Mission

Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety

Our mission is to protect all living beings and the environment from the effects of radioactive and other hazardous materials now and in the future.

P.O. Box 31147
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87594

Telephone: (505) 986-1973
Fax: (505) 986-0997
Email: ccns@nuclearactive.org

Learn more »

Our Work

Support CCNS

Help us help you. We graciously accept donations to assist our organization in protecting all living beings and the environment from the effects of radioactive and other hazardous materials now and in the future.

Make a one-time contribution by using the "Donate" button:


 
Current Activities

DOE Must Hold Hearings in New Mexico about Order 140.1

The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a new order restricting the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board access to some of the most dangerous nuclear facilities across the country. Its implementation at DOE’s three defense nuclear facilities in New Mexico has been detrimental.  https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/white-house-hobbles-nuclear-weapons-safety-agency/?utm_source=AM+Nukes+Roundup&utm_campaign=b1f3244dc5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_25_12_19_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_547ee518ec-b1f3244dc5-391738229

(Courtesy of WIPP) mpetroski@abqjournal.com

As a result, CCNS launched a campaign to ensure DOE holds public hearings to explain the order and its implementation in communities near Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Sandia National Laboratories, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).  We need your help – to support the campaign please, f Perry DOE O 140.1 sample public comment ltr

The order, entitled, “Interface with the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board,” was issued in May, without public notice and opportunity to comment.  https://www.directives.doe.gov/news/o140.1-interface-with-the-dnfsb-news

Congress established the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board in 1988 after numerous, eye-opening disclosures about worker and public health and safety issues at the DOE nuclear weapons facilities.  Its statutory mission is to “provide independent analysis, advice, and recommendations to the Secretary of Energy … in providing adequate protection of public health and safety at defense nuclear facilities.”  https://www.dnfsb.gov/

For the past 30 years, the Board has overseen and reported about both worker safety and public health and safety issues.  The new Order limits the Board’s oversight to public health and safety.  The restriction does not allow the Board to do its work efficiently and effectively.

At an August 28th Board hearing in Washington, DC about the Order, Board member Joyce Connery explained the intersectionality of worker and public health and safety.  She said, “Low-level events … may impact only the workers prior to a series of failures which could ultimately lead to a release of [contaminants] off-site.  If I cannot evaluate all the layers of defense in-depth to understand where potential weaknesses exist, I cannot make a determination of adequate protection for the public.”  https://www.dnfsb.gov/public-hearings-meetings/august-28-2018-public-hearing

After the hearing, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico wrote to the key members of the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee requesting that language be included in the final bill requiring DOE to suspend DOE Order 140.1.  Instead, DOE must brief Congress within 30 days of passage of the final appropriations bill, which is anticipated to be on the President’s desk soon.  https://www.tomudall.senate.gov/news/press-releases/udall-heinrich-secure-provision-to-prohibit-nuclear-safety-board-staff-cuts-and-reorganization

Nevertheless, on September 5th, the Senators wrote to DOE Secretary Rick Perry urging him to suspend the new order, hold hearings in impacted communities, and after responding to the comments received from the Board and the public, to then “reissue an order the fully complies with [the Board’s] legal authority to continue to protect workers and the community.”  https://www.abqjournal.com/1217797/senators-suspend-rule-on-nuke-safety-board-access-ex-letter-to-sec-rick-perry-notes-that-members-of-the-dnfsb-have-not-been-able-to-review-changes.html

To support the Senators, please consider submitting your own letter to Secretary Perry at the.secretary@hq.doe.gov, and copy it to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board at hearing@dnfsb.gov.  Or use our sample comment letter, which may be modified.  Be sure to insert the date and your contact information.  f Perry DOE O 140.1 sample public comment ltr

 

Public Comment Deadline Nears on Proposed Major WIPP Expansion

September 20 is the deadline for public comments and request for a hearing on the proposal to expand by about 30 percent the amount of radioactive and hazardous waste allowed at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). On August 6th, the 73rd anniversary of the U.S. dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, the New Mexico Environment Department opened the public comment period on the request by the Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractor, Nuclear Waste Partnership (NWP) to change the way the amount of waste has been measured for more than two decades.

