Help keep liquid high level radioactive waste off of our public roads!
The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing to allow several shipments of highly radioactive liquid wastes to be trucked from Chalk River, Canada to the Savannah River Site in South Carolina (over 1,000 miles). Liquid shipments containing high level radioactive wastes have not been shipped knowingly on U.S. roads before. This would set a dangerous precedent, and also is not necessary. The wastes, currently a proliferation risk, can be down-blended on-site and stored in Canada. No environmental hearings have been held in Canada or the U.S. to examine potential impacts from transporting these wastes or to consider safer alternatives, which exist. It’s also possible that these dangerous wastes could be shipped through Michigan.
A Backgrounder: "No Liquid Radioactive Waste on Public Roads" can be found here: http://ccnr.org/backgrounder_CRL_SRS_2013.pdf
The Backgrounder was written in 2013, but as of March 2014, it is still current.
Organizations and groups only (no individuals, please) are urged to sign a resolution opposing the transport of liquid high level radioactive wastes on our roads.
Opportunities for public comment on new material re: Proposed Radioactive Waste Dump by Lake Huron
Background: Ontario Power Generation is on a fast track to obtain approval from Canadian authorities in 2014, to build a deep underground waste dump for so-called “low” and “intermediate” level radioactive wastes from 20 Ontario reactors. This dump would be built beneath the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station at the Western Waste Management Facility, near Kincardine, Ontario, on the eastern shore of Lake Huron. The entrance to this dump would be less than a mile from Lake Huron - one of the Great Lakes, which hold 90% of North America’s fresh water, provide drinking water for over 40 million people, which are responsible for critical fisheries and ecosystems, and are important for agriculture, recreation and tourism.
Public Hearings were held in the fall of 2013 on whether OPG’s draft Environmental Impact Statement (draft EIS) was adequate and met the standards called for in the EIS Guidelines. Because of so many remaining questions about the adequacy of the draft EIS, there are now more opportunities for public input and critique. The following was posted by Northwatch: ( www.northwatch.org/ )
[There are still]...several tasks / opportunities for public input / critique within the Joint Review Panel Process:
- Comment on the Leiss paper at http://www.ceaa.gc.ca/050/documents/p17520/95576E.pdf , no deadline announced, so presumably still open (this is open to EVERYONE, not just registered participants - tell your friends!)
- Comment on the Duinker paper at http://www.ceaa.gc.ca/050/documents/p17520/94202E.pdf , no deadline announced, so presumably still open (also open to EVERYONE, not just registered participants)
- Review and response to OPG's reply to IR [Information Request by the Joint Review Panel to OPG] package #12; This is not open for comment yet, but the deadline is expected to be four weeks after the last response from OPG is received (estimated to be April 4th); full set of IRs is posted at http://www.ceaa.gc.ca/050/documents/p17520/96032E.pdf [CACC will post this information when we receive it.]
It is important to note that for commenting on the Leiss and Duinker papers and commenting on the responses to IR Package #12, [the public] is NOT restricted to relying on information that is already in the hearing record; we can provide additional information, related to each of those topics.
Note that (only) registered intervenors will also be able to make final comments. For final comments, registered intervenors are restricted to building their argument / comments based on what information has already been provided. Final comments are limited to ten pages. No deadline has been announced, but it will follow whatever exchange happens around IR package #12
Where to find critical documents:
The EIS Guidelines - http://www.acee-ceaa.gc.ca/050/documents/39323/39323E.pdf
The draft EIS and supporting studies - http://www.nwmo.ca/dgr/
(An inventory of wastes can be found at Section 4.5, pp 4-18 of the draft EIS.)
Comments, (well worth reading) and other public records to date can be found at:
(This page also contains numerous documents produced by the review panel or its secretariat.)
Resources: (Please check their excellent links.)
Burying Nuclear Waste at the Bruce: OPG's Proposed DGR - www.bruce-nuclear-waste-burial.ca - This site also has information about a second deep burial site planned for all of Canada’s irradiated fuel, which could also be built in the Upper Great Lakes or in the Arctic Watershed.
Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump http://stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com/ - This site has a petition opposing this proposed dump, as well as more information and resources.
Kay Cumbow, CACC Member
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is conducting national public meetings this fall on a first-ever (Draft) Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) regarding storing irradiated fuel at U.S. reactor sites, as well as alternatives to storage on-site for these lethal wastes. MORE information at: http://www.nirs.org/radwaste/wasteconfidence.htm (including the full schedule of meetings, access to the draft EIS, talking points, inventory of irradiated fuel and more.) Pre-registration is not required but will help ensure a spot at these packed meetings. Contact to reserve a spot to speak: TR Rowe (301) 287-9392 Or: You can pre-register with the NRC to speak at one of the meetings here. We need many voices here. Written comments are due Dec. 20th. Email comments to:
Rulemaking.Comments@nrc.gov. If there is no automatic email reply confirming receipt, then contact the NRC at: 301–415–1677. Mail comments to: Secretary, U.S.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001, ATTN: Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff.
MEETING: Open House before meeting from 6-7 PM. Meeting 7- 10PM at Hilton Garden Inn Toledo/Perrysburg, 6165 Levis Commons Boulevard, Parlor D Meeting Room, Perrysburg Also check CACC ECO- Calendar.
Big Rock Point area in National Cancer Study
In September, the National Academy of Sciences announced that the area near the decommissioned Big Rock Point nuclear reactor in Charlevoix, Michigan would be part of a pilot cancer study of seven U.S. nuclear facilities. The study will look at multiple cancer types of populations of all ages and cancers in children.
Part 1 of the study can be accessed here: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13388
Part 2 can be accessed here: http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=49579
At Part 2, you can provide feedback, contact the public access records office to make an inquiry, request a list of the public access file materials, or obtain a copy of materials found in the file.
Previous studies of health impacts have been made near the Big Rock Point site, including one by Joseph Mangano of the Radiation and Public Health Project ( http://radiation.org/spotlight/closed.html) that documented a 17.4% reduction in infant mortality in downwind counties within 40 miles two years after the reactor was closed, compared to a national decline of 6.4%. There was also a decrease in childhood cancers.
Intervention opposing Fermi 3
CACC is part of a coalition that intervened before the atomic and Safety Licensing Board this fall to stop the construction of a proposed Fermi 3 reactor in Monroe, Michigan. The reactor is not needed and would add to the environmental pollution in Lake Erie and surroundings. A hearing before the board in October reviewed impacts on the eastern fox snake (which has “threatened” status in Michigan) at the site and problems regarding safety analysis work by Detroit Edison and its contractor, which are building the reactor.
Intervention opposing Canadian nuclear waste dump
CACC is also one of many environmental groups intervening to stop a proposed deep underground nuclear waste dump near Kincardine, Ontario, at Bruce Power, the largest nuclear complex in the world. The entrance to the dump would be less than a mile from Lake Huron. In September, CACC member Kay Cumbow gave testimony by phone to a Joint Review Panel meeting in Kincardine, Ontario. Michigan’s two U.S. Senators have asked the U.S. Secretary of State to work through the International Joint Commission to stop the proposed dump.
