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Trump administration’s plan to reclassify nuclear wastes as not “High Level”

Trump administration wants to reclassify leaking nuclear waste to avoid cleaning it up, say officials
‘This is unacceptable, and we will not stand by while this administration plans to abandon its responsibility to clean up their mess’, Independent UK, 10 Jan 19Josh Gabbatiss, Science Correspondent @josh_gabbatiss  Donald Trump‘s administration has been accused of trying to downplay the danger of nuclear waste so it can “abandon its responsibility to clean up their mess”. 

A federal government plan to reclassify this waste as less dangerous has been fiercely criticised by officials in Washington state, who said the move would allow it to walk away from its responsibility to clean up millions of gallons of toxic, radioactive material.

The state is home to the Hanford nuclear site which houses the nation’s largest collection of nuclear waste, left over from atomic bomb production.

  • There are the 177 ageing underground tanks stored at the site containing the most dangerous material – some of which are leaking.

    Amid fears much of the waste will be left in the ground, earlier this week, Washington state filed its objections to the US Department of Energy.

  • These were accompanied by a letter from the state’s Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

    The US Department of Energy is seeking to reclassify a large percentage of the waste as lower-level waste. That would allow treatment and disposal options that would not guarantee long-term protections.

    At present the government is obliged to keep the waste safely in a “deep geological repository”, but if it was reclassified there would be no such obligation. Critics are concerned this could mean that the was allowed to reside in areas in which it posed a threat.

    This dangerous idea will only serve to silence the voices of tribal leaders, Hanford workers, public safety officials, and surrounding communities in these important conversations,” said Mr Inslee, a Democrat who is considering a presidential run in 2020. “This is unacceptable, and we will not stand by while this administration plans to abandon its responsibility to clean up their mess.”

  •  ……….Critics say that reclassifying some of the high-level radioactive waste to low-level could save the government billions of dollars and decades of work, but would do so by simply leaving dangerous material in the ground.
  • Cleanup efforts at Hanford have been underway since the late 1980s and cost about $2bn a year.

    Currently, all of that waste is classified as high-level. Plans for its treatment and disposal have been developed to isolate it from the environment until it is no longer dangerous.

    The energy department wants to reclassify some waste if it meets certain highly technical conditions, and says such measures would save $40 billion in clean-up costs.

    The proposed measure would also cover other waste disposal facilities in places like South Carolina and Idaho, and could be implemented without the approval of Congress. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/nuclear-waste-trump-radioactive-washington-state-hanford-atomic-bombs-a8719021.html

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January 10, 2019 - Posted by | politics, USA, wastes

8 Comments »

  1. Huge misinformation, a typical Propagandizing weapon of this US war machine industrial complex, – profiteering and robbing tax payers like YOU!

    Comment by mrice12 | January 10, 2019 | Reply

    • What is the misinformation? Is the misinformation you refer to, stated in declaring high level radioactive waste as low level or are you attacking the veracity of the article and saying it is acceptable for Trump to declare high level waste as low level?

      High level radionuclides waste is acutely deadly waste like strontium90, cobalt 60, plutonium and radioactive cesium .

      Comment by Nick | January 11, 2019 | Reply

      • I am certain that the comment to which you are replying comes from a most dedicated humanitarian, who is here again making that intrinsic connection between the whole nuclear industry and the nuclear war machine. and certainly not attacking the veracity of the article .

        Comment by Christina MacPherson | January 11, 2019

      • You are right mrice posted before. Thanks mrice.
        Believe it or not, some fake antinuclears wanna go along with the trump-Perry proposal . They say it does not matter and they say proper High level waste storage is too expensive.

        Comment by Nick | January 11, 2019

      • mrice is a mighty warrior http://rt.com/usa/269518-nun-anti-nuclear-activist/

        Comment by Christina MacPherson | January 11, 2019

      • I think mrice12 is a relative maybe. All the power and blessings to mrice12. To Meghan rice too!

        Comment by Nick | January 11, 2019

      • I think she’s the real deal, but I could be wrong

        Comment by Christina MacPherson | January 11, 2019

  2. I saw a comment or story by mrice12 before. Mrice and mrice12 are both awesome!I could be wrong but I do not think so.

    Comment by Nick | January 11, 2019 | Reply


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