Said the Intercept: “Its seems strange…that Democrats…say Trump is an authoritarian, lawless traitor, but…keep voting to increase his war powers, military budget, and detention and spying authorities.”
Meanwhile, chugging away, nuclear plants continue to supply the needed plutonium to obliterate the life on Earth and so doing keep piling up more nuclear waste, some 100,000 metric tons of it and counting.
But the climate has a nasty way of non-cooperation: in particular, with high temperatures this week in much of France, some of its nuclear reactors cannot be cooled. Rivers have become too warm, and EDF has had to cut energy output.
And now before a complaisant congress is a proposal to truck all that waste throughout the United States to two temporary dump sites in Texas and New Mexico. Moving it would have to continue for the next 40 years, there’s that much nuclear waste piled up. To quote the Nuclear Information and Resource Service: “Thousands of casks of this waste would move on our roads, rails and waterways! It could take 40-50 years to move the waste once but then it would all presumably move again to a different permanent site, [one] as yet to be found…So this could be the start of a virtually endless campaign of moving insanely radioactive nuclear waste back and forth across the country.”
So please, dear reader, especially if you prefer not to read the fine print below, before doing anything else, please send your comment (already written out for you ) to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission right now. The deadline is July 30th.
NIRS lists 9 reasons to oppose the dump
1. The plan cannot go through unless you and every other taxpayer in the United States, including those not yet born agree to assume ownership for this waste, and pay to transport it. U.S. federal laws forbid such an arrangement.
2. Tetra Tech, the contractor Holtec chose to make the Environmental Impact Report, has a track record of falsifying radiation monitoring data, hiring unqualified workers to conduct scanning and clean ups; and suppressing reports for 20 years namey the Navy’s Hunters Point site which has been converted to San Francisco housing!
3. Proposed storage site in Texas is home to agriculture, dairy farms. And New Mexico, already victim of the 94 million-gallon “spill” by Kerr McGee into the Rio Puerco, is a minority state, and has experienced environmental racism for decades.
4. Canisters as reported in last week’s Tin Can Alley are less than an inch thick, cannot be monitored for leaks, and do not in any way conform to safety requirements in the case of fire, road accidents, or extended submersion in water. Contact with water leading to erosion will ultimately cause leaks, resulting in a nuclear explosion.
|Break down of rail (red) and highway transportation|
5. Some of these canisters contain high burn up fuel.
6. As of now the nuclear regulatory commission has been unable to report as to the distantly located emergency response teams, upon which these sites will rely.
7. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission tends to ignore such factors as high temperatures, salty dry climates, potential flash floods, lightning, blocked vents, and other factors contributing to un predictable conditions.
8. So-called “interim” storage could well become permanent.
9. Consolidating this waste raises the specter of reprocessing to extract the plutonium required to manufacture nuclear weapons leading to weapons proliferation.
But there is a tenth reason: One site, Yucca Mountain, on Western Shoshone land, is located in the basement of a mountain slowly swimming westward. It consists of 10% water, and its drip has been shown to corrode metal within 20 minutes.
Please send your comment (see above) to The Nuclear Regulatory Commission at https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=26386
Read a book I wish I had authored myself: John D’Agata: About a Mountain.
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