The request explains that the effect of the change would reduce the amount of waste emplaced in WIPP as of December 6, 2017 by 930,000 cubic feet, from 3,238,673 cubic feet to 2,307,708 cubic feet. Nevertheless, DOE has not explained where the additional waste would be disposed since there is not space in the existing underground rooms, nor why the change is needed when WIPP is less than 60 percent filled.

WIPP is a deep geologic repository for plutonium-contaminated transuranic waste, also known as TRU waste, created by manufacturing nuclear weapons. It located 26 miles east of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Because the federal WIPP Land Withdrawal Act limits the amount of waste to 6.2 million cubic feet, how to measure the amount of waste is important. Waste emplaced at WIPP has always been measured based on the volume of the container. By container volume is the way DOE has always reported to Congress how much waste is at WIPP. By container volume is how DOE contractors have been paid and received performance bonuses. By container volume is the way that the WIPP Permit and permits in other states calculate the amount of waste.

The modification request would create an additional measurement, called the “Land Withdrawal Act TRU Waste Volume of Record [which] means the volume of TRU waste inside a disposal container.”

An unstated reason for the proposed measurement is that space for more than 1,000,000 cubic feet of waste has been forfeited or lost because of bad DOE management, poor contractor performance, and inefficiencies during the past 19 years of WIPP’s operations. Because of poor planning and other inefficiencies, DOE has shipped and disposed of many empty, or dunnage, containers; has not filled containers to capacity; yet the contractors have been paid fully – and in some cases received bonus. Don Hancock, of Southwest Research and Information Center, explained his concern about expanding WIPP. He said, “For the Environment Department to allow much more waste risks the health and environment for all New Mexicans.”

Public comments can be emailed to ricardo.maestas@state.nm.us by Thursday, September 20th.  Here is a sample letter for your use: WIPP Amt of Waste public comment 8-8-18

 

DOE to Submit Revised LANL Stormwater Permit to EPA

Despite submitting an application to renew the individual stormwater permit for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in March 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Dallas has yet to act.  As a result, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management Office announced this week at the fourteenth public meeting about the stormwater permit that they, along with their new contractor, N3B Los Alamos, would be submitting a revised application to EPA before the end of the year.

Stormwater is rain and snowmelt.  At LANL, stormwater can flow over hundreds of dumps that contain radioactive, hazardous and toxic pollutants and move the contaminants through the canyons towards the Rio Grande.

Because LANL was discharging stormwater without a permit, in February 2008, the Communities for Clean Water (CCW) filed a successful Clean Water Act citizens’ lawsuit against DOE for stormwater violations at LANL.  The settlement requires LANL to hold the semi-annual meetings, as well as establish a dedicated website for the permit https://www.lanl.gov/environment/protection/compliance/individual-permit-stormwater/index.php among other things.  http://ccwnewmexico.org/ and http://ccwnewmexico.org/victories/

The original permit was issued on November 1st, 2010, and expired on March 31st, 2014.  DOE and LANL, as co-permittees, submitted a renewal application on March 27th, 2014.  Nearly one year later, EPA issues a draft permit for public review and comment and the co-permittees, CCW, and the public submitted comments.  Then the co-permittees and CCW, along with the New Mexico Environment Department and EPA, met to resolve the many issues raised by the EPA’s draft permit.  Many days were spent in successful negotiations over the finer technical points in the permit.  Nevertheless, issuance of the renewal permit has been pending for three and one-half years.

During this time, the co-permittees completed a sampling implementation plan process with the Environment Department by visiting the 400 monitoring sites under the permit.  In some cases, they moved the monitoring location to better capture the pollution.  They also installed remote telemetry units on 125 sampling units located in the canyons that use radio signals to indicate that a sample has been collected, thus saving time and resources.

In 2006, CCW formally organized after several community organizations joined forces to address water contamination at LANL.  CCW Council members include Amigos Bravos; CCNS; Honor Our Pueblo Existence, or HOPE; the New Mexico Acequia Association; the Partnership for Earth Spirituality; and Tewa Women United.  CCW brings together these separate organizations to have a collective and powerful impact on protecting and restoring water quality downstream and downwind from LANL.  http://ccwnewmexico.org/history/

The co-permittees will hold meetings with CCW and the Environment Department to discuss the revised permit application before submission to EPA.


