The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is trying to slip a big one past us: They want to do away with the need for nuclear licenses to dump nuclear power waste. In other words, there would be no more regulatory controls over Very Long-Lasting Waste (VLLW).
The NRC wants to let nuclear waste go to your local landfill if the landfill operator wants it—without telling you. They would be glad to send it to hazardous waste sites not fit for nuclear waste as well, making those dumps even more hazardous. It could end up in recycling, reuse or other waste streams, too.
As the nearly 100 nuclear power reactors close in the decade to come, their owners want to save money by dumping thousands of tons of radioactive garbage–concrete, metal, soil, asphalt, equipment, pumps, pipes, plastics and more–by pretending it is not radioactive. Don’t let them get away with it. Tell the NRC and your senators you say NO to VLLW and deregulation of nuclear waste.