Request for redacted information re: "cultural properties" in Holtec/ELEA CISF Environmental Report
July 5, 2018

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.

Update on July 11, 2018 by Registered Commenteradmin

In a letter to attorney Terry Lodge of Toledo, OH, NRC acknowledged receipt of his FOIA request, but rejected his request that the agency response be expedited.

Article originally appeared on Beyond Nuclear (
See website for complete article licensing information.