Public Comment Period Needs Your Voice! (Lakes Erie and Ontario Basins)

Public Comment Period Needs Your Voice! (Lakes Erie and Ontario Basins)

A coalition of groups is calling for the clean-up of a radioactive waste site that threatens the health of Lakes Erie and Ontario and the people that live in communities along the shores. In the 1960’s, radioactive waste and reprocessed nuclear fuel was disposed in 20-30 foot deep trenches in West Valley, New York, a small farming community 50 miles south of Buffalo.

The U.S. Department of Energy and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority are soliciting public comments until June 8, 2009 on proposed clean-up options for the site. The Coalition on West Valley Nuclear Waste, joined by Citizen’s Environmental Coalition, Center for Health, Environment and Justice, and Nuclear Information and Resource Center are demanding the long-term safety of the site through Site-Wide removal of the radioactive waste.

You can help Lakes Erie and Ontario too by submitting your comments to support cleaning up the site to prevent radioactive waste contaminating our waters and communities. The coalition is encouraging Site-Wide removal of the waste which would:

  • provide a permanent and safe solution by removing radioactive waste from a site with serious erosion problems;
  • prevent releases, which could pollute Lakes Erie and Ontario and nearby community drinking water, harm public health;
  • provide the most cost-effective approach over the long term.

According to a an independent, state-funded study, The Real Costs of Cleaning Up Nuclear Waste: A Full Cost Accounting of Cleanup Options for the West Valley Nuclear Waste Site, revealed the cost of waste excavation to be significantly less than onsite burial).

For more information about the West Valley Nuclear Waste Site, visit http://www.nirs.org/radwaste/decommissioning/decommission inghome.htm.

Comments can be submitted until June 8 to:
Mail: Attn: Catherine Bohan, EIS Document Manager
West Valley Demonstration Project,
U.S. Department of Energy
P.O. Box 2368
Germantown, MD 20874
Fax: 866-306-9094

 

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