The Fukushima nuclear disaster is now making more
international headlines. The Japanese utility is attempting to remove
the used, highly radioactive fuel from its precarious, angled perch high
in the air at Unit 4.
The lesson that we all should have learned from that is
simple: nuclear waste is extremely dangerous and serious, immediate
plans need to be made to keep it isolated from the environment.
TELL THE NRC: PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES FROM RADIOACTIVE NUCLEAR WASTE!!!
That's why I find it hard to believe that our own Nuclear Regulatory
Commission (NRC) is pushing through an agenda for "waste confidence,"
which means that we should all rest assured that some day -
they'll find a safe way to dispose of the waste. This is the NRC's way
of allowing the most dangerous nuclear plants in the US to continue to
operate, producing more of the extremely dangerous waste without any
current solutions for disposal.
NOW IT'S UP TO US TO STOP THE MADNESS. TAKE ACTION NOW!!!
With your help, we can show the NRC that we aren't fooled: nuclear waste is no joke!
Protect our Communities from Radioactive Waste!
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing you because I am concerned about how we store our most hazardous waste, the radioactive fuel rods from nuclear reactors. We should not license or re-license any reactor until it has been proven that we can successfully isolate this waste.While we are working on the solution, I am also concerned that many of our nuclear reactors have over-crowded fuel pools on site. These present safety threats to the communities and industries that surround the plants. The NRC should take immediate action to reduce the number of fuel assemblies in the water-filled pools. Before transferring the fuel rods to cask storage, the cask storage needs to be examined and reinforced to be able to safely store the fuel rods particularly those that qualify as high burn up fuel. Hardened on-site storage of the casks should become the choice for storage.I am also concerned about the sustainability of nuclear power. The EIS needs to evaluate the true costs of nuclear power after the subsidies are stripped away. The long-term costs of decommissioning need to be considered as well. The ongoing costs to US taxpayers should be transparent in this EIS.Finally, the EIS should consider the option of not making any nuclear waste at all in the future by comparing the environmental footprint of nuclear from mining to long term waste disposal to that of renewables and energy efficiency.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]