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Tuesday
Sep282010

Is radioactive waste coming your way?

A primary focus of International Radioactive Waste Action Day on Sept. 29th in the U.S. and Canada is opposing the shipment of radioactive steam generators from Ontario on the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and Atlantic Ocean to Sweden for "recycling" into metallic consumer products. Beyond Nuclear, working in coalition with scores of environmental groups across the U.S., is calling on concerned citizens to contact their U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative to take action to stop this shipment, and ban risky radioactive waste transportation on the Great Lakes. This shipment could set a precedent for even worse to come, such as high-level radioactive waste shipments on the Great Lakes, as well as the Chesapeake BayDelaware Bay, various waterways surrounding metro New York City and Massachusetts, the coastlines of California and Florida, and such rivers as the James in VA, the Mississippi in LA and MS, the Tennessee in AL and TN, and the Missouri in the Midwest. Those concerned about these waterways should also contact their U.S. Senators and Representative, via the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and urge for enactment of a law to ban such risky shipments on waterways. While those high-level radioactive waste shipping routes just named were part of the now-cancelled Yucca Mountain dump plan, any "away-from-reactor" irradiated nuclear fuel plan -- including reprocessing, as at Savannah River Site, South Carolina, or "parking lot dumps," as on Native American reservations -- could likewise launch such high-level radioactive waste shipments onto waterways, not to mention roadways and railways in most states. International Radioactive Waste Action Day events are happening in Ontario and New Brunswick, Canada; the U.S. states of MD, NJ, NY, NC, and WI; Australia; Finland; and Scotland.