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Radioactive Waste

No safe, permanent solution has yet been found anywhere in the world - and may never be found - for the nuclear waste problem. In the U.S., the only identified and flawed high-level radioactive waste deep repository site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada has been canceled. Beyond Nuclear advocates for an end to the production of nuclear waste and for securing the existing reactor waste in hardened on-site storage.

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Tuesday
Jul052016

Seven down, two to go: DOE so-called "Consent-Based Siting" meetings

DOE's new "truth in advertizing" logo?!Seven down: Washington, D.C., Jan. 20; Chicago, March 29; Atlanta, April 11; Sacramento, April 26 (Chernobyl+30 years); Denver, May 24; Boston, June 2 (see Democracy Now! coverage, mentioning Beyond Nuclear!); Tempe, AZ, June 23.

Two to go:

  • Boise, ID on July 14, 2016 at Boise Centre. Please register here to attend the Boise meeting in person or view the event online.
  • Minneapolis, MN on July 21, 2016 at the Hilton Minneapolis. Please register here to attend the Minneapolis meeting in person or view the event online.

Speak now (before the July 31 deadline for public comments), or forever hold your peace, regarding Mobile Chernobyls through a town near you...de facto permanent parking lot dumps for high-level radioactive waste...and permanent burial dumps for high-level radioactive waste on scientifically unsuitable, socially unacceptable, and/or environmentally unjust (radioactively racist) locations!

Wednesday
Jun222016

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):

TALKING WASTE

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.

Wednesday
Jun152016

Six down, three to go: DOE "Consent-Based Siting" meetings

DOE's new "truth in advertizing" logo?!Six down: Washington, D.C., Jan. 20; Chicago, March 29; Atlanta, April 11; Sacramento, April 26 (Chernobyl+30 years); Denver, May 24; Boston, June 2 (see Democracy Now! coverage, mentioning Beyond Nuclear!).

Three to go:

  • Tempe, AZ on June 23, 2016 at the Marriott Phoenix Tempe at the Buttes. Please register here to attend the Tempe meeting in person or view the event online.
  • Boise, ID on July 14, 2016 at Boise Centre. Please register here to attend the Boise meeting in person or view the event online.
  • Minneapolis, MN on July 21, 2016 at the Hilton Minneapolis. Please register here to attend the Minneapolis meeting in person or view the event online.

Speak now (before the July 31 deadline for public comments), or forever hold your peace, regarding Mobile Chernobyls through a town near you...de facto permanent parking lot dumps for high-level radioactive waste...and permanent burial dumps for high-level radioactive waste on scientifically unsuitable, socially unacceptable, and/or environmentally unjust (radioactively racist) locations!

Thursday
Jun092016

VT's "Nuclear Free Future" discusses parking lot dumps & Mobile Chernobyls with Beyond Nuclear

Host Margaret Harrington of "Nuclear Free Future" on Channel 17/Town Meeting Television (CCTV Center for Media & Democracy of Burlington, Vermont) talks with Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear about how President Obama visited Hiroshima with the nuclear football, while his administration is going along with a trillion dollar nuclear weapons renovation plan over the next 30 years. The U.S. Department of Energy and the Senate seek parking lot dumps for high level nuclear waste, which would launch large numbers of Mobile Chernobyls. Grassroots environmentalists and consumer advocates from IL to OH, DC to NY continue to resist numerous multi-billion dollar ratepayer bailouts for old reactors sought by nuclear lobbyists.

Watch the 34-minute interview online.

The interview was filmed on June 3, 2016, but began airing on June 9th.

Tuesday
Jun072016

Anti-Nuclear Activists Speak Out During Dept. of Energy Tour over Nuclear Waste

As featured on the headlines segment of Democracy Now!:

The Department of Energy is conducting an eight-city national tour aimed at gathering public feedback on the issue of where to store nuclear waste. The agency has launched a so-called consent-based siting model to determine where to store spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. At a hearing in Boston Thursday, Paul Gunter of Beyond Nuclear raised objections to the process.

Paul Gunter: "How does the public in the affected community build trust when the Department of Energy itself is a promotional agency doing the bidding of the nuclear industry by direct promotion, and that the whole process going forward to date has lacked consent? There’s never been consent with regard to generation of nuclear waste."