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September 9, 2016Write Governor Butch Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden: Tell them to take all necessary action to stop nuclear waste from coming to Idaho!  

Across the country, the owners of nuclear power plants are looking for a new home for their most radio-active waste. The Department of Energy is the house hunter for the nuclear power industry.  The DOE has asked Idaho for permission for two shipments of “research quantities” of nuclear waste.  The first would come from North Anna, Virginia, and the second from Byron, Illinois. Both are currently prohibited by the 1995 Settlement Agreement that bans new commercial waste from Idaho.

In 2015, the first shipment was temporarily halted when Attorney General Wasden denied the request. Mr. Wasden refused because the DOE has not met key deadlines for cleaning up the nuclear waste that is already here at the Idaho National Laboratory. But that could change.

Status Report: The North Anna shipment was rerouted (at least temporarily) to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The DOE is expected to ask for permission for Byron’s spent fuel to come in December. Now’s a good time to tell the Governor and the Attorney General that the people of Idaho don’t want more nuclear waste in our state!

Points to include in your letter:

Clean up what is already here The immediate problem is that 900,000 gallons of highly radioactive liquid waste remain buried in old tanks above Idaho’s Snake River Aquifer. There is a long history of contamination at the site and the $1 billion cleanup facility doesn’t work. Idaho’s best legal leverage is to enforce the state’s ban on commercial nuclear waste until the problem is solved.

The Snake River Aquifer and the Snake River itself are at risk until nuclear contamination from the Idaho National Laboratory is fully cleaned up.

New safety concerns  The proposed research into “pyroprocessing” of nuclear waste creates new safety concerns, generates more nuclear waste and can creates the ingredients for more nuclear bombs.

Bad precedent  Allowing “research quantities” of commercial nuclear waste would weaken the 1995 Settlement Agreement, which bans commercial spent fuel from Idaho.  Idaho has already said “no”.

No jobs for Idaho  According to the DOE, the Byron shipment “would not notably impact socioeconomic resources” in eastern Idaho and would create no new jobs at INL.

Contact our public officials or write a Letter to the Editor!

Governor Butch Otter
Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden
Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0010
Idaho Mountain Express
Box 1013, Ketchum, ID 83340
Idaho State Journal
Box 431, Pocatello, ID 83204
Idaho Statesman
Box 40, Boise, ID 83707
Lewiston Tribune
505 Capital St., Lewiston, ID 83501
Post Register
Box 1800, Idaho Falls, ID 83403
Box 548, Twin Falls, ID 83303