Nuclear Free/Green Energy Briefs
CACC joins 100+ organizations protesting EPA’s new radiation standards
CACC signed onto a letter written by
Committee to Bridge the Gap
Information and Resource Service and sent to the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on September 16, 2013, protesting the
Environmental Protection Agency’s new Protective Action Guidelines for radiation
standards in emergency situations, such as Fukushima, Chernobyl, Three Mile
Island or other such accidents with radiation releases. See:
100+ organizations call on EPA to withdraw its dramatically weakened
radiation standards. The letter is found at:
Hearings on Proposed Nuclear Waste Dump near Lake Huron
Hearings are occurring now through October 11, 2013, before
a Joint Review Panel in Ontario on Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG’s) Draft
Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed deep underground dump for “low”
and “intermediate” level radioactive wastes for OPG’s 20 Ontario reactors. This
proposed dump would have an entrance less than a mile from Lake Huron -
irreplaceable fresh waters that are shared by residents of Canada, Michigan,
First Nation, U.S. Tribes and other Indigenous Peoples - as well as home to
diverse and unique aquatic life and wildlife. CACC is participating in these
Listen in - The
daily agenda for speakers, transcripts of hearings (transcripts are a day
behind) and a link to the webcast can be found at:
documents (including transcripts as pdf. files) are filed here:
related to this proposal can be found on the pages listed here, under
The hearings run from Sept. 16 to Oct. 11, 2013 in Ontario. - If there is time
available, people who are not registered may be able to testify. Remember that a
passport is needed to cross the border. If you
would like more information on these hearings, please contact Kay Cumbow, CACC
Education Committee Member at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
For background information:
Burying Nuclear Waste at the Bruce: OPG's Proposed Deep Geological Repository
www.bruce-nuclear-waste-burial.ca - Created by a network of citizen groups
concerned about nuclear waste, this website also links to information on
a second deep underground dump for Canada’s irradiated
fuel, which might also be built in the Upper Great
Lakes or in the Arctic Watershed.
Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump
This site has a petition for people to sign opposing this proposed dump.
Fall 2013 Hearings Nationwide
on Nuclear Waste at Reactor Sites
(“Waste Confidence” Hearings)
For information and talking points, visit this
webpage of Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) at:
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has
published a first-ever environmental impact statement (EIS) for public comment
on storing radioactive waste at reactors and the alternatives to that storage -
important issues, since Michigan and many Great Lakes states have both
commercial reactors and onsite nuclear waste storage. Public meetings on this
EIS will be held nationwide this fall, including one near Toledo, Ohio, and also
near Chicago, Illinois. You can find time and place for these meetings and
register with the NRC to testify here:
How To Submit Comments To The NRC
Pre-register: Call 301-287-9392 or email:
WCRegistration@nrc.gov as soon as
In Writing: A
written Comment Period Ends Nov. 27. You can fax, email or mail comments
referencing docket NRC 210-0246, to: the Secretary, US NRC. Put “Attention of
the Rulemaking and Adjudication Staff” By EMAIL:
Fax or Mail, see:
A new report in April, 2013, authored by
Synapse Energy Economics, Inc.
for the Civil Society Institute,
a nonprofit organization, showed that regional electricity generation supply
with heavy reliance on wind, solar and other renewables (in place of coal plants
and shutting down one-fourth of all U.S. nuclear reactors), would result in a
reliable electricity grid, with “…an ample safety net.” See:
Nuclear Power Stupidity, The Economics of Renewable Energy with Amory Lovins”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPO9mQ02g2A - Arnie Gunderson interviews
Amory Lovins, Cofounder, Chief Scientist and Chairman Emeritus of the Rocky
Mountain Institute www.rmi.org/
- This is a 30 min. interview about the global renewable energy revolution, and
why renewable energy is a far smarter choice than coal or nuclear. Lovins
reports how renewables won’t crater the economy and will not undermine grid
Green Energy & Nuclear Issues Update, June 2013
Clean Energy Development: Where Does Your State Rank?
Ten Countries Launch Renewables Club to Lead World Energy Transformation – Read more: http://ecowatch.com/2013/countries-launch-renewables-club/
The Energy Justice Network offers great fact sheets/information on what is truly clean energy and how we can get there. See: http://www.energyjustice.org/solutions
New Great Lakes Nuclear Hot Spots Map
A new Great Lakes Nuclear Hot Spots Map (originated in 1990-91 by Irene Kock of Nuclear Awareness Project) has been produced by Anna Tilman of the International Institute of Concern for Public Health (IICPH) and Great Lakes United. The map documents facilities related to nuclear power production in the Great Lakes Basin. Most are less than a mile from one of the Lakes, raising concerns for both short and long-term impacts from radioactive releases over time, and the potential for serious accidents, which could devastate large areas for centuries.
