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Thursday
Jul052018

Request for redacted information re: "cultural properties" in Holtec/ELEA CISF Environmental Report

Toledo, OH attorney Terry Lodge, legal counsel for Don't Waste Michigan in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) Holtec/Eddy-Lea [Counties] Energy Alliance license application proceeding to construct and operate a centralized interim storage facility for irradiated nuclear fuel in southeastern New Mexico, has submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the agency. It regards the redaction of a long section of the Holtec Environmental Report, on "Cultural Properties," for "security-related" reasons.

No explanation was given as to why or how "cultural properties" could have "security-related" issues that would justify such secrecy.

"Cultural properties" can refer to National Register of Historic Places under the National Historic Preservation Act. However, it can also refer to Native American archaeological sites, sacred sites, and even burial sites.

Such "cultural properties" could well be damaged or entirely destroyed (or in the case of Native American sacred or burial sites, desecrated) by the construction and operation of the Holtec/ELEA CISF.