An in-depth look at nuclear waste

A special double-edition of the Nuclear Monitor, published April 24, 2019, took a look at nuclear waste in depth. It features six articles written by Prof.Andrew Blowers OBE, Emeritus Professor of Social Sciences at The Open University and presently Co-Chair of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy / NGO Nuclear Forum. Blowers looks at:

The legacy landscapes of nuclear power, where they are and how they developed: The Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a semi-desert region with homesteads of settlers and homelands of Native Americans ‒ that was transformed into the heart of the US nuclear weapons program, and thus into a nuclear wasteland; Sellafield, Britain’s nuclear heartland. Sellafield’s abundant and varied nuclear waste stockpiles (including a plutonium stockpile) comprise wastes arising from the plant’s initial military function and subsequently wastes mainly derived from reprocessing spent fuel; France, La Hague and Bure -- two places with a crucial role in the storage and disposal of France’s more highly radioactive wastes. As the nuclear industry in France declines and reprocessing is questioned, so La Hague will adapt to survive as the centre for management of radioactive waste. Bure is the outcome of a long and contentious process of site selection for a deep geological nuclear waste repository; Gorleben, where conflict over the nuclear waste facilities proved pivotal to the end of nuclear power in Germany; and a look into the future -- nuclear’s wastelands are scattered around the world in places where nuclear activities, accidents or deliberate devastation have occurred. These areas are usually remote, or areas from which the population has been removed, as at Fukushima and Chernobyl. More typically they constitute nuclear oases where nuclear facilities and communities co-exist in a state of mutual dependency extending down the generations. Read the Nuclear Monitor here.


Updates on Radioactive Leaks and Waste from Beyond Nuclear

Margaret Harrington, host of "Nuclear Free Future," with a Nuclear Disarmanent Day banner, August 6, Hiroshima Atomic Bombing Commemoration DayAs aired on "Nuclear Free Future" with Margaret Harrington (photo, left), on Channel 17, TownMeetig Television, in Burlington, VT (interview recorded on May 30, 2019):


Beyond Nuclear appeals to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission against Holtec's CISF in NM

Beyond Nuclear's legal counsel, Diane Curran and Harmon Curran in Washington DC, and Mindy Goldstein of Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory U. in Atlanta GA, have appealed to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) against the May 7, 2019 Atomic Safety and Licesning Board (ASLB) rulings in favor of Holtec International's license application. Holtec is targeting southeastern New Mexico for consolidated interim storage of 173,600 metric tons of commercial highly radioactive waste.



And see Beyond Nuclear's media release, accompanying the appeal.


FPL pushback on their harm to sea turtles called out by TC Palm

A good, indepth article in TC Palm, coming off our notice of intent to sue over failure to protect sea turtles at the St. Lucie nuclear plant (see next story below), challenged plant owner FPL's claim that "The vast majority of the wildlife comes in healthy and leaves healthy and uninjured." Reporter, Tyler Treadway, immediately pointed out:

"But the TCPalm investigation quoted a Nuclear Regulatory Commission document that in 2014, 85 percent of turtles removed from the canal 'were observed with fresh cuts and scrapes that may have been incurred during transit through the intake pipes.'"

The TC Palm has done good investigative work on the sea turtle problem at St. Lucie already, pointing out that their own research found that "from 2001 to 2016, the plant was responsible for 70 deaths, 0.8 percent of the 8,832 turtles sucked in, according to reports obtained through the Freedom of Information Act."

Read the full article. 


Beyond Nuclear and Turtle Island Restoration Network launch lawsuit to stop sea turtle killings at nuclear power plant

Turtle Island Restoration Network and Beyond Nuclear filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Florida Power and Light for failing to protect endangered species from illegal intake and harm at the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant in Jensen Beach, Florida. For decades, the reactor site’s cooling water intake system, which draws in nearly three billion gallons of sea water daily, has routinely captured, harmed and killed thousands of marine animals, most notably endangered and threatened species of sea turtle as well as the endangered smalltooth sawfish. But it’s not just countless species of marine wildlife—two scuba divers were sucked through the unprotected cooling intake park on separate occasions, one of whom is suing the power plant for being entrained at the plant in 2016. Read the full press release.