Statement to SRS CAB against interim waste site
Our statement, attached, was delivered to the SRS CAB today. We agree. Let's keep up the drumbeat against wasting South Carolina!
Louis A. Zeller, Executive Director
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League
PO Box 88
Glendale Springs, NC 28629
(336) 982-2691 office
(336) 977-0852 cell
From: Mary Olson
Sent: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 7:54 PM
Thanks for the report Tom! So glad to hear there was a good turn out -- and that there is DEBATE, not "yes we want everything nuclear" in unison! Very soon we will be circulating an updated version of the "Principles for Volunteer Participation in a High-Level Radioactive Waste Program" -- and hope people in South Carolina will engage with the document which is intended to provide a "floor" for the minimum information any community would HAVE to have in order to actually "volunteer" since otherwise it is a "blind blank check."
HAT's OFF to all in SC who are standing up / showing up / speaking out.
Mary Olson maryo@...
828-252-8409 / cell 828-242-5621
From: tomclements329@... [ mailto:tomclements329@...]
Sent: Monday, May 20, 2013 8:48 PM
Subject: SRS CAB gets earful against spent fuel storage at SRS - article, May 20
We had a good citizen turnout at the SRS Citizens Advisory Board meeting today and overwhelmed the skimpy booster representation in speaking out against spent fuel storage at the Savannah River Site. The boosters and their DOE minders were scrambling to fend off what they sense is a growing sentiment against spent fuel storage and reprocessing. There's a long ways to go in the fight here and at other potential storage sites but we pushed the ball down the field against giving "consent" to any dumping scheme at SRS. DOE and the booster head of the CAB kept saying that "consent" isn't yet defined and we'll have to wait and see what that consists of and we repeatedly told them that what you are seeing today is the community defining consent (well, non-consent). Tom
Advisory board mulls stance against SRS spent fuel storageBy Rob Pavey
Augusta (GA) Chronicle
Savannah River Sites Citizens Advisory Board is considering a draft recommendation opposing any future use of the site for storing spent nuclear fuel.
The CAB would like to go on record saying that it is opposed to the use of SRS or any portion of the site for the storage of commercial nuclear wastes, said the draft, shared Monday by the boards waste management committee.
The draft is only at the discussion stage. A full vote on the position would be scheduled this summer.
Though there is no formal plan to bring spent commercial reactor fuel to the site, the demise of the governments Yucca Mountain project in Nevada left the nation without options for the 75,000 tons of radioactive spent fuel accumulating at commercial nuclear plants.
A blue-ribbon committee formed to explore alternatives suggested consolidated, interim storage of the dangerous material until a better solution can be found.
The committee did not make site recommendations, but officials say it would be difficult to explore those options without considering SRS, which has nuclear waste experience and infrastructure, and a location in the South, which has many commercial nuclear plants.
In March, consultants hired by the SRS Community Reuse Organization an economic development consortium unveiled a $200,000 study that concluded the sites H Canyon processing facilities and long history of nuclear involvement make it a suitable site for such storage.
Consolidated storage would start with the spent nuclear fuel currently in South Carolina and Georgia and, if successful, could expand to include the remainder of the 20,000 metric tons of spent fuel in the southeastern U.S., the report said Subsequent phases could accommodate more spent fuel from Virginia and the Northeast.
Though the project would bring money and jobs to the area, it would require broad community support to be successful, the study said, noting that storage could also lead to a reprocessing complex at SRS.
The draft recommendation notes that the advisory board is not opposed to commercial nuclear power generation, but fears that a new effort to create a permanent repository is generations away and could leave material stranded indefinitely in South Carolina.
Representatives from Friends of the Earth, the South Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club and other groups have said they will oppose any plan to import spent fuel into the state.
It is clear that there is a growing momentum in South Carolina against giving consent to a consolidated storage facility for highly radioactive spent fuel at SRS or any other site, said Tom Clements, the Southeastern nuclear campaign coordinator with Friends of the Earth.