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Nuclear waste board meeting to be webcast at Rugby High School

By Staff | Jun 11, 2018

In 2016 Pierce County played a prominent role in the federal search for nuclear waste disposal sites. Such sites are still needed to house high-level government weapons grade waste and low-level commercial waste.

Governmental planning for nuclear waste storage is continuing with a meeting about transportation and future storage of nu clear w aste on June 13th, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. “The U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board will hold a public meeting in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Wednesday, June 13, 2018, to review technical issues that need to be addressed before the Department of Energy (DOE) begins a nationwide effort to transport spent nuclear fuel (SNF) or high-level radioactive waste (HLW)….The Nuclear Waste Policy Act, as amended, calls for this waste to be moved eventually to a permanent geologic repository for disposal. Proposals for temporary interim storage of some of the SNF also will be discussed. Before the waste is moved from where it is now to another location, it will be necessary for DOE to complete the development of an integrated waste program to support transporting the waste. At its meeting, the Board will consider technical issues that need to be addressed in preparing for such a transportation effort.”

In 2016, Pierce County became part of this proposed plan when a borehole testing site was proposed in the southern part of the county. Because this issue was, and remains, such an important issue for Pierce County and North Dakota, the meeting will be available for public viewing and participation, via live web cast, at Rugby High School, on June 13 from 8 :00 am-6 :00 pm. Copies of the proposed ND Century Code amendment NDCC 38-23, 38-24, that will impact the future of transportation and storage of Nuclear Waste in North Dakota, will also be available at Rugby High School, during the June 13 web cast.

For more information or to contact the ND Community Alliance, email ndcommunityalliance@gmail.com or the NDCA facebook page.

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