To the Editor:
Savannah, South Carolina, has an international radwaste (radioactive) dump and is seeking license to receive more from Europe and Japan, despite being overloaded. It is over a fault line and water aquifer, which could acquire radwaste leakage.
Not all radwaste dumps in the U.S. are international. Yucca Mountain, New Mexico, was meant to be major dump, but it leaked in 15 years and closed. There are cancer-causing radwaste haulers, private dumps and landfills that are furtively used, unshielded even by casks, some unprotected from low or high levels of radiation. Casks erode, and then at least can be re-casked but only if stored above ground to be noticed.
Dr. Arjun Makhiijara says until safe disposal is found, no more should be generated, and keeping waste on the generated site is urged. Shipping radwaste is dangerous.
Project Censored found unreported several years ago that radwaste from a nuclear weapons production site was dumped into regular public landfills and used as recycled materials for consumer products.
Court of Circuit Appeals once mandated the Department of Energy to clean up all low-level radioactive waste in a dump, including that dumped before 1970. The states near Salt Lake urged this cleanup, realizing it would take until 2018 for completion. Clean means burial, shielding, radioactive waste filled into casks and shielded and re-casked when needed.
Accept or generate no more radwaste. Clean dumps.