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Report back from the Sept. 3 NRC Yucca Mountain public comment meeting

Environmental opponents more than held their own at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) attempt to revive the cancelled Yucca Mountain high-level radioactive waste dump on Sept. 3. The public comment meeting on NRC's Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) took place at NRC's HQ in Rockville, MD, was Webcast, and had a call-in option.

Representatives from the State of Nevada Agency for Nuclear Projects, Beyond Nuclear, Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), and SERV (Support and Education from Radiation Victims) were present in person at NRC HQ.

But representatives from numerous groups across the country took part by phone, including: Environmentalists Inc. in SC; NIRS S.E. in NC; Coalition for a Nuclear-Free Great Lakes in MI; GRAMMIES  (Grandmothers, Mothers, and More for Energy Safety) in NJ; San Onofre Safety in CA; Sierra Club, Virginia Chapter, Nuclear-Free Committee; Safe and Green Campaign in VT; Nukewatch in WI; Stand Up Save Lives in IL; Eureka County, NV's Yucca staffer; the State of Vermont's State Nuclear Engineer; as well as watchdogs and concerned citizens in Philadelphia, Greenbelt MD, and southern CA.

Beyond Nuclear's radioactive waste watchdog, Kevin Kamps, submitted public comments at the microphone. They touched "talking points" hammered out by the Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force, as well as "Sample Comments" Beyond Nuclear hammered out in a web post posted below. Please see Beyond Nuclear's Yucca Mountain website section for more information, and help spread the word about the need for public comments needing to be submitted to NRC by Nov. 20th. Together, we can stop the Yucca dump once and for all!