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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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Wednesday
Apr182018

Help halt Holtec! National public comment opportunity via phone-in/webinar on Wed., April 25th, 7-9pm Eastern

Members of the public nationwide can submit verbal comments at the following NRC public meeting re: environmental scoping for the Holtec International/Eddy-Lea [Counties] Energy Alliance, NM centralized interim storage scheme:

Wednesday, April 25, from 7-9pm Eastern Time

The call-in telephone bridgeline is (888) 946-8389, and the passcode is 6408603.

As recommended by NRC, to register in advance for the webinar, go to  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7824864004787186434, fill out the requested info., and submit it.

Once you register, instructions will be sent to you via email re: How To Join the Webinar, as well as how to choose your audio option (call-in phone #, or Webinar ID #).

Those who live in the Washington, D.C. area could also attend this meeting, to be held at NRC HQ in Rockville, MD, located at 11555 Rockville Pike, to provide verbal comments in person.

NRC states:

Members of the public may register in advance to present oral comments by contacting Ms. Antoinette Walker-Smith at (301) 415-6957, or via email at Antoinette.Walker-Smith@nrc.gov, no later than April 23, 2018. Arrive 30 minutes early to allow time for security registration; for more info.

For more info., see NRC’s website posting at https://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/view?AccessionNumber=ML18107A144 ); also see https://www.nrc.gov/pmns/mtg?do=details&Code=20180409

Multiple sets of Beyond Nuclear sample comments, addressing various high risks of this proposal, are available for use to write your own for submission to NRC.

(Note that April 25 is the eve of the 32-year mark on Chernobyl (April 26, 1986 to April 26, 2018). While Chernobyl was a reactor explosion and fire, there are plenty of explosion, fire, and other risks associated with highly radioactive irradiated nuclear fuel in transport and storage, as proposed under Holtec/ELEA's CISF scheme. Hence, slogans re: the high risks of irradiated nuclear fuel shipments like "Mobile Chernobyl," used by opponents since the 1990s.)

See the sample comments, posted at Beyond Nuclear's Centralized Storage website section, along with detailed instructions for how to submit them online, or by snail mail.

In addition to the national call-in/webinar and in-person meeting at NRC HQ in Rockville, MD on 4/25 described above, there will also be in-person verbal comment opportunities in s.e. NM in late April and early May (however, no call-in/webinar will be provided by NRC for those meetings):

Those who live near enough to s.e. NM could provide verbal comments by attending in person (no phone-in or webinar being provided by NRC in conjunction with these s.e. NM meetings) --

4-7pm Mountain Time, April 30, at Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell Campus, Union Building, Room 110, 48 University Blvd., Roswell, NM;

7-10pm Mountain Time, May 1, at the Lea County Event Center, 5101 N. Lovington Highway, Hobbs, NM;

7-10pm Mountain Time, May 3, at the Eddy County Fire Service, 1400 Commerce St., Carlsbad, NM.

The deadline for public comments is May 29, 2018.

Please spread the word! We need to generate large numbers of quality public comments!

Wednesday
Apr112018

Mock nuke waste cask tour underway in NM, educating folks about the risks of highly radioactive waste shipments

News media and other coverage:

Halt Holtec FB Page

Associated Press: "Activists kick off NM tour to protest nuke storage plan"

https://www.abqjournal.com/1157326/activists-kick-off-nm-tour-to-protest-nuke-storage-plan.html

 

Public News Service -- New Mexico: "Groups Fight Nuclear Waste Storage in NM"

http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-04-11/environment/groups-fight-propsed-nuclear-waste-storage-proposal-in-nm/a62152-1
[Has good audio and a picture of the mock cask]

This story reportedly got picked up by (smaller) radio stations in Las Cruces, Roswell, T or C, Portales, Raton, etc., adding up to an audience of 82,000 in New Mexico. And Public News Service's daily national broadcast picked it up for a national audience of 350,000! Here are a list of the NM radio stations covering htis story:


KRWG-FM 1 Las Cruces, NM Las Cruces NM 15,000 1 KGRT-FM 1 Las Cruces, NM Las Cruces NM 11,247 1 1 KHQT-FM 1 Las Cruces, NM Las Cruces NM 7,608 1 1 KSNM-AM 1 Las Cruces, NM Las Cruces NM 2,150 1 1 KMTH-FM 1 Maljamar, NM 500 3 Virtual News Center 1 Melbourne, FL 16,237 1 1 PNS Daily Newscast 1 Nationwide, US 350,000 1 KENW-FM 1 Portales, NM 2,280 3 KRTN-FM 1 Raton, NM 1,221 1 KRTN-AM 1 Raton, NM 1,221 1 KMOU-FM Virtual News Ce 1 Roswell, NM 9,637 1 1 KEND-FM Virtual News Ce 1 Roswell, NM 9,637 1 1 KWES-FM 1 Ruidoso, NM 1,554 1 KBUY-AM 1 Ruidoso, NM 1,554 1 KKVS-FM 1 Truth or Conseque Las Cruces NM 5,623


