The Nuclear Regulatory Commission NRC is reviewing the license for the Waste Control Specialists/Interim Storage Partners’ proposal for interim storage of spent nuclear fuel in Andrews, TX, outside of Eunice, NM.
This proposal will transport 40,000 tons of dangerous spent nuclear fuel from reactors across the country. The waste will be dangerous for millions of years and poses a huge risk to the local community, water supplies, and those living along transportation routes. According to Public Citizen, low income communities of color in the Southwest will be most impacted.
Potential impacts in southwest New Mexico stem from transportation of spent nuclear fuel from operating, decommissioning or decommissioned nuclear reactor facilities in Arizona and California. This high-level radioactive waste would be transported via Union Pacific Railway, passing through southern New Mexico and West Texas (Lordsburg, Deming, Sunland Park, El Paso-Juarez) and posing a risk from accidents, leaks, sabotage, and even routine transport emissions. The NRC’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement does not evaluate the risk to communities along transportation routes.
Tell the NRC to deny the license for Waste Control Specialists/ Interim Storage Partners!
Public comments will be accepted by the NRC until November 3, 2020.
- You can email comments to: WCS_CISF_EIS@nrc.gov
- You can mail comments to: Office of Administration, Mail Stop: TWFN–7– A60M, ATTN: Program Management, Announcements and Editing Staff, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001.
- Don’t have time? Use the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter’s email template.
For more information:
NRC project website for Interim Storage Partners – https://www.nrc.gov/waste/spent-fuel-storage/cis/waste-control-specialist.html
Draft Environmental Impact Statement – https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML2012/ML20122A220.pdf
No Nuclear Waste Aqui – http://nonuclearwasteaqui.org/
No Nuclear Waste Aqui press release
Earth Matters Interview with Karen Hadden of No Nuclear Waste Aqui – http://gmcr.org/em-180227-karen-hadden/
Beyond Nuclear – http://www.beyondnuclear.org/centralized-storage/