Ahaus, Andrews Texas, aquifers, arid climate, burying nuclear waste. Andrews Texas, EnergySolutions, enviroment, environmental quality, groundwater, Ogallala Aquifer, semi-arid climate, TCEQ, Waste Control Specialists, WCS
“Analysis of available data shows that groundwater in the natural system already is unacceptably at or near the boundaries of the proposed disposal units. Predicted increases in rainfall are expected to drive the water tables into the proposed units.” (TCEQ, Interoffice Memorandum on WCS, 2007)
What is that? It looks wet.
https://web.archive.org/web/20160303214102/http://www.tllrwdcc.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/SEED-Attachment-TLLRWDCC-1-0019-00-1-0020-00-1-0021-00.docx.doc For the record, Waste Control Specialists assures that it’s really ok. But, just by the fact that it does rain in west Texas, and the clay would be subject to periods of swelling from rain and then shrinkage from drought mean that it’s not ok. The clay and earth itself have moisture too. Thus, sooner or later the one foot concrete liner will crack; sooner or later there will be corrosion, leakage and probably explosion from gas build-up. Who knows what will happen with the synthetic liner and if it can really resist Prairie Dogs or other burying rodents. Burying rodents have nipped holes in the liners of tailing dams and evaporation ponds. Rats have chewed through pipes, suggesting they can chew through almost anything. It’s never ok to bury nuclear waste anywhere. It must be monitored and checked for corrosion and leaks. Any pumping of groundwater to keep a site dry would also speed up erosion and make the site more unstable.
Formerly buried radioactive waste near Beatty Nevada, which blew up last November. Probably buried between the 1970s and 1990s.
“Low Level radioactive Waste (LLRW) Site near Beatty, Nevada Incident”, November 18, 2015, p. III-8, Nevada State Fire Marshal, Division December 30, 2015 Beatty Incident Report https://web.archive.org/web/20160412235048/http://dps.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/dpsnvgov/content/media/SFM-BeattyIncidentReport.pdf (The Nevada State Fire Marshal said that the immediate cause of exploding waste at Beatty was sodium metal reacting with water and producing hydrogen gas and sodium hydroxide, but the report notes the high level of corrosion which allowed the water to meet the sodium metal)
This bunker-like facility for radioactive waste in Ahaus Germany would be a more proper way to handle the radioactive waste. This is how Switzerland handles both the high level spent fuel and the radioactive waste in the smaller drums. And, yet, Germany is trying to almost completely empty this facility and send around 200 metric tonnes of high level nuclear waste (spent pebble bed nuclear fuel) to the USA, possibly to be buried at WCS in west Texas, after it is diluted. Because it’s cheaper?
Coordinates from: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transportbeh%C3%A4lterlager_Ahaus
Sadly, Bernie Sanders had no qualms about sending Vermont nuclear waste to be buried in Texas, either, though last time we checked Vermont and Texas were in the same country and Germany is not. The document is at the Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission site and Bernie Sander’s wife Jane is an alternate commissioner, so would have access to the document. It’s not good enough to just shut down the nuclear reactors. The waste must be properly disposed as well.
George Bush didn’t have any qualms either, though it’s buried real close to where he grew up. Texas should have seceded it appears, as they frequently threaten to do and deported the Bush family back northeast where they recently came from.
This listing of transportation requirements in the event that the US imports a proposed 200 tonnes of German nuclear gives West Texas as one possibility.
Note the DU which may be used for dilution to make the waste appear less radioactive, but DU becomes more radioactive over time due to ingrowth! The EA title is misleading, or possibly a lie, so we blotted out that part to reduce confusion. Draft EA on German Nuclear Waste: http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2016/01/f28/Draft%20DOE%20EA%201977_FOR%20PUBLIC.pdf
See more here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/03/05/germany-to-empty-93-of-concrete-bunker-of-nuclear-waste-to-send-to-usa-to-sit-outside-under-tarp-bury-oppose-by-march-11th-at-11-59-pm-deadline-looms/
The Texas TCEQ memo is also discussed here:https://dcbureau.org/201305138507/natural-resources-news-service/the-toxic-tycoon.html
Public Citizen document including the memo: http://nukefreetexas.org/downloads/issues_radioactive_waste_legislation_2011.pdf
See too: http://texasnuclearsafety.org/downloads/request_for_investigation_letter_81010.pdf