Roswell Daily Record: "Proposed nuclear storage site debate heats up; Activists plan news conference today in Roswell"

http://www.rdrnews.com/2018/04/11/proposed-nuclear-storage-site-debate-heats-up-activists-plan-news-conference-today-in-roswell/

 

Carlsbad Current-Argus: "Activists maintain opposition to proposed nuclear waste facility"

https://www.currentargus.com/story/news/local/2018/04/11/activists-maintain-opposition-against-nuclear-waste-facility/505549002/

 

KRQE

 

The mock nuke waste cask tour began on Tues., April 10 in Albuquerque, NM.

It traveled to Hobbs and Carlsbad, NM on Wed., Aprl 11. (The Holtec/ELEA "parking lot dump" would be located midway between those two cities, just over 30 miles to each.)

The educational tour then goes on to Roswell and Clovis, NM on Thurs., April 12.

It then travels on to Santa Rosa, Grants and Gallup, NM on Fri., April 13.

On Sat., April 14 and Sun., April 15, the mock nuke waste cask tour travels on to Santa Fe.

The cask may travel on beyond that. Beyond Nuclear will post updates at its website.

 

The mock nuke waste cask tour comes amidst widespread public outcry against Holtec's scheme, from community forums to skeptical questioning from elected officials, all of which is also generating news coverage:

Carlsbad Current-Argus: "Activists protest Holtech's proposed nuclear waste storage facility near Carlsbad"

https://www.currentargus.com/story/news/local/2018/04/07/carlsbad-residents-protest-holtech-proposed-nuclear-waste-storage-facility/493888002/

Albuquerque Journal:

 

"Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Plan Draws Questions"

https://www.abqjournal.com/1156201/spent-nuclear-fuel-storage-plan-draws-questions.html

Tuesday
Apr102018

Additional sample comments you can use to write your own for submission to NRC in opposition to Holtec/ELEA CISF

(1.) On April 5th, Beyond Nuclear posted a first set of sample comments re: Mobile Chernobyl shipping risks.

Since, Beyond Nuclear has posted additional sets of sample comments, re: yet more high-risk aspects of the Holtec International/Eddy-Lea [Counties] Energy Alliance (ELEA) proposal to "temporarily store" (yeah, right!) 100,000+ metric tons of highly radioactive irradiated nuclear fuel, and other nuclear wastes, in s.e. NM, half-way between Hobbs and Carlsbad, NM.

Sample comments you can use to prepare you own, for submission to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). See how to submit public comments, by the May 29, 2018 environmental scoping period deadline, below.

We need to generate a large number of quality comments to NRC, just like we did over a year ago in opposition to a similar Centralized Interim Storage Facility (CISF, a.k.a. MRS, short for Monitored Retrievable Storage site) targeted at Andrews Co., w. TX, just 38 miles from the s.e. NM Holtec/ELEA site.

As mentioned above, the first set of Beyond Nuclear sample comments, are focused on Mobile Chernobyl shipping risks.

Here are direct links to that first set of Beyond Nuclear sample comments, in PDF format, and in Word (.docx) format.

Beyond Nuclear then posted additional sets of sample comments focused on other high-risk facets of the Holtec/ELEA scheme, including a set on the risk of so-called centralized "interim" storage facilities becoming de facto permanent surface storage “parking lot dumps.”

(2.) Here is that second set of sample comments, hot off the press, in PDF format, and in Word (.docx) format.

And here is another set of sample comments, focused on: Risks of Loss of Institutional Control if De Facto Permanent Surface Storage “Parking Lot Dumps” are Abandoned, Containers Fail, and Release Catastrophic Amounts of Hazardous Radioactivity into the Environment.

(3.) See this third set of sample comments, in PDF format, as well as Word (.docx) format.

And here is a fourth set of sample comments, focused on: Risks of “Routine” or “Incident-Free” Shipments Nonetheless Being Like “Mobile X-ray Machines That Can’t Be Turned Off,” and Risks of Externally Contaminated Shipments.

