Vote For S. 1234: Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2019

Vote For S. 1234: Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2019

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Ronan Streby started this petition to Senator Debbie Stabenow and

As demonstrated in many instances, nuclear energy is a safe, efficient, and clean method of generating electricity. Compared to conventional methods such as coal, nuclear power is far superior in terms of energy produced and safety, as well as producing no direct carbon emissions.

However, nuclear power is not a waste-free operation: radioactive waste, such as spent reactor fuel, is produced from nuclear power. Though 90% of nuclear waste is categorized as Low-level waste (low radioactivity and risk), more dangerous waste is also produced. If more radioactive waste (known as High-level waste) cannot be reused, it must be disposed of. High-level waste is stored in the plant for 50 years and eventually buried deep underground.

Despite the need for facilities to dispose of High-level waste, the United States has no permanent places to do so. Though waste can be safely stored in a nuclear power facility for long periods of time, it cannot be stored forever. Sooner or later, waste that has built up will have to be disposed of, and so far we are not prepared for when this happens. This could mean that not only large amounts of radioactive waste are accumulating, but that nuclear power plants will have to spend time accommodating for the excess waste. 

Due to these reasons, I ask Michigan's U.S. Senators and Representatives to vote for S. 1234: Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2019. If enacted, this would create an organization responsible for disposing of nuclear waste, as well as ensuring funding to do so. This has much potential. By organizing and directing the management of nuclear waste, we will reduce the risk of accidents and allow nuclear power plants to operate more efficiently.

S. 1234 has been introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), as well as being co-sponsored by Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), ensuring it is indeed bipartisan.

I sincerely hope that together, we may be able to put an end to a lingering problem, and ensure a brighter future for nuclear energy.

The full text of S. 1234 is included here.

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