NIRS Action Alert
STOP A BLANK CHECK FOR HIGH-LEVEL
RADIOACTIVE WASTE TRANSPORT AND STORAGE WITHIN
1. Urge your elected officials to stop H.R.
5427 – the
Contact information for elected officials:
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm,
Phone 517-373-3400; Fax 517-335-6863; or send her a web form at http://www.michigan.gov/gov/0,1607,7-168-21995-65331--,00.html
U.S. Senator Carl Levin, 269
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, 133 Hart Senate Office Building,
Urge them to
contact Sen. Domenici, as numerous Governors and State Attorney Generals
already have. Urge them to do all they can to oppose H.R. 5427 and its
undermining of the State of
2. As an alternative to this dangerous
proposal, consider adding your group to the national coalition calling for
safety and security upgrades for radioactive waste stored at nuclear power
plants in Michigan. See the “Principles for Safeguarding Nuclear Waste at
Reactors” at http://www.citizen.org/documents/PrinciplesSafeguardingIrradiatedFuel.pdf
and send your name, title, group name, and full contact information to email@example.com to sign on. Note that
NIRS, Citizens Resistance at Fermi Two, Coalition for a Nuclear-Free Great
Lakes, and Don’t Waste
Nuclear Waste Specialist
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
(and board member, Don’t Waste Michigan, representing
U.S. Senator Pete Domenici (Republican, New Mexico), powerful chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as well as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee for Energy and Water Development, has proposed creating “consolidation and preparation” (CAP) facilities – centralized interim storage sites – for commercial high-level radioactive waste in every state with nuclear reactors.
Despite the agency’s
abysmal radioactive waste management record, Sen. Domenici would grant the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) final say over the location of such interim storage
sites – thus the ability to override
The opening of CAP facilities would
happen in a frighteningly short three and a half year long
“streamlined” period. The license would be for 25 years of
“interim” storage (if 25 years can be called
“temporary”!), although waste could remain at CAP facilities for
significantly longer than that. DOE has admitted its proposed national
repository for high-level waste – targeted at
Even after those 41+ years, Yucca
would not be able to accommodate all the waste generated by that point in the
This half-baked scheme could very
well result in helter skelter waste shipments around the State of
To see how close such shipment
routes could come to you, go to http://www.ewg.org/reports/nuclearwaste/find_address.php
and type in your address to find out. For proposed barge routes on
Sen. Domenici’s dangerous scheme, just like the scientifically indefensible Yucca Mountain dump proposal, is merely an attempt to create the “illusion of a solution” (as Michael Keegan of Coalition for a Nuclear-Free Great Lakes has put it) to the radioactive waste problem, in order to justify license extensions at old reactors and to build new reactors for the first time in over 30 years.
To be sent a detailed analysis of H.R. 5427 prepared by Michele Boyd at Public Citizen, or for any other questions, contact me at the numbers above.
We’ve stopped similar dangerous proposals time and time again for many years, and we can do it again!