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Please remember to oppose shipping German Nuclear Waste to the USA.
“through July 21, 2014. DOE will consider all comments received or postmarked by that date. Comments submitted after that date will be considered to the extent practicable” (US Fed. Reg.). Please direct comments to firstname.lastname@example.org If you see this after the 21st, writing may still help influence the Environmental Impact Statement. Get your letters in!
Savannah River Watch reminds us of a very important fact. When we speak of the dumping of German High Level Nuclear Waste on South Carolina, it is important to recall that there is no official dump-site there. This probably makes it illegal under both EU and US law, (as well as unethical). In fact, Savannah River Site cleaned up its Transuranic Waste (plutonium, americium, etc.) by sending it to the now inoperable WIPP facility! Remember WIPP? US officials in Washington DC apparently don’t!
WIPP is supposed to be for government transuranic waste. The US has none for its commercial waste.
“First shipment of TRU waste from SRS to WIPP leaves site in 1991“.
“The cleanup of the site involves shipping waste in special containers known as TRUPACT-IIs to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico.” http://sti.srs.gov/fulltext/ms2002902/ms2002902.html
Don’t let them fool you, either. The German reactors were commercial reactors, and both had major accidents. Experimental and Research Reactors are not the same thing. Will the Ukraine send Chernobyl waste next? Perhaps Japan will send its Fukushima Daiichi corium, if they can find it?
In particular the AHR reactor was connected to the RWE electric grid for over 20 years: “On 17th December 1967, the experimental nuclear power plant (AVR) in Juelich supplied RWE network with power for the first time. With the start of the power operation of the first German high-temperature reactor (HTR), a milestone was reached in the development of this new and progressive line of construction. On the same day exactly 10 years later, the successful work with the hottest nuclear reactor in the world was reviewed in the presence of 15 associates of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Versuchsreaktor (AVR) Ltd. and the personnel of the experimental nuclear power plant at a festival event in the main auditorium of the nuclear power plant at Juelich before some 300 guests from central and local government, the board of control, representatives of the population of the Dueren area and the town of Juelich, as well as bodies of the power producing industry.” “10 Jahre Stromerzeugung des AVR-Reaktors” VGB Kraftwerkstechnik; v. 58(2) p. 143-153; Feb 1978
RWE is the second largest electric producer in Germany and through its ownership in URENCO, a major uranium enrichment company, worldwide. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RWE URENCO is currently the only company enriching uranium in the USA, at least for commercial fuel. Will Germany take back all of the uranium they have enriched and mined, for disposal in Germany? Turnabout’s Fair Play!
From Savannah River Site Watch:
“The Savannah River Site (SRS) is not a dump for Germany’s high-level nuclear waste (spent fuel)!
For those in Germany and other places who do not know where the Savannah River Site is located, take a look at the map above. The 310-square mile U.S. Department of Energy site is in the state of South Carolina, southeast of Augusta, Georgia and south of Aiken, South Carolina.
SRS is NOT a disposal site for any form of high-level nuclear waste, which includes spent fuel (as defined by US law). High-level waste (HLW) now at SRS is required by US law to go to a geologic repository. But the US has no such repository, so HLW at the site is now stranded. Do not be fooled by any misinformation that commercial spent fuel brought from Germany is being sent to the site for disposal. SRS is a key facility in the US nuclear weapons complex, having produced 36 metric tons of weapon-grade plutonium and the site still processes all tritium gas for nuclear warheads. The site is struggling to deal with a large quantity of high-level waste – 37 million gallons, which were in 51 large tanks – remaining form nuclear weapons production. We do not want more waste brought into the site as it negatively impacts urgent and on-going clean-up activities.
SRS is not a spent fuel disposal site! SRS ist kein Atommüllkippe!” http://www.srswatch.org
We added the map, because we couldn’t see the one on the original web site. For the many non-Americans whose map of the USA only includes Florida and California, see Florida at the bottom of the map – south of the SRS site. Those coming from Europe may well fly into the Atlanta airport – also visible on this map.
German nuclear waste to be sent, if you don’t stop them:
While the German waste containers look more robust than the WIPP ones, they had better be. Most of the WIPP waste was alpha radiation, so that it was only dangerous upon ingestion, inhalation or absorption – meaning that if it had stayed in the container all was ok. However, this high level German waste is ultra dangerous in every way – alpha, beta, gamma.
Please remember to oppose sending German Nuclear Waste to the USA.
“through July 21, 2014. DOE will consider all comments received or postmarked by that date. Comments submitted after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. Please direct written comments on the scope of the German HEU Fuel EA to Mr. Andrew Grainger, NEPA Compliance Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, P.O. Box B, Aiken, South Carolina 29802. Comments on the scope of the German HEU Fuel EA may also be submitted by email to email@example.com. DOE will give equal weight to written comments and oral comments received at the public scoping meeting. Requests to be placed on the German HEU Fuel EA mailing list should be directed to Mr. Grainger at the postal or email addresses above.” Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 107 / Wednesday, June 4, 2014 / Notices 32256, 32257
According to Georgia WAND:
“The ‘no action’ alternative of leaving the spent fuel in Germany is the best option for both environmental and community health.
Submit comments by July 21 to Andrew Grainger at firstname.lastname@example.org”
http://gawand.org/2014/06/27/say-no-to-german-nuclear-waste-at-savannah-river-site If you write “no action” as they suggest – make sure that it is clear that the nuclear waste should be left in Germany and that no German, nor other foreign, nuclear waste should be accepted. The US has already recently accepted and burned low level German radioactive waste last year.
According to the Federal Register, “the EA will analyze a no action alternative under which DOE would not accept or process the used fuel“. It is important to clarify. If not, “no action” could be construed as meaning no full Environmental Impact Assessment Statement. If they persist in this unethical folly, then they must do a full EIS and not side-step it as they wish to do.