The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, Conservation Voters of South Carolina, South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, the South Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the League of Women Voters of South Carolina all delivered testimony against the the shipment of hot nuclear waste for “reprocessing” at the Savannah River Site (SRS).
The hearing before the Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council in Columbia, SC was prompted by backroom “negotiations” about terms for bringing spent fuel to the DOE’s Savannah River Site. Speaking to The State, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability’s Tom Clements called for the secret talks to end:
The alliance’s Tom Clements said behind-the-scenes discussions now are occurring among state leaders to
allow the disposal in exchange for some type of jobs initiative. He did not name anyone, but said “it’s time for those in on these discussions to reveal what they are up to” and tell the public.
A spokesperson for Governor Nikki Haley supports “processing” of spent fuel at the Savannah River Site. That’s a thinly disguised term for reprocessing.
Yucca Mountain in Nevada was once considered as a permanent storage site for all US nuclear waste, but the proposal was killed on scientific and political grounds. Since the successful scuppering of the Yucca proposal, politicians and the nuclear industry discuss “temporary” storage of nuclear waste at SRS. But since there is no facility for permanently storing nuclear waste, storage in South Carolina would likely become permanent.
The State article today continues:
Environmentalists said storing spent nuclear fuel could increase the cry for a reprocessing plant. Reprocessing is supposed to render used fuel available for reuse in commercial plants, but conservationists say it creates more waste and threatens the landscape.
“Our country stands at a nuclear waste crossroads,” the conservation league’s Ryan Black said. “The political failure to develop Yucca Mountain has only complicated this issue further. But Yucca’s demise should not dictate that South Carolina bear the burden, yet again, of our nation’s radioactive waste.”
Many thanks to Tom Clements for helping inform, organize, and publicize the resistance the public about the secret nuclear waste proposals.
Read the full article at The State here.