(4.) See this fourth set of sample comments, in PDF format, as well as Word (.docx) format.

Beyond Nuclear is now posting a fifth set of sample comments, this time focused on: Why Are All These High Risks Being Taken in the First Place?!

(5.) See this latest, fifth set of sample comments, in PDF format, as well as Word (.docx) format.

Beyond Nuclear also updated and adapted "We Do NOT Consent!" sample comments, from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) "Consent-Based Siting" public comment proceeding, for use in this Holtec/ELEA CISF proceeding. 

(6.) See the 15-page version, in both PDF format, as well as Word (.docx) format.

See a boiled down 2-page summary version, in both PDF format, as well as Word (.docx) format.

Feel free to use Beyond Nuclear sample comments in any way that is helpful to you -- including copying them in their entirety. You can also use them to help shape your ideas to express in your own words.

(In future days and weeks, yet additional sample comments will be provided by Beyond Nuclear, covering a multiplicity of the multi-faceted high risks of the Holtec/ELEA CISF/MRS proposal. Watch for them, to help you submit your own version to NRC by the deadline!)

See also:

(7.) Nuclear Watch New Mexico has posted 2-page and 4-page long sample comments on its No High-Level Waste to New Mexico website section.

(8.) A coalition of New Mexico and Texas groups (including Sierra Club, Nuclear Issues Study Group, SEED Coalition, and others) handed out these 2-page talking points/sample comments entitled "100,000 Tons of High-Level Radioactive Waste -- We Don't Want It!" during their NM-wide mock nuke waste cask (inflatable parade float) educational tour.

(9.) No Nuclear Waste Aqui (aqui is the Spanish word for "here") has also posted sample comments at its website:

 (10.) Nuclear Issues Study Group adapted Nuclear Watch New Mexico's sample comments, creating 2-pagers that folks can sign onto as is and submit, and also add your own additional comments. These come in both national, and local New Mexico, versions:

National version (PDF format, and Word (.docx) format);

Local NM version (PDF format, and Word (.docx) format).

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PUBLIC COMMENTS BY THE MAY 29, 2018 DEADLINE:

Please include “Docket ID NRC–2018– 0052” in your comment submission, such as in the subject line of your e-comments or snail-mailed hard copy comments.

Submit written comments electronically via the Federal Rulemaking website: Go to
http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2018–0052, then follow the instructions given there.

Submit written comments via snail mail, by sending them to: May Ma; Office of Administration; Mail Stop: TWFN-7-A60M; U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Washington, DC 20555-0001.

Submit verbal comments at NRC public meetings:

A national phone in/webinar for public comments on Wednesday, April 25, from 7-9pm Eastern Time (call-in number/webinar sign-up instructions will be circulated, as soon as NRC provides them; those who live in the Washington, D.C. area could also attend this meeting, to be held at NRC HQ in Rockville, MD, located at 11555 Rockville Pike, to provide verbal comments in person);

Those who live near enough to s.e. NM could provide verbal comments by attending in person (no phone-in or webinar being provided by NRC):

4-7pm Mountain Time, April 30, at Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell Campus, Union Building, Room 110, 48 University Blvd., Roswell, NM;

7-10pm Mountain Time, May 1, at the Lea County Event Center, 5101 N. Lovington Highway, Hobbs, NM;

7-10pm Mountain Time, May 3, at the Eddy County Fire Service, 1400 Commerce St., Carlsbad, NM.

Thursday
Apr052018

Sample comments you can use to write your own for submission to NRC in opposition to Holtec's CISF in s.e. NM

Sample comments you can use to prepare you own, for submission to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). See how to submit public comments, by the May 29, 2018 environmental scoping period deadline, below.

We need to generate a large number of quality comments to NRC, just like we did over a year ago in opposition to a similar Centralized Interim Storage Facility (CISF, a.k.a. MRS, short for Monitored Retrievable Storage site) targeted at Andrews Co., w. TX, just 38 miles from the s.e. NM Holtec/ELEA site.

This week's Beyond Nuclear sample comments are focused on Mobile Chernobyl shipping risks.

Here they are, in PDF format, and in Word (.docx) format.

Feel free to use them in any way that is helpful to you -- including copying them in their entirety. You can also use them to help shape your ideas to express in your own words.

(In future weeks, additional sample comments will be provided by Beyond Nuclear, covering a multiplicity of the multi-faceted high risks of the Holtec/ELEA CISF/MRS proposal. Watch for them, to help you submit your own version to NRC by the deadline!)

