NRC admits San Onofre Holtec nuclear waste canisters are all damaged

photo: containers for storing nuclear waste

The Holtec nuclear waste storage canisters at San Onofre are lemons and must be replaced with thick-wall casks.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) admits in their November 28, 2018 NRC Inspection Report and Notice of Violation, ML18332A357 (page 8 and 9) every Holtec canister downloaded into the storage holes is damaged due to inadequate clearance between the canister and the divider shell in the storage hole (vault). The NRC states … [more…]

Radioactive Waste Still Flooding Columbia River, EPA Says

Map of the Columbia River watershed, showing areas under discussion

photo: Radioactive Waste Still Flooding Columbia River, EPA Says

Columbia River in Hanford Reach National Monument, Washington. (Photo via Department of Energy) Kennewick, Wash. (CN)

Groundwater contaminated with radioactive waste from the decommissioned Hanford nuclear facility in Washington state is still “flowing freely” into the Columbia River, a program manager with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said at a meeting of the Hanford Advisory Board. The announcement came as part of a five-year review of cleanup measures taken at

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Drinking Nuclear Waste in Albuquerque: They hope you’ll stay silent

photo: surface groundwater in New Mexico. Drinking Nuclear Waste in Albuquerque: They hope you’ll stay silent

Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) are trying to pull off what some people would call an environmental crime.

SNL wants to leave high level nuclear, mixed waste in unlined pits and trenches in a dump that is contaminating our drinking water aquifer. The Environment Department has expressed willingness to grant a certificate that no cleanup of the Mixed Waste Landfill is necessary. The high … [more…]