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H-Canyon where the German nuclear waste may be “treated”
Image from http://www.srs.gov/general/news/factsheets/hc.pdf
15 German environmental groups continue to protest the dangerous export of high level German nuclear waste from Jülich Research Center, near Aachen (Aix la Chapelle), Germany to the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, USA. They have invited Tom Clements of Savannah River Site Watch as guest speaker. The Germans are opposing this export because moving the radioactive waste is dangerous, it is against German law, it allows procrastination regarding a proper radioactive waste disposal site, and it is immoral. Greenpeace Germany has presented a legal opinion outlining why this export is illegal under German law. Is it illegal on the US end? Whether or not it is illegal, das macht nichts, it is certainly immoral and treasonous on the US end. And, it is a very bad precedent for making the US a dumping ground of international high level commercial nuclear waste (it already has gotten some lower level radioactive waste). The US has no place for its own nuclear waste. WIPP was for government, non-commercial waste, and it is out of service, for now.
But, where are the over 50 US environmental groups who should be protesting the dumping of German nuclear waste on the USA? The US has a population 3 to 4 times larger than that of Germany. So, to be equivalent to 15 German groups would be over 50 groups. All that we find active against this dumping are about 5 groups, who appear mostly committed anti-nuclear activists ages 60 plus, who have worked hard for decades. Where is everyone else? If there are others, they appear so low profile, as to give grassroots a new meaning!
While immoral, it is normal to want to dump on others, as the German government wants. It is emphatically abnormal to allow oneself to be shit on with nuclear waste from other places, as the US government is accepting! Clearly Obama, DOE Secretary Moniz et. al. are traitors to America, but it is up to the people to counter them! Secretary Moniz, in particular, seems eligible for citizenship in the EU (Portugal), as well as Brazil and Japan (via his wife). Obama’s Chicago is upwind from Savannah River, although his wife has family in South Carolina. Does America matter to them? Apparently South Carolina does not.
Traitors at work. US DOE Secretary Moniz seems to think that South Carolina is hot! Wait until he gets to hell. No air conditioner down there.
US DOE image. Caption added.
“From left, Dr. Terry Michalske, director of EM’s Savannah River National Laboratory and executive vice president of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Savannah River Waste Disposition Operations Director Phillip Giles, and Savannah River Operations Office Manager David Moody are pictured walking at H Tank Farm.” http://energy.gov/em/articles/energy-secretary-ernest-moniz-talks-srs-workforce-meets-stakeholders (Caption added to original image.)
What’s wrong with the English speaking world, more generally, that they are so content to have their air, land, and water and, their food, so highly contaminated with radioactive waste? It remains unfathomable. The Scots made a big mistake by staying in the UK. It was the easiest way out of the nuclear problem. They had better get to writing SEPA, too, as Hunterston and Torness are set to become waste import-export hubs for about 80 French (EDF) reactors. The waste apparently will be sent to undocumented landfill locations, in the UK, Tennessee, and elsewhere. It very much impacts England, along with Scotland (and even the USA). Deadline for comment is Oct. 3rd: http://www.sepa.org.uk/about_us/consultations.aspx One can but hope that the French people wake up quickly, as they have been known to do suddenly, and shut down the nuclear parts of the mostly French government owned EDF. When they awake, the French will shut down the nuclear industry instantly, without wasting time. Reveillez vous la France!
One might suppose that the colonial-settler states such as the US, Canada, and Australia, simply don’t care if the land is destroyed by uranium and other mining and radioactive waste, because the land was stolen and they aren’t hefted to the land. But, what about the English themselves? Most of them appear to have rolled over dead before the nuclear-radioactive beast, which is in the process of destroying their villages and agricultural lands. Wake up!
From Savannah River Site Watch:
“Long-shuttered AVR gas-cooled experimental reactor at Jülich
Germany and the US Department of Energy are working on illegal plans to dump 300,000 highly radioactive fuel balls from the reactor on SRS. How is it that 25 years after it closed, authorities could cook up an effort to redefine this power reactor (connected to the electrical grid) as a research reactor?
September 21, 2014 – demonstration at the entrance of the Jülich nuclear facility in Germany, with German groups and SRS Watch… The SRS Watch tour of Germany began with a TV interview on Sept. 19 and will continue on the ground from Sept. 21-26, to Jülich, Dusseldorf, Ahaus (here more spent fuel is stored but may have been withdrawn from dumping consideration), Hamburg and Berlin.
DOE officials: why do they persist in pursuing activities that are clearly illegal in Germany?
Efforts in Germany to stop dumping of highly radioactive German spent fuel at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina are ramping up. German and US authorities should end their pursuit of a bad, half-baked idea.
On September 17, Greenpeace Germany projected a banner on the AVR reactor at the nuclear center (FZJ) at Juelich that read (in English)
“South Carolina Not a Nuclear Waste Dump for Germany!” http://www.srswatch.org [ Our understanding is that the German govt. rep said that there has not yet been follow through on researching the possibility of sending the additional waste. No concrete follow through would NOT seem to mean that it is definitively off the table: “In der Frühphase der Sondierungen wurde daher auch erörtert, ob die THTR Brennelemente einbezogen werden sollen. Diese Überlegungen sind konkret nicht weiter verfolgt worden.” (Our translation: In the early exploratory phase it was also discussed, if the THTR fuel elements should be included. These considerations have not concretely been further followed through (pursued)). Original German document here: http://umweltfairaendern.de/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/KF_18_2381.pdf (From our understanding if both sets of waste are sent, that means that Germany will have rid itself of almost all of its high level nuclear waste!)
