Both Texas and New Mexico are opposed to these facilities and the rest of the country should be as well. Both sites are unjustly targeted for Hispanic communities. Hauling nuclear waste is extremely dangerous and risky. To reduce risk, the waste should be transported only once, from the reactor sites to a permanent isolation facility.
Building these so-called ‘interim’ sites would require hauling dangerous, high-level nuclear waste all over the country twice: Once to the ‘interim’ sites, then once again to the permanent site—if that is ever built. If the permanent site is not built, the ‘interim’ sites could become de-facto permanent storage sites. Hispanic communities in New Mexico and Texas would become the latest victims of the nuclear industry.
These is also the issue of consent from the communities targeted for CIS facilities. Both bills call for a “consent-based approach” to building the facilities, but neither New Mexico nor Texas have consented to them so far. There’s little chance that they or other states will consent to CIS facilities in the future.
It’s time for Congress to pull the brakes on CIS facilities and work with states to find scientifically and publicly acceptable alternatives. Tell Congress: No taxpayer dollars for CIS facilities in Texas and New Mexico.
The national priority must be to better protect nuclear waste where it sits today – in spent fuel pools or in dry storage at operating and decommissioning reactors. Federal funds and policy must prioritize implementation of hardened on-site storage (HOSS) and provide for robust inspection, monitoring, security, and management of nuclear waste at those sites, until permanent isolation facilities are operational.
Dozens of national and grassroots organizations and thousands of individuals have already expressed to Congress and the NRC their strong opposition to these CIS facilities. Join them today by telling Congress: No taxpayer dollars for CIS facilities in Texas and New Mexico.
Thanks for all you do!
The NIRS Team