The two proposed shipments of spent nuclear fuel for research at the Idaho National Laboratory are small (0.1 metric tons) compared to 308 MT of fuel at INL. And small in comparison to the tons of commercial fuel that the LINE Commission was lobbying Idaho to accept back in 2012.
But no matter what Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden decides, the nuclear waste problems aren’t going away anytime soon. The LINE Commission accepts DOE lobbying via INL leaders and makes these spin masters voting members on the LINE Commission. And they know just what to leave out of their explanations.
They tout INL cleanup. But they leave out discussion that the vast majority of what was buried will remain buried at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex and headed for Thousand Springs.
The DOE kept its analysis of peak doses at RWMC carefully out of public view: 100 mrem/yr for hundreds of thousands of years unless the soil cap is maintained perfectly.
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The Idaho Commerce director and Idaho Falls mayor don’t question the spin — or wait for public comment to DOE’s supplement analysis to be published. The unquestioned spin should concern all Idahoans who care about the aquifer.
Tami Thatcher, Idaho Falls