burial of nuclear waste, depleted uranium, deregulation, dispersal of nuclear waste, dispersal of radionuclides, DU, LLRW, LLW, Low Level Nuclear Waste, NIRS, NRC, nuclear regulatory commission, nuclear waste, radioactive waste, SEED, Sierra Club, Texas, US NRC, Utah
USNRC Comment Deadline past but problem remains. So, this post is still an important read.
Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal (aka nuclear waste burial) ID: NRC-2011-0012-0077 Due Jul 24 2015, at 11:59 PM ET http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NRC-2011-0012-0077 Document for comment: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-26/pdf/2015-06429.pdf Docket ID: NRC-2011-0012 Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), 10 CFR 60 and 61
Depleted Uranium en route to Utah from Savannah River Nuclear Site.
Clive Utah nuclear waste dump-burial
WCS, Texas nuclear waste burial: the concrete liner will crack due to clay swelling and shrinkage.
The US is burying deadly, long-lived nuclear waste, including plutonium and depleted uranium, in Utah and west Texas. As discussed yesterday, the cost charged is so outrageous that it could be put in good quality containers, in proper above ground facilities, making this burial deadly highway robbery.
The following excellent summary of the so-called “low level” nuclear waste problem was submitted by NIRS, SEED and Sierra Club of South Carolina, for a similar comment period last September. These are some important highlights: “Obviously the NRC is fully committed to deregulating nuclear waste. The public, however, is more committed to preventing it. We ask NRC to stop pushing all the many creative forms of Below Regulatory Concern or BRC.
After NRC’s BRC policies were overturned by Congress in the Energy Policy Act of 1992, NRC sought international nuclear agency assistance to set clearance standards could be used to force the US to deregulate nuclear waste. The public has fought repeated efforts by NRC and other agencies in various forms over a dozen times in the past 29 years. Cities, counties, states, community, religious and environmental groups, labor unions and individuals have passed resolutions, petitioned, written, demonstrated and in every other democratic way expressed opposition to the deliberate release of manmade radioactive waste from regulatory control.”
“We call in NRC to stop wasting its resources trying to come up with more ways to let nuclear waste out of control and to charge those who make the wastes with whatever costs are needed to isolate and regulate them for at least 10 to 20 half-lives of the radionuclides present.”
Blue-red emphasis added. The original is Comment (10) of Diane D’Arrigo et. al. on FR Doc # 2014-16049 and is here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NRC-2014-0080-0012 Last Sept. Docket is here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NRC-2014-0080-0002
IEER comment on today’s docket: http://www.regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=NRC-2011-0012-0057&attachmentNumber=1&disposition=attachment&contentType=pdf
NIRS comment on today’s docket (the only one uploaded):