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Comment By Jul 30 2018, at 11:59 PM ET, ID: NRC-2018-0052-0058 on Holtec’s spent nuclear fuel facility in New Mexico: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NRC-2018-0052 Documents here: https://www.nrc.gov/waste/spent-fuel-storage/cis/hi/hi-app-docs.html Earlier post to give people an idea of what kind of company Holtec is.
Some will recall that March 9th 2015 was the comment deadline for another of Holtec’s attempts to decrease safety by asking for exemptions re dry cask storage of damaged spent nuclear fuel rods, and other safety related exemptions. Well, they are at it again this month, trying to avoid material quality testing for the basket which holds the spent nuclear fuel, within the flimsy 1/2 inch metal container. Basket failure could lead to a catastrophic nuclear accident. The deadline for this one is April 20th: “NRC-2014-0275, List of Approved Spent Fuel Storage Casks – Holtec International HI-STORM Flood/Wind Cask System, Amendment No. 1, Revision 1, 04/20/2015” Comment here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NRC-2014-0275
[Update Note: Current Holtec casks are 1/2 inch thick. The 5/8ths inch was proposed for San Onofre, but is apparently not approved yet by the US NRC. The sealed internal 1/2 inch metal cask is surrounded by vented concrete…
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