US House “Oversight” Hearing on Nuclear Waste Appears Designed to Create Gridlock; Ignore Critical Problems and Needed Solutions

Excellent Points made here – well worth reading for Cumbrians!! ” Holtec and Areva (now Orano) thin-walled Spent Nuclear Fuel Canisters/Cask Systems are dangerously unfit for purpose. Apart from the disproportionately thin walls of the canisters (1/2 to 5/8th inches thick), they lack proper monitoring systems, and are welded shut, meaning that they cannot be opened without cask destruction.

Instead, what we expect to hear, is witnesses argue why they don’t want the waste and that the other (or someone else) can have it. While neither San Onofre beach front, nor the chosen site in New Mexico, are fit for purpose, this isn’t the way forward. Nor is dumping it off to another unfit site, as one witness has suggested elsewhere. We predict that there will be some blah, blah, blah, about fairness, too. This will ignore the fact that most states and communities had no choice about the siting of nuclear power stations nearby, and the “benefits” were often higher electricity prices, radioactives risks, property devaluation, etc. The high cost of nuclear power has led to many lawsuits, and continues to do so. In part, because of their need of huge amounts of water, nuclear power stations were largely placed in poor rural areas on major waterways. “

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Based on the news release, and on what we know of the list of invited witnesses, as of Jun 4, 2019, and noting the witnesses who should be listed, and are not, this hearing seems designed to create NIMBY gridlock, while overlooking critical problems, and needed solutions. There also appears a lack of planning and preparation. Perhaps after this posts, new witnesses will be added. The current witnesses have the knowledge to prove us wrong, and we write this with the hope that they will do so.

The most basic point, which probably won’t be addressed, is that Holtec and Areva (now Orano) thin-walled Spent Nuclear Fuel Canisters/Cask Systems are dangerously unfit for purpose. Apart from the disproportionately thin walls of the canisters (1/2 to 5/8th inches thick), they lack proper monitoring systems, and are welded shut, meaning that they cannot be opened without cask destruction.

Instead, what we expect…

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