Category Archives: Radioactive Waste

DOE Proposes Unrestricted Recycling of Radioactive Metals Into Consumer Goods

In a stunning development, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed reversing a twelve year old policy that prohibits the use of recycled radioactive scrap metal materials in consumer goods.

In a letter to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, CBG’s Dan Hirsch notes that the proposed policy change would “allow members of the public to be exposed to the equivalent of dozens of chest X-rays over their lifetimes from exposure to DOE nuclear waste, with no medical benefit and no informed consent.”  As the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has repeatedly determined, all doses of radiation increase the risk …

Excessive Radiation Found at SSFL

After a three-year study, the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed that the SSFL site suffers from excessive levels of radioactive contamination.

CBG’s Dan Hirsch is quoted by the Ventura County Star regarding the news:

“We get bulldozed over constantly,” Dan Hirsch, of the watchdog nuclear group Committee to Bridge the Gap said before the meeting. “Three years, stimulus funds — you’re not supposed to mess around with stimulus funds. … The good news is they have done the study and they found all the contamination. The bad news is that people within DTSC and apparently EPA are trying to upend the

New Yucca Rule Would Allow Equivalent of 1700 Chest Xrays Over a Lifetime

Would Produce 1 Cancer Per 125 People Exposed

10/12/2008: EPA has now finalized the radiation protection standards for Yucca at 15 millirem/year for the first 10,000 years and 100 millirem/year thereafter. The 100 millirem figure is a breathtaking break with decades of EPA strenuous positions that permitting that high an exposure is “nonprotective of health.”

Click here for CBG’s Press Release (pdf)…

Long Sought Win For The Community

The Department of Energy could not be trusted to find pollution it had created and had a conflict of interest in that it would have to pay to clean up any contamination located. Twenty years ago, EPA had found that DOE had been washing off the radioactivity off vegetation samples before monitoring them, and driving off the volatile radioactivity by heating to high temperature. More recently it was found that DOE was filtering out the radioactivity from groundwater samples before monitoring them. So an independent survey was necessary.

Congress appropriated up to $13 million for a comprehensive survey and directed …

Rancho Secko Nuke Plant Victory

Bridge the Gap and the Sierra Club recently discovered a proposed contract by which radioactive wastes from decommissioning the Rancho Seco nuclear plant would be sent out of state for disposal in landfills not licensed or designed for radioactive waste.  This would effectively bypass a victory by CBG in state court several years ago that overturned a regulation that would have permitted such unlicensed dumping in California, and an administrative moratorium on such practices in the state that we got adopted.  CBG and the Sierra Club filed a complaint with the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD) Board [click here to …