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Here is an update on federal nuclear waste legislation from NIRS.

JB.

Subject: Mobile Chernobyl update
    Date: Wed, 13 May 1998 09:26:13 -0700 (PDT)
   From: Michael Mariotte <nirsnet@igc.apc.org>
      To: nirsnet@igc.apc.org


The nuclear industry is pushing for a new vote on the Mobile Chernobyl
legislation (S 104/HR 1270). In the backrooms of the Congress, the
industry
and its supporters are trying to hammer out an agreement that will swing

just a couple of Senators who previously voted against the bill, in an
effort to achieve a "veto-proof" majority. President Clinton continues
to
promise a veto of this legislation. In addition, the industry has hired
professional lobbying consultants in an effort to swing a few of the
shakier
Senators.

At this point, however, we do not expect a new vote before the Memorial
Day
recess (if that changes, we'll let you know right away!).

The most important thing to do now is continued outreach and publicity.
The
more publicity this gets and the more the public is aware of it, the
more
likely we can defeat it!

This is an excellent time for letters to the editor (sample below) and
op-eds to your local papers, and to bring up the issue on radio talk
shows.
It's also an excellent time to talk about the issue and set up
letter-writing to Congress tables at concerts, spring fairs,
etc--wherever
people gather. We still have some brochures on the issue if you need
them.
And there is a lot of info (and vote lists) available in the Don't Waste

America section of NIRS' website (www.nirs.org)

Thanks for your continued efforts,

Michael Mariotte
NIRS


sample letter:

Dear editor:

Last year, [member] voted for an irresponsible, dangerous bill, known as
the
Mobile Chernobyl Act, that would set up a "temporary" storage site for
high-level atomic waste in Nevada and begin the transportation of
thousands
of casks of radioactive waste across 43 states (including your area?).
The
bill would also reduce radiation protection standards and trample
environmental laws.

President Clinton has repeatedly promised to veto this unnecessary
bail-out
for the atomic power industry. [member] should change [his/her] vote and

vote to protect the public, not the nuclear industry when this bill
returns
to Congress this Spring.

signed...

Another approach is to thank members who voted against the bill, and
urge
them to continue to oppose Mobile Chernobyl.

Here are a few more issues you could raise:

WHY THIS IS A FALSE SOLUTION TO THE WASTE PROBLEM:

1) It redirects nuclear waste policy to put up a parking-lot dump at
Yucca
Mountain, Nevada that may become de facto permanent, in an area that
would
not be licensed under current standards due to earthquakes (over 600 in
the
last 10 years).  Of course, the bill also waives current standards! And
all
other environmental laws as well!
2) It is Western Shoshone land, and they do not want the nation's
nuclear waste.
3) It just transfers an inadequate storage technology - dry cask storage
-
from one place to another with no added management advantage. The
nuclear
utilities benefit since under this new plan since they get to transfer
ownership of the waste to the taxpayer as each shipment leaves the gate.

"Like the S & L bail-out with a toxic twist!" --Sen. Paul Wellstone
4) Meanwhile there is a huge nuclear hazard of moving the waste an
average
of 2000 miles per shipment  - * of the nuclear reactors are east of the
Mississippi River - and it will take 30 years. This is completely
unjustified if the site is in fact temporary and the waste may have to
be
moved again…but in any case:
5) The new legislation imposes unrealistic deadlines on nuclear waste
transport that are reckless when one considers that planning and
preparation
have not even started at the local level and shipments would begin in
just
2-3 years. Each year this program would move as much irradiated fuel
than
the last 30 years combined.
6) This shipping campaign will move 100,000 tons of the most deadly
nuclear
material on earth through the front yards of 30 million people in 43
states,
over a 30 year period, to a parking lot. We can do better than this.
--
John Bailey, Research Associate
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
1313 Fifth Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
Tel:  612-379-3815
Fax:  612-379-3920

ILSR's Web Site:  http://www.ilsr.org
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