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Apr112018

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

See Beyond Nuclear's Centralized Storage website section, for sample comments (prepared by Beyond Nuclear, and other groups, such as Nuclear Watch New Mexico) you can use to prepare your own for submission to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). We need to generate large numbers of quality public comments, in opposition to Holtec International/Eddy-Lea [Counties] Energy Alliance's (ELEA) scheme to open a centralized interim storage facility for 100,000+ metric tons of highly radioactive irradiated nuclear fuel in southeast New Mexico. This de facto permanent surface storage parking lot dump would be bigger than the permanent burial dump targeted at Yucca Mountain, Nevada (limited by law to 70,000 metric tons of highly radioactive waste). Thus, the transport impacts to most states in the Lower 48 would also be worse.

If you live close enough, you can submit verbal comments in person at NRC public meetings in s.e. NM in late April/early May. See details at Beyond Nuclear's Centralized Storage website section for details on dates, locations, and times.

NRC has announced a national phone-in/webinar session for public comment submission on Wednesday, April 25, from 7-9pm Eastern Time. The 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.

(And if you know people near s.e. NM and Washington, D.C., please spread word to them! Let folks know far and wide about the phone-in webinar, and other comment submission opportunities!)

The public comment deadline is May 29, 2018. Instructions for how to submit your public comments online, via Regulations.gov, as well as by snail mail, to NRC are provided at Beyond Nuclear's Centralized Storage website section posts.

Members of the public can submit as many public comments as they wish, with no length restrictions. Watch Beyond Nuclear's Centralized Storage website section in the days and weeks ahead, for yet more sample comments, addressing the multifaceted high risks of the Holtec/ELEA scheme.