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

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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

 

Halt Holtec! Public Comments Due to NRC by July 30th

Now is the time to submit your comments to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) about the proposed Holtec project to bring all of the commercial high-level radioactive waste from across the country to a site in southeast New Mexico for storage.  Comments are due by Monday, July 30th to Holtec-CISFEIS@nrc.gov.  Hundreds of New Mexicans have empathically stated that they do not consent to New Mexico becoming a national radioactive waste dumping ground.  They have submitted written comments and spoke eloquently at public meetings in Roswell, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Gallup, and Albuquerque.  Sample public comment letters you can use are available at https://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13813

The NRC is asking for comments about their 543-page environmental report.  It provides information about the 960-acre site, which contains playa lakes, and is located half way between Hobbs and Carlsbad.  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 stated in its license application 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.  But the environmental report does not analyze for the long-term impacts of spent radioactive fuel being left there indefinitely.

Over 10,000 overweight rail cars would carry the dangerous waste from across the country to the proposed site and the waste would likely travel very near to the Carlsbad sinkhole. 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 environmental report does not include all of the transportation routes and potential impacts of accidents or terrorism incidents on public health and safety along all the routes crisscrossing the country.

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 to the 28,000 jobs in the oil and gas industry, and the 6,000 jobs in the dairy industry, if there was a leak or accident.

Please submit your comments to the NRC at Holtec-CISFEIS@nrc.gov about the inadequacies of the environmental report.

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/ , and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service at https://www.nirs.org/ . Sample comment letter at: https://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13813

 

Commemoration Events for Trinity Test and Church Rock Uranium Tailings Spill

July 16th is a historic day for public health and environmental disasters in New Mexico.  On July 16, 1945, the U.S. government tested the first atomic bomb, called the Gadget, on the grounds of the White Sands Missile Range.  The Gadget held 13 pounds of plutonium, of which only three pounds fissioned.  The remaining 10 pounds disbursed as the mushroom cloud came down in the rain storms that followed the blast.  The contaminated ash fell on open water sources, fields ready for harvest, gardens, workers, and animals.

Thirty-four years later, on July 16, 1979, the largest uranium tailings spill in the U.S. occurred at the North East Church Rock Uranium Tailings site.  An earthen dam, operated by United Nuclear Corporation, holding liquid uranium waste, broke.  It released 1,000 tons of solid radioactive mill waste and more than 90 million gallons of acidic and radioactive liquids into the Rio Puerco.  The contaminated waters flowed downstream through Gallup, and across nine Navajo chapters.

On Saturday, July 14th, from 7 am to 3 pm, the Red Water Pond Road Community will host its 39th annual commemoration of the 1979 Uranium Tailings Spill, at a location 12 miles north of the Red Rock State Park on State Highway 566, near Church Rock.  At 7 am there will be a walk to the spill site to offer healing prayers.  Following the walk, people will gather under shade for food, community education, speeches, and a silent auction. FLYER

Edith Hood, a resident of the Red Water Pond Road Community, said, “Let us come together again and share these issues and concerns, collaborate and strategize, to push cleanup of these contaminated environments among our Dine people, to restore, preserve and protect our Mother Earth.”

For more information, please visit http://swuraniumimpacts.org/    

On Saturday, July 21st, beginning at 7:30 pm, the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium will host its 9th Annual Candlelight Vigil to commemorate the 1945 Trinity test and acknowledge the negative health effects suffered by the people of New Mexico.  It will be held at the Tularosa Little League Field, located west of the Tularosa High School. v.3_9th Annual Candlelight Vigil

They will memorialize loved ones who have lost their lives to cancer and honor those who are living with or who have survived cancer by lighting luminarias with individual names written on the paper bags.

Tina Cordova, co-founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, said, “It’s difficult to grasp that we’ve been doing this for nine years now. Our list of deceased loved ones continues to grow.  We’ll light more than 800 luminarias this year, I’m certain.”

