DOE pushing "Consent-Based Siting" for high-level rad. waste parking lot dumps at mtg. near San Onofre, CA
As reported by the Orange County Register, the head of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) so-called "Consent-Based Siting" push, John Kotek, will push the agency's (and the nuclear industry's) agenda at a meeting of the San Onofre [nuclear power plant] Community Engagement Panel in southern CA.
Here are the meeting details (note the meeting is viewable via Webcast):
WHAT: John F. Kotek, acting assistant secretary for nuclear energy, will speak with the San Onofre Community Engagement Panel.
WHEN: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. [Pacific time] Wednesday, June 22.
WHERE: San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino Del Avion.
INFORMATION: The event is open to the public and will be streamed live online. More on the panel, including video of meetings, is at: songscommunity.com. More on the DOE's push for interim storage is at energy.gov/ne/consent-based-siting.
There is a strong push by Southern California Edison, and its supporters in local government, to get the waste out of there, ASAP. They don't really care where it goes.
The intended targets for high-level radioactive waste parking lot dumps -- such as communities near Waste Control Specialists, LLC in Andrews County, Texas -- are speaking out against being targeted for the country's de facto permanent surface storage site.
An option for San Onofre's high-level radioactive waste would be to move it as close as possible, as safely as possible, from its current southern CA coastal location, to the Camp Pendleton U.S. Marine Corps Base, just across the highway. In addition to removing it from the tsunami zone, and further away from the earthquake zone, is that fact that a large number of highly trained and heavily armed U.S. Marines could help safeguard it. Moving it all the way to Texas, for no good reason, is not wise.