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U.S. House votes 340 to 72 to “Screw Nevada,” again — and perhaps New Mexico and Texas, too, while they’re at it!         
One of the six toes, on one of the feet, of the Yucca Dump Mutant Zombie (see image, right  on original), twitched yesterday. By a lopsided vote of 340 to 72, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of “Screw Nevada 2.0,” a reprise of the 1987 “Screw Nevada” bill, that singled out Yucca Mountain for the country’s highly radioactive waste dump-site in the first place
This was the biggest vote on nuclear waste in the U.S. House in 16 years, and seeks to overturn the Obama administration’s wise 2010 cancellation of the unsuitable Yucca Mountain Project. In addition to approving H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2018, the House, “in its wisdom” (or lack thereof!), similarly voted down an amendment offered by Dina Titus (Democrat-NV), that would have required consent-based siting for a dump like Yucca, per the 2012 recommendations by the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.
Thank you to everyone who contacted their U.S. Rep. urging opposition to H.R. 3053. Please check this link for more info., including to see how your U.S. Rep. voted on the Titus amendment, and the overall bill. Then please thank or “spank” (express your disappointment to) your U.S. Rep., accordingly, and point out:
the high-risk “Mobile Chernobyl” impacts of shipping 110,000 metric tons (an increase from the current legal limit of 70,000) of highly radioactive waste, by truck, train, and/or barge, through 44 states, dozens of major cities, and 330 of 435 U.S. congressional districts, if H.R. 3053 becomes law.  In addition to expediting the opening of the Yucca dump, by gutting due process and environmental and safety regulations, H.R. 3053 would authorize centralized interim storage facilities (CISFs, or de facto permanent, surface storage, “parking lot dumps”), as targeted at Holtec/ELEA, NM and WCS, TX. Re: Holtec/ELEA
 please continue submitting environmental scoping public comments to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission by the May 29th deadline — see how, and for more info., at this link. And please also contact both your U.S. Senators, urging them to oppose bad, dangerous nuke waste dumps targeted at NM, NV, and/or TX, and the inevitable Mobile Chernobyls they would launch: call your U.S. Senators via the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and fill out and submit Food & Water Watch’s webform! To learn more about the Yucca dump scheme, CISF proposals, and nuclear waste transport risks, please see the corresponding Beyond Nuclear website sub-sections.

May 12, 2018 - Posted by | politics, USA, wastes

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  1. Not a popular view, I’m sure, but someone’s going to be “screwed” by the nuclear waste. The problems with Yucca mountain come at closure when moisture would come out of the rock and make the humidity go to 100% and the corrosion that comes with it. So, the key would be not to close it and keep it properly monitored which is a must anyway. (The Swiss interim waste facility appears to be properly done with monitoring and room for fire trucks, etc.) I do worry about the waste being transported and left out in the heat in Nevada, however. But, the same is true of WIPP in New Mexico and WIPP is in a salt bed and hence a worse option than hard rock like at Yucca. I think that cool, arid, low population, Idaho National Lab is a better place though they have wild fires. Shut down the lab itself which promotes new nuclear and put the workers to work watching the waste. California is one of the only places that got to vote for or against nuclear reactors and voted for. So, it is “fair” for them to keep the waste. And, yet due to earthquake hazard it’s not a safe location for waste. Most places had no choice re nuclear reactors and the only “benefits” were in the form of higher electric bills to pay for the reactors. Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas were locked in legal action about who would pay for some of the nuclear power stations as costs sky-rocketed. Even the City of New Orleans was trying not to pay and suing to dump costs on rural areas. The high costs of the new southeastern reactors (Vogtle, etc.) have become an issue. A study showed that the reactors have been disproportionately located in poor, rural, low education, mostly southern areas with high percentage of African Americans. These locations are unfair and the people had no choice. They are also generally prone to hurricanes and tornados and are hot and humid making for corrosion. So, for states out west which benefitted from well-paying nuclear lab jobs to talk about fairness, in this context, is disingenuous or uninformed. It looks like knee-jerk NIMBYism, which isn’t helpful. Idaho wants the federal monies for promoting nuclear but not the nuclear waste, which is the epitome of unfair hypocrisy. We need to talk about the better of the bad options and how to best secure the waste and where people are educated enough to know how to secure it. Dropping a monitored concrete building over the waste may be appropriate some places, if the soil can support it. But, probably not all. All of America is stolen American Indian land, whether stolen 100 years ago or 400 years ago. A lot, and maybe all, of the nuclear power stations in the southeast are on sacred American Indian lands. Some of these Indians were sold into slavery, killed, or merged into the general population. Where-ever the nuclear waste goes is going to be “unfair” and the focus needs to be on the least-bad option for public health and safety.

    A new push for high exposure levels is the US gov’s solution for a transport or other waste accident, as well as nuclear accidents. This is the most alarming:

    Comment by miningawareness | May 12, 2018 | Reply

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