State of Nevada Comments on The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management’s Draft National Transportation Plan (DOE/RW-0603)–April 21, 2009

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In response to the Notice of Availability published in the Federal Register on January 16, 2009, enclosed are the State of Nevada comments on the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management’s (OCRWM) National Transportation Plan, Revision 0 (NTP).
Nevada joins the Western Interstate Energy Board’s High-Level Radioactive Waste Committee and the other states regional groups in expressing concern over the paucity of meaningful planning reflected in the NTP. The current draft lacks specificity, continues the fragmentation and “stove-piping” of transportation system components, and hinders rather than promotes a systems approach to planning for and managing spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and high-level radioactive waste (HLW) shipments. It is neither ‘national’ in its orientation and concept nor is it in any sense a useful or meaningful ‘plan’.
Nevada is also concerned that DOE is not prepared to review or otherwise act on comments received from states, regional groups, local governments and other stakeholders in response to the Federal Register notice. Speaking to attendees at the March 25, 2009 meeting of the Western Interstate Energy Board’s High-Level Radioactive Waste Committee in Denver, OCRWM representatives indicated that no funds or staff remain in the Office of Logistics Management to review, let alone respond to, comments on the NTP. All comments, apparently, will be placed on the shelf to be dealt with at some future time, if ever at all.

http://www.state.nv.us/nucwaste/news2009/pdf/nv090421ntp.pdf

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