On Saturday, September 1st, the Regeneration Fest:  Youth Water Protectors Gathering will take place from 11 am to 3:30 pm at the Española Healing Food Oasis, 720 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park Road, Española, NM.  Families are welcome!  This gathering is focused for middle schoolers, and young adults in their 20s – but younger and older people may also join this important and fun day! The event is hosted by Communities for Clean Water (CCW), Tewa Women United, CCNS, and others as part of the series of events and conversations intended to increase public awareness, education, and empowerment around the issue of the hexavalent chromium plume that has been found in the watershed.   All events are designed to prepare our communities for the New Mexico Environment Department public hearing that is scheduled for November 7 and 8, 2018 in Los Alamos.  Sept1YouthWaterProtectorsEvent_flyer

 

Udall & Heinrich come out swinging against DNFSB restrictions

Read the letter here – Udall-Heinrich Defense Nuclear Safety Board – Reorganization and DOE Order 140.1 – to A…

 

ANA Opposes New DOE Order

Citing success stories vital to protecting worker and public health and safety by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (Safety Board or Board) at Department of Energy (DOE) facilities across the country, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) is opposing DOE’s restrictions on the Safety Board’s access to facilities, personnel, and information.  As part of a continuing effort to undermine the 30-year old oversight Board, in May, DOE released a new Order 140.1 about the Interface with the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board that contradicts not only the Safety Board’s statutory requirements, but DOE’s.  DOE O 140.1 Interface with the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

Watchdog groups from across the nuclear weapons complex are pushing back at the DOE’s efforts to evade its statutory duty.  http://www.ananuclear.org/  The law clearly states, “The Secretary of Energy shall fully cooperate with the Board and provide the Board with ready access to such facilities, personnel, and information as the Board considers necessary to carry out its responsibilities [ ].”  The new Order is another attempt to restrict the Safety Board’s work to “provide independent analysis, advice, and recommendations to the Secretary of Energy to inform the Secretary [ ] in providing adequate protection of public health and safety at defense nuclear facilities.”  42 U.S.C. § 2286c(a).  https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/42/2286c

At the same time, a majority of the four-member Safety Board voted to reform the way it performs its work by establishing an Executive Director of Operations, re-structuring its headquarters staff, and increasing the number of Resident Inspectors at DOE nuclear security sites.  DNFSB Major Reform rev

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico have raised concerns.  They said, “[I]n light of the administration’s posture toward the [Board} and its attempts to undermine the board, Congress, stakeholders, and the public need much more information about such a drastic reorganization proposal.  [ ]  We are seeking a meeting to discuss our concerns with Acting Chairman Hamilton in the near future.”

On Wednesday, Acting Chairman Bruce Hamilton wrote to Senator Heinrich, stating that the “final proposal was uniquely mine.” 08.22.18 Letter to Senator Heinrich

In the midst of controversy, the Safety Board is seeking information from DOE and some Board staff at a public hearing on Tuesday, August 28th from 9 am to 12:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time in Washington, DC.  It will be live streamed.  Various DOE officials will testify.  ANA and other members of the public will be able to comment.  The hearing record will remain open until September 28th.  https://www.dnfsb.gov/public-hearings-meetings/august-28-2018-public-hearing

ANA also is requesting DOE hold public hearings at Los Alamos, Sandia, and WIPP in New Mexico and at other sites subject to Safety Board oversight to explain to workers and the public why the new Order is necessary.  Based on public and Safety Board comments, DOE should revise or revoke the Order.

 

DNFSB Public Hearing about DOE Interface on August 28th

 In response to the Administration’s Regulatory Reform Agenda, the Department of Energy (DOE) recently issued a new order limiting the way it interacts with the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (the Board).  The new order restricts the Board’s access to information, defense nuclear facilities, and personnel.  INTERFACE_WITH_THE_DEFENSE_NUCLEAR_FACILITIES_SAFETY_BOARD  As a result, the Board is seeking information from DOE and has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, August 28th from 9 am to 12:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time.  It will be live streamed.  Public comment is invited and pre-registration to speak is open until August 21sthttps://www.dnfsb.gov/public-hearings-meetings/august-28-2018-public-hearing

After numerous disclosures about releases and discharges from DOE defense nuclear facilities impacting public health and safety, in 1988, Congress created the Board.  Its statutory mission is to “provide independent analysis, advice, and recommendations to the Secretary of Energy to inform the Secretary, in the role of the Secretary as operator and regulator of the defense nuclear facilities of the Department of Energy, in providing adequate protection of public health and safety at defense nuclear facilities.”