For more information, please visit https://www.trinitydownwinders.com/

 

Bipartisan Congressional Hearing about Proposed Amendments to Radiation Exposure Compensation Act

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Asking to be treated the same as others who are covered by the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA), the Trinity Downwinders and Post’71 Uranium Workers testified on Wednesday before the bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee during the long-awaited hearing, in Washington, DC.  Tina Cordova, with the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, testified about the public health and environmental disaster caused by the first atomic bomb test on July 16, 1945, at the Trinity site in south central New Mexico.  Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez testified about the on-going public health and environmental impacts to their communities from uranium mining, milling, hauling of uranium, and abandoned uranium mines.  They both spoke about the lack of support from the federal government in its failure to warn the people and workers, the health impacts from the overexposure to radiation, and the lack of medical clinics in their rural areas.  Vice President Nez asked for federal cleanup of the additional 300 open uranium mines and establishment of oncology clinics in rural areas.  They both asked the Committee to include the Trinity Downwinders and the Uranium Workers who worked after 1971 in the RECA program.  They asked for fairness.  See their written testimony at:  https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/examining-the-eligibility-requirements-for-the-radiation-exposure-compensation-program-to-ensure-all-downwinders-receive-coverage

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Senator Tom Udall, of New Mexico, was the first witness.  He described his early work in the mid-1970s with his father, Stewart Udall, to bring lawsuits on behalf of the Uranium Workers.  https://www.tomudall.senate.gov/news/videos/watch/tom-fights-for-justice-for-victims-of-radiation-exposure-in-key-senate-hearing

Senator Mike Crapo, of Idaho, served as Acting Chair of the hearing.  Senator Cory Booker, of New Jersey, served as the Ranking Member.  During the hearing, other members joined.  These included the Chair of Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley, as well as Senators Ted Cruz, of Texas; Kamala Harris, of California; and Richard Blumenthal, of New York.  https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members

The Chair, Senator Grassley, asked those at the witness panel about suggestions they may have about the process to apply for RECA.  Because those that testified have not applied for RECA, there was a limited response.  However, the Chair’s questions leads one to assume that the Committee is getting ready to move the bill to the next step, which is mark-up of the legislation, a process where the bill is edited, or revised.   

At the end of the hearing, Senator Cory Booker, Ranking Member of the Committee, announced that he will add his name as a co-sponsor to the legislation.  https://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=about_senator

After the hearing, Representative Ben Ray Lujan requested that the House Judiciary Committee hold a hearing about the proposed amendments.  https://lujan.house.gov/press-releases/lujan-calls-for-a-house-hearing-on-the-radiation-exposure-compensation-act/

Nevertheless, the announcement of Supreme Court Justice Kennedy’s retirement may impact the Senate Judiciary Committee’s schedule, as it is charged with confirming Supreme Court justices.

 

Uranium Workers Invited to Testify at June 27th RECA Hearing

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The Post’71 Uranium Workers have been invited to provide testimony to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, June 27th. They will join the Trinity Downwinders in testifying in support of the proposed amendments to expand the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to include the Trinity Downwinders and Post’71 Uranium Workers.  Cordova Invitation Both groups are grateful for all the calls made, emails sent, and postcards signed to ensure they were included in the hearing.

The long-awaited hearing will examine the eligibility requirements for the RECA program to ensure all Downwinders and Uranium Workers receive coverage.  Since Congress first passed RECA in 1990, over $2.25 billion in monetary compensation has been paid to claimants.  https://www.justice.gov/civil/common/reca

Uranium Workers who worked before 1971 are currently eligible to apply for RECA compensation, but those who worked after 1971 are not eligible.  The proposed legislation, Senate Bill 197, extends the eligibility period to December 31, 1990, which would cover many more Uranium Workers.  https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/197

For the Trinity Downwinders, the eligibility for filing claims related to the July 16, 1945, Trinity Test requires a person to have been physically present in the area “beginning on June 30, 1945, and ending on July 31, 1945,” a 30-day period of time.