See also:

Nuclear Watch New Mexico has posted 2-page and 4-page long sample comments on its No High-Level Waste to New Mexico website section.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PUBLIC COMMENTS BY THE MAY 29, 2018 DEADLINE:

Please include “Docket ID NRC–2018– 0052” in your comment submission, such as in the subject line of your e-comments or snail-mailed hard copy comments.

Submit written comments electronically via the Federal Rulemaking website: Go to
http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2018–0052, then follow the instructions given there.

Submit written comments via snail mail, by sending them to: May Ma; Office of Administration; Mail Stop: TWFN-7-A60M; U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Washington, DC 20555-0001.

Submit verbal comments at NRC public meetings:

A national phone in/webinar for public comments on Wednesday, April 25, from 7-9pm Eastern Time (call-in number/webinar sign-up instructions will be circulated, as soon as NRC provides them; those who live in the Washington, D.C. area could also attend this meeting, to be held at NRC HQ in Rockville, MD, located at 11555 Rockville Pike, to provide verbal comments in person);

Those who live near enough to s.e. NM could provide verbal comments by attending in person (no phone-in or webinar being provided by NRC):

4-7pm Mountain Time, April 30, at Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell Campus, Union Building, Room 110, 48 University Blvd., Roswell, NM;

7-10pm Mountain Time, May 1, at the Lea County Event Center, 5101 N. Lovington Highway, Hobbs, NM;

7-10pm Mountain Time, May 3, at the Eddy County Fire Service, 1400 Commerce St., Carlsbad, NM.

Thursday
Mar292018

NRC poised to begin Holtec/ELEA CISF/MRS licensing proceeding

Thanks to Don Hancock of Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico for watch-dogging the twists and turns. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is now poised to proceed with environmental scoping, as well as the legally contested licensing proceeding, for the Centralized Interim Storage Facility/Monitored Retrievable Storage targeted at southeastern New Mexico by Holtec International and the Eddy-Lea [Counties] Energy Alliance.

Here is the official Federal Register (FR) Notice regarding environmental scoping, published on Friday, March 30, 2018.

As reported by Don Hancock today (Thursday, March 29, 2018):

[Linked above] is the...Federal Register notice that starts the 60-day public scoping period.

The scoping period starts [March 30] and runs through May 29 - I did check those dates with Jill Caverly, the [NRC] contact person in the FR notice.

The scoping meeting dates are not listed in the FR and won't be in the FR until next Friday [April 6, 2018], but are as I was told before and listed below. They will likely be posted on the NRC website on Monday [April 2, 2018] or Tuesday [April 3, 2018] and a [NRC] press release with the information will go out then.

Jill also confirmed that there will be a court reporter in Roswell, so people also can make scoping comments there.

For our information about how people submit comments:

By mail:

May Ma
Office of Administration
Mail Stop: TWFN-7-A60M
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

By email:
The notice includes two ways, the "official" way won't accept comments until tomorrow [Friday, March 30, 2018]. So I'm checking about the other option(s).

Here is the way to submit written comments online, per the March 30, 2018 Federal Register Notice:

Federal Rulemaking website: Go to
http://www.regulations.gov and search
for Docket ID NRC–2018–0052.

And here are those dates Don Hancock mentioned above:

The formal announcement will [likely] be in Friday [April 6] Federal Register [Notice, as Don Hancock reported above].

The Dates [for NRC environmental scoping public comment meetings]: Monday, April 30 - Open House in Roswell from 4 to 7 [please note that all times are in Mountain Time]

Tuesday, May 1 - Open House in Hobbs from 6-7; 7-10 scoping comments

Thursday, May 3 - Open House in Carlsbad from 6-7; 7-10 scoping comments.

There will also be a phone in/webinar for public comments on Wednesday, April 25

The scoping comment period will be for 60 days. [It began March 30th, and will end May 29th]

The [legal] intervention notice won't be out until probably April 6 for a 60-day timeframe to file interventions/contentions.

Beyond Nuclear plans on sending a representative (Radioactive Waste Watchdog Kevin Kamps) to southeastern New Mexico, to take part in the environmental scoping public comment meetings.

ASAP, Beyond Nuclear will prepare and share sample public comments, of varying lengths and detail, that you can use to prepare and submit your own to NRC.

Beyond Nuclear also plans to legally intervene against the Holtec/ELEA CISF/MRS site. Beyond Nuclear's legal counsel are Diane Curran of Harmon, Curran, Spielberg + Eisbenberg, LLP of Washington, D.C. and Mindy Goldstein of Emory University's Turner Environmental Law Clinic in Atlanta, GA.