HERE IS THE FIRST ACTION:
Click the link at the end of this article to prevent a new nuclear power plant from being built at Hanford, WA. An environmental non-profit organization that protects the Columbia River (Columbia Riverkeeper www.columbiariverkeeper.org) sent this on September 29, 2021 (summarized here for brevity):
A company, X-energy, wants to build more nuclear infrastructure—a small modular nuclear reactor—within a carve-out of the Hanford Nuclear Site. Bad idea. Period. Hanford is the most contaminated place in the Western Hemisphere. The U.S. government’s mission at Hanford: cleanup. More nuclear reactors run afoul of ongoing efforts to protect people and natural resources from Hanford’s nuclear legacy.
Today Columbia Riverkeeper released an in-depth report on small modular nuclear reactors and how the X-energy proposal threatens the Columbia River.
Top Three Reasons to Take Action:
- Stand in Solidarity: The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) opposes SMR development at Hanford. Check out CTUIR’s website to learn more about the Tribe and underlying reasons for opposition. In a letter to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, CTUIR explained, “The potential impacts of the project are enormous and visible over a much larger area.”
- Dangers from Nuclear Reactor Operations: High-temperature gas reactors, such as the Xe-100 design, are susceptible to “minor” failures that may trigger an accident. These failures, coupled with human error, can lead to large-scale disasters. In addition to technology-specific accidents, the site itself is vulnerable to earthquakes and flooding that are capable of triggering a reactor accident.
- Threats from Nuclear Waste: SMRs, just like nuclear reactors currently in operation, produce nuclear waste. The waste stays radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years, which creates a substantial burden on future generations. With no national geologic repository, this toxic and radioactive waste is stored on-site.
CLICK THIS LINK to tell Congress and Governors to stop this: https://www.columbiariverkeeper.org/take-action/small-modular-nuclear-reactors?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=e3055c3a-ac4a-4c94-b199-0ae614ebfa6f
HERE IS THE SECOND ACTION:
Prevent Congress from using taxpayers’ money to bail out nuclear power companies: https://beyondnuclearinternational.org/2021/08/29/groups-call-for-no-us-nuclear-bailouts/
HERE IS THE THIRD ACTION:
Make the federal government’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) protect us from the dangers of nuclear energy and radioactive waste!
NRC is trying to make over a dozen actions that could endanger people and the environment exempt from environmental and safety reviews. That means NRC could approve projects that affect our health while ignoring the impacts—and preventing communities from even having a say.
These are just a few of the bad ideas the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is trying to exempt from environmental and safety reviews:
- Deregulating nuclear wast to make radioactive belt buckles, baby toys, and building supplies
- Nuclear waste casks that are not designed for real-world storage and transport conditions
- Uranium mills, nuclear power reactors, and other nuclear sites closed and released without environmental review
- Review of funds needed for decommissioning nuclear power reactors, irradiated (“spent”) fuel storage, and nuclear fuel facilities
- The NRC wants to exclude uranium mills, nuclear sites, radioactive wastes, and more from environmental and safety regulations
The “ACTION ALERT” expired in late July 2021, but I do encourage you to get onto the e-mail lists of some non-profit organizations that provide solid, factual information and ACTION ALERTS for future occasions. I support Nuclear Information & Resource Service (www.nirs.org), which provided the information above. Also NukeWatch (www.nukewatchinfo.org) and Beyond Extreme Energy (www.beyondextremeenergy.org) and others.