Over the years, the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium has collected hundreds of health surveys from people who were overexposed to radiation subsequent to the Trinity test and have suffered with cancers and other illnesses related to radiation exposure.  Overexposure to radiation damages genes, causes cancer, and can be passed on to the next generation.

The health surveys completed by the descendants of those who experienced the Trinity test clearly demonstrate that they have inherited the damaged genes as they suffer from the same types of cancer.  https://www.trinitydownwinders.com/health-impact-assessment    

The Trinity Downwinders will testify that the eligibility period must be expanded.  Based on the cancer information obtained from the health surveys, the Trinity Downwinders recommend that the eligibility period should be open-ended.

The Downwinders will also explain how the first atomic bomb test was unlike any other atmospheric test, because it was exploded atop a 100-foot tower creating radioactive fallout never experienced again.

Tina Cordova, a co-Founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, stated, “We’ve been waiting eight years for a hearing.  There will be 10 of us going representing all of New Mexico, from communities like Carrizozo, San Antonio, Socorro, Tularosa, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Pojoaque, Ruidoso and Downwinders who live in Texas and California.  We plan to tell Congress in the best way possible about the suffering and sacrifice that has been endured by so many for the last 73 years.”

For more information and to contribute to the travel costs, please visit swuraniumimpacts.org, trinitydownwinders.com, and nuclearactive.org.

 

Trinity Downwinders to Testify at June 27th RECA Hearing

Late last Friday, the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium received an invitation to testify at the upcoming U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the proposed amendments to the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) that would include them in this program for people overexposed to radiation.  Because the hearing’s focus is on downwinders of the U.S. above-ground atomic tests, unfortunately the Post’71 Uranium Workers were not included to testify.  Nevertheless, the Post’71 Uranium Workers will be sending two representatives to attend the hearing.

Tina Cordova, a co-founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, said, “On behalf of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium and the tens of thousands of people we represent, we want to thank all those people who stood with us and contacted their congressional representatives to let them know it was vital that the Downwinders and the Post’71 Uranium Workers had seats at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on June 27th.”

Congress first passed RECA in 1990.  Certain uranium workers and downwinders of the Nevada Test Site were covered by the comprehensive health care program.  In 2000, additional groups of harmed individuals were added.  The Act has not been amended since, even though bills have been introduced over the past eight years to include the Trinity Downwinders and Uranium Workers who worked after a 1971 cut-off date.

The proposed Senate Bill 197 would include New Mexico as a downwinder area.

The Trinity Downwinders recommend five changes be made to Senate Bill.

First, they request that the U.S. government issue an apology to the people of New Mexico for the intentional bombing of those living downwind of the first atomic test on July 16, 1945 at the Trinity site in southcentral New Mexico.

The first atomic explosion, July 16, 1945, Trinity Site, New Mexico; July 1945

Second, the eligibility period must be expanded.  Currently, only those who were exposed between June 30, 1945 and July 31, 1945 – a 30-day period – would be eligible to apply for RECA.  The Downwinders request that an open-ended eligibility period be provided.

Third, the bill must require that the medical care provided to New Mexicans be similar to that available to nuclear workers under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

Fourth, the current RECA legislation is set to end, or sunset, on July 9, 2022.  The Downwinders request that the sunset provision be extended to July 9, 2045.

And finally, Congress does not always provide the necessary annual funding to the RECA Trust Fund.  The Downwinders request that recurrent annual funding be included in the proposed amendments.  https://www.trinitydownwinders.com/health-impact-assessment, Section 5.3, p. 75.

Please contact your congressional members and ask them to support the Downwinders’ recommended changes.  SenatorContactInformation

 

Contact Your Elected Officials to Ensure Downwinders and Uranium Workers Testify at Upcoming RECA Hearing

For the third time in the past year, the Trinity Downwinders and Post’71 Uranium Workers have learned that the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing about the proposed amendments to the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) that would include them in this program for those overexposed to radiation.  But they have never been invited to provide testimony.  They ask you to help them by contacting your key elected officials and demand that the Trinity Downwinders and Post’71 Uranium Workers have the opportunity to provide testimony about the harm they have experienced from their overexposure to radiation.

