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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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Tuesday
May142019

Letter to US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, re: Beyond Nuclear v. NRC [re: CISFs]

On May 14, 2019, Beyond Nuclear's legal counsel, Diane Curran and Mindy Goldstein, wrote a letter to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, re: Beyond Nuclear, Inc. v. NRC, No. 18-1340.

This refers to Beyond Nuclear's legal appeal against the consolidated interim storage facilities for highly radioactive commercial irradiated nuclear fuel, targeted at New Mexico and Texas. Beyond Nuclear's legal argument focuses on the violations of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, as Amended, as well as the Administrative Procedure Act, by NRC's processing of the Holtec International and Interim Storage Partners license applications.

Beyond Nuclear's legal counsel's letter rebuts a May 10, 2019 filing by the U.S. federal government, on behalf of the NRC, seeking to delay this appeal as premature.

Curran is a partner at the law firm Harmon Curran Spielberg + Eisenberg in Washington, DC. Goldstein is director of the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, GA.

Wednesday
May082019

SLOMPF: PUBLIC INTEREST ORGANIZATIONS DENIED HEARING ON WASTE DUMP IN NEW MEXICO

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace

https://mothersforpeace.org/

For Immediate Release:    May 8, 2019          

Contacts: 

Molly Johnson, Mothers for Peace, (805) 467-2431, mollypj@yahoo.com
Terry J.Lodge, Esq., (419) 205-7084, tjlodge50@yahoo.com                                                                                        

PUBLIC INTEREST ORGANIZATIONS DENIED HEARING ON WASTE DUMP IN NEW MEXICO                                   

Washington D.C. - On Tuesday, May 7, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board summarily terminated Public Intervenors' requests for an evidentiary hearing challenging Holtec International’s proposed high level nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico. 

As one of the Intervenors in this case, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace is concerned that once again the NRC is protecting the nuclear industry and not the American public.

Holtec, a vendor of dry cask storage systems, has proposed to store high level wastes from the nation’s commercial nuclear power plants in Lea County in the southeastern corner of New Mexico, a poor community of color.  High-level radioactive waste from Diablo Canyon might well be sent to this location for “interim storage.”  Holtec proposes to store well over 100,000 metric tons of this deadly material in a “temporary” facility that has not been proven to be safe and that could very well turn into a de facto spent nuclear fuel repository for hundreds of years or even forever.  

This license application to construct and operate a “consolidated interim storage facility'” for spent nuclear fuel in New Mexico is a blatant violation of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA 1982, Amended 1987).  The entire application is contingent on the Department of Energy taking title to the spent nuclear fuel. But this is forbidden under current law unless it is a Permanent Repository.  Concealed from the Public is the true intent of Holtec International – to make a profit by storing high level nuclear waste at unprotected facilities 300 years or more.  

Over 200 million U.S. Citizens living along transportation routes will be placed in peril.   These Mobile Chernobyls are fast tracked to take to the rail, roads, and waterways.

Disregard for the current NWPA law by proceeding as if it does not exist is not acceptable.  This railroad of a ruling by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel will be appealed to the NRC Commission as prescribed by the Administrative Procedures Act (APA).   Once these remedies have been exhausted appeal to federal courts is then in order.  

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace Spokesperson Molly Johnson states, The NRC again demonstrates that it has been fully captured by the industry it is charged to regulate. The NRC process is shamelessly designed to prevent the public from participating in decision-making."

Separate hearing petitions were filed by Beyond Nuclear, Sierra Club, Don't Waste Michigan et al, and Alliance for Environmental Strategies, all in behalf of the public interest.  The Don't Waste Michigan (MI) et al is a Coalition of seven groups including Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination (MI), Citizens' Environmental Coalition (NY), and San Luis Obispo Mother's for Peace (CA), Nuclear Energy Information Service (IL), Public Citizen (TX), Nuclear Issues Study Group (NM). 

The Motions and Contentions can be found at these links:  ML18257A333   ML19017A347 ML19049A023   ML19056A000

The ASLB Ruling/Memorandum and Order can be found here: https://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/main.jsp?AccessionNumber=ML19127A026

Wednesday
May082019

NRC denies hearing over Camden company nuclear storage site

Wednesday
May082019

SFNM: Federal nuclear board nixes request for hearing on New Mexico waste facility

Wednesday
May082019

ABQ Journal: Hearing denied on planned nuclear waste storage facility

As reported by the Albuquerque Journal.

Beyond Nuclear's legal counsel, Mindy Goldstein of Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory University, is quoted.