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STOP THE IMPORT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE: SUPPORT FOR HR 5632
Written by Scott Sklar   
May 17, 2008

CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND URGE SUPPORT FOR HR 5632

Should the United States be a dumping ground for other countries’ nuclear waste?

While the answer would seem obvious to most, EnergySolutions--the largest commercial nuclear waste dump in the U.S.--thinks otherwise. 

The company has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for permission to import 20,000 tons of low-level nuclear waste from defunct nuclear reactors in Italy.  The waste would be shipped through ports in South Carolina and Louisiana, incinerated in Tennessee, and then some of the waste would be sent to EnergySolutions’ low-level nuclear waste dump in Utah for disposal.

Besides being the largest proposal of its kind, and the first time a company has specifically asked to dispose large quantities of foreign generated nuclear materials in the U.S., the plan would also set a precedent for the U.S. to become the world’s nuclear waste dump.

That is why Congressmen Bart Gordon (D-TN), Jim Matheson (D-UT), and Ed Whitfield (R-KY) have introduced bipartisan legislation--HR 5632 --to ban the importation of low-level radioactive waste into the United States.

HR 5632 is important not only to prevent EnergySolutions from opening the door to foreign nuclear waste disposal in the U.S., but also to preserve our country’s ability to handle our own low-level nuclear waste disposal needs.

A House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee will hold a hearing on this bill next Tuesday, May 20th. 

Please call your House member at 202-224-3121 and ask him/her to support this bill. Doesn’t it feel good to be able to urge support for a nuclear bill? Let’s get this legislation moving through the House and then on to the Senate!

Already, the Governors of Utah and Wyoming, a regional oversight committee called the Northwest Interstate Compact, and thousands of citizens have spoken out against EnergySolutions’ proposal.

It is clear that it was never the intent of state or federal law to allow for the disposal of foreign nuclear waste in the U.S., but EnergySolutions is exposing a loophole that could allow for this to happen and open the door for much more to come.

HR 5632 closes this loophole, protects us from the unnecessary risks of importing nuclear waste from around the world, and preserves our ability to handle the uncertainties of our own nuclear waste disposal needs.

Please call your Representative today and ask for his/her support of HR 5632. 202-224-3121.

A HEAL Utah factsheet on this issue will be posted on NIRS website ,www.nirs.org,

Remember - as a clean energy advocate - renewable energy has no wastes, and particlularly wastes that can be used in weapons.

-- Scott Sklar

Last Updated ( May 28, 2008 )
 
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