|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Tue, 2 Mar 2010 11:32:24 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] ECA Calls on DOE to Analyze the Impacts of HLW in our Communities|
From Energy Communities AllianceHigh-Level Waste: ECA Calls on DOE to Analyze the Impacts and Begin Discussions with Communities
On February 25, ECA sent Secretary Chu a letter stating that DOE must address high-level waste and spent fuel issues with local communities. In the letter, ECA called on DOE to begin to analyze the safety and impact on the environment in communities forced to store high level waste and spent fuel as a result of the decision to terminate Yucca Mountain. ECA communities are concerned about the potential risks and safety hazards of keeping high-level waste at our sites, and are frustrated by the lack of communication that has come from DOE on the issue.
ECA believes DOE should: -Begin to analyze the safety impacts of leaving the waste at our sites-Engage in a formal discussion with communities and local governments to discuss safety issues and the path forward for communities
To download the original letter, go to http://www.energyca.org/PDF/HiLevelWasteSecChu.pdf
Full Text of the Letter: February 25, 2010 The Honorable Steven Chu Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy 1000 Independence Avenue Washington, DC 20585Subject: Department of Energy Must Address High-Level Waste and Spent Fuel Issues with Local Communities in Light of Recent Decision to Abandon Yucca Mountain
Dear Secretary Chu:In December, Energy Communities Alliance (ECA), the organization of local communities adjacent to and impacted by DOE facilities, wrote to you and expressed concern about DOE's plans to abandon Yucca Mountain as a geological depository for high-level waste and spent fuel. In that letter ECA asked that DOE: 1) Engage local communities and governments on high-level waste and spent fuel decisions; and 2) Analyze the impact of DOE's decision to leave defense high-level waste and spent fuel in communities.
On February 2, 2010, DOE filed a request to suspend the Yucca Mountain license application and announced plans to withdraw it completely within a month. Some leaders have suggested that sites, including ECA member communities that currently host high-level waste and spent fuel, may become long-term storage sites. To date, ECA member communities and local governments have received little information from DOE on your plans to address the safe, long-term storage, and ultimate disposition of high-level waste and spent fuel in our communities. ECA communities and local governments are concerned about the risks and impacts of leaving the waste in place, and are frustrated by the lack of communication that has come from DOE on the issue. ECA believes that DOE should clarify its position on high-level waste and spent fuel and open a formal dialogue with our members to discuss questions including:
* What is DOE's plan to address high-level waste and spent fuel?* How long will it take DOE to address high-level waste and spent fuel in communities?
* What is the environmental impact of the decision to abandon the NRC's license review for Yucca Mountain to determine if it is safe and the right place to dispose of high-level waste and spent fuel?
* What is the risk to communities of keeping waste at the sites indefinitely?
* Will DOE propose that an independent agency regulate DOE defense high-level waste and spent fuel to ensure protection of human health and the environment?
A central tenet of environmental health and safety is to communicate with the communities that are most impacted by the decision. In the past, DOE has engaged individual communities when decisions regarding health and safety arise in that community. In this instance, DOE's silence and unwillingness to address these issues only raises concerns.
In order to address the potential risk to communities, ECA believes DOE should begin to analyze the safety and the impact on the environment in communities forced to store high-level waste and spent fuel as a result of the decision to terminate Yucca Mountain. DOE should provide local governments with funds to acquire third party technical assistance to analyze the impacts and monitor the storage of high-level waste and spent fuel in our communities. As we stated in our December letter, ECA is very knowledgeable on these defense high-level waste and spent fuel issues and has worked with communities, DOE, Congress and industry - most recently on discussions of reprocessing and interim storage. ECA hopes to work with you to find a sustainable path forward that is both environmentally sound and in the taxpayers' best interest. We believe a formal meeting between local community representatives and DOE is a critical first step in finding a solution for the disposal of high-level waste and spent fuel.
If you have any questions, please contact me or Seth Kirshenberg, Executive Director, at Energy Communities Alliance at 202-828-2494.
Sincerely, Robert Thompson, Chair Energy Communities Alliance, Council Member, Richland, WA cc: Energy Communities Alliance Board of Directors Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman, DOEAdministrator Thomas D'Agostino, National Nuclear Security Administration
Assistant Secretary Inés Triay, DOE-EM Dr. David Miller, Office of Nuclear Energy, DOESenator Byron Dorgan, Chair, Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Senator Robert Bennett, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Senator Jeff Bingaman, Chair, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Senator Lisa Murkowski, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Senator Carl Levin, Chair, Senate Armed Services Committee Senator John McCain, Ranking Member, Senate Armed Services Committee Senator Patty Murray Senator Maria Cantwell Senator Mike Crapo Senator James Risch Senator Lindsey Graham Senator Jim DeMint Senator Harry Reid Senator John EnsignRepresentative Peter Visclosky, Chair, House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development Representative Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, Ranking Member, House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
Representative Henry Waxman, Chair, House Committee on Energy and CommerceRepresentative Joe Barton, Ranking Member, House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Representative Ike Skelton, Chair, House Armed Services Committee Representative Howard McKeon, Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee Representative Doc Hastings Representative Norm Dicks Representative Mike Simpson Representative James Clyburn Representative Adam Smith Representative Shelly Berkley Representative Dean Heller Representative Dina Titus National Governors Association National Conference of State Legislatures National Association of Attorneys General State and Tribal Government Working Group Environmental Council of the States Link to letter: http://www.energyca.org/PDF/ECAhlwLetter.pdf Please let me know if you have any other questions. Best, Allison Allison Doman Program Manager Energy Communities Alliance 1101 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20036 phone (202) 828-2423 fax (202) 828-2488 email@example.com ######################################################################## _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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