Tell Your Senators: Support Safer Nuclear Waste Storage
In the United States, tens of thousands of tons of radioactive waste from nuclear power plants is being stored in unsafe, insecure, overcrowded spent fuel pools at more than 70 reactor sites.
There's a safer option.
Thinning out these pools and putting more of the waste into on-site steel and concrete containers called dry casks is much safer. Dry casks stored at reactor sites are much less vulnerable to severe weather and terrorist attacks, while many spent fuel pools are located outside of primary containment. And dry casks use simple air circulation for cooling and therefore can't "fail" in a power outage, in contrast with the spent fuel pools' complex emergency back-up systems that require electricity.
This year we hope Congress makes real progress on the decades-old problem of how to better manage and dispose of our country's nuclear waste. A bipartisan group in the Senate has released a comprehensive nuclear waste bill, but unfortunately they did not include language requiring the accelerated transfer of waste from pools into dry casks. This bill may be voted on in the Senate in late 2013 or early 2014.
Your senators need to get involved and fight hard for the safety and security of the millions of Americans who live near the nation's nuclear reactors.
Please tell your senators that it is essential that any nuclear waste legislation require the thinning of spent fuel pools by requiring the accelerated transfer of this radioactive waste into safer, on-site dry cask storage.
Please make your letter personal by adding in your own thoughts and concerns. Every letter makes a difference, but customized letters have the greatest effect!
For more information, please read our dry cask factsheet and use and share our infographic.
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