The Coalition on West Valley Nuclear Wastes
June 18, 2000
What should be done with the radioactive waste at West Valley?
Should it go or should it stay?
Questions answered, comments welcome
Vitrification of the liquid high level waste
has been successfully completed at
People need to start looking at the alternatives because they have a voice in that decision. The Environmental Impact Study will be complete in December, 2003 at which time the DOE will ask for public comments before it makes its decision.
We believe the choice should be made by the
people who will live here. Understanding the alternatives does not
require technical knowledge. The decision could affect the whole of
The radioactive wastes should be exhumed,
packaged and shipped to a less vulnerable site. A
serious erosion problem makes
DOE’s preferred alternative would be to
stabilize the process building, the burial grounds, and the high level
waste tanks with concrete or grout. This action would be irreversible
and the site would require monitoring for thousands of years. Such monitoring would inevitably fail through
lack of memory or lack of funding. The
waste will leak out eventually, contaminating the Cattaraugus Creek