For those in the area of BENELUX, France, and Germany, there are still many ongoing interesting activities: http://atommuell-alarm.info/fileadmin/user_upload/Dokumente/Atommuell-Alarm-Info-01_Ansicht.pdf
September 19th, Greenpeace, Germany, (unofficial translation):
“Environmentalists: Castor need to stay in Germany
GREENPEACE ACTIVISTS PROTEST AGAINST NUCLEAR WASTE TRANSPORT FROM JÜLICH TO THE USA
Jülich, 18, 9, 2014 – With a light projection shining on the nuclear reactor at the Forschungszentrum Jülich [Research Center], Greenpeace activists protested in the early morning hours against the planned nuclear waste transport from Jülich to the United States. The environmentalists projected „Atommüllexport aus AKW Jülich illegal“ [Nuclear Waste Export from the Jülich Nuclear Reactor is illegal] on the reactor building. The [German] Federal Government and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia are currently planning to export the 152 highly radioactive Castor containers stored there to the US Savannah River Site nuclear facility in South Carolina. There the spent fuel is supposed to be reprocessed. “The high-level radioactive transport to the military atomic plant in the USA must be prevented at all costs,” says Heinz Smital, nuclear physicist and nuclear expert at Greenpeace. “The removal of the nuclear waste would be illegal. The Castor [containers] must remain in Germany.”
GREENPEACE PRESENTED TODAY A LEGAL OPINION ON THE MATTER
Greenpeace today presented at a press conference in Berlin a legal opinion, proving the illegality of transportation to the United States and that the Federal Government has shown breach of duty in dealing with the Jülich nuclear waste. Savannah River Site is one of the most contaminated nuclear sites in the world. It dates from 1950 and was mainly for nuclear weapons production. Currently there are 13 million liters of highly radioactive nuclear waste, there, for which there is no solution.” [Unofficial translation based on google, but human corrected.] Original German here: https://www.greenpeace.de/presse/presseerklaerungen/greenpeace-aktivisten-protestieren-gegen-atommulltransport-von-julich-die
Unofficial translation from another Greenpeace article.
Original in German, by Lisa Bender, 18.09.2014
“ILLEGAL TRANSPORT CASTOR
The Federal Government and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia are planning a nuclear waste transport from the Jülich Research Center in the USA. This would be illegal.
Greenpeace has submitted a legal opinion. It shows that the exportation of 152 highly radioactive Castor containers to the U.S. Savannah River Site nuclear facility is in violation of the prohibition of sending nuclear waste to foreign countries for reprocessing (§9a para 1 sentence 2 Atomic Energy Act). The spent fuel, from commercial use, would be sent to the Savannah River Site and treated there. The plant is considered one of the most problematic locations, because the reactor pressure vessel [at Jülich] is one of the most contaminated reactors worldwide. The contamination especially involves the deadly bone-seeker strontium 90 (Sr-90) and carbon 14 (C-14). There is currently no repository and this highly radioactive nuclear waste should first for 60 years remain stored in place.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES
“Nuclear waste export from the Jülich nuclear reactor – illegal” Greenpeace activists projected on the Jülich reactor building in the early hours of the morning. They were protesting against the high-level radioactive waste transport, because “exportation would be illegal and irresponsible. It must be stopped at all costs,” says Heinz Smital, nuclear physicist, and nuclear expert at Greenpeace.
The [German] Federal government already made itself guilty of a breach of duty, as an official letter of intent went to the USA. Because according to Paragraph1 of site selection law, Germany is obliged to find a national repository site for internally created highly radioactive nuclear waste. The Federal Environmental Ministry would have to disagree with the statement of intent of the illegal transport, as it establishes a dangerous precedent and undermines the search for a German repository for nuclear waste caused own.
Spent fuel coming from the AVR high-temperature reactor, which was operated to produce electricity, that is for commercial use and development. It was indeed an “experimental reactor”, but with the aim of developing a reactor type, so this development was in the context of commercial nuclear reactors. However, the Federal Ministry of Research gave it out as a “research reactor”. In the directory for research reactors it is not to be found. This should not have happened, according to administration lawyer Dr. Ulrich Wollenteit. Furthermore, the transport disregards the Nuclear Waste Shipment Regulation (AtAV). And according to the Atomic Energy Act (Section 4 paragraph 2 of the Atomic Energy Act No.6) must not grant the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) a transport permit.
DISPOSAL CONCEPT REQUIRED
The Nuclear Regulators for North Rhine-Westphalia required the clearance of the Castor interim storage facility. Until now, the research center could hang on from one temporary ruling to the next. The last period ended on 31 July 2014 and the Nuclear Regulators required a detailed disposal plan by the end of September. The Jülich Research Centre, as operator of the interim storage facility, has not sought a timely and targeted nuclear licensing, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in NRW [appears to have] done too little to avert this permit free state. This irresponsible behavior in the past may now not be covered over by the federal government. “This illegal nuclear transport shows the crisis that the German authorities are stuck in with the disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste, one hopes that problems would not occur, instead of working on a comprehensive master plan,” said Smital. “The Castor [containers] must remain in Germany. State and Federal governments have negligently delayed their responsibility for the Jülich nuclear facility. The Federal Environment Ministry must now take responsibility and end the speculation about an export.” (Rough, unofficial translation based on google, with human and old fashioned (Langenscheidt) dictionary help.) Original German article found here: http://www.greenpeace.de/themen/energiewende-atomkraft/atommuell/illegaler-castortransport
Legal opinion (in German) regarding the illegality of exporting the nuclear waste from Germany to the USA: http://www.greenpeace.de/sites/www.greenpeace.de/files/publications/rechtsgutachten-juelich-20140917.pdf