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CT Attorney General Petitions U.S. Court of Appeals To Reject NRC Nuke Waste Storage Rule

Connecticut’s Attorney General, George Jepsen, has joined a court petition by Vermont and New York on October 24, 2014 to challenge the NRC’s latest rules that would allow onsite storage of thousands of tons of high-level nuclear waste onsite at the Millstone nuclear power plant for 60 years after Units 2 and 3 close.

In a landmark 2012 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington DC found that spent nuclear fuel stored onsite at the nation’s nuclear power plants “poses a dangerous, long-term health and environmental risk.”

That court invalidated an NRC regulation and ordered the NRC to complete an environmental assessment of the risks involved in the longterm onsite storage of the deadly waste. The NRC finalized its review in September.

“The NRC’s approach is wrong and illegal, and I will continue to fight to insure that our communities receive the full and detailed accounting of the risks of long-term, onsite nuclear waste storage that they deserve,” said New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman in a press release on his website announcing the legal move.

Schneiderman’s Connecticut counterpart, AG Jepsen, did not post a press release on his website.

Jepsen’s office has also sided with New York’s attorney general in his effort to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, less than 13 miles from Greenwich and Stamford.

However, Jepsen’s office has taken no similar steps with regard to Millstone, Connecticut’s only operating nuclear power plant.

Indeed, Connecticut’s attorney general at the time, Richard S. Blumenthal, supported Dominion’s plans to expand its onsite nuclear waste storage to enable Millstone Unit 2 to continue to operate. At the time, Unit 2 was nearing capacity for spent nuclear fuel in its onsite pool. Jepsen’s office did not participate in the latest round before the Connecticut Siting Council when Dominion obtained approval to expand its spent nuclear waste storage capacity further. That decision is the subject of an appeal pending before the state’s Appellate Court.

Read New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s Press Release HERE

Read the petition HERE

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Millstone Loses Radiation Monitoring Capacity AGAIN During Days of Dirtiest Releases

Midway through its refueling outage – when Millstone Unit 3 is releasing its dirtiest pre-planned radioactive waste products to the air – Dominion reports the unplanned outage of a critical radiation monitor and the pre-planned outage of two other critical radiation monitors.

This latest notification is the latest in recurring radiation monitor breakdowns at Millstone.

In notifications to the NRC (Event Reports 50567 and 50568), Dominion reported the unplanned loss of the “normal range Supplemental Leakage Collection and Release System (SLCRS)” on October 24 “due to sample pump failure” and the planned loss for more than three days of the ”normal and high range ventilation process radiation monitors (3HVR*RE10A/B) on October 25, 2014.

Dominion had to report each radiation monitor loss to the NRC pursuant to federal regulations, 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii), which states as follows: “Immediate notification requirements for operating nuclear power plants . . . Any event that results in a major loss of emergency assessment capability, offsite response capability, or offsite communications capability (e.g., significant portion of control room indication, Emergency Notification System, or offsite notification system)” [Emphasis added.]

The NRC allows Millstone to continuously discharge to the air its most concentrated releases of radioactivity while its critical radiation detectors are inoperable and Dominion’s ability to assess emergency conditions and radiological threats to the environment is jeopardized.

The NRC’s dangerous hands-off approach shields Millstone’s operations from public accountability and perpetuates secrecy and deception as to the real dangers of Millstone operations.

Email us HERE to join the independent citizen monitoring network.

Posted October 29, 2014