To the Editor:
This is in response to a letter authored by Bernice Russell (“America the world’s nuclear dump,” July 15).
Ms. Russell wrote Savannah, South Carolina, has an international radwaste dump and that Yucca Mountain, in New Mexico, leaked in 15 years and was closed. Ms. Russell needs to get her facts straight.
There is no waste dump in Savannah. The radwaste dump she is referring to is the Barnwell County low-level nuclear waste dump in Barnwell, South Carolina. Barnwell is not an international radwaste dump. Barnwell is operated by the Department of Energy and has accepted radwaste only from domestic nuclear facilities. Barnwell has accepted radwaste from all U.S. nuclear generators, except those in the Rocky Mountain and in the Pacific Northwest. Beginning in 2008, Barnwell has accepted waste only from the Atlantic states of Connecticut, New Jersey and South Carolina. There is a proposal to allow Barnwell to accept nondomestic radwaste, but this has not been approved, and chances are it never will be based on the current political climate.
Yucca Mountain is not in New Mexico. It is in Nevada. Yucca Mountain never has been operational and never has accepted any waste. The government funding to complete the Yucca Mountain site was stopped several years ago.
I am not familiar with the other information provided in her letter, but, based on the above, I would question the accuracy of it, as well.