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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
Sep012009

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.

The Monroe Evening News highlighted Beyond Nuclear's efforts in a Sept. 3rd article, and supported our efforts to upgrade security in a Sept. 6th editorial.

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.

Saturday
Jul112009

Italian nuclear waste? No grazie! But court gives OK 

A federal judge has ruled that a Utah company can dispose of foreign nuclear waste at its facility in the western Utah desert, the Associated Press reports. EnergySolutions Inc. wants to import up to 20,000 tons of low-level radioactive waste from Italy. After processing in Tennessee, about 1,600 tons would be disposed of in Utah. 

Saturday
Jul112009

15,000 protest nuclear waste in Germany

Close to 15,000 protesters, including farmers on tractors, protested against a shipment of reprocessed nuclear waste on November 8 as the waste traveled by train from France to the Goerleben storage site in Germany. Opponents chained themselves to the railway tracks while farmers blocked the road to the storage site. The irradiated reactor fuel is sent to France or Britain for reprocessing then returned to Germany. 

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