More than a TAD

Commonsense at the Nuclear Crossroads, an anti-nuclear group located in Asheville, North Carolina, has commissioned a report on plans for transport and reprocessing (falsely advertised as “burning up”) high-level nuclear waste. The report is available for free viewing and/or downloading.

This is a big and dangerous deal. Quoting from the report’s executive summary:

The DOE has proposed purchasing Transport, Aging and Disposal (TAD) canisters to handle this waste and has issued specifications for their manufacture. From the data tables it is calculated that, on average, each TAD canister will contain about one and a half times the fissile uranium in the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, plus about ten times the amount of fissile plutonium in the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki. The number of these canisters needed to move the waste accumulated at each reactor site is calculated. This indicates the number of loads that would be needed.

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Life-threatening Issues

We are all downwind.

Let’s imagine – I know this is far-fetched, but for purposes of discussion, we might try it anyhow – a political atmosphere dominated by fear of terrorists and their bombs. There are shoe bombs, pipe bombs, pressure cooker bombs, fertilizer bombs, tannerite bombs, suicide bomb vests, car bombs, truck bombs, improvised explosive devices, drone bombs, commercial airplanes used as bombs …

Whoa, there’s a lot to be worried about. Fear of terrorists and their bombs can be used to make an argument for lots of countermeasures. Obviously, all airplane travelers need to be searched before they board airplanes. Police need to be able to search anyone’s house when they are chasing a possible terrorist. Suspected terrorists who are caught by the police need to disappear into secret prisons forever … Continue reading “Life-threatening Issues”

No Confidence in Spent Fuel Storage

NRC’s current regulatory guidance concedes that “data is not currently available” supporting the safe transportation of high burn spent nuclear fuel.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently published a complex article outlining some reasons current plans for storing spent nuclear fuel are flawed and dangerous. We’ve outlined the gist of the argument here, but for more details and references, you’ll need to read the original article. Continue reading “No Confidence in Spent Fuel Storage”

Montreal Declaration for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World

At our board meeting Wednesday, August 24, 2016, Alliance to Halt Fermi 3 voted unanimously to endorse the Montreal Declaration for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World. The declaration is reproduced in full below:

As citizens of this planet inspired by the Second Thematic World Social Forum for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World, conducted in Montreal from August 8 to August 12, 2016, we are collectively calling for a mobilization of civil society around the world to bring about the elimination of all nuclear weapons, to put an end to the continued mass-production of all high-level nuclear wastes by phasing out all nuclear reactors, and to bring to a halt all uranium mining worldwide. Continue reading “Montreal Declaration for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World”

Keep Liquid Radioactive Waste Off Our Highways

PRESS RELEASE & Telephone Briefing Tuesday 8/16 @ 11am EDT

BEYOND NUCLEAR
CANADIAN COALITION FOR NUCLEAR RESPONSIBILITY
CITIZENS FOR ALTERNATIVES TO CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION ENVIRONMENTALISTS, INC – LONE TREE COUNCIL
NUCLEAR INFORMATION AND RESOURCE SERVICE
SAVANNAH RIVER SITE WATCH – SIERRA CLUB

Groups File for Injunction to
KEEP LIQUID RADIOACTIVE WASTE OFF OUR HIGHWAYS

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Walk With Us July 31

It’s a busy time, with lots of events calling for our attention; political conventions, police shootings, shootings of police, airport bombings, coup attempts, and a seemingly endless list of similar events. These are all important events, not silly distractions like Pokemon Go. Especially to people directly involved, each one can seem like the most important thing in the world, deserving all our attention right here and right now.

It’s not easy to remember, in the midst of all the flashing lights and sirens, to pay attention to long-term issues that are not yet so immediate. Even so, that’s what we are doing with our “Got KI?” Campaign. That’s because there’s no plan or schedule for a nuclear reactor meltdown. Nobody wants it to happen. Many steps are taken to prevent it happening.  And yet it does happen. Continue reading “Walk With Us July 31”

The Future of Energy …

… could mean many things. In this case, it means a documentary film, a little over an hour in length, which the Alliance to Halt Fermi 3 recommends highly. It’s not about nuclear energy. It’s about the possibility of replacing nuclear energy – and fossil fuel energy – with clean, safe and affordable renewable energy. You can watch it, for free, right here. Continue reading “The Future of Energy …”