Beyond Nuclear challenges high-level radioactive waste security at Fermi 2 nuclear power plant in Monroe, Michigan on Lake Erie shore
On August 31, 2009, Beyond Nuclear appealed to the NRC to reconsider an ASLB ruling rejecting our standing to intervene against dry cask storage of high-level radioactive waste at the 21-year-old Fermi 2 reactor. On August 21, 2009, the ASLB had rejected our standing, thus dismissing our intervention request for a hearing on the merits of our concerns. Beyond Nuclear's initial intervention, detailing security-related concerns regarding dry cask storage of high-level radioactive waste at Fermi 2 on the Lake Erie shore, was filed on May 7, 2009. Detroit Edison's and NRC Staff's challenges to Beyond Nuclear's intervention petition were filed on June 1st. Beyond Nuclear responded to those challenges on June 9th.
For nearly a decade, nuclear industry whistleblower Oscar Shirani (who passed away last year) warned that Holtec casks, like those proposed at Fermi, are of questionable structural integrity due to major quality assurance violations in their design and manufacture. Now retired Nuclear Regulatory Commission dry cask storage inspector, Dr. Ross Landsman, shares Shirani's concerns.