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Centralized Storage

With the scientifically unsound proposed Yucca Mountain radioactive waste dump now canceled, the danger of "interim" storage threatens. This means that radioactive waste could be "temporarily" parked in open air lots, vulnerable to accident and attack, while a new repository site is sought.

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Wednesday
Aug142019

Battle Emerges Over Nuclear Waste in America’s Oil Patch

Proposal to put atomic-waste site in Permian Basin moves forward as opponents worry about threat to valuable U.S. oil fields

As reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Thursday
Aug012019

Opposition mounts against Holtec's CISF: FASKEN OIL AND RANCH AND PERMIAN BASIN LAND AND ROYALTY OWNERS MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE A NEW CONTENTION

NEWS FROM BEYOND NUCLEAR

For immediate release: August 1, 2019

Contact: Kevin Kamps, radioactive waste specialist, Beyond Nuclear, kevin@beyondnuclear.org, (240) 462-3216

 

Opposition mounts against Holtec International/Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance scheme for de facto permanent surface storage of 173,600 metric tons of highly radioactive irradiated nuclear fuel in southeastern New Mexico:


FASKEN OIL AND RANCH AND PERMIAN BASIN LAND AND ROYALTY OWNERS MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE A NEW CONTENTION

 
 
TAKOMA PARK, MD -- As a courtesy, Beyond Nuclear is sharing a MOTION, filed by Fasken Oil and Ranch, and Permian Basin Land and Royalty Owners, posted online here. The MOTION was filed today in the Holtec/ELEA consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) license application proceeding before the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. Robert V. Eye of Lawrence, KS serves as Fasken and PBLRO legal counsel.

Like Fasken, and PBLRO, Beyond Nuclear is an official party in opposition to the Holtec/ELEA proposal. Beyond Nuclear's legal counsel are Diane Curran of Washington, D.C., and Mindy Goldstein of Atlanta, GA.

So too are Sierra Club, the largest and oldest environmental organization in the U.S. (represented by legal counsel Wally Taylor of Cedar Rapds, IA), as well as a seven-group, nationwide, grassroots environmetal coalition ("Don't Waste Michigan, et al.," represented by legal counsel Terry Lodge of Toledo, OH).

For more background information on this, and the closely related Waste Control Specialsts/Interim Storage Partners CISF targeting Andrews County, Texas (for an additional 40,000 MT of irradiated nuclear fuel, just 39 miles from the Holtec/ELEA CISF site in NM), please visit Beyond Nuclear's CENTRALIZED STORAGE website section (posted in backwards chronological order).

As with the highly controversial Yucca Mountain, Nevada permanent disposal scheme, the TX and/or NM CISFs, if licensed, constructed, and operated, would launch unprecedented thousands, or even tens of thousands, of shipments of high-level radioactive waste, lasting decades. Shipments, by road, rail, and barge, would pass through most states, many major cities, and the vast majority of U.S. congressional districts (see 2017 documents). The high risks have led to opponents long dubbing such shipments "Mobile Chernobyls," "Floating Fukushimas," and "Dirty Bombs on Wheels." See Beyond Nuclear's NUCLEAR WASTE TRANSPORTATION website section for more information.


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Beyond Nuclear is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization. Beyond Nuclear aims to educate and activate the public about the connections between nuclear power and nuclear weapons and the need to abolish both to safeguard our future. Beyond Nuclear advocates for an energy future that is sustainable, benign and democratic. The Beyond Nuclear team works with diverse partners and allies to provide the public, government officials, and the media with the critical information necessary to move humanity toward a world beyond nuclear. Beyond Nuclear: 7304 Carroll Avenue, #182, Takoma Park, MD 20912. Info@beyondnuclear.org. www.beyondnuclear.org.
Tuesday
Jul302019

WILL "All spent nuclear fuel in the US...soon end up in one place"?!

Not if Beyond Nuclear, and a broad coalition of environmental and environmental justice groups, in New Mexico and across the country, have anything to say about it!

See National Geographic's article.

Thursday
Jul252019

Radioactive Skeletons in Holtec International's Closet...

Articles, and other posts, listed in backwards chronological order:

Posted July 16, 2019 --

Pilgrim Watch Motion to File a New Contention, re: Holtec trustworthiness, reliability, and character (vis-a-vis allegation of bribery attempts, and more)

See the July 16, 2019 Motion filed by environmental watch-dog organization Pilgrim Watch, in the context of Holtec International/SNC-Lavalin's takeover of the permanently shutdown Pilgrim atomic reactor license for decommissioning and irradiated nuclear fuel management purposes.

Posted July 10, 2019 --

[NJ State Senate Majority Leader] Weinberg ‘troubled’ by Holtec revelations

As reported by Politico.

Posted July 9, 2019 --

Holtec funneled $50,000 to federal employee in bid to win contract, inspector general report says

Posted July 9, 2019 --

Holtec CEO was at center of inquiry that led to disbarment by federal agency

As reported by Politico.

Posted July 2, 2019 --

Meet the Congressman Defending Questionable Tax Breaks for a Company Connected to His Rich Brother

After multiple issues have surfaced with Holtec International’s New Jersey tax break application, Rep. Donald Norcross, its biggest congressional supporter (and the brother of a Holtec board member) is playing defense.

As reported by ProPublica and WNYC.

Posted June 30, 2019 --

Jim Walden went after the mob as a federal prosecutor. Now he’s investigating N.J. tax breaks

As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

June 26, 2019 --

A Huge Tax Break Went to a Politically Connected Company in New Jersey Despite Red Flags

Holtec International told New Jersey regulators that Ohio was competing for its new headquarters. But officials there stripped the firm of past tax awards for failing to create the jobs it promised.

As reported by ProPublica and WNYC.

