The U.S. Department of Energy said on Wednesday it will study the environmental risk of importing spent nuclear fuel from Germany that contains highly enriched uranium, a move believed to be the first for the United States.
Along with the well-known lack of any solution for disposing of “spent” fuel rods and “low-level” radioactive waste, a more immediate concern is that U.S. nuclear plants are storing thousands of tons of spent fuel in an extremely dangerous manner: high-density cooling pools (right)
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In documents filed Wednesday with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), a wide range of national and grassroots environmental groups said it would be impossible for the NRC to adequately conduct a court-ordered assessment of the environmental implications of long-term storage of spent nuclear reactor fuel in the two short years the federal agency envisions for the process.
Thanks to the many of you who contacted us regarding the Independent Weekly’s late 2009 article about Shearon Harris. Many of you remember this five-year campaign, and as several noted, the nuclear waste shipments have ended. The following letter appears in the current edition of the paper. (You can see …
Complaint to NC Attorney General, FBI, NRC Inspector General, NRC Office of Security and Incident Response December 13, 2005 Union of Concerned Scientists NC Waste Awareness and Reduction Network NC WARN and UCS have been made aware of very serious allegations about security problems at Progress Energy’s Shearon Harris nuclear …
A powerful Congressional committee has issued a stinging criticism of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s inaction regarding the safety of waste fuel stored at the nation’s nuclear power plants, and directed the agency to move on recommendations made by the National Academy of Sciences.
NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release: April 6th, 2005 Statement on Today’s Release of National Academy’s Study on Nuclear Cooling Pools Today, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released a declassified study which finds that pools storing highly radioactive waste at the nation’s nuclear power plants are vulnerable to terrorist attack. …