The Board does not have regulatory power.  Even so, since its inception, the Board and its staff, including the Resident Inspectors located at DOE nuclear facilities around the country, have provided continuing oversight of complex, high-hazard operations involving nuclear weapons; remediation of nuclear wastes and legacy facilities; design and construction of new DOE defense nuclear facilities; as well as review of DOE safety standards.

The Board’s hearing record will remain open until September 28th.  For more information, please see the August 10, 2018 Federal Register notice.  Federal Register Notice

Following the hearing, a sample public comment letter will be available for you to use at http://nuclearactive.org/ .

On Wednesday, August 15th, the Acting Board Chairman Bruce Hamilton announced a major transformation of the Board’s staff, including a nearly doubling of the number of Resident Inspectors located at DOE sites.  Currently, two Resident Inspectors are at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) – the only DOE facility producing plutonium triggers, or plutonium pits, for nuclear weapons.  DNFSB Major Reform 081518

Four Resident Inspectors at LANL is a welcome development because of the many on-going and unresolved nuclear safety issues.  In a July 23rd letter to the new National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator, Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, the Board described one, stating that “the Plutonium Facility continues to operate with confinement ventilation and fire suppression systems that are not qualified to survive certain seismic accident scenarios.” 2018-100-028, NA-1 Welcome Letter ARCHIVE  These are serious nuclear safety deficiencies that DOE and LANL have not resolved.

Limiting access to information, facilities and personnel, as proposed by the new DOE Order, will hamper the Board’s important oversight work to keep DOE, Congress, the public, and the media informed about the DOE failures to keep the public safe.

 

 

Public Comments Needed on Proposed Major WIPP Expansion

On August 6th, the 73rd anniversary of the U.S. dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, the New Mexico Environment Department opened the public comment period for expanding the amount of radioactive and hazardous waste allowed at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) by approximately 30 percent.  In a unique request, the Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractor, Nuclear Waste Partnership, want the Environment Department to change the way that waste is measured.  They want to measure only the waste in the containers, not the volume of the waste containers, such as a 55-gallon steel drum.

The request explains that the effect of the change would reduce the amount of waste emplaced in WIPP as of December 6, 2017 by 930,000 cubic feet, from 3,238,673 cubic feet to 2,307,708 cubic feet.  Nevertheless, DOE has not explained where the additional waste would be disposed, nor why the change is needed now when WIPP is less than 60 percent filled.  https://www.env.nm.gov/hazardous-waste/wipp/, scroll down to August 6, 2018 for a listing of pertinent documents.

WIPP is a deep geologic repository for plutonium-contaminated transuranic waste, also known as TRU waste, created by manufacturing nuclear weapons, located 26 miles east of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Because the federal WIPP Land Withdrawal Act limits the amount of waste to 6.2 million cubic feet, how to measure the amount of waste is important. Waste emplaced at WIPP has always been measured based on the volume of the container. By container volume is the way DOE has always reported to Congress how much waste is at WIPP. By container volume is how DOE contractors have been paid and received performance bonuses. By container volume is the way that the WIPP Permit and permits in other states calculate the amount of waste.

The modification request would create an additional measurement, called the “Land Withdrawal Act TRU Waste Volume of Record [which] means the volume of TRU waste inside a disposal container.”

An unstated reason for the proposed measurement is that space for more than one million cubic feet of waste has been forfeited or lost because of bad DOE management, poor contractor performance, and inefficiencies during the past 19 years of WIPP’s operations.  Because of poor planning and inefficiencies, DOE and its contractors ship and dispose of many empty, or dunnage, containers and neglects to fill containers to capacity.

Don Hancock, of Southwest Research and Information Center, said, “For the Environment Department to approve the proposed change risks the health and environment for all New Mexicans.”  http://www.sric.org/

A sample public comment letter you can use is available here.  WIPP Amt of Waste public comment 8-8-18  Public comments can be emailed to ricardo.maestas@state.nm.us by 5 pm Mountain Standard Time on Thursday, September 20th.