They suggest you contact Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the Ranking Member of the Committee, and ask her to invite them to testify at the June 27th hearing.  https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact Please also contact New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich. https://www.tomudall.senate.gov/ and https://www.heinrich.senate.gov/

RECA was first passed by the U.S. Congress in 1990.  Certain uranium workers and downwinders of the Nevada Test Site were covered by the comprehensive health care program.  In 2000, additional groups of harmed people were added.  Over $2.2 billion has been paid out in claims. https://www.justice.gov/civil/common/reca

The Act has not been amended since, even though bills have been introduced over the past eight years to include the Trinity Downwinders and Uranium Workers who worked after the 1971 cut-off date.  People working after 1971 have been trying to be included in the program ever since.

Anita K. Mitchell lives in Louisiana.  As a small child, her mother lived near the Trinity Test site soon after the U.S. government exploded the first atomic bomb there on July 16, 1945.  No one told Mitchell’s mother and aunts not to pick up and play with the green, radioactive Trinitite rocks that formed out of the desert sand and bomb’s plutonium.

As a downwinder, Mitchell contacted her U.S. Senator, John Kennedy of Louisiana, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mitchell wrote to Senator Kennedy, stating, “As your constituent, a registered voter in your home state, I am asking you to ensure the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium are invited to your hearing on June 27th.  Listen to these people.  I would hope that [ ] you know and understand that it doesn’t matter if you detonate the first nuclear device or the millionth device, there will be severe health consequences to anyone living downwind of that test.  We, (the American People and their elected representatives), have ignored them for over 70 years.  It’s time for us all [ ] to step up, listen to them, and do the right thing.  It’s time to let their voices be heard.” 

For more information and links to contact your Senators, please visit https://www.trinitydownwinders.com/ , https://swuraniumimpacts.org/ , and http://nuclearactive.org/ .

Here’s a full list of contact information: SenatorContactInformation

 

Help Downwinders and Uranium Workers Testify at Upcoming Senate RECA Hearing

Your help is needed to ensure the Trinity Downwinders and Post’71 Uranium Workers testify at a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the proposed amendments to the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) that would include them in this important health care program for those overexposed to radiation.  Unofficially, the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, June 27th in Washington, DC.  But neither the Trinity Downwinders nor the Post’71 Uranium Workers have been invited to testify.  This is the third time within the past year where the Committee scheduled a RECA hearing without officially inviting the Trinity Downwinders and Post’71 Uranium Workers to testify.  Nevertheless, the previously scheduled hearings were canceled at the last minute.

The Downwinders and Uranium Workers have asked the New Mexico Congressional delegation for their assistance to tell their stories, concerns, and discuss the needs of those harmed by the 1945 Trinity Test and working in the uranium industry after 1971.

In January, 2017, a bipartisan coalition of western U.S. Senators, including U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, introduced amendments to RECA that would allow residents in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Colorado the opportunity to apply for medical benefits and other compensation if they can demonstrate they were harmed by radiation.  The proposed amendments are available at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/197

At the time, Senator Heinrich said, “Families who lived in and near the Tularosa Basin at the time of the Trinity Test, uranium mill workers, and uranium miners continue to cope with serious health problems due to exposure to radioactive nuclear material.  Congress needs to pass the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments to provide medical assistance and compensation to those who bore the health costs of our nation’s nuclear history. I will continue to fight for the justice these communities deserve.”  https://www.crapo.senate.gov/media/newsreleases/reca-legislation-reintroduced

Now is the time to hold the politicians to their promises.

