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Grateful for passage of SB 2037

By Staff | May 8, 2021

LeeAllen and Rebecca Leier, Rugby

This year marks the sixth year since Pierce County was targeted for a possible site for a High Level Nuclear Waste repository and the fifth year since a five year, Exploration Borehole and data collection plan was proposed in our county. If implemented, that drilling plan would have been completed in 2021. The purpose of that plan was the collection of data to determine the viability of a permanent High Level Radioactive Waste facility at a proposed site along Hwy 3 in southern Pierce County.

We are grateful to all members of the ND Community Alliance and to Senator Jerry Klein and Representative Jon Nelson for their commitment to years of working within a grass roots movement that resulted in the successful passing of SB 2037, the High-Level Radioactive Waste Repository Bill. This bill and the organized protest of residents from District 14, blocked the implementation of that proposed Exploration Borehole and future High-Level Nuclear Repository in Pierce County.

The finished bill, SB 2037, begins with a strong prohibitive clause that includes a General Prohibition on “placement, storage, treatment, exploration, testing or disposal of high-level radioactive waste” within the boundaries of North Dakota. The bill continues with amendments and rules that strengthen county rights.

National nuclear waste issues have not gone away, only overshadowed by more recent crises With all the concerns we’ve faced in 2020- 2021, we are grateful that we have avoided the issue of High-Level Radioactive Waste being brought to our county for permanent disposal.

Thank you to all those who worked towards a more secure future for our state and county by working for the success of this bill, especially the members of the ND Community Alliance and the support of District 14 representatives Klein and Nelson.

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