DOE wants your opinion on a really stupid idea

South Carolina’s Aiken Standard reported today:

The public is invited to give input on Tuesday on the possibility of German nuclear spent fuel landing at the Savannah River Site.

The public meeting, hosted by the Department of Energy, is based on the federal government’s proposal to accept, process and dispose of used nuclear fuel from Germany containing approximately 900-kilograms of highly-enriched uranium, or HEU.

There’s a number of things wrong with this idea, starting with the fact that it can’t currently be done, because the technology is still being worked out:

In December 2012, the lab signed a $1.5 million Work for Others Agreement with the German entity currently managing the fuel, initiating the early development of the graphite digestion technology. However, the National Laboratory must first demonstrate the technology is viable during a pilot test before any decision is made on accepting the fuel.

Secondly, aren’t we still under a prohibition on reprocessing spent nuclear fuel that’s been in effect for four decades?

Third, isn’t it a bad idea to set the precedent of sending spent nuclear fuel on a voyage across the ocean?

And, finally, where is the spent fuel going to go? We currently don’t know what to do with our own spent fuel. Should we be contracting for the importation of more?

Here’s two ways you can let the Department of Energy know how you feel about this:

Comments can be sent to: Andrew Grainger, NEPA Compliance Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, P.O. Box B, Aiken, South Carolina 29802.

Residents can also email comments to Grainger at

Here’s a link to the article:


About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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