On July 28, 2016, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability submitted comments on “consent-based siting” of high-level radioactive waste.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has held nine public meetings across the country since January, regarding so-called “Consent-Based Siting” of centralized interim storage sites (de facto permanent parking lot dumps) for high-level radioactive waste. 

The current DOE “consent-based siting process” is premature and should be terminated. Before any repository siting process can begin, there must be a public process to develop the new technical standards.

Congress must enact legislation that defines how free, prior, and informed consent can occur, including what legal or constitutional constraints prevent future congresses from overriding consent agreements or withholding funding.

Click here to read ANA’s comments.