A subscription to RadWaste Monitor costs $1,795 for one year, 46 issues. It is one of a number of publications ExchangeMonitor bills as a “vital source of information for Congressional staff on a variety of topics related to DOE management, the Department’s cleanup program, the National Nuclear Security Administration, radioactive waste disposal and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
One of my apparently wealthy and well-briefed readers notes that RadWaste has been covering the Deep Borehole Field Test proposed for Spink County. An article published Friday by Karl Herchenroeder says that project contractor Battelle Memorial Institute, a science and technology development company based in Ohio, will include in its variance request to Spink County “a stipulation that the boreholes will be permanently sealed when the project is completed.” This stipulation responds to concerns expressed at public meetings two weeks ago that the holes drilled for this test might be used for disposal of nuclear waste. Battelle spokesman T.R. Massey tells Herchenroeder that requiring permanent sealing of the holes adds to the assurance of “public refusal, the proximity of an aquifer, state law, the lack of federal disposal framework and siting on private land” that placing nuclear waste in Spink County “can never happen.”
Citizens don’t have to gut this month’s paycheck to read that assurance; they can attend Battelle’s next public information meeting on Wednesday, May 11, at the Spink County Fairgrounds 4-H building, same site as the previous meeting:
The cast of characters will be mostly the same, with one important exception: instead of representatives from the School Mines, this meeting will feature someone from Governor Dennis Daugaard’s office. Folks at the last meeting groused at the absence of the Governor himself from a meeting this important, feeling the written statement from the Governor read at the meeting was not enough assurance that the Governor supported the project on the condition that it not involve nuclear materials. Wednesday will give Spink County residents the chance to look someone from Pierre in the eye and hear that assurance.