Magic Valley leaders and residents say "No" to stranded nuclear waste

Published: Jun. 10, 2018 at 1:13 PM MDT
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A proposed nuclear waste shipment from Hanford, WA to the Idaho National Laboratory, have local leaders and residents concerned.

Organizers and supporters rallied against the nuclear waste shipments on Friday in front of the Twin Falls Visitor Center.

Protestors believe the shipments can violate the 1995 Idaho Nuclear Waste Settlement Agreement.

"Right now there's a proposal to import nearly 34,055 gallons barrels, and that's all deadly radioactive waste intended to go to INL where it may never be removed," said Twin Falls City Councilman Chris Talkington.

The nuclear waste settlement reached an agreement between the State, U.S. Navy and Department of Energy to protect Idaho from becoming a nuclear wast dump, which means nuclear waste can be processed at INL but it must be shipped out within a year.

Buhl farmer and member of the Twin Falls County Planning and Zoning Commission James Reed, believes those shipments won't be able to be shipped out within the timeframe and will get stranded at INL.

"Its a fairly complex situation, but as citizens of the Magic Valley and people who really care about the environment and our water quality and good place for our children to grow up, its critical that we pay attention and sign petitions and get involved with the "Don't Waste Idaho" campaign," said Reed.

The Snake River Alliance organized the campaign and raises awareness on nuclear waste and the signed petitions will be delivered to Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.

"Idaho is the last place that the federal government can dump the waste and forget about them and It's up to us to say "no", we won't put up with it," said Talkington.

Organizers set up a trailer filled with mock nuclear waste barrels for the rally and will continue to travel throughout the Gem State to gather signatures.