 

Community Conversation about LANL Chromium Plume on Sunday in Chimayo

“Protecting Those Most Vulnerable:  Environmental Health and Justice for the Agricultural Community” is the title for this Sunday’s Community Conversation in Chimayo, sponsored by the Communities for Clean Water and hosted by Barrios Unidos and Tewa Women United.  This session will center on information for regional farmers and agricultural workers about the migrating chromium plume in the regional drinking water aquifer below Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).  Impacts to soils, water and farmlands will be discussed, as well as bio-remediation and remediation methods using fungi and mushrooms, called myco-remediation.  Aug5FlyerPDF

Chromium is naturally occurring at low levels.  Trivalent chromium is essential to health.  Hexavalent, or chromium 6, is dangerous to health.  At higher levels, it is a suspected carcinogen and can damage DNA, the liver, and kidneys.

Hexavalent chromium was added to prevent corrosion in the LANL cooling towers.  From 1956 to 1972, LANL flushed this cooling water into the headwaters of Sandia Canyon, which flows to the Rio Grande.  A plume formed in the regional drinking water aquifer, at approximately 1,000 feet below ground surface, below Sandia Canyon.  It is migrating south and east below Mortandad Canyon to form a kidney-shaped plume.

LANL recently reported the plume is migrating northeast towards a Los Alamos County drinking water well called Pajarito Mesa 3, or PM-3.

The New Mexico Environment Department issued two groundwater discharge permits for remediation of the plume.  One permit allows for the extraction, treatment, and re-injection of the treated waters back into the regional aquifer.  The other allows LANL to land apply the treated waters over the floodplains of Mortandad Canyon through the use of sprinklers and water trucks.     

The Communities for Clean Water and Tewa Women United are holding this series of conversations to prepare people for the upcoming November 7th and 8th public hearing about the land application ground water discharge permit.  http://ccwnewmexico.org/ and http://tewawomenunited.org/aug-5-2018-protecting-the-most-vulnerable-environmental-health-and-justice-for-the-agricultural-community/

The first conversation focused on providing information to healthcare providers, birthworkers, and doulas.  Following Sunday’s conversation, in September, at a date to be announced, there will be a youth event.  In October, there will be an advocacy training for the general public at a date to be announced.  For more information and to sign up to receive emails about the series, please go to http://tewawomenunited.org/

On Sunday, August 5th, the conversation will take place from 1 pm to 4 pm at Barrios Unidos, located at Seven John Hyson Drive, in Chimayo.  https://www.barriosunidoschimayo.org/ Because of limited space and resources, it is requested that you attend the event that is most relevant to you and your community.  Please RSVP online at goo.gl/xqGPmW or by phone at 505 747-3259.

 

Resist “Normalization” of Nuclear Weapons Industry in New Mexico

This summer a plethora of events, activities, and dialogues are taking place to “normalize” the nuclear weapons industry in New Mexico.  Knowing the details of the harm done to air, water, soil, and all living beings by the nuclear weapons industry, CCNS is resisting these attempts.  There are two events of note.  They are the August 4th Hiroshima Peace Day Commemoration in Los Alamos and this week’s exhibition of Erika Wanenmacher’s “Artifacts from the Boy’s Room” in Santa Fe.  

In Wanenmacher’s exhibition, she investigates the U.S. government’s Human Radiation Experiments, conducted by the Atomic Energy Commission and its progeny, including the Department of Energy, that occurred from the 1940s through the 1970s.  The experiments were conducted without informed consent on many of society’s most vulnerable – the poor, the sick, the disenfranchised, and children.  http://erikawanenmacher.com/archives.html  Reviews by the Santa Fe Reporter and Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo are available at https://www.sfreporter.com/arts/2018/07/18/lessons-from-the-boys-room/ and  http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/art/dismantling-history-artifacts-from-the-boy-s-room/article_4c552b5e-940e-5ad7-be38-638db0d72606.html

The exhibition is housed in Axle Contemporary, which will be parked at various locations in Santa Fe this week.  Photos of the exhibition are available at https://www.axleart.com/

All items are for sale through a silent bidding process.  All proceeds will support the work of CCNS, Nuclear Watch New Mexico, Los Alamos Study Group, and Axle Contemporary.

 The closing event and final auction bidding will take place on Sunday, July 29th, at Phil Space, located at 1410 Second Street, from 5 to 8 pm.  Bidding can be done at the mobile gallery or by contacting the gallery at info@axleart.com or by telephone at (505) 670-5854 or (505) 670-7612.  Bidding ends at 8 pm on Sunday, July 29th.

