Did you think the issue of importing radioactive waste from foreign countries was settled? Well, think again.
EnergySolutions waste processing corporation was blocked when it tried to import 20,000 tons of Italian radioactive waste, incinerate it and bury the remnants in Utah. Now EnergySolutions has come up with a new business plan to import 1,000 tons of radioactive waste from Germany, incinerate it in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and return the ashes, someday, to somewhere else.
Sound neat and clean? Actually, this is a dirty plan. Research shows that the radioactive waste in question is collected from worldwide sources. Radiation is not destroyed in the incineration process ... it either escapes through the smoke stack, or remains in the ash in concentrated form. Other dangerous toxins are created by incineration as well. In February, the State of Utah fined EnergySolutions for burying long-lived radioactive wastes in violation of state hazard limits including waste trucked to Utah from two companies in Tennessee.
EnergySolutions has already applied to TDEC, the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, to expand their license on the Bear Creek Road facilities operations and anticipates much more radioactive waste coming to Tennessee. If the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) grants the license for which EnergySolutions has applied, this will open the door not only to 1,000 tons of waste from Germany, but in the future to untold amounts of radioactive waste from around the world. Your action is needed to prevent Tennessee from becoming the radioactive garbage disposer for the world.
If you are concerned about Tennessee’s role in world-wide radioactive waste processing and disposal, please tell Tennessee Governor Haslam to protect Tennessee's health and environment.
Experts researched and wrote this handy email action letter for YOU to send and make a difference! Tell Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee to step up and protect public health from German radioactive waste imports.
You may edit the letter as you wish or send it as it is. There are many resources and links on nonukesyall.org to help you get more information about German radioactive waste imports and radioactive waste incineration.
CUT AND PASTE ~ Additional Points to Customize Your Message
~ Burning waste does not get rid of it, it reduces it to toxic ash and releases toxins during burning.
~ Ash left from incinerating radioactive waste concentrates the radiation into a much more dangerous radioactive waste than the original waste form.
~ In the process of incineration, some radioactive gases and particles will escape the smokestack filters and be released into the atmosphere, and from there into the soil and water of Tennessee, into our food sources, our drinking water, and our lungs.
~ Increased exposure of Tennesseans to radiation will cause an increased incidence of cancers.
~ Everyone who transports and handles the waste will be exposed to higher levels of radiation.
~ What happens if the German government refuses to accept the returned radioactive waste ash?