Tina Cordova, a co-founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, said, “For anyone who is interested in helping us, it is important now to make calls or send emails to New Mexico Senators Udall and Heinrich and the Judiciary Committee Ranking Member, California Senator Dianne Feinstein, and let them know that the New Mexico Downwinders and Post’71 Uranium Workers must have seats at the table when testimony is given to the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

Cordova continued, “It is through their efforts that we are most likely to have seats at the table when the hearing takes place.  It would be a monumental slight to the Downwinders and the Post’71 Uranium Workers if we are not included in the testimony that will take place.”

For more information and contact information for the Senators Udall, Heinrich, and Feinstein, as well as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee at https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/ , please visit https://www.trinitydownwinders.com/ , http://swuraniumimpacts.org/, and http://nuclearactive.org/ .


You can contact Senators Udall, Heinrich, and Feinstein electronically, or by phone/fax

Senator Tom Udall has five offices in NM and one in Washington, DC. They are:

Albuquerque

400 Gold Ave. SW, Suite 300
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 346-6791
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Carlsbad

102 W. Hagerman Street, Suite A
Carlsbad, NM 88220
(575) 234-0366
Get Directions

Eastside

100 South Avenue A, Suite 113
Portales, NM 88130
(575) 356-6811
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Las Cruces

201 N. Church Street, Suite 201B
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(575) 526-5475
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Santa Fe

120 South Federal Place, Suite 302
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 988-6511
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and Washington/Capitol Hill

531 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
(202) 224-6621
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To submit your comments electronically, go to https://www.tomudall.senate.gov

 

Halt Holtec! No Consent at Gallup and Albuquerque NRC Meetings

Noel Marquez of Artesia, cofounder of the Alliance for Environmental Strategies, wears a t-shirt reading “No Holtec International” during a public meeting on Tuesday in Albuquerque. (Maddy Hayden/Journal)

Once again, dozens of New Mexicans stated emphatically that they do not consent to the proposed Holtec International project to bring all of the commercial high-level radioactive waste from nuclear reactors located across the country by rail to a site in southeast New Mexico for storage.  Holtec applied for a 40-year license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to store the waste in a proposed consolidated interim storage facility located half way between Carlsbad and Hobbs.  If granted, the 40-year license could be extended to 120 years.  Holtec stated in its license application that the waste could be stored there for 300 years.  The NRC held meetings in Roswell, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Albuquerque, and Gallup, asking for public input into the “scope” of the environmental impact statement they are preparing.

On Monday, May 21st, over 100 individuals attended the Gallup meeting.   Of the 37 speakers, 36 opposed the transportation of the waste through their region.  Navajo Nation Council delegate Jonathan Perry and New Mexico Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard supported The People and spoke in opposition.

There are over 14 Navajo communities along the proposed Interstate 40 transport route.  NRC has not scheduled any public meetings in those communities.  Additional meetings, with translators and interpreters, are needed to provide the communities with all sides of the debate.  Spent uranium to go through city  

On Tuesday, May 22nd, just over 200 people attended the NRC meeting in Albuquerque.  Of the 69 speakers, 63 shared their opposition with factual eloquence.  There were current and former city and state elected representatives, as well as safety and security experts speaking in opposition.  Only six people spoke in favor.  https://www.abqjournal.com/1175583/holtec-project-opposed-by-many-during-public-meeting.html

Robin Seydel, one of the grassroots organizers in opposition to the Holtec proposal, reported, “On Monday evening, May 21st, the Albuquerque City Council passed a memorial, introduced by Councilor Patrick Davis, entitled, “Opposing Transportation of High-Level Radioactive Waste Via Railway through the City of Albuquerque for the Purpose of Temporary Consolidated Storage of Radioactive Waste in New Mexico.”

The memorial begins, “Whereas, the City owns and operates a number of Community Centers, Health and Social Services Centers, Senior/Fitness Centers, and Multigenerational Centers throughout the City; and Whereas the City of Albuquerque is committed to protecting the health, welfare, safety, and security of its residents….”  It then details the danger of shipping the waste by rail.

