Tonight’s the night!
The night to speak out to not leave this legacy to our children!
A large public outcry is needed to prevent the NRC from implementing a new “Waste Confidence” rule. It is critical that you attend the “waste confidence” meeting in Charlotte. Even if you do not wish to speak, your presence tells the NRC that you care.
Monday, November 4
Hilton Charlotte University Place
8629 J.M. Keynes Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262
Outside gathering and rally 5 pm
Open house 6-7 pm
Meeting 7-10 pm
Thanks to BREDL and the Sierra Club No Nukes Campaign we have a HOSPITALITY ROOM!
We have reserved a meeting room for anti-nuclear activists attending the Nuclear Regulatory Commission public hearing in Charlotte on Monday, November 4th. All of our anti-nuke allies will be welcome to come to the hotel’s banquet room–Lakeshore 4–where we will have hot coffee, water, cold water, fruit and vegetable trays, meat and cheese platters from 3 PM until 8 PM. Tables for literature and and chairs for informal meetings will be available. Costs will be covered by the SC Sierra Club and BREDL.
Anti-nuke (and only anti-nuke) people, feel free to arrive any time after 3 at Lakeshore 4 for final preparations for the rally and hearing. As you know, the a rally will commence at 5, the NRC hearing room will open at 6, and the hearing will begin at 7 at the Hilton Charlotte University, 8629 JM Keynes Dr. Charlotte NC 28262.
Some thoughts on the issue
Thanks to Bill T. for these ideas about comments to made::
Here is what the guts of this thing are about: The licensing of new reactors and extension of life of existing reactors is stopped dead by the court order, to the consternation of the nuclear industry, and their supporters in our government. The Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) put out by the NRC claims that continuing to add to the spent nuclear reactor fuel rods in storage at each reactor (some 100 of them) for another 60 years or more while assuming a permanent storage solution would be developed “when necessary” is not an environmental danger. They do this by not really examining the catastrophic effects of loss of cooling producing a fuel rod fire (as Fukushima is close to doing). They basically say in this GDEIS that the odds of a fire are so low the environmental impact is low no matter how catastrophic. Nothing about terrorist attacks or sabotage. Ditto for the consideration of leakage of radioactivity from water leakage from the storage pools at reactor sites. There needs to be a limit on how much waste can be stored at any particular reactor site, probably a site-specific determination, but today there is no limit at all. The design and construction of nuclear reactors, as well as storage of waste basically assumes that no “Acts of God” will ever happen – like Fukushima. In my opinion it is immoral to permit a technology that has the potential to hurt so many people for such a long time from just one “accident”.
Points to Consider for Your Comments
1. Stop Making Nuclear Waste. Without a scientifically proven solution for safely disposing of nuclear waste, we must stop making it. Clean, renewable sources of electricity are readily available and affordable, so there is no excuse for continuing to rely on nuclear power.
2. Nuclear Waste is Still a Problem Without a Solution. No technology has yet been proven capable of containing radioactive waste for the hundreds of thousands of years necessary to protect the environment. Debates continue over whether it is even possible to do so, but unfortunately the U.S. has failed even to identify a viable site for a nuclear waste repository despite two decades, billions of dollars, and a federal mandate to do so. No country has yet put such a site into operation, (though some are closer to it than we are.)
3. Waste Confidence Is a Radioactive ConGame. The purpose of NRC’s Waste Confidence rule is to streamline nuclear plant licensing by ignoring the million-year, multi-billion dollar problem of what to do with radioactive waste. The only problem Waste Confidence solves is how to permit nuclear plants to continue making this waste when there is no solution for it.
4. NRC Still Ignores the Real Risks of Nuclear Waste at Reactor Sites. Spent fuel is highly flammable as well as radioactive, yet is primarily stored in densely packed pools of water that contain several times more fuel than the nuclear reactor itself. If a fuel pool is damaged or loses its cooling system, fuel rods could be exposed, overheat, and catch fire, releasing massive quantities of radioactive material. NRC refuses to address the incredible risks these facilities pose, pretending the low likelihood of an accident makes the extreme consequences irrelevant. Hardened On-Site Storage systems (HOSS) should be used to store spent fuel more safely and securely at or near nuclear plants. HOSS solves the immediate dangers nuclear waste poses, without creating unnecessary risks.