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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
Nov262018

Environmental coalition files motion to disquality ASLB panel in WCS/ISP CISF proceeding

Sierra Club (represented by legal counsel Wally Taylor), and a seven-group environmental coalition (represented by legal counsel Terry Lodge), have filed a "Motion...for Disqualification of Atomic Safety and Licensing Board" in the Waste Control Specialists/Interim Storage Partners license application proceeding.

If approved by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, WCS/ISP would transport to, and store at, the western Texas centralized interim storage facility (CISF) on the New Mexico border, 40,000 metric tons of commercial irradiated nuclear fuel. That is just under half what exists in the U.S. today.

Beyond Nuclear has also legally intervened against the WCS/ISP, TX CISF.

Monday
Nov192018

Belen, NM passes resolution against CISFs

The city of Belen, New Mexico is the latest to pass a resolution opposing the two irradiated nuclear fuel centralized interim storage facilities (CISFs) targeted at its region of the country, namely the Holtec International/Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance in southeastern New Mexico, and the Waste Control Specialists/Interim Storage Partners in western Texas. (See more about other resolutions passed elsewhere in NM and TX, and what you canc do to pass a resolution where you live!)

The Valencia County, NM News-Bulletin has reported on this story.

Together, the two CISFs propose to store 173,600 metric tons, and 40,000 metric tons, of irradiated nuclear fuel, respectively.

Altogether, that's 213,600 Metric Tons of commercial irradiated nuclear fuel. That's 3.4 times the amount of commercial irradiated nuclear fuel (63,000 metric tons) targeted for burial at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

Belen's resolution includes its concerns about the high risks of transport of high-level radioactive waste through its area.

The State of Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects has documented that the 70,000 metric tons of highly radioactive waste targeted for burial at Yucca Mountain (the additional 7,000 metric tons would be U.S. Department of Energy irradiated nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste) would require more than 12,000 truck, train, and barge shipments, through many major cities in 44 states. (See these road and rail route maps, as well as shipment numbers, below; see potential barge routes here).

Thus, Belen and the rest of NM would be put at risk from more than three times the road, rail, and waterway shipments bound for NV under the Yucca dump scheme.

[Road and rail routes bound for Yucca Mountain, NV, as well as shipment numbers:

Monday
Nov192018

Radioactive Waste Is Coming through Your Town -- Unless YOU Help Stop It!

Please submit public comments to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) before its Nov. 19th deadline, expressing opposition to the centralized interim storage facility targeted at Andrews County, West Texas by WCS/ISP (Waste Control Specialists/Interim Storage Partners). Orana (formerly Areva, formerly Cogema) of France is the lead partner. Web forms you can use as is, or edit, as well as sample comments you can use to prepare your own -- along with instructions on how to submit them -- are posted at Beyond Nuclear's website.

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

Friday
Nov162018

The Most Dangerous and Deadly Radioactive Waste Could Come Through Major Texas Cities and Be Dumped on West Texas

Conservative Midland City Council Joins Growing List of Opponents, 14 License Application Failures Detailed in Legal Filings

See SEED/Public Citizen press release, here.

Wednesday
Nov142018

Fasken executive: High level nuclear storage could threaten area's oil industry