For more information, see: http://concernforhealth.org/new-binational-great-lakes-nuclear-map-identifies-nuclear-hot-spots/ Both Great Lakes United and IICPH advocate the use of cheaper, safer methods of energy production, including conservation, efficiency and renewable energy such as wind and solar.
Public Hearing Dates announced for proposed nuke dump near Lake Huron
Please consider (especially organizations and individuals based in the Great Lakes) registering by July 5th, to send in written comments/give oral testimony to help protect the Great Lakes Basin from this bad precedent - a proposed deep radioactive waste burial site with an entrance less than a mile from Lake Huron.
From www.northwatch.org/ “Coming Events”: The Hearing Panel appointed to review Ontario Power Generation's proposal to bury radioactive wastes beneath the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station announced June 18th that public hearings will begin September 16th. Participants must register by July 5th (Yes, that is only 17 days notice.) http://bruce-nuclear-waste-burial.weebly.com/get-involved.html
September 16 – October 5, 2013
Royal Canadian Legion, MacDonald Branch 183, Kincardine
219 Lambton Street, Kincardine, Ontario
October 7 – October 112, 2013
Saugeen Shores Community Complex, Rotary Hall
600 Tomlinson Drive, Port Elgin, Ontario
Activities / Deadlines:
Request to participate at the hearing – All participants / July 5, 2013
- Register at: http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/intervention/eng/
- The Public Hearing Procedures can be found here:
Written submission – Proponent and government participants / July 23, 2013
Written submission - All other participants / August 13, 2013
Presentation materials (optional) – All participants - August 27, 2013
Request for rulings / July 23, 2013
* Burying Nuclear Waste at the Bruce: OPG's Proposed Deep Geological Repository http://bruce-nuclear-waste-burial.weebly.com/ - Created by citizen groups concerned about nuclear waste, this has links regarding a 2nd proposed deep burial site for Canada's irradiated fuel, which might also be built in the Upper Great Lakes.
* Stop the Great Lakes Nuclear Dump http://stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.com/
* The Inverhuron Committee - http://www.inverhuronrate.com/
* You can access other groups' and individual's recent comment letters and other public records to date: http://www.ceaa.gc.ca/050/details-eng.cfm?evaluation=17520
Resources "Nuclear Threats to the Great Lakes and Transition to Clean Safe Energy - International Roundtable"
Here are links to the presentations which are posted on YouTube, and which were filmed by Ruth Borgelt, videographer.
This is the keynote address of Dr. Gordon Edwards of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility at the International Roundtable on "Nuclear Threats to the Great Lakes and Transition to Clean Safe Energy" on May 14, 2011, in Dearborn, Michigan (USA).
Presentation on a critical new book on the human health and environmental impacts of Chernobyl by Lynn Ehrle of the International Science Oversight Board of the Organic Consumers Association. His presentation was made at the International Roundtable on "Nuclear Threats to the Great Lakes and Transition to Clean Safe Energy" on May 14, 2011, in Dearborn, Michigan (USA).
Michael J. Keegan of the Coalition for a Nuclear Free Great Lakes talks about dangers of nuclear energy power and the opposition to the license renewal for the Fermi 2 plant in Monroe, as well opposition to a Fermi 3 plant. His presentation was made at the International Roundtable on "Nuclear Threats to the Great Lakes and Transition to Clean Safe Energy" on May 14, 2011, in Dearborn, Michigan (USA).
Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear gives a talk on "Radioactive Roulette on the Shores of the Great Lakes: Davis-Besse." The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant sits on the shores of Lake Erie in Northern Ohio. His presentation was made at the International Roundtable on "Nuclear Threats to the Great Lakes and Transition to Clean Safe Energy" on May 14, 2011, in Dearborn, Michigan (USA).