Critics alarmed by US nuclear agency’s bid to relax rules on radioactive waste

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“This would be the most massive deregulation of radioactive waste in American history,” said Dan Hirsch, president of the Committee to Bridge the Gap, a nuclear industry watchdog non-profit, about a proposal that would permit “very low-level” radioactive waste to be disposed of by “land burial”.

Advocates raise questions about proposal to allow some nuclear waste to be disposed in landfills

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“What they’re trying to do is prop up a failing industry so that the cost of decommissioning these [nuclear] reactors is reduced so you don’t have to send it to a place that is expensive because it’s designed to safely handle it,” said Dan Hirsch, the former director of the University of California, Santa Cruz’s Program on Environmental and Nuclear Policy.

George Rembaum, 94, co-founder of Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition, Dies; Long Time Fighter for Cleanup of Santa Susana Field Laboratory

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George Rembaum, on left, demonstrating at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory against the shipment of radioactive waste from SSFL to Buttonwillow, a site in a low-income farmworker community not licensed for such waste.

George Rembaum, who helped found the Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition in 1989 and fought ever after for the cleanup of the site, died March 22.  “He was a gentle, thoughtful, compassionate great soul, who fought diligently for what was right,” said Dan Hirsch, CBG President.  “His life was a blessing to all who knew him.”