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.



CCNS: Halt WCS! Get Your Public Comments in by October 19th

(Please note, on Oct. 18, the public comment deadline was extended by NRC till Nov. 19.)

Adapted from an action alert by CCNS (Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety in Santa Fe, NM), re: the centralized interim storage facility (CISF) for high-level radioactive waste (HLRW) targeted at Texas by Waste Control Specialists (WCS) and Interim Storage Partners (ISP):

Halt WCS! Get Your Public Comments in by NOVEMBER 19th

Now is the time to submit your comments to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) about the proposed Waste Control Specialists/Interim Storage Partners/Orano project to bring 40,000 metric tons of commercial high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants located across the country to a site in west Texas, five miles east of Eunice, New Mexico.  If this sounds familiar, it is.  Just three months ago public comments were due to the NRC about a similar proposal by Holtec International.  Yes, southeast New Mexico and west Texas are being targeted by the nuclear industry with two proposed facilities within forty miles of one another.  Comments are due by Friday, October 19th.

Thousands of New Mexicans have empathically stated that they do not consent to New Mexico becoming a national radioactive waste dumping ground for high-level waste.  In fact, more than 30,000 comments from people across the nation were submitted in opposition to the Holtec proposal.

Waste Control Specialists, a limited liability corporation, is asking NRC for a 40-year license to temporarily store the waste in Andrews County, Texas, with an opportunity to extend the license to 120 years.

Read the whole story and more at:

There are also sample comments you can use at Beyond Nuclear and NIRS:

See Beyond Nuclear's sample comments, and instructions for how to submit them, to help you prepare and deliver your own to NRC. And see Nuclear Information and Resource Service's action alert, where you can use their web form to submit comments to NRC. To learn more, see Beyond Nuclear's Centralized Storage web site section.

Thank you for all your works to keep HLRW out of NM and TX!

Feel free to modify our Update below for your uses to get the word out!


NIRS: Stop the WCS Nuclear Waste Dump & Decades of Massive Radioactive Shipments

See the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) action alert, posted here.

Fill in your email address, add anything you want to the web form comments all ready to go, and click submit to send them to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) before the NOVEMBER 19th public comment deadline. (Please note, on Oct. 18, the public comment deadline was extended by NRC till Nov. 19.)

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


BEYOND NUCLEAR, INC.’S HEARING REQUEST AND PETITION TO INTERVENE, In the Matter of Interim Storage Partners (WCS Consolidated Interim Storage Facility)

On Oct. 3, Beyond Nuclear's legal counsel, Diane Curran of Washington, D.C. and Mindy Goldstein of Atlanta, GA, filed a HEARING REQUEST AND PETITION TO INTERVENE, In the Matter of Interim Storage Partners (WCS Consolidated Interim Storage Facility).


Beyond Nuclear Motion for Leave to Reply, and Reply to NRC's staff's, Holtec's, and ISP's Responses, re: CISF proceedings


Anti-nuclear waste tour kicks off in Houston, crossing Texas in opposition to CISFs

Inflatable mock nuke waste cask (English language signage -- the opposite side is in Spanish)As reported by the Texas Tribune, SEED Coalition, Public Citizen, and other Texas environmental allies have launched a mock nuke waste cask tour of the state, in opposition to both the Waste Control Specialists/Interim Storage Partners centralized interim storage facility (CISF) for irradiated nuclear fuel in Andrews County, West Texas, both also the Holtec International/Eddy-Lea [Counties] Energy Alliance CISF targeted at Southeastern New Mexico. The two CISFs are only 40 miles apart, across the TX/NM border. If either one opened, "Mobile Chernobyl" shipping risks through TX would be significant.

The San Antonio Current has also reported on the mock nuke waste cask tour.

Below is a message from Karen Hadden of SEED Coalition, including a full scheduel for the mock nuke waste cask tour:

[Below] is our Protect Texas from Radioactive Waste Tour schedule.

The threats of nuclear reactor waste coming to our state are very real and it's a big fight. We can win if we all work together!

We appreciate any help in getting the word out and inviting your friends, neighbors and organizational members. (Some changes to the schedule could still occur - but this is our plan! Hopefully the weather cooperates, etc.)  We start in Houston on Sept. 24, and then travel to San Antonio, Dallas, El Paso, Midland and Andrews, wrapping up on Oct. 1st.

The tour is sponsored by SEED Coalition, Public Citizen, Beyond Nuclear and NIRS - Nuclear Information and Resource Services. We're grateful for help from the Sierra Club in putting out the word and to all of our amazing local allies. Our special guest, Kerstin Rudek, will be able to share the successful experiences of her community's fight against radioactive waste in Gorleben Germany.

We look forward to a great time on the road - meeting people and hearing their great ideas on how we can collectively halt the threat of high-level radioactive waste in our state!

More information will be coming soon. We're updating - and more will be coming soon.

Best wishes and thanks for all of your help!

Karen Hadden SEED Coalition


Protect Texas from Radioactive Waste Tour

Please join us at these Texas events!


The Protect Texas from Radioactive Waste Tour will go to major cities across the state with an inflatable full-scale mock radioactive waste transport cask, holding press conferences at railroad crossings where the radioactive waste could travel and hosting community meetings.


Houston   Monday 9/24/18 

  • ·      Public Meeting at 7 pm - True Love Baptist Church, 4029 Falls St.


Houston  Tuesday 9/25/18

  • ·      Press Conference at 10 am - Intersection of Hutchins and Commerce
  • ·      City Council at 1:30 pm – 901 Bagby, City Hall, 2nd floor


San Antonio  Wednesday 9/26/18

  • ·      Press Conference at 2 pm – Alamodome Parking Lot A, near RR tracks
  • ·      Public Meeting at 7 pm – William R. Sinkin EcoCentro, 1802 Main. Ave.


Dallas  Thursday 9/27/18

  • ·      Press Conference at 2 pm - Dallas County Commissioners Court parking lot , by 411 Elm St, behind the building (to the West, near RR tracks)
  • ·      Public Meeting at 6:30 pm – First Unitarian Church, 4015 Normandy Ave. Room 301


El Paso Friday 9/28/18

  • ·      Press Conference at 2 pm – E. Mills Ave., between Ochoa and Virginia Streets (Approximately 728 E. Mills Avenue – at paid parking spaces)
  • ·      Public Meeting at 6:30 pm – Sinbad (Restaurant) 2716 N. Mesa St. 


Midland Saturday 9/30/18

  • ·      Press conference at 2 pm – parking lot of the Rutter & Wilbanks Building (301 S. Main St.) E. side of Main and south side of RR tracks.
  • ·      Public Meeting at 6:30 pm - Casa Lopez,


Andrews Sunday 10/01/18

  • ·      Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church – following 8:30 and 10:30 am services, 201 NE Avenue K
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