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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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Thursday
May232019

Rose Gardner of AFES, on Sputnik Radio's "Loud & Clear"

Listen to the full half-hour audio recording of the interview here:

https://www.spreaker.com/user/radiosputnik/beyond-nuclear-with-kevin-kamps_52

Thursday
May232019

Re: Holtec -- "A False Answer, a Big Political Connection and $260 Million in Tax Breaks"

Tuesday
May212019

Beyond Nuclear honors Rose Gardner with the Judith Johnsrud "Unsung Hero" Award 

Left to right, front row -- Rose's daugther Bridget, granddaughter Aubrey, Rose Gardner, daughter Jessica; back row -- Beyond Nuclear's Linda Gunter, Paul Gunter, Kevin Kamps. Photo by Molly Johnson.Rose Gardner of Alliance for Environmental Strategies (AFES) in Eunice, New Mexico is the winner of Beyond Nuclear's 2019 Dr. Judith H. Johnsrud "Unsung Hero" Award. Judith was an activist, leader and founding board member of Beyond Nuclear and other groups. Rose was recognized "for tirelessly defending her community, in the belly of the beast, undeterred by daunting odds, with a calm, humble heart, and yet fiery determination." The honor was bestowed on May 21 on Capitol Hill, during the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability's (ANA) 31st annual D.C. Days. See the reception announcement with additional awardees here.) Rose's home is just five miles from a "low-level" radioactive waste dump which is threatening to add 40,000 metric tons of highly radioactive nuclear fuel; every one of these thousands of rail shipments passing through Eunice, en route. Rose's hometown already "hosts" a uranium enrichment facility. Just 37 miles away, Rose's home is also threatened by "temporary" storage of 173,600 MT of commercial irradiated nuclear fuel (more than twice what currently exists in the country); the site is very near a geologic disposal facility that leaked military plutonium and other trans-uranic wastes into the environment on Valentine's Day, 2014. In short, the nuclear industry is trying to turn Rose's majority Hispanic area into a "nuclear sacrifice zone." Rose joined Beyond Nuclear and other ANA member groups in educating congressional offices about these and related nuclear issues. Rose also joined Beyond Nuclear on our weekly radio show at Sputnik International. We thank and congratulate Rose for defending her New Mexico "Land of Enchantment" against such an environmental injustice, and look forward to working with her and our New Mexico and Texas grassroots allies, as well as those in transport corridor states, to stop these consolidated interim storage facilities, and the Mobile Chernobyls they would launch! More
Tuesday
May212019

Funding for Yucca Mountain dump blocked in key U.S. House Appropriations Committee vote

See the Bloomberg Environment article, here.

Unfortunately, however, funding for Consolidated Interim Storage Facilities (CISFs) was retained in the appropriations bill.

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.