SHAFTED! SHAFTED! SHAFTED! SHAFTED! SHAFTED!
DUMPING NUCLEAR WASTE ON NEW MEXICANS
WITHOUT OUR CONSENT OR INPUT
DOE has claimed that there is a great emergency
and that the NEW WIPP SHAFT must be built now
Before the public has been able to provide comment or input
Before DOE has disclosed its plans for future WIPP expansion or
disclosed that the new shaft is essential to expand disposal capacity.
Before DOE has proven it can seal such a large, multipurpose
shaft in WIPP’s complex karst geology.
Before DOE has shown what effects the NEW SHAFT would have
on nearby communities—including exposure effects after closure
Building the Shaft without public input
Makes public comment meaningless
Problems with the required public process are many
Just a few of these include:
Nowhere in the Fact Sheet, Public Notice or the Public Involvement
Plan (PIP) is the public told that DOE is building the shaft now.
Very little information is provided in Spanish even though
there are many people in the impacted area who need language
services. The Spanish speaking public isn’t even told that translation
and interpretation services are available.
Virtually no information is provided in the Fact Sheet on the
geology or hydrology at WIPP.
The impacted communities’ needs and concerns are not
addressed or considered in this permit process, nor are community
leaders or stakeholders consulted even though it was agreed to do
The only justification given for the draft permit modification
focuses on “increased control of ventilation airflow…under-
ground and performing “underground operations.” But this has
already been shown to be taken care of by the New Filter Building.
Because of the virus, the Administrative Record and other docu-
ments can’t be viewed in person. The public isn’t told that the Record
is online, but if they request document copies, they are expected to
pay for them.
(Click on the links below to read more about the PIP, Public Notice & Fact Sheet.)
DOE must stop digging the shaft
So that the many problems in the public process can be corrected
Through the public process it must be determined:
- If DOE can seal the shaft
- What effects an expanded WIPP would have
- If WIPP needs a NEW SHAFT at all
Anything else is an End Run around the Public Process
To build an expanded
Submit your comments to
BY 5:00 PM AUGUST 11, 2020
TO DRILL THE SHAFT
CORRECT THE PUBLIC PROCESS PROBLEMS
DENY THE SHAFT PERMIT MODIFICATION
Click this link
to submit your comment
Add your name & address
to the pre-typed email and click send
or change the text and write your own comment
STOP FOREVER WIPP!
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For a general sample comment, click this link:
For a sample comment about the public process, click this link:
For more information on problems with the public process,
click this link:
For copies of the Public Notice PIP & Fact Sheet,
click on each document:
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