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On-Site Storage

Currently, all radioactive waste generated by U.S. reactors is stored at the reactor site - either in fuel pools or waste casks. However, the casks are currently security-vulnerable and should be "hardened" while a better solution continues to be sought.

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Thursday
Jan182018

What does HOSS mean?

Graphic depiction of HOSS, or "robust storage," as included in Dr. Gordon Thompson's Jan. 2003 reportWhat does Hardened On-Site Storage mean? See Dr. Gordon Thompson's Jan. 2003 report, "Robust Storage," to find out:

Executive Summary of “Robust Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel: A Neglected Issue of Homeland Security”, PDF 101.14KB Institute for Resource and Security Studies (January 2003) focuses on the vulnerability of irradiated fuel stored at the nation’s nuclear power stations  to terrorism and what we can do about it.

Full report of “Robust Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel: A Neglected Issue of Homeland Security”, PDF 274.74KB Institute for Resource and Security Studies (January 2003) focuses on the vulnerability of irradiated fuel stored at the nation’s nuclear power stations  to terrorism and what we can do about it.

Citizens Awareness Network of the Northeast commissioned Dr. Thompson's "Robust Storage" report. 

Also see the Statement of Principles for Safeguarding Nuclear Waste at Reactors, posted at the IEER (Institute for Energy and Environmental Research) website. Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President of IEER, coined the phrase "Hardened On-Site Storage (HOSS)," which he unveiled at a CAN event in April 2002 held at Wesleyan U. in CT.

Sunday
Nov262017

After Indian Point: Leaving Waste High and Dry

As reported by Brian PJ Cronin in The Highlands Current. Beyond Nuclear is quoted throughout the article.

Thursday
Sep142017

Beyond Nuclear letter to the editor in the L.A. Times

The following letter to the editor was published in the Los Angeles Times, written in response to a Sept. 11, 2017 L.A. Times editorial:

To the editor: For 15 years, hundreds of environmental groups have advocated for hardened on-site storage of irradiated nuclear fuel, as close and safely as possible, to the point of generation as a necessary interim measure.
Why ship highly radioactive waste a thousand miles to the east when it could be moved just a few miles? San Onofre’s wastes can be transferred out of the tsunami zone, away from the earthquake faults, across the 5 Freeway, further inland and to higher ground. By moving the dangerous nuclear fuel rods into the heart of Camp Pendleton, there would be the added bonus of many thousands of U.S. Marines to help guard it.
The push to turn the New Mexico-Texas borderlands into a nuclear wasteland is an environmental injustice. The large Hispanic population already suffers significant pollution from oil drilling, natural gas fracking, uranium enrichment and “low-level” radioactive waste disposal.
Kevin Kamps, Takoma Park, Md. 

The writer monitors radioactive waste for the group Beyond Nuclear.

Sunday
Jul022017

1,800 tons of radioactive waste has an ocean view and nowhere to go

As reported by the Los Angeles Times.

The on-site storage of irradiated nuclear fuel at San Onofre, CA, and other permanently shut down and even decommissioned nuclear power plants, is a main focus of the article.

Thursday
May252017

US nuclear regulators greatly underestimate potential for nuclear disaster, researchers say

As reported by Physics.