The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) wants to know what it would take for you to “consent” to having a supposedly "interim" nuclear waste dump established near your home.
Tell DOE that, first, the agency must commit to respecting community rejection or non-consent to nuclear waste sites and acknowledge that ‘"interim" nuclear waste sites are illegal in the absence of a permanent repository. Plus, let DOE know that they must NOT target and coerce vulnerable communities into accepting nuclear waste dumps under the guise of “consent.”
Submit your comments by March 4 and tell DOE to prioritize environmental justice, listen to community voices, and respect non-consent in managing nuclear waste.
In 2015, DOE began developing a consent-based process for siting storage or disposal facilities collaboratively with members of the public, communities, stakeholders, and governments at the Tribal, State, and local levels. As part of this initiative, the Department issued an Invitation for Public Comment ( www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2016/12/f34/Summary of Public Input Report FINAL.pdf ) and conducted a series of public meetings to seek feedback and inform future efforts. Based on that feedback, as well as the findings of several expert groups, DOE developed and requested public comment on the Draft Consent-Based Siting Process for Consolidated Storage and Disposal Facilities for Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste ( the “ Draft Consent-Based Siting Process,” www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2017/01/f34/Draft Consent-Based Siting Process and Siting Considerations.pdf ) in January 2017.
In the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Congress appropriated funds to the Department for interim storage activities. Interim storage is an important component of a waste management system and will enable near-term consolidation and temporary storage of spent nuclear fuel. This will allow for removal of spent nuclear fuel from reactor sites, provide useful research opportunities, and build trust and confidence with stakeholders and the public by demonstrating a consent-based approach to siting.
DOE anticipates that an interim storage facility would need to operate until the fuel can be moved to final disposal. The duration of the interim period depends on the completion of a series of significant steps, such as the need to identify, license, and construct a facility, plus the time needed to move the spent nuclear fuel.