LAST NRC PUBLIC MEETING TOMORROW Th. October 15th from 9 am to noon MST (Online) – Friends in Texas, New Mexico and around the country are urged to join in and speak out! We urgently need everyone’s voices…
CALL IN TO COMMENT ON THE Nuclear Regulatory Commission draft Environmental Impact Statement for Supposedly “Interim” Nuclear Waste Dump and Massive Transport Across the US for Decades Oct 1, 6, 8, 15th
Four Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) teleconference public meetings about the Waste Control Specialists/Interim Storage Partners proposal to bring 40,000 tons of high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants by rail to the west Texas/New Mexico border, five miles east of Eunice, New Mexico. For more information, fact sheets, transportation maps, and talking points: http://nonuclearwasteaqui.org/
Th. October 15th from 9 am to noon MST https://www.nrc.gov/pmns/mtg?do=details&Code=20201101
Teleconference: Bridge Number (888) 989-9268 Pass Code 5300047
Important: Press *1 as soon as you get through, which allows you to talk when it’s your turn.
Webinar: https://usnrc.webex.com/ Meeting number 199 125 5213 Password: ISPDEIS
Talking Points / Risks / Key issues
- HALT LICENSING NOW!
- This deadly waste shouldn’t be shipped across the country to be dumped in the Southwest for decades… perhaps forever.
- Fails to get the waste into a permanent repository
- Could hamper efforts to develop less risky storage systems and permanent disposal
- This waste must be isolated from living things for a million years. Consolidated Interim Storage is a band-aid approach that makes matters worse, not better.
- It would be massive environmental injustice
- Health and safety risks from potential contamination
- Transportation risks – accidents, leaks, sabotage, and even routine transport emissions, which the NRC calls “less than a chest X-ray”
- Impacts to water, air, soil – WCS site is near the Ogallala Aquifer – the nation’s largest aquifer
- Financial risks – could cost billions of dollars to remediate contamination
- Lack of a dry cask transfer facility – so there would be no way to repackage cracked or leaking canisters
- The region has temperature extremes, wildfires, intense winds, flooding – not safe for radioactive waste.
- Earthquakes and radioactive waste don’t mix
- Impacts to businesses – the Permian Basin region is the largest oil-producing region in the world.
- Heavy trains, train traffic, lack of safety training and equipment, Lack of full-time paid fire departments in many areas.
- Consolidated Interim Storage is ILLEGAL under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act…. NRC has no business processing this license application by Waste Control Specialists (WCS) / Interim Storage Partners (ISP) for Texas – or the Holtec application for nearby New Mexico.
- Resolutions opposing nuclear waste dumping and transport have been passed by Dallas, Bexar, Nueces, Midland and El Paso Counties, and the cities of San Antonio, Midland and Denton, plus the Midland Chamber of Commerce. This represents the voices of 5.4 million Texans.
- These inadequate webinars make a mockery of “public meetings”. The NRC must schedule real, in-person public meetings after Covid risks are over – in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, Midland and Andrews in Texas and along transport routes across the country. The comment period should remain open until this is accomplished