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The danger in transporting nuclear wastes to just a “temporary” nuclear morgue

Activists rally against nuclear waste transport 
Staff Writer,Greenfield Recorder  September 21, 2018 GREENFIELD — In a lot of ways it was like a party, celebrating the accomplishments of the past few years: The closures of the Vermont and Rowe nuclear plants. ……..The theme of the night? The high-level nuclear power plant waste being stored in Rowe and Vernon, Vt., must go — but only once the right and final safe place for it is decided.

“I haven’t bothered you for three or four years at this point,” leader of CAN and Rowe resident Deb Katz said. “But we’ve come back to our community to say: We need to be involved again. And I wish it wasn’t so.”

Katz and CAN just begun a tour of New England, and after spending their first two nights in Vermont, they came to Greenfield Thursday. On Friday, they will take the tour to the Statehouse on Beacon Hill.

Currently, the anti-nuclear activists are rallying against a bill that could allow for the high-level nuclear waste in Rowe and Vernon, Vt., to be shipped in canisters across the country to Texas or New Mexico. It would place the waste in what CAN is calling “parking lots” that are seen as more temporary holdings than anything else, but could be pitched as helping tthe economy in these regions in the Southwest of the country.

“Why shouldn’t we just say ‘yes, wow. Thank you so much’? The trouble is this is a really bad idea,” Katz said. “We all want the waste off the site, but we want it done right. And we want it done once.” ………

At the moment there isn’t a distinct solution on where to move the high-level nuclear waste, but Katz and fellow lead organizer Chris Williams of Vermont advovated for more science to figure out the best solution to storing waste that remains toxic for thousands of years.

“It took a lot of hard science to create this mess,” Williams said. “To get rid of this stuff properly, we’re going to have to apply real science and not just political expediency.”

The goal is to look to scientists to find the place for “deep geological storage,” Williams said.

Preaching to find a better, scientific solution was organizer and activist Kerstin Rudek from the Peoples Initiative, based out of Germany, where her neighbors have faced similar issues.

“It’s an international thing,” Rudek said, pointing to the lack of answers of what to do with the nuclear waste and the need for answers. “It’s not just a local thing.”

The meeting, which Williams described as a “little more lively than your usual nuclear waste meeting,” also included the speaker Leona Morgan, from the Navajo Nation and an Albuquerque, N.M. resident.

“It’s great news when we hear a nuclear power plant has been shut down, but it makes me nervous because it makes the push for these false solutions even harder,” Morgan said.

She described the political climate in New Mexico as pitching to residents that moving the nuclear waste there would be good for their economy, creating jobs, but ignoring the will of the residents who might be affected by it most.

“I’m here tonight to tell you we don’t want it,” Morgan said. “We don’t want this waste.”………

You can reach Joshua Solomon at:  jsolomon@recorder.com  413-772-0261, ext. 264     https://www.recorder.com/Anti-nuclear-group-CAN-advocated-for-one-final-location-for-waste-at-tour-event-at-Hawks—Reed-20333471

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September 21, 2018 - Posted by | opposition to nuclear, safety, USA, wastes

2 Comments »

  1. It was the shortsightedness of our government and the nuclear industry that got us into this mess , let us not be shortsighted now about what to do with the nuclear waste. In the meantime, let’s stop producing more waste! Until a deep geological – nonporous site -is found where the host community agrees to take the waste, the waste will stay at Pilgrim. The casks for this waste storage and its location at Pilgrim should be what the decision makers consider .

    Comment by Elaine | September 22, 2018 | Reply

  2. All of our effort and energy should be focused on the safe decommissioning at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. We asked for a voice into that decommissioning and thanks to Senator Vinnie deMacedo and former Senator Dan Wolf we have it. I am not closing my eyes to the fact that the radiological waste will travel on our highways and rail lines, endangering millions along the way, to the “final” resting place. We’d be naïve to think that it would be in a millionaires back yard or adjacent to it. That is the horror that was foisted on citizens who were looking for cheap production of electricity. Our community MUST stay together and voice our concerns to the MA Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel……there are individuals with open minds and clear voices that can reach the Governor and other legislators.

    Bottom line, it is all about the money. We must concentrate on getting the decommissioning done as safely as possible. The reality is that we MUST work together and take it one step at a time.

    Comment by janet azarovitz | September 22, 2018 | Reply


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