Phil Space is current exhibiting The Works of Tony Price.  http://www.philspacesantafe.com/the-work-of-tony-price/   For more information, please visit http://www.philspacesantafe.com/ .

Also, to commemorate the August, 1945 U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, the 15th Annual Hiroshima Peace Day Commemoration and Peace Vigil will take place on Saturday, August 4th in Los Alamos.  People will gather at Ashley Pond, in the center of town, at 2 pm. Hiroshima Peace Day 2018 Flyer-1

Participants will remember the 73rd anniversary of the bombings at the place where the first nuclear weapons were built and where they continue to be built.  There will be a silent procession towards Los Alamos National Laboratory.  Participants may sit in silence for 30 minutes in sackcloths, or burlap bags, and ashes, which will be provided.  Afterwards, participants will gather back at Ashley Pond for discussion and reflection, which will be led by Father John Dear, an activist and author.

Father John Dear said, “We’ve been going to Los Alamos every August for fifteen years now, to pray and speak out for the abolition of nuclear weapons; but the world’s violence and war making is only worsening while we continue to waste billions of dollars on these weapons of mass destruction.”

For more information, please contact Ellie Voutselas at (505) 474-8557, or Ken Mayers, of Veterans for Peace – Santa Fe, at (505) 466-6954.

 

Halt Holtec! Get Your Public Comments in by Monday, July 30th

photo: mhayden@abqjournal.com

Now is the time to submit your comments to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) about the proposed Holtec project to bring all the commercial high-level radioactive waste from across the country to a site in southeast New Mexico.  Comments are due by Monday, July 30th to Holtec-CISFEIS@nrc.gov.  Thousands of New Mexicans have empathically stated that they do not consent to New Mexico becoming a national radioactive waste dumping ground for high-level waste.  They have submitted written comments and spoke eloquently at public meetings in Roswell, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Gallup, and Albuquerque, pointing out that New Mexico has none of that waste.  Sample public comment letters are available at http://nonuclearwasteaqui.org/ and https://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13813

The NRC is asking for comments about the Holtec 543-page environmental report.  It provides information about the 960-acre site located half way between Hobbs and Carlsbad, which contains playa lakes.  Holtec, a limited liability corporation, is asking NRC for a 40-year license to temporarily store the waste in Lea County, with an opportunity to extend the license to 120 years.  Holtec has stated that the waste could be stored there for 300 years.  https://www.nrc.gov/waste/spent-fuel-storage/cis/hi/hi-app-docs.html

Nevertheless, the federal government may never find a permanent place for the waste, with the real possibility of the proposed Holtec temporary storage site becoming a permanent site.  The environmental report omits the long-term impacts of spent radioactive fuel being left there indefinitely.

Over 10,000 overweight rail cars on rickety tracks carrying the dangerous waste would crisscross the country to the proposed site. Proposed transportation maps are available at:  http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/356082/27450667/1486998445013/Rail-Transport+routesWCS-1.pdf?token=wgGRSYLr7EbqxLd54LrQ0V8Jd4s%3D and http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/356082/27010289/1462420316290/5+4+16+WCS+Transportation+Maps.jpg?token=fdXd0O9cuEa7l77eBIMXkEv0ih4%3D  and water transportation routes by state, https://web.archive.org/web/20151101154823/http://www.nirs.org/fukushimafreeways/watertransport.htm

Even so, the Holtec report omits all of the transportation routes and does not discuss potential impacts of accidents or terrorism incidents on public health and safety.

The environmental report does not analyze how radioactive waste from a cracked or leaking storage canister would be handled since the Holtec site will not have hot cells or pools to handle the leaking waste.

Finally, Holtec estimates there will be as many as 135 jobs for the construction and operating phases.  This is a small number of jobs compared to the damage that could be done, if there was a leak or accident involving the Holtec proposal, to the 28,000 jobs in the oil and gas industry and the 6,000 jobs in the dairy industry.

Please submit your comments to the NRC at Holtec-CISFEIS@nrc.gov about the inadequacies of the environmental report and what should be included in the agency’s draft environmental impact statement.

This has been the CCNS News Update.  For more information, please visit http://nuclearactive.org/ , No Nuclear Waste Aqui at http://nonuclearwasteaqui.org/ , Beyond Nuclear at http://www.beyondnuclear.org/ , the Nuclear Information and Resource Service at https://www.nirs.org/ , and Public Citizen at https://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13813