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Centralized Storage

With the scientifically unsound proposed Yucca Mountain radioactive waste dump now canceled, the danger of "interim" storage threatens. This means that radioactive waste could be "temporarily" parked in open air lots, vulnerable to accident and attack, while a new repository site is sought.

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Monday
Dec102018

NRC Answer to Sierra Club and Don't Waste MI, et al. Petitions in WCS/ISP CISF license proceeding

NRC STAFF’S CONSOLIDATED RESPONSE TO PETITIONS TO INTERVENE AND REQUESTS FOR HEARING FILED BY: SIERRA CLUB; DON’T WASTE MICHIGAN, CITIZENS’ ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION, CITIZENS FOR ALTERNATIVES TO CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION, NUCLEAR ENERGY INFORMATION SERVICE, PUBLIC CITIZEN, INC., SAN LUIS OBISPO MOTHERS FOR PEACE, SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COALITION AND LEONA MORGAN.

This is re: the INTERIM STORAGE PARTNERS/WASTE CONTROL SPECIALISTS (ISP/WCS) Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF), targeted at Andrews County, West Texas.

Sierra Club and Don't Waste MI, et al., have till Dec. 17th to respond.

Wally Taylor serves as legal counsel for Sierra Club. Terry Lodge serves as legal counsel for Don't Waste MI, et al.

Sierra Club and Don't Waste MI, et al., intervened against the WCS/ISP CISF on Nov. 13th. Beyond Nuclear had intervened in early October.

Thursday
Nov292018

Expert witness declaration by Robert Alvarez in the WCS/ISP CISF proceeding

Robert Alvarez, Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University, and former senior policy adviser to the Secretary of Energy and deputy assistant secretary for national security and the environment at the U.S. Department of Energy from 1993 to 1999, prepared an expert witness declaration on behalf of a seven-group grassroots environmental coalition opposing the Waste Control Specialists/Interim Storage Partners centralized interim storage facility for 40,000 metric tons of commercial irradiated nuclear fuel targeted at Andrews County, Texas. The expert witness declaration is entitled "Comments on the Application for a License for a Consolidated Interim Spent Fuel Storage Facility by Waste Control Specialists LLC (Docket No. 72-1050)," which includes the following subject matter: Failure to Accurately Address Life-Cycle Costs; High Burnup Spent Nuclear Fuel; and Repackaging for Disposal.

Terry Lodge, Toledo-based counsel for the environmental coalition, filed this expert witness declaration on Nov. 13, 2018, as part of the overall legal intervention.

Thursday
Nov292018

Expert witness declarations by James David Ballard, Ph.D., re: CISF transport and away from reactor storage risks

Wednesday
Nov282018

FASKEN AND PBLRO’S REPLY TO ISP’s OPPOSITION TO HEARING REQUEST AND PETITION TO INTERVENE

Fasken Lands and Minerals, Ltd., and Permian Basin Land and Royalty Owners, filed a REPLY, in their ongoing opposition to Waste Control Specialists/Interim Storage Partners in Andrews County, TX. Robert Eye of Lawrence, Kansas serves as legal counsel for Fasken and PBLRO.

Fasken, an oil and natural gas extraction company, and PBLRO, oppose the Holtec International/Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance in southeastern NM as well.

The centralized interim storage facility (CISF) in TX would hold 40,000 metric tons of commercial irradiated nuclear fuel; the CISF in NM would hold 173,600 metric tons of commercial irradiated nuclear fuel.

Wednesday
Nov282018

Holtec/ELEA CISF oral argument pre-hearings to be held in Albuquerque, Jan. 23-24

The three-administrative law judge Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel (ASLBP) appointed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in the Holtec International/Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance irradiated nuclear fuel centralized interim storage facility (CISF) license application proceeding has ordered that oral argument pre-hearings will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, beginning on Wed., Jan. 23, and continuing on Thurs., Jan. 24 if needed. The pre-hearings are open to the public, so please spread the word to anyone you know in northern New Mexico -- attendance by concerned citizens in support of our opposition to this CISF would be very valuable!

The pre-hearings will address "standing and contention admissibility." A broad coalition has filed legal interventions: Beyond Nuclear (represented by legal counsel Diane Curran and Mindy Goldstein); Sierra Club (represented by legal counsel Wally Taylor); Aliance for Environmental Strategies (represented by legal counsel Nancy Simmons); and a seven-group environmental coalition, spanning coast to coast (represented by legal counsel Terry Lodge).