Posted June 20, 2019 --

New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard: Holtec Int’l Misrepresentations Raise Serious Safety Concerns for Proposed Nuclear Storage Facility

NM Commissioner of Public Lands' press release, sub-titled "No Restrictions on Oil, Gas and Mining Activities At Proposed Site," as well as news coverage, posted.

Posted June 4, 2019:

The Tax Break Application Had a False Answer. Now the State Has Put the Break on Hold.

After WNYC and ProPublica identified a false answer on nuclear company Holtec International’s New Jersey tax break application, state officials have frozen the break pending further investigation.

As further reported by WNYC and ProPublica.

Posted June 3, 2019 --

Sources: Subpoena issued to New Jersey Economic Development Authority seeks documents on Holtec

As reported by Politico.

The news follows an earlier exposé by Politico and WNYC, dated May 23, 2019, re: Holtec's false testimony to the State of New Jersey on an application which won the company a $260 million tax break. Holtec testified that it had never been barred from doing business with the federal government or any state government. This was false. It had been barred from doing business with the Tennessee Valley Authority, due to a bribery conviction at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant in Alabama.

Posted May 23, 2019 --

Re: Holtec -- "A False Answer, a Big Political Connection and $260 Million in Tax Breaks"

As reported by ProPublica and WNYC.

Posted December 20, 2018 --

"The NRC staff determined that NRC regulations do not specifically address bribery."

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has delivered an early Xmas present to Holtec International. NRC has decided that "NRC regulations do not specifically address bribery." The shocking statement is included in a December 20, 2018 "Closure Letter," re: an "Allegation" of bribery against Holtec, that NRC launched an official investigation of, lasting nearly five months. In the end, NRC's curt "Closure Letter" announced that bribery is "not our department"!

On July 30, 2018, in its public comments re: NRC's National Environmental Policy Act scoping process vis-a-vis Holtec's proposal to "tempoarily store" all the highly radioactive waste to ever be generated in the United States (and then some) in southeastern New Mexico, Beyond Nuclear included allegations of bribery by Holtec. See page 2 of Beyond Nuclear's comments, here, re: the bribery allegations against Holtec CEO Krishna Singh.

Specifically, Holtec's CEO, Krishna Singh, attempted to bribe industry whistle-blower Oscar Shirani of Commonwealth Edison/Exelon (as well as NRC whistle-blower Dr. Ross Landsman), into silence, re: widespread, serious quality assurance (QA) violations in the design and fabrication of Holtec containers for high-level radioactive waste storage and transport, used extensively throughout the U.S. nuclear power industry.

Singh was also implicated in bribing a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) official in order to secure a contact at the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in Alabama. The bribery led to a court conviction, and resulted in Holtec paying millions of dollars in fines, as well as a 60-day suspension (a bar) on doing business with TVA.

Of course, $2 million in fines, and a 60-day bar, were mere slaps on the wrist for a giant international corporation like Holtec. Holtec was then simply allowed to proceed merrily along its way, executing and profiting from the contract it secured through bribery, and others that followed thereafter.

Mining Awareness, on July 29, 2018, published an exposé and provided documentation of Holtec's TVA bribery and kick-back scandal.

Posted July 29, 2018 --

Holtec Nuclear Waste Cans-Kris Singh: Apparent Bribery-Kickback And Allegation Of Attempted Bribery

As published by Mining Awareness.

Posted April 5, 2017 --

Summary of Oscar Shirani’s Allegations of Quality Assurance Violations Against Holtec Storage/Transport Casks

Now that Holtec International and the Eddy-Lea [Counties] Energy Alliance (ELEA) want to open a parking lot dump in Southeastern New Mexico, it's time to look back at these whistleblower revelations from more than a decade ago:

Shirani questioned the structural integrity of the Holtec containers sitting still, going zero miles per hour, let alone traveling 60 miles per hour -- or faster -- on railways.

Landsman has compared the QA violations involving Holtec containers, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's incompetence (or worse, collusion) -- having done nothing about it -- as similar to the reasons why Space Shuttles have hit the ground.

Wednesday
Jul242019

This Texas Oil Town Actually Wants the Nation’s Nuclear Waste

That's the headline on the Bloomberg article.

But it's not exactly accurate, as reflected by the sub-headine:

  • Foes fear becoming ‘the Chernobyl of West Texas’ if it leaks
The article quotes Beyond Nuclear:

Kevin Kamps, an official with Takoma Park, Maryland-based group Beyond Nuclear, who drove to Midland for the hearing, said in an interview that high-level nuclear waste bound for Andrews would travel through major cities.

“The transport risks are for the entire country and they haven’t even been alerted,” Kamps said.

The article also quotes several other opponents to the proposed dump, including:

Tommy Taylor, director of oil and gas development for Fasken Oil and Ranch Ltd. of Midland, Texas;

Local Andrews County, TX residents, including Elizabeth Padilla (whose elegant quote is featured in the sub-headline above), a member of SEED Coalition, a legal standing declarant for a seven-group grassroots environmental coalition, Don't Waste Michigan et al., represented by legal counsel Terry Lodge of Toledo, Ohio;

and Rose Gardner of Alliance for Environmental Strategies (AFES), a legal standing declarant for Beyond Nuclear, and the 2019 winner of Beyond Nuclear's Dr. Judith H. Johnsrud 'Unsung Hero' Award, presented at the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability's annual "D.C. Days" on Capitol Hill on May 21, 2019.

(You can hear Rose Gardner interviewed, along with Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps, on Sputnik Radio's "Loud & Clear" on May 22, 2019; you can also hear her "Voice from the Frontlines of Nuclear Waste" on a NIRS telebriefing dated July 19, 2019, alongside Diane D'Arrigo of NIRS, David Rosen of Midland TX, and Don Hancock of SRIC in ABQ NM.)