Help stop high-level radioactive waste environmental injustice, comment on Feb. 23
February 21, 2017
Please note: shut down reactor sites are not shown; also, truck shipments would require a license amendment to be approved by NRC, as WCS's current application is for rail (and related barge) shipments[Take part in the Feb. 23 NRC meeting if you still can. But even if you can't, you can still submit written comments until March 13. See below about that.]
Waste Control Specialists (WCS) in West Texas has applied to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for a license to construct and operate a "centralized interim storage facility" for 40,000 metric tons of commercial irradiated nuclear fuel, more than half of what exists in the U.S.
The "host" county, Andrews, has a large Latin American population, as well as many low income residents; so too does Eunice, New Mexico, just four miles from WCS across the state border.
This de facto permanent parking lot dump would launch 4,000 high-risk Mobile Chernobyl train car shipments, traveling through most states (see map, above left; click here for a larger version).
A significant number would initially travel by barge on surface waters -- Floating Fukushimas on lakes, rivers, and seacoasts -- just to reach the nearest rail head. Dirty Bomb on Wheels security risks would abound.
On Thurs., Feb. 23, from 1-4pm Eastern, NRC will hold an environmental scoping public comment opportunity, accessible by call-in teleconference and/or Webinar (in-person attendance is also an option for those near enough NRC's HQ in Rockville, MD).
NRC's Webinar link will go live in real time. The toll free call-in/teleconference number is (800) 619-9084; Passcode 3009542.
Beyond Nuclear has assembled sample comments you can use to prepare your own, for oral submission at next week's meeting, whether in-person or via Webcast/call-in, and/or for written submission by the March 13th deadline, via email, online Web form, or snail mail. Please take part, make comments, and spread the word! More
Article originally appeared on Beyond Nuclear (http://www.beyondnuclear.org/).
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