DOE: Nuclear waste move to Nevada to start in 2014
Nuclear Waste: Indian Point NY, Oak Ridge TN t0 Nevada and Beyond;
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Hi Bob……Could Lucy crank this DOE / Oak Ridge / Nevada piece out as a little blog, including your comments??? It sure would cut thru the crap fast! Thanks.L.All reactors leak all the time. See the new harbor at Fukushima, with gallows. Now.From: du weapons <email@example.com>Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2013Subject: Fwd: Not good
“DOE: Nuclear waste move to Nevada to start in 2014”“Well, the boys at Oak Ridge decided to move that [stuff] outta there to Nevada.“Regulatory” agencies fell into line to get it all “authorized” during the mind [f**k] end of year time. It is intensely radioactive, and it gets worse as it decays.The stuff is:75% U23510% U233“impurities” are [stuff] like U232. All fissile.All buried 40 ft deep. A whole lot of “gadget” fixings.Rather like the extinct Easter Islanders.”Bob
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DOE: Nuclear waste move to Nevada to start in 2014By STEVE TETREAULT and KEITH ROGERS
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Trucks hauling dangerous uranium waste from Tennessee for burial in a landfill at the Nevada National Security Site will start rolling early next year despite objections from Gov. Brian Sandoval, who is powerless to stop them, federal officials said Tuesday.
Department of Energy officials insisted the strategy will be safe despite questions about the suitability of disposing potent, highly radioactive nuclear material in trenches deeper than 40 feet in the southeast part of the former Nevada Test Site.
Kevin Knobloch, chief of staff to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, said Nevada cannot veto the disposal plan at the government’s self-regulated site, 65 miles north of Las Vegas.
That leaves the state — if it chooses — with the possible threat of legal action or intervention by Nevada’s congressional delegation led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., as remedies for DOE’s plan.
In the face of opposition from Sandoval, Knoblach said the DOE has pledged to “work very closely with state and local authorities to make sure we are listening to concerns, answering questions, sharing information.”
The DOE planned to start shipments last spring but put the campaign on hold when it became publicized and caused Nevada officials to declare a new uneasiness over them. Among other things, the waste is an unusual form that raised questions whether it fits the criteria to be buried at the security site alongside other contaminated debris from government cleanups.
For a state that fought tooth and nail against the proposed high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, the prospect for another type of highly radioactive waste to be buried in the state also was unsettling to environmental activists and some leaders.
If Nevada failed to put a foot down about the uranium material, or at least try, what other forms of nuclear waste might the government look to ship to the Silver State?
Sandoval and Moniz this summer assigned aides to meet on uranium waste and other matters that have created scratches in the long relationship between Nevada and the federal government over operations of the national security site.
The DOE’s plan calls for moving 403 canisters of nuclear-power fuel remnants to the Nevada site from Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The once-liquid waste from a 1960s reprocessing plant in upstate New York was solidified and baked inside steel canisters at the Oak Ridge lab, where it has been stored in a historic Manhattan Project building since the mid-1980s.
The canisters containing a ceramic mixture of three uranium isotopes — U-233, U-235 and U-232 — will be transported to Nevada National Security Site as part of an environmental cleanup of the Tennessee site. DOE officials say they prefer to begin the shipments early next year.
Mark Whitney, environmental cleanup manager at Oak Ridge, said between 50 and 100 shipments would be made over a period of 18 months to three years.
In Tuesday’s conference call with reporters, Whitney acknowledged that the majority of the waste material, 76 percent, is uranium-235, the same atom-splitting isotope that has been used in some nuclear bombs that were tested during the Cold War at the Nevada Test Site.
He said 10 percent of the waste consists of another atom-splitting isotope, uranium-233, though the cocktail of uranium waste is commonly referred to as U-233. Uranium-233 is also a nuclear bomb material and will be around at least 159,200 years before half of its radioactive punch decays to safer levels.
Despite the atomic bomb materials that DOE officials say are benign because neutron-absorbing ingredients have been mixed to reduce the risk of an accidental nuclear reaction, Nevada officials have said a greater concern is an impurity that in the hands of terrorists could be turned into a “dirty bomb.”
The impurity is the other isotope, uranium-232. Though it has a much shorter half-life, roughly 70 years, waste containing it requires heavy shielding and must be handled using remote-controlled cranes.
And as it decays, U-232 creates a new menace: thallium-208. That offspring emits short-lived but intense, deadly gamma rays that are, in a nutshell, “radiotoxic” — or biologically harmful to the human environment. Anyone tampering with the uranium-tainted waste in the canisters to extract material for a dirty bomb would risk death from gamma ray exposure.
Because of the high percentage of atom-splitting bomb ingredients, the material should not be permanently buried as low-level waste in a landfill because it doesn’t meet Nuclear Regulatory Commission low-level radioactive waste guidelines, said Michael Voegele, former Yucca Mountain Project chief scientist who works as a consultant to Nye County.
Some critics have noted the DOE quietly changed its waste-acceptance criteria in May so that the Oak Ridge canisters could be disposed of as low-level waste that’s five times more radioactive than previously allowed.
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DOE: Nuclear waste move to Nevada to start in 2014
A. “Indian Point Energy Center, Buchanan, NY, United States”, did you mean: 1 Indian Point Energy Center 450 Broadway, Buchanan, NY
B. Oakridge National Laboratory, Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN
C. National Security Site, N2S2, Nye, NV
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Driving directions to Nevada National Security Site, N2S2
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Indian Point Energy Center3 Buchnan , Peekskill, NY 1056610548 771 mi – about 11 hours 28 mins2,090 mi – about 31 hours
Nevada National Security Site, N2S2Nye
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