtec International/Eddy-Lea [Counties] Energy Alliance's proposal to "park" 173,600 metric tons of irradiated nuclear fuel in southeastern New Mexico, are posted at Beyond Nuclear's website.

Instructions for how to submit your comments are are viewable by clicking here.

The easiest comment submission mechanism is email: Holtec-CISFEIS Resource <>

Please include “Docket ID NRC–2018–0052” in your comment submission, such as in the subject line of your e-comments.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has set the public comment deadline for July 30th. Please submit your comments by then. And please spread the word far and wide about this important action alert!

The scheme could result in a de facto permanent, surface storage, "parking lot" dump amidst Hispanic communities in the Texas/New Mexico borderlands. These communities are already badly polluted by toxic fossil fuel, and radioactive nuclear, industrial activities. This "nuclear sacrifice zone" environmental injustice, or radioactive racism, must be stopped!

If opened, the Holtec/ELEA centralized interim storage facility (CISF) would launch unprecedented thousands, or even tens of thousands, of highly radioactive waste shipments -- by truck, train, and/or barge, on roads, rails, and/or waterways, through most states -- over the course of several long decades.


Beyond Nuclear presses NRC to compel “autopsy” of closed reactors: Oyster Creek to close September 17, 2018 

Beyond Nuclear is pressing the call for an “autopsy” of New Jersey’s Oyster Creek nuclear power stationand other decommissioning commercial power reactors in the United States. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) public meeting in Forked River, NJ along with the operator, Exelon Generation, to lay out their decommissioning options that the Exelon is considering following the September 2018 permanently closure of the nation’s oldest nuclear power station. The 49-year old GE Mark I boiling water reactor on Barnegat Bay, is the first and oldest Fukushima-style reactor in the world. Exelon has previously said it could seek to mothball Oyster Creek for up to 50 years before beginning a ten-year dismantlement and decommissioning operation. While shutting down its oldest GE reactor, Exelon has applied to NRC for a second license renewal (60 to 80-year extension) of two of its other GE Mark I reactors at Peach Bottom units 2 and 3 in Pennsylvania. A post-shutdown autopsy to harvest aged material samples from Oyster Creek for scientifically analyze is necessary to assess the material damage on safety margins in aging nuclear power plants seeking dramatic license extensions. More on nuclear autopsies… 



Ohio nuclear plants get stricter scrutiny after safety system problems

As reported by Kathiann M. Kowalski in Midwest Energy News. Beyond Nuclear's radioactive waste specialist, Kevin Kamps, is quoted in the article.

Working with local grassroots allies, such as Toledo attorney Terry Lodge, and Don't Waste Michigan's Michael Keegan -- both several decades long watch-dogs on Davis-Besse -- Beyond Nuclear challenged the 2017-2037 license extension. NRC rubber-stamped it nonetheless.

A major issue cited was Davis-Besse's severe and ever-worsening concrete containment Shield Building cracking.

See Beyond Nuclear's backgrounders, re: Davis-Besse's many close calls with catastrophe, as well as re: its Shield Building cracking.


Trinity downwinders seek recognition and compensation

Today, July 16, also marks the anniversary of the 1945 Trinity atomic test. Shockingly, those downwind in New Mexico, the same state in which the bomb was detonated, have never been recognized as affected and never compensated. Beyond Nuclear went with a delegation to Capitol Hill when they finally got their Senate hearing.

Read our story on Beyond Nuclear International. 

"When Barbara Kent was twelve years old she went away to dance camp. It was July 1945. A dozen young girls were enjoying a summer retreat, sleeping together in a cabin, and sharing their love of dance. On July 16 they danced with something deadly.

After being jolted unexpectedly out of bed, they went outside pre-dawn when it should have been dark, to find it bright as day with a strange white ash falling like snowflakes. “Winter in July,” Kent, now 86 years old, has called it.

The girls rubbed the “snowflakes” on their bodies and caught them with their tongues. Before they all turned 40, 10 of the 12 girls had died.

No one had warned the girls, or their teacher, or anyone in the community, that the US government had just exploded the first atomic bomb a little more than 50 miles away at the Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range in New Mexico, now known as the Trinity Test Site. The “snowflakes” were deadly radioactive fallout and just the beginning of an endless — and likely permanent — cycle of disease, death and deprivation.

“While it was not the end of the world, it was the beginning of the end for so many people,” said Tina Cordova, co-founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, an organization that “seeks justice for the unknowing, unwilling and uncompensated participants of the July 16, 1945 Trinity test in southern New Mexico.”

Read the full story here.


The forgotten 90 million gallon nuclear tragedy

Today, July 16, marks the anniversary of the biggest "accidental" release of radioactive waste in US history.

On July 16, 1979,  the worst accidental release of radioactive waste in U.S. history happened at the Church Rock uranium mine and mill site. While the Three Mile Island accident (that same year) is well known, the enormous radioactive spill in New Mexico has been kept quiet. It is the U.S. nuclear accident that almost no one knows about.

Just 14 weeks after the Three Mile Island reactor accident, and 34 years to the day after the Trinity atomic test, the small community of Church Rock, New Mexico became the scene of another nuclear tragedy.

Ninety million gallons of liquid radioactive waste, and eleven hundred tons of solid mill wastes, burst through a broken dam wall at the Church Rock uranium mill facility, creating a flood of deadly effluents that permanently contaminated the Puerco River.

Read the full story on Beyond Nuclear International.