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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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Thursday
Oct112018

radioactive waste is coming through your town

Action alert from Allison Fisher, Public Citizen's Climate and Energy Program:

Dear Friend,

You were instrumental in helping stall a proposed nuclear waste dump in Texas.

Unfortunately, the same dangerous plan by the same corporate actors is back.

Tell the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that you oppose the latest version of the corporate scheme to dump nuclear waste in Texas.

Submit a comment to the agency now.

In addition to putting Texans at risk, this plan would transport 40,000 tons of lethal waste through our major cities by rail — close to homes, schools and businesses.

If allowed to go forward, the plan also would:

  • Undermine federal efforts to develop a new, less risky approach to radioactive waste storage and disposal.
  • Remove incentives to find a permanent solution to our waste crisis — putting Texas at risk of becoming an unsafe de facto dump site for the country.
  • Saddle millions of Americans with the financial and health risks associated with transporting toxic waste.

That’s why Public Citizen and our allies are calling on the NRC to reject this bad proposal — once and for all.

Add your voice now.

We need a less risky, permanent approach to our decades-old lethal nuclear waste problem.

This is far from it.

Thank you for taking action,

Allison Fisher
Public Citizen's Climate and Energy Program

Wednesday
Oct102018

Holtec So-called “interim” Nuke Waste Dump in NM? Legal, Activist Pushback w/Attny Terry Lodge (NH #381)

Featured Interview:

Holtec, the company trying to own nuclear waste and all its attendant monies, has a ferocious opponent in Terry Lodge.  He is an Ohio trial lawyer who has represented many clients in civil rights, civil liberties, and environmental cases. An advocate for the public interest in energy policy issues who has litigated nuclear power safety and environmental issues for 40 years, Lodge has also represented opponents of nuclear weapons and mountaintop removal mining.

Be well, stay safe, get active,
Libbe 
Libbe HaLevy
Producer/Host
Tuesday
Oct092018

Holtec/ELEA CISF proponents' responses to opponents' legal interventions

NRC STAFF’S CONSOLIDATED RESPONSE TO PETITIONS TO INTERVENE AND REQUESTS FOR HEARING FILED BY: ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGIES, BEYOND NUCLEAR, INC., DON’T WASTE MICHIGAN, ET AL., NAC INTERNATIONAL INC., AND THE SIERRA CLUB;

Holtec International’s Answer Opposing Beyond Nuclear Inc. Hearing Request and Petition to Intervene on Holtec International’s HI-STORE Consolidated Interim Storage Facility Application;

Holtec International’s Answer Opposing Beyond Nuclear’s Motion for Leave to Reply to Holtec International, Interim Storage Partners LLC, and NRC Staff Responses to Beyond Nuclear’s Motion to Dismiss;

Holtec International’s Answer Opposing the 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, and Nuclear Issues Study Group Petition to Intervene and Request for an Adjudicatory Hearing on Holtec International’s HI-STORE Consolidated Interim Storage Facility Application;

Holtec International’s Answer Opposing Sierra Club’s Petition to Intervene and Request for Adjudicatory Hearing on Holtec International’s HI-STORE Consolidated Interim Storage Facility Application;

Holtec International’s Answer Opposing NAC [Nuclear Assurance Corporation] International Inc’s Petition to Intervene and Request for Hearing on Holtec International’s HI-STORE Consolidated Interim Storage Facility Application;

Holtec International’s Answer Opposing Fasken Land and Minerals, Ltd.’s and Permian Basin Land and Royalty Owners’ Motion for Leave to Reply to Holtec International and NRC Staff Responses to Motion to Dismiss;

Holtec International’s Answer Opposing Alliance [for] Environmental Strategies’ [AFES] Petition to Intervene and Request for Adjudicatory Hearing on Holtec International’s HI-STORE Consolidated Interim Storage Facility Application.

These Oct. 9 responses and answers, by NRC staff and Holtec, are in reply to CISF opponents' filings of Sept. 14th. A broad coalition legally intervened in opposition to Holtec's CISF. Holtec and NRC staff had 25 days to respond. Now oppoents to the CISF have just 7 days to respond to Holtec and NRC's filings of Oct. 9th.

Friday
Oct052018

CCNS: Halt WCS! Get Your Public Comments in by October 19th

Adapted from an action alert by CCNS (Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety in Santa Fe, NM), re: the centralized interim storage facility (CISF) for high-level radioactive waste (HLRW) targeted at Texas by Waste Control Specialists (WCS) and Interim Storage Partners (ISP):

Halt WCS! Get Your Public Comments in by October 19th

Now is the time to submit your comments to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) about the proposed Waste Control Specialists/Interim Storage Partners/Orano project to bring 40,000 metric tons of commercial high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants located across the country to a site in west Texas, five miles east of Eunice, New Mexico.  If this sounds familiar, it is.  Just three months ago public comments were due to the NRC about a similar proposal by Holtec International.  Yes, southeast New Mexico and west Texas are being targeted by the nuclear industry with two proposed facilities within forty miles of one another.  Comments are due by Friday, October 19th.  https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/13/2018-19928/interim-storage-partners-llcs-consolidated-interim-spent-fuel-storage-facility-correction

Thousands of New Mexicans have empathically stated that they do not consent to New Mexico becoming a national radioactive waste dumping ground for high-level waste.  In fact, more than 30,000 comments from people across the nation were submitted in opposition to the Holtec proposal.

Waste Control Specialists, a limited liability corporation, is asking NRC for a 40-year license to temporarily store the waste in Andrews County, Texas, with an opportunity to extend the license to 120 years.

Read the whole story and more at:

http://nuclearactive.org/

There are also sample comments you can use at Beyond Nuclear and NIRS:

See Beyond Nuclear's sample comments, and instructions for how to submit them, to help you prepare and deliver your own to NRC. And see Nuclear Information and Resource Service's action alert, where you can use their web form to submit comments to NRC. To learn more, see Beyond Nuclear's Centralized Storage web site section.

Thank you for all your works to keep HLRW out of NM and TX!

Feel free to modify our Update below for your uses to get the word out!

Wednesday
Oct032018

NIRS: Stop the WCS Nuclear Waste Dump & Decades of Massive Radioactive Shipments

See the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) action alert, posted here.

Fill in your email address, add anything you want to the web form comments all ready to go, and click submit to send them to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) before the Oct. 19th public comment deadline.

When it comes to high-level radioactive waste transportation, we all live in West Texas!