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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
Apr082019

Do not send 50 years of spent nuclear fuel to New Mexico

An op-ed by James Eagle published in the Santa Fe New Mexican.

James Eagle, Ph.D., is a retired chairman of the Department of Operations Research, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif. In his U.S. Navy career, he served on three nuclear submarines, retiring as a captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He and his wife, Maj-Britt, live in Santa Fe.

Monday
Apr082019

Justin Trudeau just can’t quit the SNC-Lavalin scandal

As reported by the Washington Post:

Instead of closing the door on the controversy that has dogged his government for months, the Canadian prime minister threw it back open as his top critic said he was threatened with a lawsuit. The critic’s response? Bring it on.

However, not reported is the fact that Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin has partnered with Holtec International to form a leading U.S. nuclear power plant decommissioning consortium. Already, Holtec and SNC-Lavalin have taken over the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant site in New Jersey, including the highly radioactive irradiated nuclear fuel stored on-site there. (Holtec is itself NJ based.)

Holtec hopes to open a CISF (consolidated interim storage facility) in New Mexico, to "temporarily" store Osyter Creek's -- and the rest of the country's -- commercial high-level radioactive wastes there.

Next on SNC-Lavalin and Holtec International's target list is Pilgrim near Boston, scheduled to permanently shut by June 2019. Palisades in MI, and Indian Point in NY, are also in the consortium's sights.

And some of the major federal contracts in Canada mentioned in the article? Those would also include nuclear facility decommissioning and radioactive waste management contracts, worth billions of dollars.

Monday
Apr012019

NRC Urges Federal Court to Dismiss Petition on Spent Fuel Storage Ruling - ExchangeMonitor

NRC Urges Federal Court to Dismiss Petition on Spent Fuel Storage Ruling - ExchangeMonitor

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday urged a federal appeals court to dismiss an anti-nuclear advocacy group’s motion demanding the agency rule on the legality of two license applications for interim storage of spent nuclear power reactor fuel.
[The article is behind a pay wall, but free trial subscriptions are available.]
Sunday
Mar312019

AP: Does New Mexico need another radioactive waste site?

Sunday
Mar312019

NM has already done its share for the nuclear age