With tremendous public support, the City Councilors took their duties to protect the public seriously and concluded the memorial by stating the Albuquerque City Council “opposes the transportation of high-level radioactive waste, including Holtec’s ‘spent’ nuclear reactor fuel, on our railways through the City of Albuquerque for the purpose of temporary consolidated storage of high-level radioactive waste in New Mexico.”  https://cabq.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3495456&GUID=DCABFA0F-F6B1-40F1-B244-54F3429F38A5&Options=ID|Text|&Search=MEMORIAL+1

To learn more and to help protect New Mexico from this life-threatening proposal, please visit the Halt Holtec Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HaltHoltec as well as http://nonuclearwasteaqui.org/, Beyond Nuclear at http://www.beyondnuclear.org/, and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service at https://www.nirs.org/ .

 

Sidebar: On May 3, 2018, Nick Maxwell, a New Mexico resident, filed a Declaration, Notice and Demand with the Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance alleging the notice for the September 26, 2016 ELEA meeting did not meet the requirements of the New Mexico Open Meetings Act, Section 10-15-1 NMSA 1978.  OMA-Violation-Notice-ELEA
 

Halt Holtec! NRC Meetings in Gallup and Albuquerque Early Next Week

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will host two more scoping meetings in New Mexico early next week.  Your attendance is needed to tell the NRC that New Mexicans do not consent to the proposed Holtec project to bring all of the commercial high-level radioactive waste from across the country to a site in southeast New Mexico for storage.  Dozens of people stated that they do not consent to the Holtec proposal at the previous meetings in Roswell, Hobbs, and Carlsbad.

The first meeting will be held in Gallup on Monday, May 21st from 6 to 9 pm at the Gallup Downtown Conference Center, located at 204 West Coal Avenue.  https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1812/ML18129A378.pdf

GALLUP MTG: https://www.facebook.com/events/218573172078135/

The second meeting will be held in Albuquerque on Tuesday, May 22nd from 6 to 9 pm at the Crowne Plaza, located at 1901 University Boulevard, from 6 to 9 pm.  https://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/view?AccessionNumber=ML18134A284

ALBUQUERQUE MTG: https://www.facebook.com/events/189577775189166/

The 960-acre proposed site, containing playa lakes, is located half way between Hobbs and Carlsbad.  Holtec, a limited liability corporation, is asking NRC for a 40-year license to store the waste in Lea County, with an opportunity to extend the license to 120 years.  Holtec stated in its license application that the waste could be stored there for 300 years.

Further, the federal government may never find a permanent place for the waste, potentially creating a permanent storage site at the proposed Holtec site designed for temporary storage.

Over 10,000 overweight rail cars would carry the dangerous waste from across the country to the proposed site and the waste would likely travel very near to the Carlsbad sinkhole.  Links to maps of the proposed rail routes are available at http://www.state.nv.us/nucwaste/whatsnew.htm

Many along the national transportation routes are concerned that NRC has not provided the same number of meetings as they did for the proposed Yucca Mountain site in Nevada. 

On Monday evening, May 21st, the City of Albuquerque will consider a memorial, introduced by Councilor Patrick Davis, “Opposing Transportation of High-Level Radioactive Waste Via Railway through the City of Albuquerque for the Purpose of Temporary Consolidated Storage of Radioactive Waste in New Mexico.”  The memorial will be heard at 5 pm at the Albuquerque City Council Chambers.  https://cabq.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

The memorial begins, “Whereas, the City owns and operates a number of Community Centers, Health and Social Services Centers, Senior/Fitness Centers, and Multigenerational Centers throughout the City; and Whereas the City of Albuquerque is committed to protecting the health, welfare, safety, and security of its residents.”  It then details the danger of shipping the waste by rail.  Albuquerque Memorial M-1  and  City Council Speak Out

The Alliance for Environmental Strategies invites you to support its passage.  http://nonuclearwasteaqui.org/   For more information, please contact Janet Greenwald at 505-266-2663.