Yesterday was a nuclear day…

December 5th, 2013

URGENT — MIA: All the big “environmental” groups — the Minnesota Sierra Club, Audubon Society, Fresh Energy, Izaak Walton League, Clean Water Action.  ALL were no-shows!


Greetings from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission!

Yesterday was  a long, long day, out the door just after 8 a.m. to get through the woods and over the river to the Rulemaking Advisory Committee for Minn. R. Ch. 7849 & 7850.  ZZZZZZZZZZZZ.  Then back, over the river and through the woods, with just a couple hours to study and get out the door and over the river and through the traffic jam to Minnetonka (how convenient) for an evening with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:


Here’s Alan Muller doing his thing at the “meeting” that wasn’t a “hearing.”

Here’s the NRC page that has their info on this:

NRC Nuclear Waste Confidence Page

And here’s the actual rule that’s proposed — it took a lot of digging to find it and I needed help, but here it is:

Proposed NuclearWasteConfidenceRule

And here are the full documents for comment, the GEIS is very strange:

Nuclear Waste Confidence Rule_Proposed

Nuclear Waste GEIS

And note the Prairie Island Indian Community’s role in this case that resulted in the vacating of the Nuclear Waste Confidence Rule, with THREE reps showing up last night:

NY v NRC-Nuclear Waste Confidence Decision 11-1045-1377720

What’s strangest about this rulemaking is the way this is framed, they backwards engineered it “to support the rule.” Look at how “Issue 3” is framed below, and also “Issue 1” (click for a larger version).

EPSON MFP imageNo, that’s not how you do it folks.  You do the GEIS and then you find out what it says.  Maybe it supports the rule, maybe it doesn’t, it is what it is.  But nooooooooo, that’s not how they do things at the NRC.

We have until December 20, 2013 to send comments to:

• Email comments to: If you do not receive an automatic email reply confirming receipt, then contact us at 301–415–1677.

• Fax comments to: Secretary, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission at 301–415–1101.

• Mail comments to: Secretary, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001, ATTN: Rulemakings and Adjudications Staff.

• Hand deliver comments to: 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. (Eastern Time) Federal workdays; telephone: 301–415–1677.

I put a few choice things in the record, because the idea they can safely store nuclear waste indefinitely, and until a “repository” is built, well…. dream on, when might that happen?  And Dog help us if it does…  Confidence?  NO!

Premature Degradation of Spent Fuel Storage Cask Structures and Components from Environmental Moisture

INEL “unloads” TN-24P – stuck

Creep & Crud of Nuclear Waste Storage

And here’s Alan at the Sierra Club table, Pam Mackey-Taylor the IOWA Sierra Club.  And John LaForge/Nukewatch was there too.  It was disturbing, but not surprising that not one of the big funded “environmental” groups showed up last night, and it says a lot about Xcel’s ability to buy them off.  Iowa Sierra Club’s Wally Taylor was the one testifying… not North Star Chapter, no Clean Water Action, no Fresh Energy, no Izaak Walton League (but we know how much Bill Grant loves nuclear), no Audubon. No, no, no, no, not there.  Absent, one and all.

Iowa Sierra Club

Note the cops in the background — the NRC found it necessary to bring in police protection, two uniformed and I think one not in uniform.  What are they afraid of?

Home a couple of minutes before midnight… rulemaking taking over a day.



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