January 11, 2013. DOE releases report on its new strategy for high-level radioactive waste, endorses recommendations of Blue Ribbon Commission, including "consolidated interim storage"--which is adamantly opposed by entire clean energy community.
November 8, 2012. Letter from 25 organizations, including NIRS, urging NRC to withdraw Notice seeking scoping comments on revisions to its Waste Confidence rule, and republish when the Notice meets legal requirements, including discussion of an end to reactor licensing and radioactive waste generation.
September 20, 2012. Prepared statement of Michael Mariotte, NIRS Executive Director, for Coalition Against Nukes Congressional briefing--on uranium mining and radioactive waste.
January 25, 2012: 88 organizations, 5400+ individuals tell Energy Secretary Steven Chu to reject Blue Ribbon Commission recommendations and act to prevent "interim" storage of radioactive waste and resultant widespread transportation of waste across U.S. Press release. Text of letter with organizational signers.
Talking Points for BRC public meetings, September-October 2011
Environmental Answers to Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future. The Commission asked the environmental community to respond to a series of questions on radioactive waste policy. The answers were crafted by 30+ activists, endorsed by 168 organizations, and submitted to the Commission on November 16, 2010.
Cover letter for the environmental answers to the Blue Ribbon Commission, signed by six organizations. November 16, 2010.
Principles for Safeguarding Nuclear Waste at Reactors. Basic position paper signed by 170+ organizations in opposition to reprocessing of radioactive waste and providing principles for acceptable waste storage practices. March 23, 2010
A Perspective on U.S. Nuclear Waste Policies for the Last 40 Years, paper by Don Hancock of Southwest Research and Information Center presented for the opening session of the Department of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission re-evaluating U.S. radioactive waste policy. March 25, 2010.
FOIA documents reveal Bush Administration signed contracts with nuclear utilities for government to take waste from new reactors—enough to fill two Yucca Mountain waste dumps—leaving taxpayers at risk for tens of billions of dollars. Press release. March 24, 2010.
Chu Panel Composition Squanders Opportunity to Develop Consensus Radioactive Waste Policy. Politics and Money Trump Science and Reason on Nuclear Waste Panel; Doomed to Fail. NIRS Press Release. January 30, 2010.
Nuclear Waste Advisory Associates (UK) report to House of Commons. January 15, 2010
Press Release from Nuclear Waste Advisory Associates (UK) announcing Submission to the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee: “Effective Arrangements for Waste from New Reactors Do Not Exist”. January 18, 2010
Letter to Secretary Chu calling for inclusion of independent experts in the Department of Energy’s Radioactive Waste Advisory Panel work. November 13, 2009
Letter from Grassroots groups to President Obama on Policy Review of US High-Level Radioactive Waste. (including commercial irradiated fuel). May 4, 2009