A while back, we told you about the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) push to relabel very dangerous and long-lasting nuclear waste as “Very Low-Level Waste,” or VLLW which is a Very Large Lie. We still have a chance to beat back this dangerous proposal–if you take action today.
To sum up: As more nuclear facilities shut down, their operators are trying to cut corners by disposing of their radioactive waste cheaply. But cheap doesn’t equal safe. By labeling dangerous nuclear waste as “very low-level,” the NRC is making it easy for operators to get rid of their waste on the cheap, bypassing regulations that protect the health and safety of our communities. The NRC’s proposal would pave the way for dangerous nuclear waste to end up in our local landfills, or even to be recycled into consumer products, such as zippers and baby bottles.
Regular landfills are not monitored or regulated to manage nuclear materials. If this radioactive waste ends up in our landfills, it’s almost inevitable that it will leak into our air, water, soil, and communities.
The NRC is also pushing this change under the cover of the Covid-19 pandemic, without significant input from the communities that might be affected by this major change in regulations.