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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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Wednesday
Nov142018

76 groups request 120-day extension to public comment period on scheme to abandon high-level radioactive wastes in situ

Beyond Nuclear has joined with 75 other environmental groups -- from national to grassroots, representing many states -- to demand 120 more days during which to comment on the U.S. Department of Energy's proposal to linguistically detoxify high-level radioactive waste, into low-level radioactive waste. This would allow DOE to abandon in situ large quantities of forever hazardous high-level radioactive waste, which would then leak out into the broader environment over time, to harm humans and other living things. Under current law, high-level radioactive wastes must be cleaned up, and removed for permanent disposal in a deep geologic repository.

Sites that could be impacted by DOE's dangerous scheme include Hanford, WA and West Valley, NY, as well as others.

See the environmental coalition's letter to DOE, here.

Thursday
Nov012018

Nuclear Free Future: Vermont Yankee Entergy Sale = Consequences

Watch Beyond Nuclear's radioactive waste watchdog, Kevin Kamps, on Channel 17, TownMeeting Television, cable access is Burlington, VT. He was hosted by Margaret Harrington on her show, "Nuclear Free Future." Watch the 35-minute interview at this link.

 

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Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear talks with host Margaret Harrington about the consequences of the pending Vermont Yankee Entergy Nuclear Power Plant sale to Northstar. The US Regulatory Commission has approved the transfer of the license to the NY company, but the Vermont Public Utility Commission must rule on the sale before the deal can close. A Northstar accelerated decommissioning project could clean up the Vermont site in less than a decade. Kevin Kamps, the Radioactive Waste Watchdog for Beyond Nuclear, takes into account Northstar’s nuclear waste plans involving Waste Control Specialists and the insurance and financing for the job.

Thursday
Oct042018

Brett Kavanaugh Also Lied About His Rulings on the Environment

As reported by Sharon Lerner at The Intercept.

Kavanaugh also voted against Beyond Nuclear, et al., in New York versus U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) II, on June 3, 2016.

This ruling was in favor of NRC's Continued Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel policy. In short, it grants the nuclear power industry carte blanche to generate high-level radioactive waste, despite the risks. NRC simply found that irradiated nuclear fuel can be stored, and disposed of, safely. The facts majorly beg some questions about that overly optimistic, flippant conclusion.

Kavanaugh, for one, had no questions, and just rubber-stamped the nuclear industry's agenda of continuing to generate irradiated nuclear fuel, ad nauseum.

By way of contrast, President Obama's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, in 2013 cast a dissenting opinion in a case re: Yucca Mountain that was sympathetic to the views of Beyond Nuclear et al. (even though we were not a party to the case). Garland -- whose nomination was ruthlessly blocked by Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), without so much as a committee hearing, an action without precedent in U.S. history -- held that the resumption of the highly controversial NRC Yucca Mountain licensing proceeding, absent needed funding, was the "doing of a useless act."

Thursday
Aug092018

Tri-City mayors worry about ‘catastrophic’ Hanford tunnel collapse

As reported by the Tri-City Herald.

As the mayors of Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, and West Richland urged the State of Washington to approve the U.S. Department of Energy's request to grout the tunnel containing highly radioactively contaminated equipment, in a bid to prevent its potentially "catastrophic" collapse, the state's Department of Ecology pushed back.

“What DOE is asking is to take irreversible action — put grout in that tunnel — before the the public process really has a chance to get off the ground,” said Alex Smith, [the State of Washington's Department of] Ecology’s Nuclear Waste Program manager.

The May 2017 collapse of a sister radioactive waste storage tunnel at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation risked a significant release of radioactivity into the outside environment, to blow downwind. In that emergency situation, DOE simply bulldozed dirt into the gaping maw of the tunnel's collapsed roof, exposed as it was to the open air.

Such ad hoc action could make future retrieval of the radioactive wastes difficult to impossible, as could grouting the second tunnel as DOE and the Tri-City mayors are urging now. This could mean locking the radioactive wastes in place, only to make inevitable their erosion into the environment (soil, groundwater, air) if the tunnels are simply abandoned as is, and as the soil cap and grout fail over long enough periods of time.


Read more here: https://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/hanf/article216352450.html#storylink=cpy
Wednesday
Jul252018

Nuclear Hotseat Special: Congress Meets Hard Nuclear Decommissioning Truths

Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps (left), with Ian Zabarte of the Native Community Action Council, at the "Zero Hour" youth climate march on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Saturday, July 21, 2018. Photo by Galen Tromble.

SPECIAL REPORT:
Two Days with Congress: DC Briefing, Education/Lobbying on Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants


This Week’s Featured Interviews:

  • Kevin Kamps is the Nuclear Waste Specialist for Beyond Nuclear, and when it comes to problems with existing radioactive waste and what’s being done – or not done – with it, there’s not much that Kevin doesn’t know.
  • Dave Kraft is Executive Director  of Nuclear Energy Information Service, or NEIS, based in Chicago. Dave gives us a picture of what nuclear reactor shutdown and subsequent decommissioning means through the experience of just one of the communities that once welcomed the nuclear industry as the answer to their economic prayers.
  • Manna Jo Green, executive director of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, has been involved in decades worth of battles regarding New York’s Indian Point nuclear reactors, located only 30 miles as the crow flies from midtown Manhattan. Manna Jo gets into the impact of Indian Point on the ecology of the Hudson River, the ongoing legal battles, and what needs to be done to protect the people of New York from its potential use as a terrorist target.

LINK to Briefing Presser:
Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants:
What Congress, Federal Agencies and Communities Need to Know

Great, clear, concise overview of the issues.  Excellent educational tool to be used by ANY citizens group that lives near a nuclear reactor that is or will be going through decommissioning. 

LINKS to Background Materials and Powerpoint Slides:

www.eesi.org/briefings/view/071618nuclear

www.eesi.org/files/071618_Nuclear_Plant_Decommissioning_Briefing_Packet.zip

  • Complete briefing packet, enrichment materials

VIDEO of the Congressional Briefing Livestream:

 

Many thanks to the organizations active in the coalition that put together this event together: Beyond Nuclear, Clean Water Action New Jersey, Ecological Options Network, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (IPSEC), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS), Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), Riverkeeper, Safe Energy Rights Group, Unity for Clean Energy (U4CE), Western Shoshone Nation, and many others.  With thanks for their invaluable support to EEIS – Environmental and Energy Study Institute and media representative Steve Kent.