Nuclear Regulatory Commission Ignores Depleted Uranium Risks–Votes to Ignore Sound Science, Its Own Prior Analysis, and Radiological Safety

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) voted today to declare that depleted uranium (DU) from enrichment plants is a Class A low-level radioactive waste – the least dangerous kind that supposedly consists mainly of short-lived radionuclides. In 2005, the NRC had concluded that large amounts of DU were not covered by its existing low-level waste rule and directed its staff to develop recommendations regarding DU classification. The Commission’s action also opens the door to classification of other dangerous radioactive wastes in the least hazardous category – Class A. Commissioner Jaczko dissented and voted in favor of a rulemaking process to determine the classification of DU within the existing low-level waste framework. “With the exception of Commissioner Jaczko’s vote, the NRC today bypassed scientific integrity, its own prior analysis in a draft low-level waste environmental impact statement, and the simple facts about the characteristics of depleted uranium,” said Dr. Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER), who has studied the issue of depleted uranium disposal and testified in NRC enrichment plant licensing proceedings. “This will make DU disposal cheap for the enrichment companies. The NRC seems eager to please the burgeoning uranium enrichment industry, but it has compromised sound science and public health protection of future generations.” “The Commission has done a real disservice to the public with this decision,” said Dr. Makhijani. “President Obama has said his administration would respect good science. With the exception of the courageous vote of Commissioner Jaczko, who voted for a process that would respect the scientific and regulatory processes, the NRC majority flouted that commitment.”

http://www.ieer.org/comments/NRC_DU_Decision_IEERpr_18Mar2009.html


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  1. Does this honestly surprise you?

    DID YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE BRUSH THEIR TEETH WITH AGENT ORANGE?

    THE PROGRAM MANAGER AT THE JAMES A HALEY VETERANS HOSPITAL IN TAMPA FLORIDA;
    STEVE PRESTON LOOKED ME IN MY EYES AND TOLD ME HE LOVES DEPLETED URANIUM..
    I TOLD HIM TO TELL THAT TO MY UNBORN CHILDREN..

    BUT HONESTLY IF IT IS OK THEN WHY DON’T THESE PEOPLE GO SWIMMING IN IT?? IF HE LOVES IT SO MUCH WHY DOESN’T HE SLEEP WITH IT?!

    THERE MUST BE JUSTICE FOR THIS.

    I, SGT. MASON, ALISHIA, WAS POISONED AT WAR JUST TO BE TOLD THAT IT WAS PTSD,,

    SO THAT IS WHAT YOU CALL “GWS”? THAT IS THE NEW NAME FOR CHEMICAL POISONING???????????

    HERE I SUFFER IN AGONIZING PAIN AND IT IS OK?!
    I AM ONE PERSON OUT OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS THAT HAVE BEEN POISONED… MILLIONS IF WE COUNT OTHER COUNTRIES……..WHICH WE VERY WELL SHOULD!

    THIS DEPLETED URANIUM IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY- AND SHOULD BE TREATED SO.

    I FEEL EXTREME PAIN AND WEAKNESS AT THE SAME TIME.. I GASP FOR BREATH MY APNEA IS AGONIZING AND IGNORED..
    FEELS LIKE MILLIONS OF TINY PARTICLES LIKE METAL CUTTING THROUGH MY LUNGS THROUGH MY BODY AND I AM SUPPOSED TO SHUT UP?

    SHOULD I JUST KILL MYSELF? IF YOU ASK ME, “I AM ALREADY DEAD”
    BUT WHAT ABOUT THE YOUTH OF AMERICA- THE NEW YOUTH THAT IS BECAUSE NOW I AM NO LONGER 21 BUT NOW 26..

    WHAT ABOUT ALL THE JROTC STUDENTS?

    WHAT ABOUT THOSE RECRUITERS IN OUR HIGH SCHOOLS?

    I APOLOGIZE FOR BEING SO ANGRY BUT THE FACT THAT IF I TRY TO CONCEIVE, MY BABY MAY MORE THAN LIKELY COME OUT LOOKING LIKE AN ALIEN,
    THE FACT THAT I LIVE IN AGONY,
    THE FACT THAT I HAVE TO HOLD MY BREATH TO STOP THE PAIN,
    THE FACT THAT PPL THINK I AM GOING TO BECOME A VEGETARIAN TO STOP THIS, OH THERE IS TOO MUCH- ISN’T IT ENOUGH I EAT SEAWEED ALL THE TIME?!

    I SEE THE INFECTED PEOPLE LIKE ME IN UNIFORM ON BASE AND OVERSEAS.. AND I SHUDDER-

    NO ONE DESERVES THIS PAIN- AND DON’T SAY I DIDN’T WARN YOU BECAUSE I AM ONLY ONE PERSON OUT OF HUNDREDS THAT HAVE SPOKEN.. UNFORTUNATELY EVERYONE DOES NOT CARE

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